Justice & Advocacy Priorities Archive

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Making Connections to Promote Justice

Kelly Sullivan
One of the reasons I love Creighton so much is because of its Jesuit focus of “the service of faith and the promotion of justice,” coming from the 32nd General Congregation of the Society of Jesus in 1975. Through my classes and outside activities with the Creighton Center for Service and Justice (CCSJ), Campus Ministry, Cortina, and the Catholic Student Organization, I have had the opportunity to grow in my faith and discover how to live it out in my life. As I do service in the community, I am able to share this faith with the world.

The promotion of justice is a little harder to grasp, however, and can be a little scary. Am I called to speak out against injustice? Risk persecution in order to stand up for the poor and oppressed? My experience at Creighton has taught me that there are easy steps to take if you’re just beginning on this journey of justice and advocacy.

One thing I have found especially invaluable is building connections with other community organizers and groups fighting for justice in the area. The CCSJ already has strong relationships with many of these groups, and this past week I was able to attend two community meetings with the Omaha Together One Community (OTOC), Immigration Action Team, and the Nebraska Immigration Advocacy Alliance (NIAA).

Sometimes it is important to do your own actions on a college campus to engage students. Other times it is equally as valuable to grab ahold of what other people are planning and support their efforts, which may have a bigger impact than a student group can organize. It is also encouraging to know that there are other passionate people out there fighting for change as well.

Through these connections, both community and student group efforts are strengthened. The Migration Advocacy Group through the CCSJ has postcards asking U.S. Congressman, Representative Lee Terry, to support Comprehensive Immigration Reform. We want many postcards signed as possible before his visit to our campus later this month, and community groups are also helping this effort. To further this endeavor, OTOC will host a “faster” from the Fast4Families movement on February 17th. By participating in this, students have the opportunity to connect to a national movement for immigration reform.

For me, the possibility of change seems much more real when I am able to follow in the footsteps of advocates who have been working for years. They remind me that things don’t happen overnight, but the oppressed won’t stop marching on, so neither will we stop our fight for justice.


Kelly Sullivan
Class of 2014
College of Arts and Sciences
CCSJ Student Coordinator

The CCSJ blogs are meant to be a place for Creighton students, faculty, staff, alumni/ae, and friends to reflect on their experiences with programs sponsored by the office or related to its mission. The views expressed in these reflections, and all other blogs found on or linked to from this website, are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily those of Creighton University, the Creighton Center for Service and Justice (CCSJ), or any of the University’s affiliates. The University and the CCSJ are not responsible for the actions, content, accuracy, or opinions expressed in these blogs.

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Upcoming Events: Comprehensive Immigration Prayer

YoureWelcome_Image_600x270Temple Israel, OTOC, Nebraska Appleseed, CCSJ, various other organizations

Rabbi Ariyeh Azriel of Temple Israel, leaders of Omaha Together One Community, Nebraska Appleseed and other organizations will hold a celebration of the 7th day of Hanukkah on Tuesday December 3rd 6:00-6:30 pm on 18th Street between Dodge and Douglas (outside the Federal Building). We will light the seven candles of the menorah to signify that we are bringing light into the world rather than cursing the darkness. We will pray that our members of Congress will be enlightened about the need to pass comprehensive immigration laws that include a clear, inclusive path to citizenship for aspiring Americans. All are welcome to join!

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Economic Justice: Bread for the World

Bread For the WorldBread for the World

Congress only has a short window of time to agree on a budget, sequestration replacement, and the farm bill — legislation that has enormous consequences for struggling families at home and abroad. Call your members of Congress and ask them to replace sequestration with a balanced approach that includes revenues and responsible spending cuts, reject any legislation that would cut vital anti-hunger programs, and protect SNAP and international food aid from cuts in the farm bill. Find more information on this issue here, and then call the Capitol switchboard to be connected to your member of Congress: 202-224-3121.

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Economic Justice: Affordable and accessible healthcare is essential for life.

praxisPICO National Network

There is a painful chasm in our healthcare coverage system for working families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to pay for full insurance. As people of faith, PICO believes all God’s children should have access to the care they need, regardless of where they live or how much money they have. Join in telling our representatives that affordable and accessible healthcare is an essential part of living the full, productive, healthy life God intends for all of us to live. Send an email to your Representative sharing with them your family or community’s needs for affordable and accessible health care. Ask your Congressperson to be a voice of support for Medicaid coverage and expansion.

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Migration: Ask for Speaker Boehner’s Support

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Sojourners

We need Speaker Boehner’s leadership on Immigration Reform. With just weeks left before the end of their calendar, Congress remains gridlocked on immigration reform. Policy leaders from both sides of the aisle want this problem addressed, and Christians from a variety of backgrounds have been vocal about the urgent need to tackle this issue. Add your name in support of immigration reform here.

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Migration: Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Jesuits IHSThe Jesuits

This week, after over 1000 young leaders representing over 60 Catholic institutions from 23 states across the U.S. journeyed to D.C. for the Ignatian Solidarity Network’s annual justice conference, we invite you to join these advocates, the U.S. Catholic Bishops, and the U.S. Jesuit Provincials in calling for comprehensive and humane immigration reform. Call your representative now! Find their number, and an optional script for your call here.

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