We are organized by subcommittees, dynamic clusters where those with the passion to engage can: 1) focus on systemic injustices and their impact on human lives, and 2) advocate for societal changes that improve the lives of those who face systemic oppression. We nurture lay leadership as well as personal faith through solidarity with oppressed groups and dedication to the greater good. Meetings take place monthly and are convened by Subcommittee Chairs for one hour. A combined meeting including all of the subcommittees follows. There is a dynamic quality to this process which allows for opening up, bonding, and supporting one another. To view the subcommittee structure chart, click here.
The Justice & Peace Committee of Saint Ignatius Catholic Community is dedicated to the service of faith and the promotion of justice. As a parish we are called and challenged to articulate, advocate, and act upon critical social, economic, cultural and political issues that affect us, our city and our world. We are also called to be a resource to provide parishioners with opportunities to live out their faith through justice.
We encourage people to reflect on their experiences and to discern God’s presence in their lives. We seek to nurture lay leadership as well as personal faith by engaging, partnering with, advocating on behalf of, and being converted by the diverse urban community we are a part of. Our priorities are Advocacy, Education, and Social Responsibility. Our work is carried out by subcommittees and ministries; and community partnerships. To view a demographic map of Saint Ignatius Catholic Community of Baltimore, click here.
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Baltimore City Delegation Visits Capitol Hill
On November 6, the St. Ignatius Parish Baltimore delegation (Candra Healy, Vonetta Edwards, Terry Cavanagh, Frank Richardson and IRC Family Mentor Coordinator, Salman Zaman) joined nearly 1,400 Ignatian advocates at Columbus Circle in Washington, D.C. for a public witness gathering with signs, banners, and voices to pray, listen, and recommit to work for justice.
Our Story – Living Out the Gospel
We are living out the Gospel as apostles of faith, hope and love by promoting model relationships that are rooted in truth, compassion, equality and peace. Our faith calls us to respond immediately to serve those in need. The values of our Church teachings direct our efforts to work for justice and peace
Come & Celebrate – We Funded the Trust!
This year has been a big one for Affordable Housing in Baltimore. Our city’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF, for short) was created in November 2016, established with the support of 83% of Baltimore voters. For almost two years it sat empty. Though our public officials committed to and even campaigned on dedicating $20 million every year to create and maintain affordable housing for us, they did not act.
Community members across the city were ready to take charge and #FundTheTrust. We claimed space in our city’s budget process and demanded the right to participate. We went to the budget office, the planning commission, the board of estimates — we demanded to be heard. When the budget was finalized, $2 Million was dedicated to the trust while $10 Million was dedicated to city computer upgrades. “Where are our city’s priorities?” we asked. READ MORE
Baltimore Agrees to ‘Historic’ Funding of Affordable Housing
City officials have agreed to fund an affordable housing trust, two years after Baltimore voters approved its creation, committing an eventual $20 million a year, which Mayor Catherine Pugh called “historic.”
Pugh and City Council leaders agreed to levy two excise taxes on certain real estate transactions and other allocations to fund a trust to create, rehabilitate and preserve more than 4,100 affordable housing units in the next decade. Activists say it will help fill a critical need in a city where low-income residents in particular struggle to find decent homes or apartments to rent or buy. READ MORE
New York Times
Where Migrant Children Are Being Held Across the U.S.
The more than 2,300 children who were separated from their parents while crossing the Southwest border in recent weeks have been sent to shelters and other temporary housing across the United States.
The shelters are part of a system, shown below, overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services, that was originally established to provide temporary housing for children entering the country without parents. READ MORE
New York Times
Due Process for Undocumented Immigrants, Explained
WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Twitter this weekend that undocumented immigrants were invaders who “must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases,” be sent home. Mr. Trump’s comments prompted criticism that he wanted the United States to strip immigrants and asylum seekers of due-process rights. He also appeared to ignore the fact that some people who enter the country illegally are already removed from the United States without court hearings.
Here is what you need to know about how due process is applied in cases of illegal immigration: READ MORE