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Create Awareness, Advocate and Act for Justice

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The issues are everywhere and you are ready to get informed and to take positive action. This page is dedicated to ways that you can get involved.  Have some suggestions of your own?  Please email Mary Niebler at mniebler1@udayton.edu.

Racial Justice

BREATHE Act

Please join organizations across the country such as the Movement for Black Lives and Faith in Public Life Action in asking your Congresspeople to co-sponsor the BREATHE Act.  

The BREATHE Act’s promise is simple: take money from systems of punishment and surveillance that disproportionately harm Black communities and invest in infrastructure that supports growth, learning and equity. We can create a moral budget when we fund schools, affordable housing, culturally competent mental health care and support for people who use drugs. Right now we have the chance to protect our environment, create and sustain community jobs and value the labor of all workers.

We cannot hold our breath any longer waiting for white supremacy to dismantle itself. We must act with the courage of our convictions to demand a future free from anti-Blackness, racist policing, the school-to-prison pipeline and mass incarceration. Building a multiracial coalition of support for the BREATHE Act is a first step.

 

Watch, Listen, Learn, Act and Pray

Racism is on the minds of a lot of people right now. We have adapted a resource that you can use by yourself or with a small faith community that includes videos, podcasts, readings, ideas for action, and prayers that could help in becoming an anti-racist. In adapting this from the Mercy Volunteer Corps, we added a number of items created by members of the UD and Marianist families.

Take the Anti-Racism Challenge

Immigration

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For Human Rights Day, December 10, please join the  Intercommunity Justice and Peace CenterIJPC YES - Youth Educating Society and IRTF - The InterReligious Task Force on Central America outside the Butler County Jail as we stand in solidarity with all the immigrant detainees currently experiencing abuse and neglect inside detention centers across the country. See the flyer for more information.

COVID-19 protections will be observed: Wear a mask the whole time, stand at least 6ft away from one another, wash your hands and do not attend if you don't feel well or are having any symptoms of COVID-19. The gathering will be held outside and will be brief.

We recognize the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Southwest Ohio, so we will be sure to livestream the event and provide alternative ways for you to participate.

For those planning to attend, dress warm and bring signs made with lights or reflective paint. Candles would be powerful too.

 

Hunger

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Hunger and Covid

In these uncertain times, many are at risk of hunger.  Ambassador Tony Hall, as Executive Director Emeritus of the Alliance to End Hunger, wrote to Senate and Congressional leaders calling for a 15% boost to the SNAP, as well as an increase in the minimum benefit from $16 to $30 and a cessation of administrative rules decreasing eligibility and benefits for hungry individuals and families during the crisis. Now is the time to urge your senators to support SNAP (food stamps) benefits for those most vulnerable.

Ohio contacts are: Senator Sherrod Brown email Share Your Thoughts | U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio or call (202) 224-2315. Email Senator Rob Portman or call 202-224-3353. 

If you would like to contact your senator in your home state (not Ohio), find their information here.

For more information about ways to increase food security in Ohio, visit the Hall Hunger Initiative online.

Capital Punishment

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Ohio Death Penalty Update - 2/23/2021

Currently, a bipartisan group of Ohio legislators supports repeal of Ohio's death penalty. This is great news on the road to a more consistent ethic of life in Ohio.  

Equal Justice USA and OTSE (Ohioans to Stop Executions) have an action to take to contact your Ohio legislators, asking them to support this bill. Click here to act. You'll be asked for your street address and Zip code and they will produce three emails (state rep, state senator, governor) for you to customize and send.

 

Catholic Mobilizing Network

Please join the Catholic Mobilizing Network for virtual prayer vigils and other programs. 

More information and links to the events.

 

As We Forgive Those Who Trespass Against Us: Lent, Forgiveness, and Restorative justice, Thursday, March 4 7:30-9:00 pm EST 

Come explore these topics with our amazing panelists:

  • Sister Donna Liette, CPPS works with mothers who have lost children to violence or incarceration and is a part of the Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation team in Chicago.
  • Leonard Rubio is Executive Director of Insight Prison Project. While incarcerated, he created an interfaith roundtable to promote restorative justice between prisoners and volunteers with different faith backgrounds.
  • Bill Fischer serves as Vice President for Student Development at the University of Dayton where he focuses on student conduct, conflict resolution systems, and crisis/risk management.

Register Here  This event is hosted by the Death Penalty Abolition and Restorative Justice Issue Team of the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative.  

Peace and Disarmament

Intersections of Faith and Advocacy: A Focus on Peacebuilding in Israel-Palestine

Please join Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP 1835) in a free, half-day webinar on November 14th entitled "Intersections of Faith and Advocacy:   A Focus on Peacebuilding in Israel-Palestine" 

More information and registration can be found on their website.

Gun Violence

EVENT: Students Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is holding a virtual meet up to get involved with promoting and electing officials with gun safety in mind. In Ohio, legislators continue to push for dangerous gun laws such as "stand your ground" or taking away required training from armed teachers. 

"It'll take us all giving up a small chunk of time every few days to win these elections. You can do this as an event for your group as well! No matter where you live now, if we allow Ohio legislators to get away with making our schools more dangerous the effects will be felt nationwide -- I'm going all in to ensure we elect gun sense candidates in Ohio and I hope you'll join me."    Jay- Students Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Sign up here for 5pm session on Thursday, September 3: https://act.everytown.org/event/sda-events/35934/signup/?source=&akid=&zip=

For more information about Students Demand Action, visit https://studentsdemandaction.org/

CONTACT

Campus Ministry's Center for Social Concern

Liberty Hall
300 College Park Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0408
937.229.2524
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