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Center of Concern | Mon, Jun 12, 2017

This month’s calendar offers daily reflections and actions to celebrate EFJ’s theme for the month of July 2017: Fostering a Culture of Peace: Kinship. Copyright © 2017, Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern.

Education for Justice | Tue, Jun 13, 2017

Prayer for Fathers of the World

This prayer invites us to pause and give thanks for fathers all around the world and pray for the pains and sufferings of those who cannot care for their children because of unjust systems, policies, and structures. This resource is available in English and Spanish.

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Integral Ecology | Mon, Jun 12, 2017

Young People Demand Change

"Young people demand change. They wonder how anyone can claim to be building a better future without thinking of the environmental crisis and the sufferings of the excluded."

—Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, 13

I held this quote in my heart the first time I read it. I held it in my heart as I prepared to take on a new role as Youth Engagement Officer at Catholic Earthcare Australia, the ecological agency for the Catholic Church in that country. Since accepting this responsibility, I have travelled around Australia, and sometimes the world, as I shared the news of Laudato Si’ with young Catholics like myself. As a 16-year-old, I came to the environmental movement frustrated and heartbroken by the inability of adults to secure for my generation a safe climate future. At 21, I joined the team at Catholic Earthcare Australia, elated to find that Australia was the first country to have a church agency dedicated to care for creation. 

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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.