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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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Center for Justice is excited to offer Lunch & Learn, a monthly speaker series intended to give light to social justice issues through education and conversation. These gatherings are held once per month at 8th Day’s downtown office, and are free to attend!
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.
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'
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.