Catholics for Peace and Justice
is an organization of people in southeastern Wisconsin who affirm the Church's teaching on human dignity which upholds a "consistent ethic of life" for all. We are concerned about the state of our nation and world. We see a world threatened by war, terrorism, growing economic inequality, environmental catastrophe, and divisions between religions, nations, races, genders, and ethnic groups. We call on Catholics, and all people of faith, to consider whether their political and economic beliefs and actions are reflective of their faith.
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Updated  July Events 

Call for Dialogue Participants 
         
“Building Thriving Community: 

Beyond Segregation in Milwaukee”

As Milwaukee continues to be scrutinized as one of the most segregated cities in the U.S., Catholics for Peace and Justice has teamed up with the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion  to initiate a series of facilitated small community dialogues on segregation in Milwaukee.

Catholics for Peace and Justice will be hosting a Small Group Community Dialogue for 15 persons on Tuesday evening July 22nd from 5:30 to 8:30 pm in Herian Hall at Gesu Church. 

We need your participation - REGISTER HERE for the July 22 Dialogue 

The Community Dialogue will begin at 5:30 pm with a simple shared meal followed by discussion.  Attendees will be assigned to a small group of 5 people. The dialogue will be facilitated by members of the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion.

Fifteen-person groups will meet throughout the greater Milwaukee area through Summer 2014. Each community dialogue will brainstorm practical action steps and initiatives focused on greater equity, inclusion, and thriving within and across Milwaukee communities. These ideas will be consolidated and shared with the participants of each group in preparation for a Milwaukee-wide networking event and community dialogue on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

REGISTER HERE


New Fair Trade Directory for Milwaukee. The Four Corners Fair Trade Directory now includes many more coffee shops and restaurants along with websites that sell fair trade and sustainable clothing online thus giving people more options for buying fair, especially in today's online shopping world. In researching the Directory, we found that more than one hundred cafes and restaurants in the area serve Fair Trade certified or at least Socially Responsibly grown coffee and tea. Milwaukee is truly a Fair Trade City.

Featured Book: "She Who Brings Peace" by Dr. Megan McKenna
This book from Pax Christi is about Women from all parts of the globe, all languages, races, religions, nations, and economic levels. All the religions and peoples of the world have women who, like Mary, bring Peace into the world ... in flesh and blood, in work and prayer.  Inspiring stories for us all. Learn more 

The National Assessment of Climate Change Impacts in the United States

The National Climate Assessment summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. A team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and ex
perts, including federal agencies and a panel of the National Academy of Sciences. Link to Highlights and Report Findings 

Safeguarding creation is safeguarding a gift of God. "This must be our attitude toward creation: safeguarding it. If not, if we destroy creation, creation will destroy us. Don't forget that!"  Pope Francis [The Francis Chronicles, The National Catholic Reporter]  

"One Human Family, Food for All" 
    Campaign Prayer  More Info...   . 


2013 Social Justice Ministry World Cafe Conversation Notes
 are posted here



Advocating for Peace, Justice, Human Dignity and the Empowerment of Others
Join with others in our community advocating for the poor and disenfranchised. Advocacy works when we work together.

 Combating Poverty Elevating the Debate  
One hundred and fifty  local religious leaders from throughout Milwaukee and beyond met on June 4th at Marquette University in the Alumni Memorial Union for a symposium on Combating Poverty: Elevating the Debate.  During an afternoon of learning and sharing they grappled with:
*What does poverty look like in Wisconsin?
*What is our distinctive voice as faith communities in the public square?
*How can we make a difference in alleviating poverty?

   Comprehensive Immigration Reform        
 On Fire for Immigration Reform:  A Pentecost Resource
Join Catholics across the country for seven days of prayer, reflection, and action to heal our broken immigration system. Each day will be centered on one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  More...


   11X15 for Safer Healthier Communities     
Join the campaign to reduce Wisconsin's prison population to 11,000 by 2015. There are three very good initiatives coming up in the State Senate. Find out how to support them.

  Wisconsin's broken parole system leaves inmates behind                                       

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Opinion  
Anthony K. Brown is still in prison and there doesn't appear to be any reason he should be. Brown is one of 400 minimum security inmates who are eligible for parole but remain behind bars at a cost to taxpayers of $15 million a year.  Read the article...


Following Pope Francis
Pope Francis Visits with President Obama
Quote: "And it isn't just an economic issue, it's a moral issue. I think the Pope was speaking to the danger that over time we grow accustomed to this kind of inequality and accept it as normal. But we can't." President Obama in reference to his discussion, March 27, on income inequality with Pope Francis. The President said he admires the Pope's courage to speak out on economic and social issues.

An Economist Considers Pope Francis’ Critique of Capitalism 
By Jeffrey D. Sachs America Magazine March 24, 2014  In “Joy of the Gospel” Pope Francis stated “In today’s world of instant communication and occasionally biased media coverage, the message we preach runs a greater risk of being distorted or reduced to some of its secondary aspects.  In this way certain issues which are part of the Church’s moral teaching are taken out of the context which gives them their meaning…”  This statement is especially true about Francis’ comments on “trickle down” economics.  This article, written from an economist’s perspective, is helpful background for addressing the moral Scriptural foundation of Pope Francis’ comments on our Christian responsibility in our global and national economies.    

“Jesus’ teachings offer good news for the righteous, whether they are the poor and marginalized or the rich who are generous with their bounty. All can find a place in the kingdom. Yet there is little comfort for those who expect that their wealth alone will save them. The story of Lazarus and the rich man is a reminder of the fate of the wealthy who ignore the poor in their midst (Lk 16:19-31). So we should not be surprised by the highly divergent reactions to Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation,…“  Read full article 

Invitation to the Annual School of the Americas Watch "Teach-in and Vigil" participate in the annual School of the Americas Watch teach-in and vigil on November 21-23, 2014, in Columbus, GA.