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 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.
Judy Coode with the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns participated in a February 2015 delegation to Haiti; this reflection is based on that visit.
The following reflection was prepared by Sr. Patricia Gallogly, who served many years in Tanzania. Her reflection can also be found in A Maryknoll Liturgical Year: Reflections on the Readings for Year B, available from Orbis Books.
After serving as a lay missioner in Guatemala in the 1990s, Kathy McNeely was a member of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns staff for many years.
Sr. Teresa Dagdag, MM recently finished her term as executive co-secretary of the Commission on Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) for the Union of Superiors General in Rome. She continues to work as a JPIC promoter in Rome.
Fr. Ray Finch has served as a missioner in the Andean regions of Latin America for many years, most recently in Bolivia.
Dave Kane, a member of the Global Concerns office staff, is a former lay missioner who lives and works in Joao Pessoa, Brazil.
This week's reflection is written by Kathy McNeely, who is currently a staff member with the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns. Kathy spent several years in Guatemala as a lay missioner.
This week's scripture reflection was prepared by lay missioner Christine Perrier.
This week's scripture reflection was prepared by Chris Bodewes, who served as a lay missioner in Kenya.
- 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