Vol. 42, No. 3

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Nonviolence: A culture, a way of life This past April marked the one year anniversary of the landmark Nonviolence and Just Peace conference in Rome. Gerry Lee, Director of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, attended the conference and has continued to work with members of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative to promote the vision and practice of active nonviolence at the heart of the Catholic Church. 

Global impact of U.S. militarizationEcumenical Advocacy Days brought together nearly 1,000 in Washington, D.C. April 21-24, for its 15th national gathering and lobby day. This year’s annual event focused on Christian advocacy to support a moral federal budget which retains key spending in support of vulnerable populations while rejecting exorbitant Pentagon spending. The following article is a summary of international plenary on the third day of the conference.

Encounters: Newsletter on faith-economy-ecology We are excited to offer you our newly redesigned monthly e-newsletter, Encounters.

Trade: What does renegotiating NAFTA mean? - President Trump has agreed “not to terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) at this time” but to “to bring NAFTA up to date through renegotiation.” How the lives, livelihoods, and the environment in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. will be affected is uncertain.

Economy of right relationship: CEO pay problem - The city government in Portland, Oregon is trying to address economic inequality by raising corporate taxes on companies whose CEOs make significantly more than their employees.

The Trump effect on the environment Over the past several months, President Trump has appointed staff and made changes to environmental regulations that affect U.S. efforts to address climate change, protect public lands, and ensure clean air and water.

Nuclear disarmament needed nowIn March, UN member states held the first round of controversial negotiations on a nuclear weapons ban. One month later, amid rising tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns co-sponsored a conference on nuclear disarmament at the U.S. Capitol where leading voices for nuclear disarmament were heard. 

Korea: Moving from crisis to peace The following article is written by Irish Columban missionary priest Pat Cunningham, SSC, who lives and works in Seoul, South Korea. Father Cunningham is an active member of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative  and the Catholic solidarity movement for peace on the Korean peninsula which opposes the construction of a military base to host U.S. military ships and personnel on the beautiful island of Jeju.

Global migration crisis: Border walls destroy lifeOn April 28, the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns joined 38 national faith-based organizations and 41 state & local faith-based organizations and congregations in a letter to all members of Congress urging them to oppose funding for a border wall and further militarized infrastructure along the U.S.-Mexico border. Instead, we ask Congress to appropriate funding that supports our shared faith principles and reorients the Department of Homeland Security’s strategies toward more sensible and humane solutions that are informed by and to the benefit of border communities. 

Faith in action: Protect Haitians in the U.S. - Right now, there are more than 50,000 Haitians in the U.S. who could be deported after July 22. Send a letter to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly asking him to extend temporary protected status for Haitians. 

El Salvador votes for water over gold - After a 12-year campaign, Salvadoran lawmakers have voted to ban mining for metals. The following article was written by Pedro Cabezas, coordinator of the International Allies against Metal Mining and originally published on Inequality.org. 

Maryknoll supports environmental defenders - In March, the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns supported two delegations from Latin America who spoke at separate hearings at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, D.C. 
Israel/Palestine: 50 years of occupation 2017 marks 50 years of Israel’s military occupation of Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem and 10 years of Israel’s blockade of Gaza. 
South Sudan: Shifting the Lens on Famine For the first time in six years, the United Nations has declared that a situation of famine exists on the continent of Africa. 
Resources - New programs at the Maryknoll Mission Institute, a film from the Interfaith Drones Network, an advocacy summit from Churches for Middle East Peace, and much more.
Image by artist JESS X SNOW, available at The Amplifier Foundation's Hear Our Voice exhibition of more than 60 poster designs submitted to the Women's March public call for art.


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