May 2019 Newsletter
War in Yemen
According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the World Health Organization, the current civil war in Yemen is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. There are approximately 24 million people in need of aid.

  • At least 6,800 civilians have been killed and 10,700 injured.

  • It is the world’s largest food security emergency, with over 20 million people (67% of the population) with inadequate food. 3 million of these are children under the age of 5. An estimated 85,000 children have died of starvation since the war began in 2015.

  • More than 2 million people have been forced to flee their homes

  • 17 million people need help to access safe drinking water and a cholera outbreak has affected 1.2 million people.

  • Nearly 33% of the reported cholera cases are children under the age of 5. A child dies from the war and its side effects every 12 minutes.

  • As suspected new cases of cholera continue to be identified, the current outbreak will surpass levels seen in 2017 when the World Health Organization described the spread in Yemen as the worst in human history.

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The Life Cycle of a Plastic Bottle
A short animation that traces the life cycles of three different plastic bottles, shedding light on the dangers these disposables present to our world. Watch now.
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Imperfect Produce
This organization fights food waste by finding a home for 'ugly' produce. They source it directly from farms and deliver it to customers for about 30% less than grocery store prices. Helps build a more sustainable and effective food system by reducing food waste as well as wasted land, fossil fuels & water. Learn more .
For more on Hunger , click here .
Poverty Isn't a Lack of Character;
It's a Lack of Cash
A TED talk featuring Rutger Bregman, who makes the case for guaranteed basic income, including the idea's 500 -year history and a forgotten modern experiment where it actually worked.  Watch now .
For more on Poverty , click here .
Marcos Doesn't Live Here Anymore
A PBS Frontline story that examines the U.S. immigration system through the eyes of a decorated U.S. Marine veteran and her undocumented husband, both fighting to raise their children together in America. Watch the trailer.
For more on Immigration , click here .
The River and the Wall
Follows five friends on a 1,200 mile journey along the US-Mexico border from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico. Riding horses, bicycles, and paddling canoes, they travel along the Rio Grande and meet with landowners, border patrol agents, congressmen on both sides of the aisle, immigrants, wildlife biologists, and folks on either side of the Rio to better understand where a physical border wall would go and the impacts it would have. The immigrant stories of two of the characters are interwoven through the journey, humanizing the topic of immigration, while they travel through a landscape that could soon crumble to a wall intended to keep them out.
For more on Immigration , click here .
The Laundromat
A short feature from Paulist Vocations highlighting the principle, "The reward of goodness is nothing but goodness." Watch now .
For more on Religious Tolerance , click here .
Systemic Racism Explained
A short animation from Act.TV, that touches on structural racism factors such as the historical consequences of slavery & the "Jim Crow" era, "redlining" neighborhoods, predatory loans, lack of affordable housing, property tax school funding, implicit bias, high unemployment, mass incarceration, lack of political representation & little wealth. Watch now.
For more on Racism , click here .
Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking (CCOAHT)
CCOAHT consists of more than 30 national and international Catholic agencies working to eliminate human trafficking. The main purposes of the Coalition are to:
  • Formulate plans for combating trafficking and serving its victims
  • Promote development of services for trafficking victims and approaches to survivor empowerment
  • Dialogue with government officials and others engaged in public policies affecting this issue
  • Devise strategies for public education, awareness-raising and grass roots action
In addition, members of the coalition:
  • Provide safe haven for trafficked adolescents and adults in the U.S.
  • Deliver direct services to adult and child trafficking victims in the U.S. and overseas
  • Conduct prevention projects overseas, especially in Eastern Europe, India, and Latin America
  • Provide national training and technical assistance on the issue of trafficking
  • Meet with government officials, including Senators and Representatives in the U.S. Congress, and representatives from the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor & Combat Trafficking in Persons, the Department of Health & Human Services, and the Department of Justice
For more on Human Trafficking , click here .
NASA Earth
A program of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration that uses the vantage point of space to increase understanding, improve lives, and safeguard the future of the planet. Monitors vital signs from land, air and space with a fleet of satellites and ambitious airborne and ground-based observation campaigns. NASA develops new ways to observe and study Earth's interconnected natural systems with long-term data records to tackle some of the biggest questions about how the planet is changing now and how Earth could change in the future, from rising sea levels to the changing availability of freshwater.
For more on the Environment , click here .
American Public Health Association
APHA champions the health of all people and communities. Combines a nearly 150-year perspective, a broad-based member community and the ability to influence policy, to improve the public's health through publications, advocacy, professional development & events. Learn more.
For more on the Health Care System , click here .
JustFaith Ministires
The JustFaith program is now available as a 24-week program or in three 8-week phases that can be done individually :
Living Compassionately – Caring for the Poor
Living Justly – Caring for Each Other
Living Simply – Caring for the Earth

Jus tFaith invites participants to look at contemporary issues through the lens of Christian faith by engaging in reading, prayer, thought-provoking dialogue, encounter, and by building lasting relationships within a small group.  To learn more, click here .
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Becoming a Just Church:
Cultivating Communities of God's Shalom
By Adam Gustine. Calls the local church to be just and do justice. Provides a theological vision for our identity as a just people, where God's character and the pursuit of shalom infuses every aspect of our congregational DNA. As we grow in becoming just, the church becomes a prophetic alternative to the broken systems of the world and a parable of God's intentions for human flourishing and societal transformation. This renewed vision for the church leads us into cultivating a just life together―in community, discipleship, worship, and more―extending justice out into the world in concrete ways. Learn more .
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The Way of Forgiveness:
Readings for a Peaceful Life
Edited by Michael Leach, James Keane, and Doris Goodnough. An anthology of true stories that foster healing and harmony, including selections from C.S. Lewis, Henri Nouwen, Dorothy Day, Harold Kushner, Richard Rohr, James Martin, SJ, Jack Kornfield, Anne Lamott, Mary Oliver, Frederick Buechner, and many others. Read more
For more Forgiveness resources, click here .
Maryknoll Lay Missioners
An international organization that cares for the sick, comforts the afflicted, and supports the poor and marginalized. Committed to working with others for structural change to bring about a more just and compassionate society through:
  • Education and Leadership Training
  • Faith Formation/Pastoral Care
  • Healthcare and Health Promotion
  • Justice & Peace
  • Sustainable Development
Maryknoll Lay Missioners currently serve people in: Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, El Salvador, Haiti, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania
For more Volunteer resources, click here .
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Nine Ways We Can Work for Peace

Convince ourselves that peace is possible --
it’s hard to work for something you don’t believe in.

Have faith in the human spirit --
God gave us the capacity to live together in peace.

Study the causes of violence --
war is only one of the ways humans oppress each other.

Strive for love and unity within our families --
the family is the building block of civilization.

Try to think of people from other countries as members of our extended family --
It’s hard to be willing to let your cousins die.

Look for similarities between religions --
every major religion teaches the Golden Rule and promises an age of peace, so why argue?

Listen carefully to the voice of women --
it is the feminine qualities of compassion, mercy and empathy which will make peace possible.

Make friends with someone from a different race -- much of the world’s violence is caused by racial and ethnic misunderstanding.

Work to improve the quality of education --
the more we learn, the more we realize how much we have in common.

Anthony Ballard
Important Dates This Month

Individuals Honored This Month
May 1st

The most satisfying thing in life is to have been able to give a large part of one's self to others.
May 9th

I want a change, and a radical change. I want a change from an acquisitive society to a functional society, from a society of go-getters to a society of go-givers.
May 9th

Instead of building the peace by attacking injustices like starvation, disease, illiteracy, political and economic servitude, we spend trillions of dollars on war since 1946, until hatred and conflict have become the international preoccupation.
May 9th

How can we expect fate to let a righteous cause prevail when there is hardly anyone who will give himself up undividedly to a righteous cause?
May 19th

Here is what we seek: a compassion that can stand in awe at what the poor have to carry rather than stand in judgment at how they carry it.
May 20th

I am convinced that it is still best that I speak the truth, even if it costs me my life.
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