The Justice & Peace Committee is organized by subcommittees. These dynamic clusters, composed of passionate and engaged volunteers, focus on systemic injustices and their impact on human lives and 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 subcommittees follows. There is a dynamic quality to this process which allows for open communication, 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 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 leadership and personal faith by engaging, partnering with, advocating on behalf of, and being converted by the diverse urban community of Baltimore. Our priorities are advocacy, education, and social responsibility. Our work is carried out by subcommittees, ministries, and community partnerships.To view a demographic map of Saint Ignatius Catholic Community of Baltimore, click here.
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Our Story – Living Out the Gospel
The Justice & Peace (J&P) Committee of Saint Ignatius Catholic Community is dedicated to the service of faith and the promotion of justice. As a parish we are challenged to articulate, advocate, and act upon critical social, economic, cultural, and political issues that affect us, our city, our state, and our world.
We were initially moved to write this opinion piece while our country was in the midst of the longest partial government shutdown. While a second shutdown has been averted, we are distressed over the declaration of a national emergency to circumvent the will of the people. The shutdown directly inflicted pain upon federal workers and contractors, and we recognize the trauma that the working class, working poor, and those living in poverty faced due to reduced access to many services. Now with the national emergency declaration billions of dollars will be diverted from departments and agencies that they were appropriated to. All of this is troubling for us because we hold that the border wall is an ineffective, simplistic solution to a manufactured crisis that would cause more harm than well-being. READ MORE
– Parish: ‘the thought’
Roxane Gay Speaks at the 26th Annual MLK Convocation
Loyola celebrated its 26th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation with the welcoming of writer, editor, professor, and public speaker Roxane Gay to campus on Tuesday, Jan. 23. Gay, a New York Times best-selling author of works including “Bad Feminist,” “Hunger,” and “Difficult Women,” took the stage at Reitz Arena to not only analyze the current state of America but also to answer the questions of students, faculty, and fans alike.
The Loyola community, in addition to the Jesuit and Baltimore communities at large, was brought together at a reception prior to the convocation. Regardless of the tie they had to Gay and her work, a majority of the room expressed their support in very similar ways. READ MORE
– The Greyhound
President Donald Trump Wants to cut SNAP and Give Poor Boxes of Food
Donald Trump’s administration wants to replace half of SNAP benefits, which were commonly known as food stamps, with boxes of pre-selected non-perishable food items, and zero fresh food. Joy Reid and her panel discuss why this would be less healthy and more humiliating for the poor.
– AM Joy | MSNBC
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
– United Workers
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
– Baltimore Sun
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