July 2019 Newsletter
Gender Inequality
On average, women earn $.80 for every dollar men earn. In the U.S., this wage gap also varies by other factors. For example, compared to every dollar white, non-Hispanic men earn:
  • Asian-American women make $.85
  • African-American women earn $.61
  • Native American women earn $.58
  • Latinas earn $.53
  • And mothers make $.69 compared to fathers
  Equal Pay Today

At the current rate, it will take 202 years for women achieve equal pay.
Global Gender Gap Report

Women who had a male twin were  15% less likely to graduate from high school , 4% less likely to finish col lege, and 11% less likely to be married—compared with women with a twin sister. They also had 6% fewer children and earned 9% less money.
National Academy of Sciences.

Women are 47% more likely to suffer severe injuries in car crashes because safety features are designed for men.
 American Public Health Assn.

Women do more than 3 times as much unpaid care work as men.
International Labor Org

33,000 girls become child brides -- every day.
Girls Not Brides

Over 650 million women today were married when they were children.
Girls Not Brides

For every female film character, there are 2.24 male characters.
Geena Davis Institute

Only 6 countries give women the same legal rights as men: Belgium, Denmark, France, Latvia, Luxembourg and Sweden
World Bank

Only 8 out of 31 countries in Europe have laws that state that sex without consent is rape.        
Amnesty International

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Giving Statistics
A Charity Navigator resource that provides data from Giving USA 2018 , the Annual Report on Philanthropy , including how much is given, by who and where the donations go. Learn more.
The God Who Sees:
Immigrants, the Bible,
and the Journey to Belong
By Karen Gonzalez. In the midst of language barriers, cultural misunderstandings, and the tremendous pressure to assimilate, Recounts her family’s migration from the instability of Guatemala to making a new life in Los Angeles and the suburbs of south Florida. Also includes stories of immigrants and refugees in Scripture such as Abraham, Hagar, Joseph & Ruth.  Read more.
For more on Immigration , click here .
Interactive Time-Lapse Map Shows How the U.S. Took More Than 1.5 Billion Acres From Native Americans
A resource from University of Georgia historian Claudio Saunt that offers a time-lapse vision of the transfer of Indian land between 1776 and 1887. As blue “Indian homelands” disappear, small red areas appear, indicating the establishment of reservations.  
The project’s source data is a set of maps produced in 1899 by the Bureau of American Ethnology -- a research unit of the Smithsonian that published and collected anthropological, archaeological, and linguistic research on the culture of North American Indians, as the nineteenth century drew to a close. Learn more.
For more on Racism , click here.
Seeking Refuge
A 48 page resource from the Global Sisters Report, a project of the National Catholic Reporter. Includes stories of refugees from Honduras, Burma, Syria, South Sudan etc. and those trying to help them.
For more on Refugees, click here .
How Jails Extort the Poor
A TED Talk featuring Salil Dudani, who shares stories from individuals who have experienced debtors' prison in Ferguson, Missouri, challenging us to think differently about how we punish the poor and marginalized. Watch now.
For more on the Criminal Justice System ,
Vulnerable: Rethinking Human Trafficking
By Raleigh Sandler. Makes the case that anyone can fight human trafficking by focusing on those who are most often targeted. Invites the reader to understand their role in the problem of human trafficking, but more importantly, their role in the solution. Using the power of story and candid interviews, seeks to discover how ordinary people can fight human trafficking by recognizing vulnerability and getting involved. Read more.
For more on Human Trafficking , click here .
The Ten Green Commandments
of Laudato Si’
By Joshtrom Kureethadam. A commentary on the key ideas and themes of Pope Francis' encyclical letter on the environment,  Laudato Si ( Praise Be to You: On Care for Our Common Home ). Following the six chapter outline of the encyclical, the book is arranged according to the "See-Judge-Act" social analysis methodology that is often used in spirituality, moral theology, and social sciences.
For more on the Environment , click here .
SNAP Benefits
A resource from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, that lists what is and what is not eligible through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as "food stamps"). Among the items not allowed are: 
  • Vitamins, medicines, and supplements
  • Hot foods
  • Cleaning supplies, paper products, and other household supplies.
  • Hygiene items
For more on Hunger , click here.
Countering Online Hate Speech
This 6 minute video from Teaching Tolerance, offers specific suggestions and strategies to interrupt and redirect online harassment. Watch now.
For more Public Witness resources, click here .
Sacred Strangers:
What the Bible's Outsiders
Can Teach Christians
By Nancy Haught. Leads readers through stories about people in the Scripture from different cultures, religions, genders, economic and social classes and offering insights to the sacred strangers in our own time. Read more .
For more on Religious Tolerance , click here .
Sacred Resistance: A Practical Guide
to Christian Witness and Dissent
By Ginger Gaines-Cirelli. Addresses these questions, among others:
• When Christians see that something is wrong in our nation or community, how and when should we respond?
• When we see multiple instances of 'wrong', how do we choose which ones to address?
• How can pastors and other leaders faithfully take risks without violating relationships with the congregation or denomination?
• What historical, biblical, and theological safety nets can be relied on?
• How can we take care of ourselves and one another, so that our ministries and lives are sustained?
For more Public Witness resources, click here .
Preaching as Resistance:
Voices of Hope, Justice, and Solidarity
Edited by Phil Snyder. A collection of sermons from diverse pastors across America, calling for radical change rooted in love, solidarity, and justice. Confronts the dangerous structures of authoritarianism and oppression and proclaims the transformation, possibility, and hope stirring in the gospel of Christ. Read more.
For more Public Witness resources, click here.
Silence Can Kill: Speaking Up to End Hunger and Make Our Economy Work for Everyone
By Arthur Simon. Addresses all people of good will, but especially religious people and Christians, who help through charity, but neglect to use the power of their citizenship to be advocates for the hungry. Urges them to speak and write to their members of Congress against hunger that condemns millions of people here and abroad to diminished lives and premature death.  Read more. 
For more Legislative Advocacy resources,
Whose Heritage?:
Public Symbols of the Confederacy
An updated edition of the 2016 report from the Southern Poverty Law Center that identifies 114 Confederate symbols that have been removed -- and the 1,747 that still stand, since the attack in 2015 that killed 9 black people at a Bible study meeting in Charleston, South Carolina. Learn more.
For more Public Witness resources, click here .
Emanuel: The Untold Story of the Victims and Survivors of the Charleston Church Shooting
A documentary that tells the story of the 2015 shooting of 9 members of Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina by a white supremacist. The film weaves the history of race relations in Charleston, the significance and impact of Mother Emanuel Church, and the hope that somehow emerges in the aftermath. Featuring interviews with survivors and family members, it is a story of justice and faith, love and hate, and examines the healing power of forgiveness. Watch the trailer.
For more Forgiveness resources, click here .
Schools of Solidarity:
Families and Catholic Social Teaching
By Mary Doyle Roche. Explains how families can resist dehumanizing elements of our culture (competitive consumption, wastefulness, violence, etc.) and transform the many arenas of daily life (homes, workplaces, neighborhoods, schools, and parishes), so that they honor the dignity of all people, especially the poor and vulnerable. Also offers questions and activities for discussion and reflection in conjunction with each of the major themes.
For more Catholic Social Teaching resources,
Cornerstone Fund
A resource from the United Church of Christ, offers faith-based, socially-responsible investments to individuals, churches, & non-profit organizations of the United Church of Christ. Also provides low-cost financing options for local churches & ministries. Learn more.
For more Socially Responsible Investing resources, click here .
Important Dates This Month

Individuals Honored This Month
July 2nd
When you hate, the only person that suffers is you because most of the people you hate don't know it and the rest don't care.
July 2nd
I wish I could say that racism and prejudice were only distant memories. We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust…. We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice
but to do better.
July 5th
The Gospel has to grow little feet.
July 6th
Love is the absence of judgment.  
July 7th
Peasant people ... don't have a chance to share in the riches that the planet can offer because some people are taking off so much of the pleasures of this world, and there's only so much to go around.
July 12th
When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.
July 18th
No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion.
July 25th
Two months ago I had a nice apartment in Chicago. I had a good job. I had a son. When something happened to the Negroes in the South I said, 'That's their business, not mine.' Now I know how wrong I was. I was. The murder of my son has shown me that what happens to any of us, anywhere in the world, had better be the business of us all.
Mamie Till, Emmett's mother
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