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JPR News

August 8, 2020

Justice, Peace and Reconciliation Office
Priests of the Sacred Heart, US Province
"Jesus, Immigrant and Worker" (the Catholic Worker)
2020 Klingler Award
Last month we announced the names of the 2020 Johnny Klingler, SCJ
Social Action Award.
This month we have complete stories on both of our co-recipients (this is the first time the award is being shared by two nominees):

Fr. Mike O'Brien and Sacred Heart Parish 
(nominated by Diego Diaz, SCJ)

On a quiet Thursday afternoon last August 7, the area around Canton, Mississippi was surprised by a massive arrest of 680 undocumented workers at the Peco Foods poultry plant. The impact on the community was dramatic. Many were Catholics, 120 of them members of Sacred Heart Catholic parish in Canton.  Read more...

Frank Wittouck, SCJ
(nominated by former SCJ David Jackson)

Growing up in Chicago, young Frank Wittouck wanted to go to the “China missions.” Later, when considering a vocation, he’d been interested in the Claretians as well as the Priests of the Sacred Heart. Although the Claretians’ modern facilities and amenities made Divine Word Minor Seminary in Donaldson, Indiana look “shabby” by comparison, the “care and camaraderie” he felt from the SCJ recruiters and seminarians convinced him that was the place to go.  Read more...

The award plaques and checks will be mailed to both recipients, but we have invited them to join us on Sept. 18 for a short program during the annual Jubilee Celebrations which will be virtual this year. Hope you can join us as well!
The 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR) will be celebrated on Sunday 27th September 2020. With the title “Like Jesus Christ, forced to flee”, Pope Francis urges us this year to discover the reality of internally displaced people more deeply. Every month, a new video of Pope Francis and other multimedia materials delve into the sub-themes present in the Message of the Holy Father. The first sub-theme was “To know in order to understand” and the second one was “To be close in order to serve”. 

The videos and the material available via the link below can be freely downloaded, published, used and shared:


Resources for Faithful Citizenship

The following resources are available for use in a wide variety of settings, including universities and schools, associations, parishes, RCIA programs, and families.

  • Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops provide a framework for Catholics in the United States. EnglishEspañol
  • Bulletin Insert: Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: Wisconsin Catholic Conference. EnglishEspañol
  • USCCB: Videos for Faithful Citizenship: Available in English, some Español

If you are looking for similar resources from your own state/diocese, contact the JPR Office via
Seventh Generation Interfaith Report
This month, a look at SGI's "mother" organization, the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibiility, or ICCR. ICCR has over 300 institutional members, including several regional "CRIs" ((Coalitions for Responsible Investment) like SGI-CRI. SGI's engagements are included in the totals reported by ICCR last month:

"The 2020 proxy season has been both unusually urgent and challenging. As COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement begin to reshape both corporate and investor priorities, we are simultaneously preparing for the first in a series of 14a-8 rule changes by the SEC which could dramatically limit investors’ access to the proxy. In spite of this uncertain landscape, ICCR members set a new record this year of 114 corporate commitments on a wide range of issues, surpassing last year's 107."
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:  On October 12, 2020 Seventh Generation Interfaith Coalition for Responsible Investment (SGI-CRI) will hold its annual conference (virtually), from 3:30 – 5:00 PM. This year’s theme is Just Transition to Clean Energy. Watch for more info in this space.
Easy From-Home Actions
Votes are now expected in the coming weeks in both houses of Congress on moving a mere 10% of the Pentagon's budget to useful human and environmental purposes.

Here's what you can do:

1) Email your Representative and Senators.
2) Use the tools on the next page to share by email, Facebook, and/or Twitter. Or forward this email and click these links: Facebook, Twitter.
3) Phone the U.S. Capitol at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak with your Representative and Senators. You just have to know your own address and say that you want them to vote to move money out of the military.
The tragic killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, Sean Monterrosa and many others by law enforcement officers are horrific reminders of the legacy of systemic racism in the United States. Commenting on the current situation, Pope Francis said: “We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.”
As people of faith who see the image of God in the lives of those killed by police, we must work in solidarity with communities of color in demanding significant reforms now. These killings make plain the immediate need for transformational change in policing in our country. In partnership with interfaith and secular organizations, the Jesuit Conference Office of Justice and Ecology and the Ignatian Solidarity Network are calling for federal police reform legislation that addresses no-knock warrants and use of force standards. 

Take Action
More new and continuing action alerts can be found on the just-updated Use Your Voice page on the JPR website. Click here to visit that page.
Migrant Justice
America: Canadian court: Safe Third Country Agreement with U.S. violates rights

Reason: They Came for the 'Illegals' First, Now They're Going After Immigrants Who Played by the Rules
Anti-amnesty firebrands, like conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, have long insisted that they weren't anti-immigration, they were just anti-illegal immigration. But even as they were saying this, they were also accusing legal immigrants—people who came to American "the right way"—of all kinds of sins, paving the way for President Donald Trump's all-out assault on literally every category of immigration.
Sojourners: Rejecting Symbols of Hate
Shared by Guy Blair, SCJ

NYT: Asylum Officers Condemn What They Call ‘Draconian’ Plans by Trump

ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine: Where Will Everyone Go?
With support from the Pulitzer Center, this collaboration modeled for the first time how climate refugees might move across international borders.
Economic & Worker Justice
TomGram: A Jubilee Moment in Pandemic America?

Americans for Tax Fairness: Billionaires' Pandemic Wealth Gains Burst Through $700B
Richest 600+ Americans Have Seen Their Wealth Leap $42B Per Week Even as Virus Surges & 32M Workers Are Jobless

Vox: Worker Protections Lacking During Pandemic
 "The Trump administration made it very clear: They don’t want new regulation. They want to get rid of regulation, no matter what the cost to the public in terms of their health and safety. The Trump administration appears to be opposed to regulation on principle."

Vox: The COVID-19 Housing Eviction Crisis
Racial Justice
Peace and Alternatives to War
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