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Resources from November-December 2017 NewsNotes

The following resources were listed in the November-December 2017 issue of NewsNotes.

Join the “Catholic Nonviolence Initiative: Accomplishments and Next Steps”  webinar on November 7 at 9 a.m. EST. If you aren't available at that time, RSVP anyway. They will send you the recording. In the months since the Nonviolence and Just Peace conference in Rome in 2016, the Catholic Nonviolence Imitative has celebrated a number of positive effects, such as Pope Francis' 2017 World Day of Peace message, "Nonviolence: A style of politics for peace." Other concrete actions, events, and dialogue have been ongoing, including dialogue with the Vatican. This webinar will provide an update on some particular accomplishments and concrete next steps to maintain energy around the CNI and to offer practical examples of action we can take to help move this forward in different social spheres. 

Join the World AIDS Day Prayer Vigil on December 1 to pray for those living with HIV and AIDS and for those whose lives were cut short due to HIV or AIDS. Add your name and the time when you wish to pray on December 1 to the list at 

 Read and share Pax Christi International’s new “Position Paper on Extractives in Latin America.” The paper was published to coincide with their panel discussion on extractives in Latin America in Brussels on October 31. 

Read and share “Issue Brief - Environmental Migrants: Considerations for the U.S. Government” by the Environmental and Energy Study Institute. Climate change threatens to force population displacement on a scale never seen before. Although no one can be certain what the total number of people displaced will be, it will likely be in the tens of millions. Unfortunately, many governments, international organizations, and institutions are currently ill-prepared and unequipped to respond to this challenge. To buffer the United States from these potentially seismic shifts, it is advisable that the plight of environmental migrants receive serious consideration and advanced planning. 

Read and share “Between a Wall and a Dangerous Place” a new blog weekly series, by the Latin America Working Group. Each weekly blog discusses the intersection of human rights, migration, corruption, and public security in Honduras and El Salvador. The series shows how the dangers that propel children, teenagers, women, and men from those countries to seek refuge in the United States, Mexico, and elsewhere have not ended. The blogs are based on interviews with activists, government officials, journalists, humanitarian workers, diplomats, and academics, and aim to present a more nuanced understanding of the root causes of emigration. A new post will be released each week and the series will be later released in one report. 

Download the free “2017 Advent Reflection Guide: A Season to Welcome the Stranger” from the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns. This guide contains reflections, questions, prayers, and actions based on each week’s Gospel reading and the experience of Maryknoll missioners who have lived and worked with communities affected by forced migration in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.