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Education for Justice | Mon, Apr 11, 2016

A Call for Prayer and Solidarity

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Pax Christi International will convene an international conference on Nonviolence and Just Peace: Contributing to the Catholic Understanding of and Commitment to Nonviolence, from April 11-13, 2016. In recognition of the Year of Mercy declared by the Holy Father, this carefully planned Catholic conference on nonviolence and just peace will take place in Rome. The invited participants represent a broad spectrum of Church experiences in peacebuilding and creative nonviolence in the face of violence and war. Pax Christi International has asked for the global community's prayers leading up to and during this monumental conference. Join Education for Justice and pray the attached prayer for Nonviolence and Just Peace!

Center of Concern | Tue, Mar 15, 2016

Center of Concern President Hosts Panel Presentation for 20th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute at Georgetown University Law Center

Center President Lester A. Myers organized and hosted a panel presentation at the Georgetown University Law Center 20th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute on March 10, 2016. The session was entitled, “Embracing Corporate Responsibility: What is the Corporate Counsel’s Role as Valued Advisor?” and included globally prominent thought and executive leaders in corporate citizenship and responsibility Bennett Freeman, John T. Friedman, and Stephen B. Young. Journalist and media advisor Roshini Rajkumar moderated the discussion. Les is an alumnus of the law center and has been a member of the Corporate Counsel Institute’s Advisory Board for nine years.

The program featured a discussion of the ways that corporate counsel can work with other senior organizational leaders and board members in articulating a principled, mission-integrated approach to corporate citizenship and responsibility, with authentic regard for stakeholder interests, quality growth, and the long-term value proposition of the organization.

John T. Friedman is the Center’s secretary-treasurer, a Huffington Post columnist, and a prominent thought and executive leader in corporate citizenship and sustainability. Roshini Rajkumar is a well-known journalist, brand strategist, executive coach, and keynote speaker. Bennett Freeman is a globally prominent thought and executive leader in sustainability, corporate responsibility, and governance, and served as senior vice president for sustainability research and policy at Calvert Investments and deputy assistant secretary of state (twice). Stephen B. Young is the global executive director of the Caux Round Table, an internationally renowned author and speaker on corporate responsibility, and a Center Creative Voice.

For photo: from left to right are John T. Friedman, Roshini Rajkumar, Bennett Freeman, Stephen B. Young, and Lester A. Myers.

Center of Concern | Thu, Feb 11, 2016

I Am Miriam

Center of Concern announces the premiere of "I Am Miriam," an anti-human trafficking video, and a companion website entitled, "Against Humanity." The video tells the story of a 26-year-old Ethiopian woman who underwent sex trafficking as she sought asylum from violence against her family and herself in her homeland. The website provides educational and other resources for preventing, detecting, and responding to human trafficking through individual and collective efforts. 

Sister Dianna M. Ortiz, O.S.U., Editor of the Center’s award-winning Education for Justice (EFJ) and an internationally recognized champion for human rights, wrote and served as executive producer for the video. “This is the tragic, personal story of my friend, Miriam, who descended into the horrors of human trafficking as she fled violence against her family and herself in her native Ethiopia. This modern-day form of slavery ensnares nearly 21 million of our brothers and sisters, an experience that no one should have to endure. We must illuminate and eliminate the curse of human trafficking,” Ortiz stated.

These special bonus resources are possible through the generous support of the Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters

Center of Concern | Tue, Feb 2, 2016

Lenten Prayer for Peace

As Center of Concern prepares for the upcoming season of Lent, Education for Justice is pleased to share this free, bonus prayer resource taken from Creative Voice John Dear's Lenten Reflections 2016: Following Jesus on the Path of Nonviolence. This Lenten Prayer for Peace invites us to reflect on the life of the nonviolent Jesus and strive to be peacemakers in our world.

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