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Center of Concern | Mon, Aug 14, 2017

We strongly condemn the terrorist thoughts, words, and actions of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, and will continue to walk in solidarity with all those who promote love, unity, and acceptance in our world. (Photo credit: Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Education for Justice | Tue, Aug 15, 2017

Prayer After Charlottesville

After the recent acts of racism in Charlottesville, Virginia, we pray that we may find ways to move forward towards the light, not back into the the shadows of hatred and violence. Copyright © 2017, Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern.

Integral Ecology | Wed, Jul 12, 2017

For Generations To Come: The Questions That Bind

What are we?

What is the meaning of our lives?

What is our kindness? 

What is our righteousness? 

What is our liberation? 

What is our strength?

In the Jewish liturgical tradition, these are the questions we ask ourselves every morning at prayer.  It is with these questions that we not only begin our days, but the questions by which we shape our lives.

In reading and reflecting upon Pope Francis’s encyclical on integral ecology, Laudato Si’, the passage about what Pope Francis calls “justice between the generations” brought these core questions from my own inherited tradition to mind.  Pope Francis writes:

What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up? . . . .What is the purpose of our life in this world? Why are we here? What is the goal of our work and all our efforts? What need does the earth have of us? (Laudato Si’, 160)

How true that how we choose to answer these questions, whatever their source, becomes in aggregate the signature we leave as individuals during our short time on the earth.  How true all the more so that our answers to these questions as one human family leave an indelible inscription upon the earth in our generation and for all generations.

Read the rest of Rabbi Jennifer E. Krause's blog post at: https://integral-voices.com/2017/07/10/for-generations-to-come-the-questions-that-bind/.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Jan 29, 2017

New tax and human rights tools

Participation, accountability, transparency and access to information are critical human rights principles that apply to fiscal policies. Likewise, human rights duties of international cooperation and assistance compel states to consider how their tax policies affect human rights beyond their borders. 

The publications “Civil and Political Rights in Tax Policy” and ”Tax Policy and International Cooperation and Assistance for the Achievement of Human Rights,” are the last two in a series of four advocacy tools launched by the RightingFinance Initiative. Completing the previously launched set of advocacy tools, they offer further guidance on the meaning of human rights obligations for making and assessing tax policy.

Click here for all advocacy tools on tax policy and human rights.