The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns released this statement on March 31, 2015 after the release of the previously classified investment chapter of the proposed TransPacific Partnership trade agreement.
From Cambodia to El Salvador, Bangladesh to Tanzania, Maryknoll missioners accompany people and communities affected by poverty and extreme poverty. Based on our belief in the value of each human person and their right to a life of dignity, we work to eliminate the roots causes of poverty found in unjust economic structures. We promote the globalization of solidarity, the enhancement of inclusive human security and development that is rooted in social justice and ecological sustainability.
Read our statement Trading in justice: The local impact of global economic decisions.
We work for economic justice with an emphasis on the elimination of poverty and the empowerment of impoverished people. Our foci are globalization and its impact; trade and investment, especially the TRIPS agreement and its impact on the access to agricultural resources and affordable medicines; and the debt crisis, including illegitimate debt, the impact of macroeconomic reforms as a condition for debt relief, proposals for debt arbitration, the impact of corruption on debt cancellation and possible solutions. Other issues that we follow include food security and health care concerns in regards to trade and investment policies, and corporate accountability.
Learn more about our Faith-Economy-Ecology project.
Our newsletter, Encounters, features the challenges posed by the current economic growth paradigm and shines light on the hopeful ways communities are responding to protect human dignity and God's beautiful creation.
Articles, alerts, events
The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns joined dozens of other religious groups to urge President Obama to appoint a chair of the Federal Reserve who will focus on re-establishing the separation between investment and commercial banking.
The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns distributed more than 8,000 postcards for people to sign and mail to the CEOs of Macy’s and Kohl’s as part of the Human Thread Campaign during the final months of 2016.
Now that the TPP deal is signed, Congress has to approve it. This is the time to raise our voices for economic justice.
In October Taiwan's legislature passed an amendment to the Employment Service Act, which eases a significant burden on the country’s migrant workers.
The government of El Salvador recently won a long-running legal battle when an international trade tribunal ruled that it did not have to pay compensation to a mining company that was denied a permit to drill for gold. El Salvador declared a moratorium on mining concessions in 2009, in an attempt to protect its water supply from being pollution, despite having previously signed international trade agreements.
The Human Thread, a Catholic advocacy group for garment workers, launched a national postcard campaign that asks Macy's and Kohl's to add a fair trade clothing item to their department store racks and shelves.
The following reflection on the growing protest demonstrations in Zimbabwe was written by Maryknoll Sister Janice McLaughlin, former president of the Maryknoll Sisters and a longtime missioner in Zimbabwe.
Returned Maryknoll Lay Mission Lisa Sullivan, who has lived in Venezuela for more than 30 years, writes about the current economic crisis.
Sign a letter to the women of the U.S. Senate asking for their support of the Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act (S.1968).
A coalition of faith and development organizations, including the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) calling for the immediate cancellation of USDA’s planned shipment of 500 metric tons of U.S. peanuts to Haiti.
On October 5, the U.S. and 11 other nations finalized negotiations on the biggest trade agreement in history: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Many concerns remain about the potential impact of this trade and investment deal on access to medicines and environmental standards.
As countries prepare for the climate negotiations in Paris in December, some experts have called attention to the need for including safeguards to protect nations’ actions to address climate change from legal challenges by trade partners. Without this legal protection, many of the initiatives to decrease climate emissions or to adapt to a changing environment could be overturned by lawsuits.
Dave Kane, who recently left the Maryknoll lay missioners after many years (mostly in Brazil, followed by a stint at the Global Concerns office), wrote today's reflection.
This week's reflection is from Sr. Madeline Dorsey, who spent many years of her mission life in war-torn El Salvador.
Susan Weissert, who worked as a lay missioner for many years in South America and at the Maryknoll center in New York, asks: Can we look back on our actions/words/decisions today and see that they were shaped by love of God and love of neighbor?
Sr. Luise Ahrens, who has spent many years in Cambodia, writes in this week's reflections about the challenges of living in a interconnected world ... How do we make choices that are clarified by God's wisdom? How can we live a life formed and informed by the Spirit of Jesus?
In this week's reflection, Fr. Tom Marti recalls his service in the Philippines, and that beautiful nation's efforts to reverse the devastating ecological destruction it has experienced in recent decades.
- CIDSE, an international alliance of Catholic development agencies working together for global justice
- Gapminder.org: For a fact-based world view
- Infographic: The New Economy
- Jubilee USA
- JustFaith Ministries
- Leaps and Bounds
- On all our shoulders: A Catholic call to protect the endangered common good
- UN Millennium Development Goals Report 2012