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WTO In Theaters Now

Global Women's Project | Thu, Sep 18, 2008

WTO In Theaters Now

Battle in Seattle is a new film by Stuart Townsend that tells the stories of a dozen fictional characters whose lives intersect over the course of the 1999 WTO Ministerial in Seattle. Today, as then, the WTO represents the very economic model that is collapsing before our eyes. The crisis in the housing and finance sectors are but the latest example of an economy based on the wrong values. As the protest signs read, it's time to put "People Before Profits."

Labor Day 2008

Center of Concern | Mon, Sep 1, 2008

Labor Day 2008

“Our faith,” the U.S. bishops remind us in their pastoral letter Economic Justice for All, “is not just a weekend obligation, a mystery to be celebrated around the altar on Sunday.

It is a pervasive reality to be practiced every day in homes, offices, factories, schools, and businesses…We cannot separate what we believe form how we act in the marketplace and the broader community” (#25).

Seeking Climate Justice at Home

Global Women's Project | Mon, Jul 28, 2008

Seeking Climate Justice at Home

Climate change affects us all, but it doesn’t affect us all in the same ways or to the same extent. There is widespread international consensus, affirmed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, that people living in poverty around the world will be more directly and severely impacted, conjuring images of the devastation wreaked by Cyclone Nargis in Burma, drought exacerbating the food crisis in East Africa and rising sea levels affecting the populations of small islands states.

The Big Squeeze

Center of Concern | Wed, Jul 23, 2008

The Big Squeeze

Book Review - In 2008, twenty-two years after the bishops provided a moral framework for evaluating the economy, Steven Greenhouse, a labor and workplace correspondent for the New York Times since 1995, has provided us a report card on the economy and how it measures up to the standard of protecting the dignity of the human person.
Myths and Meaning

Center of Concern | Wed, Jul 9, 2008

Myths and Meaning

As a nation, our attitudes and responses to the issues and events of our time are often shaped by myth – tales handed down through family trees or stories transmitted through grade school textbooks. In the heightened and passionate conversation around immigration, myth has played a compelling role on all sides of the debate. The rhetoric surrounding the immigration raid that took place May 12 in Postville, Iowa highlights the differences between the two competing predominant myths.

Defining Food:  Sustenance, Fuel, or Profit?

Center of Concern | Thu, Jun 5, 2008

Defining Food: Sustenance, Fuel, or Profit?

This week, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization is hosting a World Food Security Conference in Rome. Originally conceived as an opportunity for the international community to explore the potential implications of climate change on world food security in the coming decades, the current global food crisis has highlighted not just the relevancy, but the desperate urgency of the issue.

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