Journeying with immigrants, migrants and refugees . . .

During the 1960s, while in college, I first became aware of migrant farmworkers. Reading John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath along with seeing Edward R. Murrow’s documentary, Harvest of Shame, put me in touch with both migrants and immigrants.  Steinbeck’s novel was written in the 1940’s.  Murrow’s documentary was broadcast the day after Thanksgiving in 1960, CBS […]

Celebrating our Earth

Hello, All! We celebrate Earth Day during April. (April 22) With S. Caroljean’s permission, I will use a blog from her website along with guiding you to further info on events during April.   However since I wrote this a major reversal has occurred in U.S. policy toward the environment and climate change,  President Trump […]

Immigration

We have been and continue to be inundated about the activities and goals of the Trump Administration.  One of the most explosive attempts at exclusion is the Executive Order regarding immigrants and refugees.  This month’s blog will focus on some factual information about the Order, the judicial decision of the 9th circuit court along with […]

Communicate!

We have just experienced the swearing in of Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States. Many of us are justifiably worried and/or fearful.  Others have a sense of anticipation and excitement. As citizens in an increasingly pluralistic and polarized country, I believe we are challenged to create more effective approaches to wrestle with […]

Populism – a threat or a challenge for the democratic system?

The election of Donald Trump as President-Elect last month was a surprise to most, including the candidate himself. ‘Monday nite quarterbacking’ was widespread throughout the political spectrum.  What happened?? How did this happen? Of course, numerous factors influenced both democratic and republican voters but one major factor was either overlooked and/or dismissed.  The pundits and […]

Are Women Human?

I once saw a question raised related to violence against women that questioned: “Are Women Human?” Seems like a superfluous inquiry, doesn’t it? However, treatment of women, whether it be through actions, attitudes and/or expressed values demonstrate that we are not. Historical roots and traditional customs offer deep roots to a negative response to this […]

To Make the Invisible Visible!

Can you remember the last time you heard the presidential candidates speak about people living in poverty? We hear concerns about the middle class and outrage over the top 1% and tax cuts but what about those persons who aren’t included in these categories? Think about it! To name a few who aren’t ‘counted’ – […]

Did You Know?

Please begin by viewing the above youtube (c.5 min.) Incorporate the reflection below into your own thoughts. How does this thought-provoking information and challenge connect with your choices to the upcoming elections and candidates – presidential, senatorial, house reps?  This election, as we know is unprecedented in our nation’s history.  Much is at stake, especially […]

Election 2016

We, U.S. citizens – and the rest of the world – have experienced months and months of the primary campaigns along with, continued campaigns toward the general election in November 2016. However, at this time we have two major candidates rather than almost twenty!  Seems, in theory, like it should be pretty simple, doesn’t it? […]

Yes, we have differences

Yes, we have differences (see below).  No, we share a common humanity. It seems we need a better balance between the two! To identify a few startling events from our recent past: Timothy Thomas, an unarmed 19 yr. old in Cincinnati shot and killed during Holy Week of 2001. Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old, shot and killed […]

Dan Berrigan, S. J.

Dan Berrigan, S.J. dead at the age of 94 – died Saturday, April 30, 2016. Who was he? Priest, prophet, poet, teacher, author, protestor, mentor . . . Many words have already been written about him; many more will come.  For those of you not so familiar with his journey of justice I offer the […]

Earth Day

Earth Day, Apr. 22, a day to celebrate the environment! The first Earth Day was organized in 1970 to promote the ideas of ecology, encourage respect for life on earth, and highlight growing concern over pollution of the soil, air, and water. Earth Day is now observed in 140 nations with outdoor performances, exhibits, street fairs, and television programs […]

International Women’s Day, March 8, 2014

“Countries with more gender equality have better economic growth. Companies with more women leaders perform better. Peace agreements that include women are more durable. Parliaments with more women enact more legislation on key social issues such as health, education, anti-discrimination and child support. The evidence is clear: equality for women means progress for all.” Secretary-General […]

Malcolm X

“I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.” During February, Black History Month, we honor the history and outstanding individuals of African-Americans. Public events, […]

Being Part of the Life Boat

50 years ago, during Lyndon Johnson’s first State of the Union Address on January 8, 1964, he announced: “This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America.” Despite this determination many political, social and economic factors became obstacles rather means to success. Numerous resources are available today for analysis, reflection and […]

Signs of the Times

Signs of the Times Vatican II was the catalyst that helped create a new way of being Church:  a Church centered on justice, professing a preferential option for the poor, a Church of modern day martyrs, and a Church with a growing number of laity desiring a more active role. Below is the first paragraph […]

WE GIVE THANKS. . .

NOVEMBER is a month of days full of remembering and giving thanks! To name a few. . .We started with All Saints  and All Souls Days which give us opportunities to recall loved ones who have gone before us. Veterans’ Day sets forth a time in which we honor those, living and dead, who have […]