CoC speaks at January 12 event on tax avoidance

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Jan 4, 2017

CoC speaks at January 12 event on tax avoidance

On January 12, 2016, CoC team member Aldo Caliari will be one of the contributors at the event "Tax Avoidance, Illicit Financial Flows and Global Development: A Call for a United Nations Tax Body.” The event will feature the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Ecuador, H.E. Mr. Guillaume Long, on the day before Ecuador takes over the Presidency of the Group of 77 at an official ceremony in New York, and will discuss Ecuador’s agenda on tax avoidance, illicit financial flows and development.

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Education for Justice | Fri, Dec 16, 2016

Prayer for Aleppo






After the fall of eastern Aleppo,

We pray for the souls of those who have perished,

That they may experience the joy of everlasting life.


We pray for the survivors and remaining civilians,

Who now face grave risk of detention, torture,

And death by their own government,

That they find comfort and safe haven.

We pray for all who have witnessed

The destruction of their homes

And experienced unfathomable loss and horror.


We pray for the doctors, humanitarians, faith leaders,

Reporters, first responders, and the White Helmets,

Who bravely entered Aleppo,

Risking and sacrificing their lives

To alleviate the suffering of others.


We watched the goodbye messages pour out of Aleppo

And heard the people’s final cries for peace and justice.

Help us to recognize that our words and prayers are not enough.

Give us the courage to condemn those who have committed

Horrific war crimes against thousands of innocents.


Grant us the will to protect your children, 

Who have endured chemical weapons, aerial bombings,

And been denied food, water, and medicine.


Forgive us for our inaction and silence.

Forgive us our ignorance and lack of compassion.

Forgive us for standing by in the face of genocide

Until it was too late.


After every tragedy, our words and prayers are the same:

“Never again.”

After the Holocaust,

After Cambodia,

After Bosnia,

After Darfur,

And after Rwanda.


Years from now, we will be forced to answer for Aleppo.

We pray that when we say,

“Never again,”

That this time it will be true. Amen. 


— Irene Koo

Copyright © 2016, Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Dec 12, 2016

CoC attends Berlin meeting on finance and the G20

On December 8-9, 2016, CoC team member Aldo Caliari attended a meeting in Berlin (Germany) on international finance and the Group of 20. The meeting was part of civil society preparations in the lead up to the 2017 G20 Summit, to be chaired by Germany.

It continues to be the case that demands for alternatives and/or more stringent reform and regulation so that the financial sector serves the needs of societies, people and a real sustainable economy are not sufficiently being heard or even expressed. This meeting sought to increase public scrutiny on malfunctioning international decision‐making on global financial policies and raise civil society awareness on the need to demand financial system reforms consistent with the economic problems that confront society. Participants met with officials from the German government preparing the 2017 G20 Summit and drafted a letter to be delivered to the G20 Sherpas.

Education for Justice | Fri, Dec 2, 2016

Film Discussion Guide: 13th

Ava DuVernay’s powerful documentary 13th argues that although slavery was ostensibly abolished in 1865, the thirteenth amendment legally embedded and allowed a pernicious form of enslavement into American institutions. This loophole has since been wielded as a devastating political tool in the form of mass incarceration and criminalization.

Copyright © 2016, Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern.

Education for Justice | Wed, Nov 30, 2016

World AIDS Day 24 Hour Prayer Vigil

Join the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns in prayer in commemoration of World AIDS Day on December 1. Sign up for an hour of prayer here:

Maryknoll missioners have worked in ministries focused on persons living with HIV and AIDS since the early 1980s, before the extent of the pandemic would be known, long before the loss of millions of lives from AIDS.

In the ensuing years, Maryknollers have accompanied people dying of AIDS, worked with children orphaned by AIDS, supported women and girl children who are at risk of violence or sexual abuse, and witnessed the direct impact of debt, trade issues and poverty on societies being decimated by AIDS.

The vigil will begin at 12 AM Eastern Standard Time (U.S.) on December 1.

Center of Concern | Tue, Nov 29, 2016

Advent Reflections 2016: Creating the Common Good

Education for Justice's 2016 Advent Reflections, written by Creative Voice Fr. Luis A. Vera, O.S.A. highlights the theme of “Creating the Common Good.” He centers the reflections on the scripture passage, “And the Word Became [Mercy] and Dwelt Among Us” (John 1:14). Father Luis reminds us that God is Mercy and invites us to BE mercy to all we meet. Copyright © 2016, Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern.

To read the Advent Reflections, sign up for an Education for Justice membership today!

Education for Justice | Mon, Nov 14, 2016

Nonviolence and Just Peace Webinar #4: "Outcomes and Implementation from Nonviolence & Just Peace Conference"

This webinar will take place on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 9:00am EDT. Register for the webinar here: Space is limited!

The fourth and final webinar of this series on the landmark Nonviolence & Just Peace conference will discuss the outcomes of the conference and particularly the consensus document, “An Appeal to the Catholic Church to re-commit to the centrality of Gospel nonviolence” which has been endorsed by more than 1,600 organizations and individuals.

The webinar’s presenters will offer their insights into the significance of the Appeal and other outcomes of the conference, as well as suggest ways that listeners can become involved in the spirituality and practice of nonviolence in the Church through the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative.

CoC attends global gathering of economic and social rights advocates

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Nov 14, 2016

CoC attends global gathering of economic and social rights advocates

On November 15th through 19th, 2016, CoC team member Aldo Caliari will be in Buenos Aires (Argentina) to represent Center of Concern at the Assembly of the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Network. The Assembly will bring together members from all over the world for assessing network activities since the last Assembly (held in 2008) and strategies for the way forward. The day before the Assembly starts he will also participate of a meeting of the Extraterritorial Obligations Consortium being held in the same city.