Vol. 42, No. 3
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.
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 now - In 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 life - On 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.