Former lay missioner Barb Fraser (Peru) wrote the following reflection, which was published in A Maryknoll Liturgical Year: Reflections on the Readings for Year B, available from Orbis Books.
The proposed Trade Promotion Authority (TPA, "Fast Track") legislation, touted as bipartisan, is opposed not only by most Democrats and some Republicans, but also by civil society groups representing consumers, faith communities, immigrant rights organizations, labor, public health advocates, and environmentalists.
This article by Sr. Ann Braudis, published in the May-June 2015 NewsNotes, relates something of the struggle in Guatemala during recent decades: it reflects on where the majority of indigenous and poor people find themselves today.
Sr. Melinda Roper, who serves the people of Darien, Panama, near the border with Colombia, wrote the following reflection.
On May 7, join a discussion with Josu Urgarte, president of Mondragon International, about a “multi-localization” approach to globalizing factory-based production that creates domestic employment with higher wages.
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.
Kathy McNeely, who served as a lay missioner in Guatemala and was a member of the Office for Global Concerns' staff for many years, wrote the following reflection.
The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns (MOGC) applauds the Obama Administration’s March 31 announcement of the U.S. Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) that will reduce emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.
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.
Urge your members of Congress to sign "Dear Colleague" letters in support of the president's budget proposal for the Green Climate Fund.
Our colleagues at ActionAid USA are circulating this petition to urge the Obama administration to end its support of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition.
Join the AFL CIO, CARECEN, CASA, the Center for International Environmental Law, CISPES, Council of Canadians, Friends of the Earth, the Institute for Policy Studies, OXFAM America, Public Citizen, SHARE Foundation, Sierra Club, Sisters of Mercy, the Teamsters, Washington Ethical Society, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, and others to:
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.