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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.
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Good Friday Walk for Justice
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School of the Americas Vigil
Roy Bourgeois Photo: Jill Landrith
8th Day, along with the thousands that attend the vigil, oppose the U.S. supported militarization in Latin America, due to its proven correlation with increased human rights violations by Latin American armies and police forces.
We are proud to join SOA Watch in remembering the lives lost by those trained at The School of the Americas and together we call for the closing of the school and an end to militarization of all kinds.
We at 8th Day Center for Justice participate in the SOA Watch Vigil because...
We believe that resistance to oppressive U.S. foreign policy must come from grassroots movements like SOA Watch. Our faith calls us to loose the chains of injustice, standing in solidarity with those who have been repressed in our name is one small step toward justice. ~ Mary Ellen Maden
Liz Deligio ~ We go to honor "memorance" the living memory of the life of the people that co-constructs of ethical future.
It is a powerful experience of cooperation among many distinct groups who protest the training of Central and South American Troops in our name. ~ Gwen Farry, BVM
Mary Kay Flanigan, OSF ~ We have to take action to advance nonviolence, justice, and peace by standing in opposition to the U.S. training military men from other countries to murder and injure indigenous people while taking away ancestral lands and promoting interests of United States corporations. I
We stand, as global citizens, with our brothers and sisters who demand peace and justice the world over. ~ Scott Donovan
Kathleen Desauteles, SP ~ We go to both honor the lives of those who were disappeared or massacred in Central America by SOA/WHINSEC graduates and to stand in resistance to the U.S. militarism globally.
The School of the Americas represents the oppressive U.S. foreign policy that produces human rights violations, increased poverty, torture and militarization of populations in Central and South America. ~ Dorothy Pagosa, SSJ-TOSF
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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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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
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.
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.