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Center of Concern | Tue, Feb 7, 2017

Education for Justice Presents 2017 Lenten Reflections by Dr. Megan McKenna

Creative Voice Dr. Megan McKenna, renowned theololgian and storyteller, draws upon scripture, oral tradition, and Catholic social teaching (CST) for EFJ's 2017 Lenten Reflections. For each week of Lent, Dr. McKenna weaves together the principles of the common good found in CST. Together, they begin to meld into one deeper theme of Lent: the process of Jesus forming his Community of Beloved Disciples.

To view the reflections, become a member of Education for Justice today: www.coc.org/EFJ-New

Copyright © 2017, Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern.

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.

Integral Ecology | Wed, Jan 25, 2017

Laudato Sí: A Gift for a New Era

Laudato Sí is Pope Francis’s gift to the world in order to make a new beginning in this most urgent and dramatic hour of history. He makes a powerful statement that we do not have the right to continue imperiously to contaminate and ruin God’s work.

Laudato  is a beautiful gift because it invites us to develop a new way of looking, to see God’s creation as a work of God’s gratuitous and merciful love. If we really believe that we are created in the image and likeness of God, then we can express this deep respect, care, and reverence for all the beings of creation – not so much as resources in relation to our human interests – but rather as creatures of God’s love, and deserving of our love, too, in acknowledgment that “every creature has its own value and significance” (76). God creates as an act of love so that “every creature is thus the object of the Father’s tenderness, who [sic] gives it its place in the world. Even the fleeting life of the least of beings is the object of his love, and in its few seconds of existence, God enfolds it with his affection” (77).

To read the rest of María Laura's blog in English and Spanish, click here.

Education for Justice | Thu, Jan 12, 2017

A Daily Photo Journal: Remembrance of the Little Ones for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees

On January 15, the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, begin using this daily photo journal for one week to reflect on the lived experience of children who are migrants and refugees.

Copyright © 2016-2017, Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern.

Center of Concern | Thu, Jan 12, 2017

Refugees and Migrants - Are They Part of Our Common Good?

On January 15, 2017, the Catholic Church observes the 103rd World Day of Migrants and Refugees. This year, Pope Francis focuses on refugee children, who are often unaccompanied, vulnerable, and voiceless. Integral Voice Monsignor Robert J. Vitillo, Secretary General of International Catholic Migration Commission based in Geneva, Switzerland, offers his thoughts on the reactions to Laudato Si and the crying need to promote civil and political love for migrants and refugees in our world today.

Click here to read Monsignor Vitillo's reflection on Center of Concern's Integral Voices blog.

Education for Justice | Thu, Jan 12, 2017

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day: I Am Miriam

The I Am Miriam video (found at: www.against-humanity.org), strives to inform the public about the realities of human trafficking and provide resources for educating and acting in the fight against this terrible scourge. 

The companion Web site, Against Humanity, aims to form educated advocates for change. This Web site follows the four moments of the Pastoral Circle™: See, Think, Reflect, and Act. Each page provides tools and resources to learn about the reality of human trafficking and to respond through individual and collective advocacy.

Copyright © 2017, Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern.

Center of Concern | Mon, Jan 9, 2017

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day: I Am Miriam

The I Am Miriam video (found at: www.against-humanity.org), strives to inform the public about the realities of human trafficking and provide resources for educating and acting in the fight against this terrible scourge. 

The companion Web site, Against Humanity, aims to form educated advocates for change. This Web site follows the four moments of the Pastoral Circle™: See, Think, Reflect, and Act. Each page provides tools and resources to learn about the reality of human trafficking and to respond through individual and collective advocacy.

Copyright © 2017, Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern.

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.

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