This may be our last best chance to free Yorm Bopha. She is a powerful voice for the rights of the Boeung Kak Lake community in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where thousands of people have been forcibly evicted since 2007. The Cambodian government has tried to silence her, convicting her of fabricated charges as a result of her peaceful activism defending the rights to housing and freedom of expression. This Friday, November 22, she has an appeal hearing before the country’s Supreme Court, which could be her last chance for release. Time is short — send a message to ask Cambodian officials to release Yorm!
Albuquerque, NM – St. Martin’s Hospitality Center
Students will be interacting daily with the homeless and extremely poor. There will be interactions with the volunteers and employees with those who work on behalf of the poor, in addition to time with the poor themselves will open eyes to the poverty, injustice, and suffering in the area. St. Martin’s is a day shelter that serves 250-400 clients daily. We provide showers, clothing, storage, and a hot breakfast every day. In addition we have a full range of behavioral services, case management, job development, and client advocacy. Ideally the trip would be a homeless immersion similar to the Siena/Francis trip based out of St. Martins. Students could visit the other shelters/homeless services in the area, converse and spend time with clients in the shelter and on the streets. Students will have the opportunity to visit Art Street, a local studio which is open to St. Martin’s clients.
Pursuing peace is hard and long work; but our country needs to break out of the old habits of war. President Obama’s renewed focus on diplomatic options is a step in the right direction. Please sign a petition to let him know that people across the country stand for peace, and support diplomatic solutions to the crisis in Syria.
Celebrate in many ways! On October 4th, Fr. Lannon will preside at noon Mass in St. John’s Church. Following Mass enjoy a complimentary lunch, discussion and sustainability fair in Lower Saint John’s Church. We will be highlighting the opportunity to sign the St. Francis Climate Pledge found here.
Join us for a panel discussion about Syria on Sept. 22 from 6-8pm in Lower Saint John’s! Panelists will include Dr. John Calvert, Dr. Philip Meeks, Dr. Roger Bergman, and Antwan “Tony” Homsi S.J. who are from a variety of backgrounds and have various knowledge regarding historical context, ethics, and the current events of Syria. The Panel will include small group discussions for students and faculty. Come enjoy this CCSJ, Campus Ministry, and Cortina Community sponsored event!
Syria Panel Poster
Catholics Confront Global Poverty
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