Justice Committee “Selfie”

                                                                    

Justice group selfieIn early January, the members of the Justice and Peace Committee of the Province, composed of both Sisters and Associates, gathered in Putnam for their first meeting of 2015. Though small in number the energy of the group is strong as is the desire to do our part in trying to  address issues which may affect the lives of the disadvantaged.

In the fall Sr. Yvette Rainville DHS and Connie Knowles, DHS Associate, participated in an immersion program: “Immigration Immersion Trip” in Tucson, Arizona. They were both very moved by their experience which they have shared at gatherings of Sisters and Associates by means of a power point presentation which they prepared especially for such purposes. It certainly opened our eyes to the problems faced by immigrants. There are 3 specific issues that were addressed: the sanctuary movement for migrants, the Samaritans and their ministry in the desert and Operation Streamline, the long court process faced by the undocumented immigrants. Some of what these endure is cruel and inhumane. The question we discussed at our meeting was: so what now? We have information, what do we do with it? The committee feels it is important to keep this issue in the forefront and focus on continuing education and awareness, but not for ourselves only. A DVD entitled DYING TO LIVE will be available to us. We hope to sponsor a public showing of this documentary in the spring, inviting the local interfaith group to attend. We will also continue to educate the DHS Family through articles in the Province newsletters LOAVES AND FISHES and the JUSTICE CONNECTION. 

As always we continue to keep our eyes open to legislative issues, any new events concerning those areas for which we have a corporate stance [immigration, human trafficking, the death penalty, the SOA]. Though we cannot always be physically present at meetings, rallies or gatherings, we continue to write letters, send emails, and offer prayerful support for those affected by injustices. We encourage those of you interested in such justice issues to contact us to see how pooling our resources may indeed benefit many. We welcome your comments and questions at dhsjoy@sbcglobal.net

This article and ‘selfie’ were prepared by Michèle Bisaillon, DHS and members of the Justice and Peace Committee.

 
 

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