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SOCIAL JUSTICE RESOURCES and OPPORTUNITIES

Websites

1,000 Years of Peace Project, www.peacepledge.org
was founded in 1999 by a group of communicators from Catholic Sisters' congregations as a way to to celebrate the new millennium by gathering pledges for a millennium of peace. The sisters asked friends at St. Anthony Messenger Press for help in creating a web-based component of the program. Late in 1999 a web page was launched at www.AmericanCatholic.org, and pledges streamed in immediately. The website continues to collect pledges of peace, as well as offering peace making ideas.

Africa Action, www.africaaction.org
Africa Action is the oldest organization in the U.S. working on African affairs. Our mission is to change U.S. Africa relations to promote political, economic and social justice in Africa. We provide accessible information and analysis and we mobilize popular support for campaigns to achieve this mission.

America's Second Harvest, www.secondharvest.org
In September 2008, America’s Second Harvest became "Feeding America." This new name best conveys our mission—providing food to Americans living with hunger—and will be supported through expansive public outreach campaigns that will raise awareness of domestic hunger and our work. Our mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.

American Friends Service Committee, www.afsc.org
The American Friends Service Committee carries out service, development, social justice, and peace programs throughout the world. Founded by Quakers in 1917 to provide conscientious objectors with an opportunity to aid civilian war victims, AFSC's work attracts the support and partnership of people of many races, religions, and cultures.

Amnesty International,
www.amnesty.org/ Amnesty International (AI) is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights.

Angel Food Ministries www.algonacbaptist.org/angelfoodministries.htm, is a non profit, non denominational organization dedicated to providing grocery relief to communities throughout the United States. Angel Food works through churches and community organizations. Algonac Baptist Church is the local site, The program allows a family of four to purchase food at approximately $30 for a week's worth of groceries. They deliver food only once a month and the payment must be in cash or food stamps. There is no proof of income required. for more information, contact the local Angel Food Ministry office at 810-794-7321 or email.

Bread for the World, www.bread.org
Bread for the World is a nationwide Christian movement that seeks justice for the world's hungry people by lobbying our nation's decision makers.

Campaign for America's Future,
http://home.ourfuture.org/
The Campaign for America's Future (CAF) is a center for ideas and action that works to build an enduring majority for progressive change. The Campaign advances a progressive economic agenda and a vision of the future that works for the many, not simply the few. The Campaign is leading the fight for America's priorities – against privatization of Social Security, for investment in energy independence, good jobs and a sustainable economy, for an ethical and accountable Congress and for high quality public education.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD),
www.usccb.org/cchd
The Catholic Compaign for Humon Development supports progroms thot help poor ond low-income people to help themselves.

Catholic Caucus of Southeast Michigan -
www.catholiccaucus.org
A non-partisan Advocacy Group Seeking Economic Justice for All in Light of the Gospels and Catholic Social Teachings. Contact CatholicCaucus@yahoo.com  contact the Catholic Caucus for weekly bulletin inserts
Meetings10-12 noon at St. James Church Community Center, Ferndale, SW corner Woodward at Pearson (between 8 & 9 Mile)
CatholicCaucus@yahoo.com Please email for meeting schedule and other in formation.
Presentation on Michigan Economic Needs by Sharon Parks and Judy Putnam from Michigan League for Human Services, January 15, 2009

Catholic Relief Services,
www.crs.org/
Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States. Our mission is to assist the poor and disadvantaged, leveraging the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to alleviate human suffering, promote development of all people, and to foster charity and justice throughout the world.

Center Of Concern, www.coc.org
For over thirty years, the Center of Concern has been enabling individuals, organizations and coalitions:
1. to explore and analyze the global issues and social structures from an ethical perspective based on Catholic Social Teaching;
2. to become involved in strategies and projects that promote the good of the entire global community and the integrity of every individual.

Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries,
www.drmm.org
Rebuilding the inner city, one life at a time. DRMM is dedicated to meeting the basic needs of humanity, while motivating individuals to rebuild their lives, one life at a time.

Education for Justice,
www.educationforjustice.org
The Education for Justice Web Site is a project of the Center of Concern. For over 30 years, the Center has been committed to creating a world where all economic structures, systems and policies guarantee the dignity and the basic rights of every member of the human family.

The Education for Justice Web Site was created to help teachers, social action directors, parish members, campus ministers, and others in leadership roles to meet the challenge of sharing Catholic Social Teaching and bringing greater awareness to social justice issues. Through all of the materials available on the web site, we seek not only to introduce Catholic Social Teaching to a wider audience but to help deepen the knowledge of this essential element of faith and to help develop solidarity with all those in the global community who are suffering and oppressed.

Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation, www.e4gr.org/learn/environment.html
Millennium Development Goals
An ever-widening circle – Other faith communities, NGOs, nonprofits, foundations, and individuals across the country and around the world are working to make the MDGs happen. EGR connects Episcopalians, congregations and the Church as a whole to these organizations so that we can embody the eighth MDG – creating global partnerships for development. We believe  we are stronger when we work together as One. One congregation. One diocese. One Church. One Body of Christ. One World.

Feeding America, www.feedingamerica.org
Formerly known as "America's Second Harvest, " in September 2008, America’s Second Harvest became "Feeding America." This new name best conveys our mission—providing food to Americans living with hunger—and will be supported through expansive public outreach campaigns that will raise awareness of domestic hunger and our work. Our mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.

Food Gatherers, www.foodgatherers.org/
Food Gatherers exists to alleviate hunger and address its causes in our community by: reducing food waste through the rescue and distribution of perishable and non perishable food; coordinating with other hunger relief providers; educating the public about hunger; and developing new food resources.

Heifer International,
www.heifer.org
Heifer International is a non-profit organization whose goal is to help end world hunger and poverty through self-reliance & sustainability.

Jubilee USA Network,
www.jubileeusa.org
Jubilee USA Network is an alliance of 75 religious denominations and faith communities, human rights, environmental, labor, and community groups working for the definitive cancellation of crushing debts to fight poverty and injustice in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Explore our site, get educated, and take action today!

Let Justice Roll
, www.letjusticeroll.org The LET JUSTICE ROLL Living Wage Campaign, a nonpartisan program of more than eighty faith-based and community-based organizations, works in support of federal legislation to raise the federal minimum wage and state legislation and ballot initiatives to increase the minimum wage in selected states. Sign up to receive inforomation on activities in MIchigan.

Justice for Immigrants, justiceforimmigrants.org/
This website is designed to help achieve the goals of the Justice for Immigrants Campaign.  It provides tools and information for diocesan and community-based organizing, education, and advocacy efforts.  You will find information about Catholic teachings that underpin this Campaign, as well as proposals from the Catholic Bishops to achieve reforms in our nation’s immigration laws and policies that better reflect our values as a nation of immigrants.

Maryknoll Magazine
http://home.maryknoll.org/index.php?module=MKArticles&office=magazine
Magazine of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers What began as a newsletter in 1907 has now become one of the most widely recognized Catholic publications in the world. Maryknoll magazine (and its bi-lingual counterpart, Revista Maryknoll) brings you personal stories of our continued effort to help the poor and marginalized throughout the world.

Published 9 times a year, Maryknoll magazine continues to share with its readers the rich, spiritual experience of our missioners and the people with whom they work overseas. These magazines are guaranteed to inspire and challenge your views on religion, God, faith, mission and social justice. Consider receiving our magazine on a regular basis. For $15 or more, you or a loved one can share the wonders of our mission work in 40 countries around the world. Maryknoll magazine is sure to touch your heart and give you a faith perspective on Christian witness, peace and justice.

Mercy Corps, www.mercycorps.org
Mercy Corps works amid disasters, conflicts, chronic poverty and instability to unleash the potential of people who can win against nearly impossible odds. Since 1979,

Mercy Corps has provided $1 billion in assistance to people in 82 nations. Supported by headquarters offices in North America, Europe, and Asia, the agency's unified global programs employ 3,200 staff worldwide and reach nearly 10 million people in more than 40 countries.

Michigan Catholic Conference www.micatholicconference.org
Founded in 1963, the Michigan Catholic Conference serves as the official voice of the Catholic Church in Michigan on matters of public policy. In addition, the Michigan Catholic Conference develops, coordinates, and manages programs that provide retirement benefits, health, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage for lay employees and clergy, as well as property and casualty coverage for the Church throughout Michigan.

Michigan Land Use Institute, http://mlui.org
The Michigan Land Use Institute was founded in 1995 to establish an approach to economic development that strengthens communities, enhances opportunity, and protects the state's unmatched natural resources. Our mission from the beginning has been to help Michigan avoid the patterns of suburban sprawl and over-development that cause traffic congestion, pollution, loss of community, rising costs to individuals and governments, and a deteriorating quality of life

Michigan League of Human Services, www.milhs.orgThe Michigan League for Human Services (MLHS) is a statewide citizens non-profit organization dedicated to education, research and advocacy for the benefit of low income and other vulnerable citizens in the state of Michigan. MLHS is comprised of over 1,900 organizational and individual members and has served the human services community in Michigan since 1912.

MLHS offers Michigan’s citizens an opportunity to be connected to the state’s vital human services network and the chance to affect the outcome of public policy decisions that ultimately impact the lives of all of the residents of Michigan.

The work of MLHS is concentrated in three core areas: educating the public through information gathering and dissemination; advocacy for our constituents; and services to our members. MLHS also undertakes special projects to achieve specific goals and outcomes that are encompassed by one or more of the core areas.

MOSES Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength, www.mosesmi.org
MOSES is a congregation-centered, faith-based community organization reflecting the religious, racial, and ethnic diversity of Metropolitan Detroit. MOSES is a vehicle by which congregations of faith come together to develop a network of relationships, to identify common interests, and to exercise power on behalf of those interests. Through MOSES we assert our religious principles in the public realm to improve the quality of life in our communities and to create a more just and human society.

Network, A National Catholic Network Lobby,
www.networklobby.org - NETWORK—a Catholic leader in the global movement for justice and peace—educates, organizes and lobbies for economic and social transformation.

Peace Action,
www.peace-action.org
Peace Action is the nation’s largest grassroots peace organization with over 100,000 members. Peace Action works for the abolition of nuclear weapons, a foreign policy that promotes human rights and democracy, and federal spending priorities that support human needs in the United States.

Oxfam America,
www.oxfamamerica.org
Oxfam America is a non-profit organization that works to end global poverty through saving lives, strengthening communities, and campaigning for change. We are an affiliate of Oxfam International.

Poverty.com, www.poverty.com, a practical approach to ending world poverty and saving human lives This organization was created for all people around the world who want to end poverty. It was started in January 2007 by a private individual (John Breen) and has no political, religious, or corporate affiliation.

Poverty Awareness Campaign www.povertyusa.org It’s time to end poverty in America once and for all. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) invests in community-based solutions — that know no racial or religious boundaries. We support self-sufficiency and self-determination as the best strategies for change.We support projects that break the cycle of poverty for good. Find out more about CCHD and the programs that are changing people’s lives.

Sojourners: Christians for Justice and Peace www.sojo.net
Founded in 1971, our mission is to articulate the biblical call to social justice, inspiring hope and building a movement to transfrm individuals, communities, the church and the world. Our mission is to articulate the biblical call to social justice, inspiring hope and building a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world. In response to this call,..., [we] publish Sojourners magazine, SojoMail and other resources that address issues of faith, politics, and culture from a biblical perspective

Southern Poverty Law Center,
www.splcenter.org/index.jsp
The Southern Poverty Law Center was founded in 1971 as a small civil rights law firm. Today, the Center is internationally known for its tolerance education programs, its legal victories against white supremacists and its tracking of hate groups.

The Hunger Site,
www.thehungersite.com
Give Food for Free to Hungry People in the World The site's advertisers will automatically donate a cup of food to a number of organizations when you click on the button in the center of the page. Only one click per unique user per day counts, so bookmark the Web site and return often. The site will also send you a daily alarm to remind you to point and click. The following links are also on The Hunger Site. so that you can click on all six every day: The Breast Cancer Site, The Literacy Site, The Rainforest Site, The Child Health Site, and The Animal Rescue Site.

The Voice of the Martyrs,
http://voiceofthemartyrs.net
The Voice of the Martyrs exists to glorify God by being Canada's effective and reliable source of information and support of persecuted Christians around the world. The Voice of the Martyrs is a member of The Canadian Council of Christian Charities, an Affiliate with the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and an Associate Member of the World Evangelical Alliance.

Special Focus: Alternative Gifts

Contact these organizations for gift ideas:

America's Second Harvest
,
www.secondharvest.org
Episcopal Relief and Development Gifts for Life, www.er-d.org/GIFTSFORLIFE
Heifer International, www.heifer.org
Mercy Corps, www.mercycorps.org
Church World Service, www.churchworldservice.org
The Hunger Site, www.thehungersite.com (and their afiliates,  The Breast Cancer Site, The Literacy Site, The Rainforest Site, The Child Health Site, and The Animal Rescue Site.)
Unicef,
www.unicef.org/
World Wildlife Fund, www.worldwildlife.org

Special Focus: Campaign

A Catholic Campaign Against Global Poverty The current food crisis has impacted billions of people around the world. As Catholics, we believe that the right to life for all persons, based on their identity as precious children of God, means that all people have basic rights to those things that are necessary for them to live and thrive, including the right to food.

In response to this crisis, USCCB and CRS have created two Catholic Campaign Against Global Poverty resources:

  • A one-page bulletin insert that overviews Catholic social teaching about food and USCCB/CRS’s policy responses. Catholic Social Teaching and Food
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  • A two-page FAQ sheet that explains the causes of the food crisis, ways in which people around the world have been impacted, USCCB and CRS responses, and suggestions for how Catholics in the U.S. can take action. Global Food Crisis
Released in general email, September 8, 2008, Jill Rauh, Issue Outreach Coordinator, Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Special Focus: Dates

Jubilee USA Network Year of the Sabbath took place in 2007. Please continue to visit their website. www.jubileeusa.org, for information on how to take action and more.

January is Poverty Awareness Month
www.povertyusa.org It’s time to end poverty in America once and for all. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) invests in community-based solutions — that know no racial or religious boundaries. We support self-sufficiency and self-determination as the best strategies for change.

A Season for Nonviolence, An educational and community action campaign January 30 – April 4 http://www.unitybluewater.com/snv A Season for Nonviolence is a national 64-day educational, media, and grassroots campaign, inspired by the memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A Season honors their vision for a nonviolent world that that honors the dignity and worth of every human being.

World Day of the Sick and Our Lady of Lourdes Feast Day, February 11 "Holy See offers special indulgence for World Day of the Sick"

International Women's Day, March 8,  www.un.org/ecosocdev/geninfo/women/womday97.htm
March 8 became known as the day that marks women's efforts to attain justice and equality for themselves and their children. Websites can be examined around the world to look at how the day and this theme of empowering women are treated:

World Water Day March 22
www.worldwaterday.net/
In 1992, the UN General Assembly designated March 22 as "World Water Day" to draw international attention to the critical lack of clean, safe drinking water worldwide. As World Water Day 2007 approaches, many cities across the United States have passed resolutions acknowledging March 22 as World Water Day. Despite the apparent abundance of clean water in the US and most of the developed world, more than 1 billion people around the world lack clean, safe drinking water and more than 2.6 billion lack adequate sanitation services.

Cover the Uninsured Week March 22-28, 2009
Visit
www.CoverTheUninsured.org to find news and information about Cover the Uninsured Week. The site also offers facts about the uninsured, personal stories and resources for people seeking health care coverage.
Click
here for the PRESS room and the opportunity to receive weekly email updates directly to your email.

Earth Hour, www.earthhourus.org, March 28
On March 28, 2009, millions of people cast their votes for the Earth by turning off the lights for one hour—Earth Hour—in an effort to raise awareness and take action to fight climate change. Please go to the website to find out how you can continue to vote for change.

Earth Day, April 22 
www.earthday.net
Earth Day was created in 1970 to spark a revolution against environmental abuse and the organizers, including EDN Board Chairman Denis Hayes, would not take no for an answer. Neither should we. Global warming is real and we're part of the problem.

National Hunger Awareness Day, June 10, 2008 (second Tuesday in June)
National Hunger Awareness Day is an effort to raise awareness of—and donations to help end—hunger in America.


World Refugee Day June 20
For years, many countries and regions have been holding their own Refugee Days and even Weeks. One of the most widespread is Africa Refugee Day, which is celebrated on 20 June in several countries.

International Day of Peace  September 21st We invite you to participate again with your family, friends and communities and to post your commitment on our site(http://www.idpvigil.com/commitments/addForm.php). This year's United Nations' theme is "Non-Violence in Our Communities. The IDP Vigil website (http://www.idpvigil.com) lists commitments worldwide by geographical location so that others can know what is happening in their area and to also give a magnitude of the IDP Vigil grass-roots global movement. Archived commitments are also available. We hope you can also listen to the IDP Vigil song, "One Day of Peace" and consider becoming a Dreamer of Peace.

World Food Day, October 16, a worldwide event designed to increase awareness, understanding and informed,  year-around action to alleviate hunger.

Bread for the World, October 21 (celebrate any Sunday between World Food Day and Thanksgiving)

World Aids Day December 1st is World AIDS Day. Established by the World Health Organization in 1988, World AIDS Day serves to focus global attention on the devastating impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Observance of this day provides an opportunity for governments, national AIDS programs, churches, community organizations and individuals to demonstrate the importance of the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Special Focus: Political Responsibility 

Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, www.thecatholicalliance.org
Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good is a non-partisan non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the fullness of the Catholic social tradition in the public square. Please see the booklet, "Voting for the Common Good."

Catholics for the Common Good, www.catholicsforcommongood.org
CCG has defined its challenge, its objective as to bring the Catholic community to an understanding of the moral dimensions of public policy issues as those issues come up in our society.

Faithful Citizenship: A Catholic Call to Political Responsibility. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops www.faithfulcitizenship.org/
In the Catholic tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue; participation in the political process is a moral obligation. This site provides electronic dispatches and materials for the 2008 presidential election. Please visit this site often as additional information and resources will be added periodically.

Special Focus: Website Based Donations 

"Clicking campaigns" are perhaps the easiest way for regular computer users to donate food and money. After you check your e-mail every morning, make your daily clicks and donate every day. You can even sign up for a daily e-mail reminder offered by many of these campaigns which will help you remember to do this. Increase your vocabulary using the freerice.com (Warning: this is addictive!)

FreeRice.com, www.freerice.com FreeRice is a sister site of the world poverty site, Poverty.com. FreeRice has two goals: 1. Provide English vocabulary to everyone for free. 2. Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free. This is made possible by the sponsors who advertise on this site. Whether you are CEO of a large corporation or a street child in a poor country, improving your vocabulary can improve your life. It is a great investment in yourself. Perhaps even greater is the investment your donated rice makes in hungry human beings, enabling them to function and be productive. Somewhere in the world, a person is eating rice that you helped provide.

The Hunger Site,
www.thehungersite.com
Give Food for Free to Hungry People in the World The site's advertisers will automatically donate a cup of food to a number of organizations when you click on the button in the center of the page. Only one click per unique user per day counts, so bookmark the Web site and return often. The site will also send you a daily alarm to remind you to point and click. The following links are also on The Hunger Site. so that you can click on all six every day: The Breast Cancer Site, The Literacy Site, The Rainforest Site, The Child Health Site, and The Animal Rescue Site

From the Archdiocese of Detroit, Catholic Social Teaching Office

Catholic Social Teaching Office

USCCB - Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions



Notice: The Social Justice Committee of Our Lady on the River Parish provides this list of links to selected sites with useful web resources. The inclusion of these links should not in any way be construed as an endorsement by the committee of all the opinions expressed by individuals, organizations, or publications on these web sites. 

Please contact Barbara Susan with recommendations for additional links.

March updates:
Cover the Uninsured Dates
National Hunger Awareness Day (June 10 2008; researching 2009 date)
Angel Food Ministries
Earth Hour, March 28


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