“Speak out for those who can not speak, for the rights of the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously. Defend the rights of the poor and needy.” – Proverbs 31:8-9
In addition to drawing near in friendship to those who suffer and letting ourselves feel and face the threats to the health of our one world, the CCSJ encourages students to take action on their own as well as with groups working to expose and change systems and structures that perpetuate violence and injustice. To get a feel for advocacy, watch this video from Amnesty International, and check out the Catholic Relief Services advocacy blog. For further reflection, participate in the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Reflection Series on Faithful Citizenship.
Click on each to find relevant information, specified resources, and blog updates:
The CCSJ began an advocacy group on Creighton’s campus as a way for students to live out the mission of being for and with the poor and marginalized whom they often encounter through their service experiences. We hope to inspire students to analyze, engage, and challenge the structural systems that often perpetrate injustice in our local, national, and international communities. This group emphasizes the priorities listed above. Our efforts are coordinated by a directive student team called “Ignatian Advocacy Team.” Read our summary handout and about our model.
Ignatian Advocacy Groups for Fall 2015
Peace, Non-Violence, & Human Rights Group
- Contact Bridget Stukel or Ed Nunez.
Ecology & Management of Natural and Mineral Resources (Sustainability)
- Contact: Hannah Mullally, Ellen Townley, Joey Wichep, or Rachel Schwartz.
Economic Justice & Access to Education
- Contact Gwen McElhattan or Bridget Carter.
Migration: Refugees and Immigrants
- Contact Vinny Salazar or Erin Kurvers.