Young Adult Council - Art Exhibit

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Join us for the third annual art show, "These Are Not My Problems," presented by the Young Adult Council of 8th Day Center for Justice. The art shown will represent an artistic expressions of justice through this years theme "creative expressions of reclaiming our bodies."

Information on Artist will be posted as they are added so watch for more info.

Saturday, September 24
7pm - 9:30 pm

Preston Bradley Center
People's Church
Mason Hall (4th Floor)
941 W Lawrence Ave 
(3 blocks from Lawrence Red line)

Tickets $40
Students $20
2 drink tickets included

Open Bar, Heavy Appetizers, and Dancing also included

Raffle Tickets

1 for $10 or 3 for $25

Prizes include
$300
Fitbit Alta
Kindle Paperwhite

To purchase tickets to the event,

or to purchase raffle tickets,

Click here



Convergence At The Border

 

The SOA Watch Convergence at the Border is taking place from October 7-10, 2016 at the border wall in Nogales, Sonora / Arizona. Mobilize your communities to take a stand for justice and against militarization. The convergence will include workshops and events on both sides Border Convergenceof the U.S./ Mexico border, as well as art, music, and resistance. To learn more about why SOA Watch is moving from the gates of Fort Benning to the border, read the article From the School of the Americas to the Border and watch the documentary The Empire's War on the Border.

This page includes hotel and travel information. Sign up to receive updates.

Download and distribute the Border Convergence fliers, and post information and images on your social media networks (click here for sample tweets). Get your group or organization to endorse the convergence, and to spread the word.

History is made by movements - mass movements of people who organize themselves to struggle collectively for a better world. The SOA Watch movement is a nonviolent force to change oppressive U.S. policies as represented by institutions like the School of the Americas, and to resist militarization at home and abroad. It is made up of people from many backgrounds who work towards a positive and fundamentally different alternative to the racist system of violence and domination.


Support for Orlando

The 8th Day Center for Justice Staff, Coordinating Council, and Assembly are deeply saddened and angered by the senseless massacre that happened at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando on Saturday evening. Our deepest sympathy, presence, and prayers are with the families of the many innocent victims and the survivors, who have all been left to deal with the trauma of this atrocity. As we have for many years, we stand with the LGBTQ+ community whose safety and dignity have once again been threatened by this unimaginable attack.

As is the case in any situation, we know that the actions of one are not representative of any group. In times of tragedy, it is both easy and tempting to fall into the trap of blaming in order to provide answers for our hurting and healing for our wounds. We stand with the Muslim community who once again fall victim to Islamophobia simply because the perpetrator was Muslim himself. The correlation of Islam and violence is a fallacy; it is a gross generalization to blame an entire community for the action of an individual.

This attack on the queer Latino community of Orlando was inexcusable; it is an attack on the human community at large. The shooter’s actions are representative of the ills and pathologies of our culture, a culture that perpetuates violence, racism, homophobia, and hyper-masculinity. Until we address these ills of our society, we will never see an end to this violence. As a faith-based organization, we know that we must address the flawed structures and attitudes within our own faith communities that perpetuate these ills so that true justice, peace, and safety can be achieved for all.  

8th Day Center vows to stand with the LGBTQ+ community to address the systems that allow such heinous acts to take place. We cannot and we will not rest until the diversity of  the human community is celebrated, and all are reverenced for the sacredness of their humanity.



Watch our June 17 Lunch & Learn

CAN-TV showing of

Inside the Refugee Crisis

A View from Sr. Norma Pimentel of the Humanitarian 
Response along the Texas/Mexico Border
 
 

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We were so pleased to have Sr. Norma Pimentel join us for a live interview to discuss her work on the U.S.-Mexico Border.  

 


Norma Pimentel is a Sister with the Missionaries of Jesus. As 
Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley for over 12 years, she oversees the charitable arm of the Diocese of Brownsville, providing oversight of the different ministries & services in the areas of the Rio Grande Valley. Sr. Norma is an alumna of the Loyola University Chicago Institute of Pastoral Studies with a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Counseling. She will be honored at Loyola University Chicago's Founders Dinner as one the 2016 Damen Awardees.
 

 

Tune in at watch at these times and channels

Sunday, June 26th, 9:00 AM, CAN TV21
Monday,  June 27th, 8:00 AM, CAN TV19
Tuesday,  June 28th, 12:00 PM, CAN TV21

 



Supporting “A Church For Our Daughters”

8th Day Center for Justice - Women in Church and Society Committee is a supporting organization for the “A Church For Our Daughters” campaign.

The campaign states:
 “We pray together as a family of the faithful with the vision of a Church community that at its core upholds the full equality of all of its members. So that our daughters and yours may know radical inclusion and justice, equality without qualification, and an institution that transforms oppression into love without bounds, let us build a Church for our daughters.”

Join 8th Day Center - Women in Church and Society Committee and the many other organizations in signing the petition asking US Bishops to Build a Church for Our Daughters by clicking here

Learn more about the campaign here.



Spring Revel

Spring Revel 

Thank you for joining us!

Thank you to all who joined us at Revel in the Revolution with Jamie Manson. It was a pleasure having you all with us, experiencing the moving words from Jamie, together. The roll out of our Feminist Plattform could have gone no other way. Thank you for being a part of it with us.  The full text of Jamie Manson's speech can be found by clicking here.

To see photos from the event click here.

 

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Click here for more information about the Feminist Platform.



Good Friday Walk for Justice - March 25

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Thank you for joining us for

Good Friday Walk for Justice

 

Download a copy of the 2016 Good Friday Walk for Justice program book.

 

Click here to see photos from the Walk.



8th Day Speakers

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Watch last months Evening Speaker Series with Imam Malik Musahid. 

 


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Watch last months Lunch & Learn with Adelaida Jiménez Cortés. 

 


 



A Response to Our World

 

8th Days Response to the State of our World

People fleeing their homes in Syria, the attacks in Paris, the gunman at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, the murder of Laquan McDonald in Chicago; this is our world today.  8th Day Center for Justice refers to the 8th day, the day after the mythical seven-day creation story, the day when we take responsibility for creating a world of peace and justice.  In light of current events, we ask ourselves, “What world are we creating?” The media would like us to believe that we should be afraid, that the compassion we rightly have for those fleeing their country and our desire to help keep them safe is foolish and will lead to our demise. The systems around us further enforce that fear to the point of bigotry. Politicians have suggested separate ID cards for people they determine to be different, heightening “security” measures for certain people, deciding who people are based on what they look like. Using this rhetoric of separation as a guide to decide people’s motives allows for the characterization of a white gunman at Planned Parenthood as a unique instance, out of the norm, even praised by some.  The media, the systems, the subsequent bigotry, has left many of us frozen.  What world do we want to create and how do we do it?  We believe the protests in Chicago on November 27th, Black Friday, in response to the cover up of a police murder of a black teenager Laquan McDonald, give hope to what we can do.  The response of the people shows how we can be a voice for justice and truth in the world.  When we have the courage to resist the status quo, to resist hatred and fear, we begin to build a world rooted in nonviolence and mutuality.

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 For further reflection from 8th Day and resources for your own reflections please click here.



Addressing White Privilege

Addressing White Privilege
A Statement by 8th Day Center for Justice
“They misled my people by saying that all is well when all is not well. It is as if my people built an unstable wall and these prophets used whitewash on it, not plaster." Ezekiel 13:10

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. knew all about “whitewashing” when, in his 1963 Letters from Birmingham Jail, he wrote, “ I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White citizens’ ‘Councilor’ or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says ‘I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can’t agree with your methods of direct action’ who paternistically feels that he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a ‘more convenient season.’ Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.