Social Justice Ministry

Who we are…
St. Peter’s Social Justice Ministry is a faith-centered group which meets once a month to pray, study, plan and act.  Catholic Social Teaching educates us about the elements of Social Justice and helps us to identify issues for action for ourselves and the St. Peter’s community. We have focus areas that include Immigration/Refugee initiatives, Racial Justice and Dialogue, Ending Homelessness and Education for at risk students. In each of these areas, St Peter Catholic Church has ministries that, through our faith, take action.

Immigration/Refugee Initiatives

Senators Lindsay Graham and Richard Durbin have introduced a new bill: The Dream Act of 2017 (S. 1615). It is a bipartisan effort to protect immigrant children who entered the U.S. as children and know America as their only home. The Catholic bishops of the U.S. have asked Catholics to support this bill, “As Catholics, we have long supported DREAMERS as we believe in protecting the dignity of every human being, especially that of children.”   By clicking on to the Justice for Immigrants link on the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ website (jfi@usccb.org) you can send an email to Senators Burr and Tillis urging them to co-support this bill. https://justiceforimmigrants.org/category/statements/

JESUIT CALL for an END TO IMMIGRATION RAIDS in the USA  To keep up with justice issues around immigration, refugees and poverty, see:  info@confrontglobalpoverty.org.  Jesuit Refugee Service provides education for children: Education for All act  and   http://jrsusa.org/news 
The USCCB click on this link:  http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/immigration/index.cfm
Father Shea offers this Refugee Prayer to our community.

web_Border_wall The Kino Border Initiative (KBI) began in January 2009 by six organizations from the United States and Mexico: The California Province of the Society of Jesus, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, the Missionary Sisters of the Eucharist, the Mexican Province of the Society of Jesus, the Diocese of Tucson and the Archdiocese of Hermosillo. It is located in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.  The KBI’s vision is to help make humane, just, workable migration between the U.S. and Mexico a reality.  Its mission is to promote US/Mexico border and immigration policies that affirm the dignity of the human person and a spirit of bi-national solidarity through:

  • Direct humanitarian assistance and accompaniment with migrants;
  • Social and pastoral education with communities on both sides of the border;
  • Participation in collaborative networks that engage in research and advocacy to transform local, regional, and national immigration policies.
    https://www.kinoborderinitiative.org/

Many of those targeted for deportation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE), have valid claims to humanitarian protection in the United States but lacked adequate legal representation or were fast tracked through legal proceedings without basic due process guarantees.  (see Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and U.S.-based Jesuit law schools involvement in advocating for legal representation of children in migration and asylum proceedings)

HEALTH CARE:  Contact Your Senators to Insist on Changes to the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017  https://www.votervoice.net/

Education and Inspiring Youth
Druid Hills Academy Partnership
“CHANGE THE LIFE OF A CHILD THROUGH READING”
WE DID IT! Our book drive exceeded our goal of 1,000 books for Druid Hills students by collecting 1,200 books! Each student will be receiving at least one new book of his or her own to take home.

UPDATE ON DRUID HILLS STATUS:  Under the recent student assignment program approved by the Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board, Druid Hills will remain a pre-K-8 school for the foreseeable future. Our partnership committee believes this is a good result for the families of Druid Hills compared with some of the plans that had been proposed. In addition, the possibility was raised that the school could perhaps become a STEM partial magnet in the future. Thanks to all who voiced their thoughtful opinions to the school board and the school district’s  superintendent. We feel that our voices were heard.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED for leaders for Druid Hills’ Daisy Girl Scout Troop next fall. The troop just completed a very successful first year and is growing in membership. If you are interested, please contact Joanne Shea at joannesh@carolina.rr.com.

Shelter and Homeownership – ending homelessness
Homeless Relief

Housing First  presentation by Caroline Chambre Hammock, Director of Urban Ministry Center HousingWorks Program, and St. Peter parishioner TOPIC:  “Housing First” – citywide initiative to end homelessness by 2016   ENDING CHRONIC HOMELESSNESS IN 2016   In response to this initiative, volunteers from our parish join St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in moving homeless families into their permanent homes  through Supportive Housing Communities. This ministry accepts furniture and household donations for pick up, moves in, decorates these homes and  provides the first meal for these deserving families.  For more information, contact Betsy Chapman at homelessreliefministry@gmail.com.

 

For more information about the Social Justice Ministry, please contact
Barbara Dellinger.

Operating Principles:  Please click here.

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