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  • Oscar Romero is a Martyr: What's it to you?
    people have identified Monseñor Romero as a martyr as a saint as a companion of Jesus Christ who gave his life for his friends In a theology class in college I was told the Church is a slow moving body Romero s case for sainthood is no doubt a slow moving process The Vatican announcement is another step toward recognizing the faith and witness that Oscar Romero bore and shared with the world especially the Salvadoran people Recalling my conversations with many Salvadorans over pupusas in the houses of university students and the humble homes of families in the campo it was unmistakably clear that Romero has been and continues to be someone from whom people draw their faith in the midst of a changing more secular world experience hope amid places ridden with oppression and violence and are capable of love even when hate seems to overwhelm the world Hearing the news of the Vatican announcement of Romero as a martyr of the Church reminded me of Ellacuría s words That God passed through El Salvador with Monseñor Romero My own faith journey which has led me to the Jesuits is in part due to my encounter of Monseñor Romero his life story and how his witness to a faith that does justice remains alive in so many people who have been touched by his example and his life SOURCE Embracing El Salvador Francisco Mena is the executive director of Christians for Peace in El Salvador CRISPAZ and has been connected to the Jesuits for over twenty five years For Salvadorans for many Salvadorans I truly believe this brings a tremendous sense of justice In a country that has had so much impunity over the decades this feels a lot like justice A justice that tastes nothing like vengeance or any type of feeling of that nature This is also taking into account that in these types of matters we have never known what justice feels like But I honestly think this is what justice should feel like His being declared a Saint has huge ramifications it is more than just about Monseñor Romero H e represents the thousands of lives taken before and during the armed conflict this represents justice for so many families Monseñor Romero accompanied It echoes all he denounced and makes it even more real if that makes any sense I can also tell you that there is a tremendous sense of jubilee that accompanies this sense of justice It truly is a sense where one feels at peace and is filled with so many emotions that make it difficult to put into words Katie Hart right with Amy Chapman at the Romero Center on the UCA campus during ISN s 25th anniversary delegation to El Salvador in July 2014 Katie Hart is a graduate of Creighton University and is currently in graduate studies at Saint Louis University Katie participated in ISN s 25th anniversary delegation to El Salvador in July 2014 As a young

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  • Spanish Court Upholds Right to Investigate Jesuit Murders
    s work on the Jesuits murder case can be found here November 16 2014 will mark twenty five years since Ignacio Ellacuría S J Ignacio Martín Baró S J Segundo Montes S J Juan Ramón Moreno S J Joaquín López y López S J Amando López S J and their housekeeper Elba Ramos and her 15 year old daughter Celina Ramos were murdered at the University of Central America in San Salvador El Salvador The Ignatian Solidarity Network in part was formed out of the U S Jesuit s response to the murders which included bringing attention to the role of U S training of Salvadoran military involved with the murders at the former U S Army School of the Americas and significant arms funding of the Salvadoran military throughout the twelve year civil war ISN delegates during a Feast of Ignatius Liturgy at the site of Archbishop Oscar Romero s murder Earlier this year the Ignatian Solidarity Network ISN organized a delegation to El Salvador in honor of the 25th anniversary year Forty five delegates representing over 25 U S Jesuit institutions participated in the nine day experience and included faculty staff students and alumni Throughout the nine day trip the delegates met with a wide array of individuals including Andrieu Olivia S J president of the University of Central America world renowned liberation theologian Jon Sobrino S J as well as non governmental organization leaders and community leaders The group also spent a weekend staying with families in rural communities where the Jesuits had served prior to their murders During the trip Christopher Kerr executive director of the Ignatian Solidarity Network spoke with Catholic News Service about the continued need for justice related to the Jesuits murders It s disappointing that justice has not come yet but we know who did it we know what happened and what s good is that we are moving forward toward seeking justice said Kerr There will be a day when we do see a clear decision to seek justice Loyola High School of Los Angeles students during the 2013 Teach In Advocacy Day ISN will coordinate the largest U S commemoration of the Jesuits and their companions during the 17th annual Ignatian Family Teach In for Justice from November 15 to 17 in Washington D C The Teach In is the largest annual Catholic social justice conference attracting over 1 200 individuals from Jesuit institutions and the larger Church This year s commemoration includes the national premiere of Blood in the Backyard a documentary about the Jesuits murders produced by Loyola Productions On Monday November 17 Teach In delegates will visit Capitol Hill to advocate for a number of social justice issues including human rights oriented U S policy in Central America and comprehensive immigration reform Keynote speakers include Ismael Moreno Coto S J a Jesuit human rights activist from Honduras Marie Dennis co president of Pax Christi International and Michael Lee Ph D an associate professor of systematic theology at

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  • Environmental Justice Resources
    s Note This post was originally published at EcoJesuit and has been re published with permission It is no coincidence Pope Francis is Continue Reading Laudato Si An Invitation to Solidarity Posted on Jun 18th 2015 By Christopher Kerr 2 Comments Pope Francis s encyclical entitled Laudato Si Care for Our Common Home brings forth climate change as a moral issue that requires our collective Continue Reading Papal Encyclical What s in the News for June 17 2015 Posted on Jun 17th 2015 By Christopher Kerr 0 Comments Continue Reading Encyclical on Climate Change We Need More Than a Superhero Pope Posted on Jun 15th 2015 By Christopher Kerr 1 Comment In our age of social media and viral video one can t be surprised by Observatório do Clima s mock trailer illustrating Pope Francis as a karate Continue Reading News Around the Network Jesuit Social Ministry Leaders from Across Americas Gather in Dominican Republic Posted on Apr 21st 2016 By ISN Staff 0 Comments SANTO DOMINGO DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Over ninety representatives of Jesuit social ministries gathered in Santo Domingo Dominican Republic from April Continue Reading Jesuits Advocate as Shareholders for Human Rights and Environment Posted on Apr 12th 2016 By ISN Staff 2 Comments WASHINGTON D C The Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States issued its annual report detailing the Jesuit shareholder advocacy efforts Continue Reading Central American Jesuits Social Commission Speaks out on Death of Berta Ca ceres Posted on Mar 14th 2016 By Christopher Kerr 0 Comments SAN SALVADOR EL SALVADOR The Jesuit Province of Central America s Provincial Commission for the Social Apostolate issued a statement on March 8 Continue Reading Shock and Sorrow Expressed for Slain Honduras Leader in Letter to Secretary Kerry Posted on Mar 10th 2016 By ISN Staff 0 Comments Ignatian Solidarity Network and the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States joined over 220 human rights faith indigenous rights Continue Reading Global Catholic Networks Decry Murder of Berta Cáceres Honduran Environmental Indigenous Rights Leader Posted on Mar 7th 2016 By ISN Staff 0 Comments The Global Catholic Climate Movement GCCM and the Ecclesial Pan Amazonian Network REPAM have issued a joint statement regarding the brutal Continue Reading Pope Francis Releases Video Calling to Care for Creation Posted on Feb 5th 2016 By ISN Staff 0 Comments ROME ITALY Today Pope Francis released a video asking people of the world to unite with him in prayer for the care of creation This is the Continue Reading Resources General Resources Ecojesuit Jesuits and friends are promoting greater awareness of our ecology and engagements through responsibility for how we live deeper and more sensitive formation and engagement with an even broader global basis for action These endeavors to heal the world need opportunities for reflection and communication of good information sources to build up confidence and experiences and exchange best practices Ecojesuit seeks to offer such a service Catholic Climate Covenant The Friendly Planet Earth packet is a fantastic resource for

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  • Criminal and Juvenile Justice | Ignatian Solidarity Network
    Additionally on any given day over 70 000 juveniles are held in custody The United States is also the only country in the world to sentence youth to die in prison through life without parole sentences The Reality The incarceration rate in the United States has increased by over 500 in the past three decades The oft repeated statistic that the U S is home to 5 of the world s population and 25 of the world s prisoners gives us a sense of the magnitude of our country s incarceration problem Studies have shown that African Americans and whites use drugs at about the same rate yet African Americans are almost four times more likely to be arrested for possession or use People of color account for 30 of the total U S population yet make up nearly 60 of the prison population These stunning statistics reveal a deeply entrenched and racist orientation in the makeup of our justice system Policing in the United States relies disproportionately on the use of force often deadly force While no single official government database of individuals yet exists according to the Guardian s The Counted project this year alone nearly 760 people have been killed by police Unfortunately people of color are more likely to be killed by police than Whites A recent report by the Vera Institute of Justice shows that nearly seventy five percent of people held in America s jails are being held for non violent property drug or public order offenses The same report also reveals that women and men in jail are affected by mental illness at rates four to six times higher than the general population This year alone an estimated 630 000 men women and juveniles will re enter society after they serve their sentences in federal and state prisons An additional 9 million individuals will be released from local jails and detention centers Upon their release these men women and children will face additional difficulties often called collateral consequences Many employers refuse to hire individuals with criminal records A number of states strip formerly incarnated individuals of their right to vote These individuals are also barred from public assistance programs like SNAP TANF and public housing Our faith also teaches that all people are redeemable and possess inherent human dignity In their letter Responsibility Rehabilitation and Restoration A Catholic Perspective on Crime and Criminal Justice the U S Catholic Bishops wrote We are all sinners and our response to sin and failure should not be abandonment and despair but rather justice contrition reparation and return or re integration of all into the community Join The Response 1 Schedule In District Visits With Your Members of Congress Establishing and continuing relationships with your Senators and Representatives is crucial to advocating for justice As both representatives and members of your communities every Senator and Representative has an office often multiple offices in their home states Visits to these offices are an impactful way to speak neighbor

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  • Faith in Action: Responding to Racial Injustice
    Quest for Racial Justice Fr Brian Massingale U S Catholic 1 18 15 Trumping Up Racism Andrés Arteaga S J The Jesuit Post 11 12 15 As church demographics shift Catholics urged to address sin of racism National Catholic Reporter 11 10 15 St Louis University Medical School Faculty Reflection on Ferguson St Louis University 8 12 14 Seeking Justice Speaking Up Young Adult Catholics Blog 7 17 14 Revisiting Racism M Shawn Copeland Ph D Boston College in America Magazine 7 7 14 Just Parenting Reflection on Trayvon Martin Ignatian Solidarity Network 7 21 13 Confronting Inner Prejudices Lucas Sharma S J The Jesuit Post 4 20 15 The 2nd Inauguration Now Can We Say Racism Is Dead Mario Powell S J The Jesuit Post 1 28 13 Statements and Pastoral Letters Statement of Catholic Theologians on Racial Justice and Police Reform 2014 Brothers and Sisters To Us U S Conference of Catholic Bishops Pastoral Letter 1979 Pastoral Letter on Racism Archdiocese of Chicago 2001 Statement on the killing of Michael Brown by police in Ferguson MO Pax Christi USA President s Statement St Louis University Response to Ferguson Archbishop William E Lori s Statement of Protests Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore What We Have Seen And Heard A Pastoral Letter On Evangelization From The Black Bishops Of The United States 1984 Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself U S Catholic Bishops Speak Against Racism 2014 The Racial Divide in the United States A Reflection for the World Day of Peace 2015 Includes Study Guide Pastoral letter by Most Rev Edward K Braxton Ph D S T D Blog Raids Across the Color Line Blog by Chis Pramuk Xavier University author of Hope Sings So Beautiful and a diverse and talented group of writers all deeply invested in the conversation about race The website also contains links to works of music art and literature related to race Lift Every Voice A Lenten Journey Toward Racial Justice 2016 A Lent 2016 series of reflections on racial justice featuring over 25 authors from the Ignatian network Prayers Prayers and Prayer Services Prayer Dismantling Racism Sisters of Province Prayer Service St Louis University Response to Ferguson Stations of the Cross Lament for Racial Injustice Anti racism Implementation Team Archdiocese of Chicago Black Catholic History Rosary U S Conference of Catholic Bishops Dr Kirk P Gaddy God of the Journey 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March Prayer U S Conference of Catholic Bishops Fr Manuel Williams C R Jesuit Campus Student Movements Jesuit Campus Student Movements Eradicate Institutional Racism A Campus Toolkit Eradicate BC Racism Anti Racism Weeks Fordham Organizes Week of Reflection on Race Relations in America Jesuits USA Northeast Province Spring 2015 Campaigns and Actions Film Asks Am I Next Student Production Prompts Review of Racial Prejudice The Hoya Georgetown University 10 10 14 Standing Up and Standing Together Students Demand Racial Justice The Georgetown Voice Georgetown University Multimedia Multimedia Ignatian Family Teach In for Justice 2015 Keynote Maureen O Connell

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  • Trayvon’s life is just as important as mine
    nice You could have hurt him Please don t play like that Then Liam got up brushed himself off and said I m ok Mommy before continuing to play with the other kids Until the killing of black men black mothers sons becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother s son We who believe in freedom cannot rest until this happens One woman who can no longer protect her little boy is Trayvon Martin s mother Sybrina Fulton And my heart breaks for her as I know that she would have wanted to have done exactly that on the night he was killed She might have even thought the same things I did Who do you think you are Hey don t do that to my child How dare you hurt him so As the mother of a living white boy how do I and my husband educate him on his responsibilities his duties to live a just life where he can stand alongside others and say Trayvon s life is just as important as mine His protection is just as important as mine While no one will ever really know what was in George Zimmerman s heart and mind except for him what we do know is that Trayvon Martin was an innocent unarmed young black boy who was killed for no reason at all The injustice the tragedy the hurt and the loss all overwhelm me both as a mother of a son and as a citizen who believes that the color of my skin should not give me any advantage over another even though I know it does And so now as the mother of a living white boy how do I and my husband educate him on his responsibilities his duties to live a just life where he can stand alongside others and say Trayvon s life is just as important as mine His protection is just as important as mine Until the killing of black men black mothers sons becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother s son We who believe in freedom cannot rest until this happens I wish I knew the right words to express my shock anger sadness and frustration that such a thing as killing a young unarmed black boy would not result in the sentencing of the man who did it Even moreso I struggle with how to remember this experience so that when opportunities arise I can share it with Liam For now all I know is that I can say to him without a shred of a doubt I love you and want to keep you safe for the rest of my days Let s work together to make sure that others can be protected too regardless of their skin color Facebook 37 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Twitter 38 Tags Race Trayvon Martin http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013

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  • Fair Trade | Ignatian Solidarity Network
    must pressure our institutions to use our collective voices and voting dollar to support the empowerment of marginalized producers Jesuit institutions must harness the power of higher education to raise awareness among student faculty and staff about the benefits of Fair Trade Our communities can use our collective voices and voting dollar to support the empowerment of marginalized producers Look for the Label Fair trade certifications guarantee to the consumer that the product they are buying meets fair trade standards Each fair trade label has similar standards for the products they certify Look for the labels below and know you are purchasing fair products If you are looking for fair trade certified products look for these labels If you are looking businesses committed to fair trade principles look for this label Quotes Related to Fair Trade Resources Commit to Fair Trade MAKE YOUR SCHOOL FAIR TRADE Start a campaign to support fair trade at your school or campus Fair Trade Campaigns has been working with schools and communities to promote fair trade They have been supporting the fair trade schools movement with tools and resources to bring the conversation to classrooms Fair Trade Campaigns strives to grow a nationwide community of passionate lifelong Fair Trade advocates Their commitment will inspire others to support the Fair Trade movement in its efforts to seek equity in trade and create opportunities for economically and socially marginalized producers Fair Trade Towns Colleges Universities and other communities embed Fair Trade values and purchases into mainstream business and institutional practices To become a fair trade school with Fair Trade Campaigns there are simple steps Steps for Elementary and High Schools include Build a Team Commit to Fair Trade Education Events Source Fair Trade Products Steps for Colleges and Universities include Build Your Team Reach Out To Campus Outlets Source Fair Trade at Events Meetings Commit to Fair Trade Education Pass A Fair Trade Resolution Jesuit Fair Trade Schools JESUIT FAIR TRADE SCHOOLS Jesuit High Schools Loyola Academy became the first Jesuit fair trade high school December 2015 through the organizations Fair Trade Campaigns To achieve this distinction Loyola had to create a student committee conduct awareness campaigns to educate the school on how fair trade is involved in their everyday lives and offer products in the cafeteria and the bookstore that have been certified fair trade Learn more here Jesuit Universities Creighton University became the first Jesuit university make the commitment to being a fair trade university in 2012 They have acted as an inspiration to other campaigns in the Jesuit community Loyola Marymount University is the 2nd Jesuit university to make the commitment to fair trade in the spring of 2014 The fair trade committee at LMU worked for years to promote fair trade on their campus and bring more fair trade products to the university The committee focused on bringing awareness of the impact each persons purchase has Saint Joseph s University became the 3rd Jesuit fair trade university in the spring of 2014

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  • Loyola Academy Becomes First Jesuit Fair Trade High School | Ignatian Solidarity Network
    movement whose mission is to empower schools communities and universities to buy from companies whose products are created fairly and safely There are several fair trade organizations that offer verification of fair trade companies To achieve this distinction Loyola had to create a student committee conduct awareness campaigns to educate the school on how fair trade is involved in their everyday lives and offer products in the cafeteria and the bookstore that have been certified fair trade by organizations such as Fair Trade USA and Fairtrade International Products that conform to fair trade criteria give workers protections against exploitation as well as opportunities to break free from poverty Loyola s Fair Trade Committee began their mission to become fair trade certified last year by publicizing the issue during a week of displays and discussion in theology classes promoting fair trade awareness as well as an educational booth at the Earth Day Fair The committee encouraged students and teachers to buy products that are fair trade certified and to recognize that many popular companies are not The committee went beyond simple promotion and took action by offering fair trade products at the bookstore and cafeteria Not everything in the bookstore is fair trade but thanks to the support of the Loyola Store staff and the presence of signage indicating the option to choose fair trade apparel fair trade products such as the shirts from Alta Gracia have been flying off the shelves The committee hopes that in the future students will choose to only purchase fair trade products in the bookstore The certification further advances the school s Jesuit motto of being women and men for others By choosing fair trade products we help protect the environment and create opportunities for marginalized producers Facebook 22 Google 1 Linkedin 5 Twitter 28 Tags Alta Gracia Fair Trade Loyola Academy http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2015 12 fttcircle png 300 300 Guest Blogger http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04 ISN Color Transparent Large png Guest Blogger 2015 12 14 10 12 47 2015 12 28 13 51 03 Loyola Academy Becomes First Jesuit Fair Trade High School You might also like Fair Trade Awareness Week at John Carroll University Saint Louis University High School Students Making Statement for Labor Rights Each Time They Hit The Hardwood Be A Part of Movement Bring Living Wage Apparel to the Ignatian Family Fair Trade USA Partners Release Report on Fair Trade Certified Apparel DC AREA Learn about Labor Rights Justice Number of Fair Trade Catholic Universities Growing Over 90 Jesuit High School Student Leaders Connect at Arrupe Leaders Summit Gonzaga Student Brings Living Wage Apparel to Campus 1 reply Trackbacks Pingbacks Saint Ignatius High School Becomes Fair Trade School Ignatian Solidarity Network says April 16 2016 at 8 39 am Trade School status from Fair Trade Campaigns earlier this week Saint Ignatius joined Loyola Academy in Wilmette Illinois which earned the status in December of 2015 Fair Trade Campaigns Reply Leave a Reply

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