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March-April 2017 NewsNotes

Vol. 42, No. 2 

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Toward Global Solidarity - Less than one hundred days into the new Trump presidency and it clear that we are experiencing a profound ideological shift that will have a large impact on both the U.S. and the world. 

Nonviolence: Action on World Day of Peace Message - The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns co-organized an event on “Nonviolence as a Style of Politics for Peace” at the UN in New York with the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See and the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, a project of Pax Christi International. 

Integral ecology: Rules and regulations matterWith the start of the new Trump Administration, Congress has gone to work dismantling agency rules directed at the fossil fuel industry. 

Climate action: Proposal by U.S. conservatives - A group of conservative leaders recently shared a plan to decrease carbon emissions that could change the political possibilities for climate action. 

U.S. immigration enforcement: Shocking changesThings are changing fast for vulnerable communities with which Maryknoll missioners have worked for decades. 

Loving Our Neighbor, Embodying Sanctuary - Isaac S. Villegas, pastor of Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship and board member of the North Carolina Council of Churches, shared this reflection at the “Loving Our Neighbor: Embodying Sanctuary” conference at Duke Divinity School on January 28, 2017.

Myanmar: Heal, not wound Maryknoll Sister Mary Grenough, who recently returned to New York after many years on mission in Myanmar, wrote about Cardinal Bo's appeal and actions to promote an end to state-sponsored violence in Myanmar

Philippines: Bishops denounce extrajudicial killings - In a new pastoral statement, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines has unequivocally denounced President Duterte’s war on drugs for creating a “reign of terror” among the poor. 

Help offered to families of victims of Philippine killings - Faith-based groups conduct trauma debriefing sessions to those left bereaved in drug war. The following article was published by on February 21.

Africa Union and the International Criminal Court - On January 31 several news organizations reported the African Union (AU) had agreed to a strategy of mass withdrawal from the International Criminal Court. 

Latin America: Brazil-based scandal spreads - Dave Kane, returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner, wrote this analysis from Brazil, where the breadth and depth of a massive muti-national bribery scandal is slowly coming to light.

Peru: Oil companies harm indigenous communities - Barbara Fraser, a returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner, writes from Peru about the misery and death caused by oil companies on indigenous communities. 

Honduras: “Deadliest place to defend the planet” - Global Witness, an international NGO based in London and Washington, D.C., released a damning report on killings and attacks against indigenous and environmental human rights defenders in Honduras.

Israel-Palestine: Toward peace, justice, equality - Fifteen Christian groups urge U.S. leaders to support peace, justice, and equality in Palestine and Israel.

Resources - Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns' 2017 Lenten Reflection Guide, advocacy for immigrants and refugees, Ecumenical Advocacy Days, and much more.

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