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.
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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.
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“Evicted and Abandoned: The World Bank’s Broken Promise to the Poor” is a global investigation that reveals how the World Bank has regularly failed to follow its own rules for protecting vulnerable populations.
Opportunities for Cambodian workers to share in the prosperity of that country's garment industry come at the price of exploitation and abuse.
April 15 is the anniversary of an unusual and largely unnoticed "citizen uprising" in Cherán, a small indigenous town of 20,000 residents in the state of Michoacán, México.
Within Brazil, national news programs and newspapers dedicate extensive coverage to several corruption scandals, which has contributed to growing anger toward President Dilma Rousseff and her affiliated Workers Party (PT).
A number of faith leaders representing religious communions, denominations, and organizations across the country spoke out on April 16, 2015 to voice their concern about the newly released Trade Promotion Authority bill, or Fast Track, which would give the president unilateral power to sign the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement without a chance for debate in Congress.
With the current Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, the U.S. again looks to tighten control over patents for medicines.
Leaks from three major trade negotiations show that the U.S. and the European Union are pushing for rules that would undermine the ability of governments to create laws to protect public safety, health and the environment.
The following article was prepared by Chris Smith, a Maryknoll Affiliate who is volunteering with the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, and was published in the March-April 2015 NewsNotes.
The following article was written by Marek Cabrera, the Central America intern for the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, and was published in the March-April 2015 NewsNotes.
The following article was prepared by Alfonso Buzzo, who is an intern with the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns’ Faith-Economy-Ecology project, and was published in the March-April 2015 NewsNotes.
On Feb. 17, 2015, Maryknoll joined a large coalition of religious groups including Quaker, Jewish, Protestant and Catholic organizations, in sending a letter to all Members of Congress to express strong opposition to fast track trade promotion authority.
U.S. Catholic bishops urge Congress to consider legislation pertaining to trade agreements that would abide by principles which promote and defend human life and dignity, protect the environment and public health, and promote justice and peace in our world.
According to a formal protest to the World Bank filed on January 7 by the Haiti Mining Justice Collective, the Bank agreed to help the Haitian government rewrite its mining laws in March 2013, and several months later, a task force comprised of representatives of several government ministries and Bank experts began drafting a new mining law.
The World Bank is currently undergoing a review and overhaul of its safeguards policies with the intent to update and strengthen them.
In Honduras, one of the poorest countries in the hemisphere, the government is in the midst of launching a radical neoliberal economic experiment that, aside from being highly unlikely to reduce poverty or inequality, or spur a kind of development that benefits people who are poor, constitutes a major violation of the rights of the Honduran people.
Judy Coode, former communications director for the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns and current project coordinator for the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, a project of Pax Christi International, reflects on the daily spiritual act of breaking bread and sharing a meal.
Maryknoll Sister Luise Ahrens, who was instrumental in re-establishing the Royal University of Phnom Penh after the reign of terror of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, reflects on our need to make choices in our lives "formed and informed by the Spirit of Jesus."
Dave Kane, a member of the Global Concerns staff, is a returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner who lives and works in Joao Pessoa, Brazil.
This week's reflection is written by Kathy McNeely, a returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner and former staff member of Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.
This week's scripture reflection was prepared by Christine Perrier, a returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner who served in Peru.
This week's scripture reflection was prepared by Chris Bodewes, who served as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner in Kenya.
Joanne Blaney has served as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner in Brazil for many years and is currently working as the Mission Services Director for the Maryknoll Lay Missioners, based in New York.
Fr. James Kroeger, MM, who served in the Philippines, wrote the following reflection which was published in A Maryknoll Liturgical Year: Reflections on the Readings for Year B, available from Orbis Books.
David Kane, a former Maryknoll lay missioner who served in Brazil, wrote the following reflection which was published in A Maryknoll Liturgical Year: Reflections on the Readings for Year B, available from Orbis Books.
Phil and Kathy Dahl-Bredine, who served as lay Maryknoll missionaries in Mexico, wrote the following reflection which was published in A Maryknoll Liturgical Year: Reflections on the Readings for Year B, available from Orbis Books.
Judy Coode, communications director for the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns in Washington DC, wrote the following reflection which was published in A Maryknoll Liturgical Year: Reflections on the Readings for Year B, available from Orbis Books.
Sr. Luise Ahrens, MM, who served in Cambodia, wrote the following reflection which was published in A Maryknoll Liturgical Year: Reflections on the Readings for Year B, available from Orbis Books.
Former lay missioner Heidi Cerneka served in Brazil; she wrote the following reflection which was published in A Maryknoll Liturgical Year: Reflections on the Readings for Year B, available from Orbis Books.
- 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