Category Archives: Justice Issues

Reclaiming Jesus and The Poor People’s Campaign

Rise up, rise up!

Christian leaders in the United States have launched two parallel campaigns for a moral re-engagement in public policies.

The Poor People’s Campaign is a “National Call for Moral Revival [that is] is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality.” The campaign is inspired by the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and has launched 40 days of action The Poor People’s Campaign.

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ISARC Election Kit for Faith Communities

From the Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Committee:

Vote for a Poverty Free Ontario!

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The ISARC Election Kit focuses on Income Security, Housing, and Employment Justice. The Kit contains practical information on how to find the candidates in your riding, how to organize all-candidate meetings, questions for the candidates along with practical user ready form letters plus much more.

“ISARC has prepared a toolkit for faith communities to discuss issues and deliberate on electoral choices. As faith communities we have an obligation to care for those most vulnerable and marginalized in our communities.

Feel free to make as many copies as you want!

Election Day is Thursday, June 7th. The official election campaign starts this Wednesday, May 9th.

There are important issues at stake to the Province as a whole and to the Faith Communities in particular.

Elections are won riding by riding.

Please contact us if you have any questions or need help.
Let us know if you would like lawn signs. Vote for a Poverty Free Ontario!

For updates visit www.isarc.ca or friend us on ISARC’s Facebook page.”

St George’s Day Tragedy in Toronto

Rob Shropshire, who is a member of the Holy Trinity Refugee Committee, emailed this to members of the  Committee and posted it on his Facebook page, has given permission to share his mindfulness here as well:
Many of us feel shaken by the events in Toronto today. For those we have sponsored, the incident may raise anxiety for a number of reasons:
– it may be a trigger for trauma given what they experienced before coming to Canada;
– it may create fear or a sense that Canada is not as safe as hoped;
– it may spark fears of being blamed for what happened 
– indeed, it may lead to incidents where newcomers find themselves accused of being at blame.

I encourage you/us to reach out to those we have sponsored. Urge them to share any feelings of insecurity them may have and please reassure them that you care for them and they are welcome here.

This is a time for us to stand in solidarity against those who would hurt or divide us, to love our neighbours as ourselves.