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.


Revel in the Revolution

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our

Revel in the Revolution 40-year celebration.

8th Day Center for Justice Staff was honored to have Rasmea Odeh as its recipient of the Mary Elsbernd, OSF Award at our recent Revel in the Revolution event. Please help support Rasmea's legal and community defense work by making a donation at www.stopfbi.net/donate, or writing a check to Committee to Stop FBI Repression (CSFR) with "Rasmea defense" written on the memo line. We prefer donations to CSFR because it does not take any administrative fee.

 
If you need your donation to be tax deductible, AND it is over $100, you can write a check to National Lawyers Guild (NLG) Foundation, again with "Rasmea defense" written on the memo line.
 
Checks must be mailed to:
AAAN
c/o Rasmea Defense Fund
3148 W. 63rd Street, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60629
 

Thank you!                                        

 245 Rasmea at Revel 




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Petition to End Solitary

 

End solitary confinement in Illinois prisons

“After only a short time in solitary, I felt all of my senses begin to diminish. There was nothing to see but grey walls…..The lights were kept on for 24 hours. I often found myself wondering if an event I was recollecting had happened that morning or days before. I talked to myself.” 

 

241 Solitary Confinement ImageIllustration by JP Trostle

Please sign the petition to end solitary confinement by clicking here.



Catholic Sisters for a Healthy Earth Reflection Booklet

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Several of 8th Day's Member Congregations joined the Catholic Sisters for a Healthy Earth in preparing a reflection booklet on the various rooms of a house, placing each room and its activities into the broader context of our Earth-home.  

Click here to access the 'Earth as Our Home'
reflection booklet!



8th Day Statement on the Affordable Care Act

We begin this statement by saying that our vision is that all people would have access to health care.  Health care is a necessity, not a privilege.

While universal health care coverage is not yet a reality, we realize that over 48 million Americans according to the 2011 U.S. Census are uninsured.  We cannot allow this to continue.  Those who are uninsured are most often people who are poor, working people with low-paying jobs, or the unemployed.  If health care is needed, they must go to emergency rooms, which is very expensive.   The cost is passed on in the form of increased premiums to all who do have health insurance.