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Catholic Social Thought: Another World is Possible

Engaging Faith | Tue, Sep 29, 2009

Catholic Social Thought: Another World is Possible

Remarks and powerpoint presented at the seminar, “G-20 Summit: Promise or Peril,” at The Center for the Study of Catholic Social Thought, Duquesne University on September 21, 2009.

Father Hug contends that the demonstrators who will be in the streets of Pittsburgh this week are just the latest incarnation of gatherings of people from around the world who have been traveling to meetings of heads of state like the G-8 and the G-20 or at intergovernmental meetings like the UN Conferences of the late 1980s and the 1990s, WTO Ministerial meetings or the annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank for the last 20 years.

Through these years, the organization and communications of the groups have become stronger and more sophisticated. Their message has become clearer, more focused, and more urgent. They want the leaders gathered to hear that the policies these political elites are furthering and the ways they are governing the world are destructive. Those policies are creating or contributing to growing poverty and hunger at the same time as they are enriching a very small percentage of the world’s people in a way that is unbearable. And they are threatening the survival of the planet.

Their message, loud and insistent, is “Another World is Possible!”

Education for Justice | Thu, Aug 9, 2018

Crisis in Jail Ogaden

In the heart of the Somali region, lies one of the most notorious detention centers in Ethiopia. Jail Ogaden is home to thousands of prisoners, who are brutalized and neglected, most of them having never been charged with a crime. Read the Human Rights Watch report: "We are Like the Dead: Torture and other Human Rights Abuses in Jail Ogaden, Somali Regional State, Ethiopia" here: https://bit.ly/2KAPtvo. Copyright © 2018, Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern.

Education for Justice | Mon, Aug 6, 2018

Peaceful Student Protests in Bangladesh

In August 2018, members of the peaceful student protests for safer roads in Dhaka, Bangladesh, were violently attacked by the government. The students were protesting for safer roads after two students were run over and killed by a bus in July, the latest of many traffic accidents in Bangladesh. The protestors have been beaten up, tortured, and many have allegedly been raped. The Bangladeshi government is actively taking part in the crackdown, and is attempting to stop the spread of information about the riots. Copyright © 2018, Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern.

Center of Concern | Wed, Jun 20, 2018

We Love Our Interns!

Kyle Mistretta (left) is a summer intern for the Center. He is studying biology and pre-med at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama.

Kristine Baekaard (center) is a summer intern for Education for Justice. She is studying international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science in London, England.

Skyler Clay (right) is a volunteer working with Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern. She is a rising junior at School Without Walls Senior High School in Washington, D.C., and will be studying documentary film making in Seville, Spain, later this summer.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, Jun 15, 2018

Strategic Workshop in Rome on Challenging the ‘Billions to Trillions’ Model of Financing Development’: Brainstorming on Issues and Future Advocacy

The Rethinking Bretton Woods Project at Center of Concern will be collaborating with the Society for International Development, the Heinrich Boell Foundation, and others to convene a three-day workshop in Rome, Italy, that will explore and deconstruct the fast moving transformation of the global system of development finance that is currently underway among the G20 and the world’s major multilateral development banks (MDBs) including the World Bank.

The G20 and MDBs are currently undertaking a major overhaul of the traditional operational system for development finance. This overhaul, called “Maximizing Finance for Development” (MFD), will shift from a publicly financed model for foreign aid and development finance to a new privately financed approach. However, this new approach is directly at odds with the human rights-based framework in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to which most MDBs have committed support. Titled, “Capacity-Building Project on Financial Regulation and Human Rights,” the workshop will convene leaders from civil society and scholarly institutions from the affected countries to share research and analysis regarding these major developments to raise awareness, provide data, and develop methodologies for civil society organizations to engage more efficiently and effectively in this global debate.

Participants will (1) explore these developments, identify the key elements of financialization necessary for training materials and financial literacy modules; and (2) begin planning and organizing a larger, multi-country, multi-year education and advocacy project to raise awareness and help prepare civil society to address these significant changes underway in the development finance system.

Integral Ecology | Fri, Apr 27, 2018

Laudato Si’: The End of the Beginning for the Journey Toward Care for Our Common Home and One Another

"Three years ago, the world waited impatiently for the new encyclical letter on integral ecology by Pope Francis. For months ahead of its unveiling, people in the know—social activists, theologians, ecologists—Catholic or not, speculated, theorized, and dreamed of all that this important message might contain. We knew that the words from the Holy Father would be coming at a critical time, in the lead up to the COP21 Climate talks in Paris. Those of us who had been praying for the world to wake up to the urgency of the current ecological crisis put our hopes in the hands of Pope Francis and this encyclical." Read the rest of Josianne's blog post at: https://integral-voices.com/2018/01/22/laudato-si-the-end-of-the-beginning-for-the-journey-toward-care-for-our-common-home-and-one-another/.

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