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Cultivate Peace and Promote Racial Justice
In the wake of the violent protest and deadly attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, USCCB President Cardinal DiNardo and Domestic Justice Chairman Bishop Dewane have called for prayer and unity. In their written statement, Cardinal DiNardo and Bishop Dewane said, "We stand against the evil of racism, white supremacy and neo-nazism. We stand with our sisters and brothers united in the sacrifice of Jesus, by which love's victory over every form of evil is assured." Read the full statement.

On September 9, faith communities across the country will celebrate the annual Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities. You can find resources for this important day on the USCCB Racism webpage.

U.S. bishops establish committee to tackle racism
A new anti-racism committee at the U.S. bishops' conference will be chaired by Bishop George V. Murry, SJ of Youngstown, Ohio, and anticipates releasing a new pastoral letter on racism in 2018. The new committee comes on the heels of the conclusion of a previous task force, “Peace in Our Communities,” in response to a series of race-related police shootings.

Read more of Christopher White's August 23rd article here.

Milwaukee ‘Can’t Police’ Its Way Out of Violence
“You can’t police your way out of this. More police does not reduce hopelessness; more police does not reduce disparities. That happens through jobs, through less incarceration and through education,” said Willie Brisco, president of Milwaukee Innercity Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH).

Read these 2 very good articles about addressing core issues of unrest in Milwaukee passed on by S. Barbara Pfarr.
How Wisconsin Became the Home of Black Incarceration
Community leaders say Milwaukee ‘can’t police’ its way out of violence

On Behalf of Our Children: 
Wisconsin's Racial Disparities and the Call of the Gospel 

The State Can Improve Healthcare by Accepting Federal Dollars

The following excerpt from an opinion by Carl Lock ran in the Waukesha Freeman “The justification for not accepting [Federal healthcare] money is unfounded. It is predicted that Wisconsin’s opposition to the additional funds will cost $678.6 million in state tax dollars through the 2017 fiscal year. To refuse [funding] on the basis of saying that this assistance may not be around in the future is like saying, “We should not improve public health today because we may not be able to do so in the future.” Read the entire opinion piece here and a response by Mary Krolikowski, Catholics for Peace and Justice. Action: Contact Your Legislator with Your Opinion.

Racism is Real 
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Beyond Segregation/Greater Together Challenge: A Follow Up Report

By Debra Schneider
On Sunday, October 5, 220 people from across the greater Milwaukee area gathered to share hospitality and to engage in small group dialogue on the topic of segregation. As Reggie Jackson, Board Chairman of the Black Holocaust Museum, shared his perspective on greater Milwaukee’s disappointing track record on issues of racial and economic inequality, he noted how refreshing it was to be looking out at a valid cross section of Milwaukee area residents.  The 10 key issues he shared are listed in the Zeidler Center Report followed by highlights of participant responses to facilitated conversations held across Milwaukee throughout the summer.  Through these dialogues it became clear that segregation is as much about attitude and experience as it is about boundary lines and intentional or unintentional obstruction to opportunity. At the heart of the matter were words and phrases like unequal access, awareness, lack of diversity in relationships, stereotyping cultures, and a need for a common vision.