At St. Ignatius Catholic Church, we believe Voting is An Act of Love.
This election season, we are teaming up with the Ignatian Solidarity Network,
and When We All Vote, a non-profit, non-partisan organization on a
mission to increase participation in every election and
close the race and age voting gap.
Your vote is your voice.
Take the following steps to be an active participant
in making your voice heard:
ACTION ALERT- SUPPORT MEANINGFUL POLICING REFORMS
The tragic killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, Sean Monterrosa, and many others by law enforcement officers are horrific reminders of the legacy of systemic racism in the United States. Commenting on the current situation, Pope Francis said: “We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.” As people of faith who see the image of God in the lives of those killed by police, we must work in solidarity with communities of color in demanding significant reforms now.
These killings make plain the immediate need for transformational change in policing in our country. The death of George Floyd once again calls into question the use of force, especially chokeholds, by law enforcement officers. Breonna Taylor was killed as a result of a “no-knock warrant” that allows officers to enter a property without warning inhabitants prior to entry. Violent state and local law enforcement responses to demonstrations in the wake of these deaths offer a stark example of the ongoing militarization of police.
Read more and write to Senator Cardin & Senator Van Hollen here.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed substantial increases to its application fees for adjustment of immigration status, including citizenship and lawful permanent residency (green cards), work permits, asylum, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Pope Francis reminds us that “instead of raising walls, we need to be building bridges”. As a society, it is our moral duty to resist the discriminatory targeting of immigrants, particularly low-income migrants, and instead, provide our immigrant sisters and brothers with the opportunity to be full and contributing members of our society.
Learn more and join us in calling on U.S. government officials that, as Catholics, we seek a system that welcomes, protects, promotes, and integrates our immigrant brothers and sisters.
Loyola Rising, Jesuit students address Johns
Hopkins University’s desire for armed
by Rachel Martine’s and Kassina Dwyer
As members of Loyola Rising, we stand in solidarity with the Students Against Private Police (SAPP) at Johns Hopkins University as they demand that Johns Hopkins retract support for the Community Safety and Strengthening Act, cross listed as House Bill (HB) 1094 and Senate Bill (SB) 793. This proposed legislation would authorize Johns Hopkins University to create an armed private police force. This document will be submitted as formal written testimony for the February 22nd, 2019 General Assembly hearing on this legislation.
Who are Students Against Private Police (SAPP)?
The Students Against Private Police (SAPP), a coalition of Johns Hopkins graduate students, undergraduate students, and community partners, was founded in 2018 when the first iteration of this legislation was introduced. To quote the SAPP petition, “On March 30th, 2018, legislators announced that they would not support the bill that would enable Johns Hopkins to establish a private police force at the time. After a period of interim study, Johns Hopkins has again decided to pursue legislation that would allow the university to create a private police force. New draft legislation was released on January 30th, 2019.” This is the legislation which Loyola Rising is denouncing in this solidarity statement with SAPP. READ MORE
Immediate Immigration Help Needed in Baltimore
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
FYI, there is a new movement here in Baltimore to meet Greyhound buses arriving in Baltimore several times daily with immigrants released from detention in the southwest – Baltimore Immigrant Transit Assistance. For some, it is their last stop after a 48-hour journey on the bus. For others, they are headed north to Philadelphia or NYC. Spanish-speakers are being recruited to identify immigrants (the ones without suitcases!), welcome them, offer cell phones to let families know they are here or in route, offer water, snacks and coffee. Make sure that no one needs urgent medical care. This is an act of accompaniment to provide a “bienvenido” to brave, resilient folks who have been through a tough journey to arrive here. If you are interested, please contact “Sam” (Samantha) Williams, a social worker at Lutheran Immigration Relief Services, who can provide training info and more specific information about this important work. Baltimore is connected with other volunteers across the country at major bus stops in Mobile, Atlanta, Knoxville, Washington D.C. who are doing the same work. Please pass along to others who might be interested. Ability to speak Spanish is strongly preferred. Sam’s email address is [email protected]
Press Release on Actions You Can Take re: Bishop Accountability and the Current Sex Abuse Scandal
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
We have attached a Press Release for your consideration (access Press Release) It is from Candra Healy, the Chair of our Justice & Peace Committee, regarding the upcoming Conference of Bishops that is being held in Baltimore on November 12-14 by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
As you know this is a very crucial time for the Catholic Church as it plans its way forward in light of the sexual abuse allegations and cover-up. This Press Release has to do with the call of Cardinal Daniel DiNardo to the Bishops; the response of local Catholics to his plan; and the goal to press further as the Bishops gather for their national conference. Our hope is that you will agree with this push and support efforts to move further into the process of protection for the future and healing from the past.
Opportunity for Impact: US Bishops in Baltimore
The Women of the New Testament Ministry encourages parishioners to join them in participating in the actions being taken to mark the meeting in Baltimore Nov. 12-14 of the USCCB. The WNT members encourage parishioners to join in a strong showing urging the bishops to take steps at this meeting toward reform that can prevent abuse and secrecy.
Sunday, Nov. 11 — Rosary Walk to the Basilica of the Assumption, arriving at 4 PM, before attending the 4:30 PM Mass at the Basilica. Beforehand, people may gather for coffee from 2 to 3 PM at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 120 N. Front St., and join the walk. Parking is available at St. Vincent during this event, as are rides for those unable to walk. For more information, contact Colleen McCahill, pastoral associate at St. Vincent, [email protected]; 410-962-5078.
From Monday through Wednesday, St. Vincent de Paul Church will host the USCCB live-streaming events and welcomes anyone to attend and watch. Or, anyone may watch the live stream from the USCCB live feed, expected to run Monday, 9:30 AM – 6 PM; Tuesday, 9 AM – 6 PM and Wednesday, 11 AM – 6 PM.
Michael Dresser | Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun
If you plan to vote early in Maryland’s election, these answers to frequently asked questions will help you head to the polls:
When is the early voting period?
Early voting for the general election runs Thursday, Oct. 25, through Nov. 1. Polls are open each day, including Saturday and Sunday. According to the State Board of Elections, the first day and last two days are the busiest times to vote. The weekend days typically have the least traffic.
What are the hours to vote early?
The polls will be open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. In past elections, lines have formed in the morning but have dwindled as the day goes on.
Who can vote early?
As of Saturday, Oct. 20, there were 3,954,027 eligible, active voters on the rolls for this election in Maryland — a number that is expected to grow throughout the period of early voting and same-day registration.
All are eligible to vote early unless they have cast an absentee ballot.
Ian Duncan | Contact Reporter The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore voters will decide whether to create an independent watchdog office to uncover misconduct by city officials — one of several proposals on the ballot this fall that would alter how the municipal government works.
If a majority votes “Yes” on Question F, the inspector general’s office would come out from under the mayor’s office. Supporters of the measure say that would guarantee it can root out abuses even at the highest levels of city government.
Inspector General Isabel Mercedes Cumming said she’s been working to rebuild the office since she took over at the beginning of the year. It had been without leadership since late 2016.
Mayor Catherine Pugh and the city solicitor have left her alone to pursues cases, Cumming said. Nonetheless, she urged voters to back independence.
Join Open Society Institute-Baltimore on September 25th for the second of three special events marking our 20th Anniversary. (See video and photos from the first event in June.)
The centerpiece of the event will be a timely conversation on “Making Sure Every Person Counts: The Census, Advocacy, and Civic Participation” with two of the country’s foremost experts on these subjects:
Barbara Mikulski was a US Senator representing Maryland for 30 years, from 1987 to 2017, after serving 10 years in the House of Representatives. She is the longest-serving woman in the history of the United States Congress and a passionate advocate for families and working people. She is now a professor of public policy at Johns Hopkins University.
Rashad Robinson is executive director of Color of Change, the largest online racial justice organization in the United States, with more than 1.4 million members dedicated to strengthening the political voice of Black America. Prior to joining Color of Change in 2011, Robinson held leadership roles at GLAAD, the Right to Vote Campaign, and FairVote.
OSI-Baltimore Advisory Board member Andre Davis will moderate.
Throughout the series of events, we honor local individuals who have lived the values of Open Society Institute’s tagline, Bold Thinking, Strategic Action, Justice for All. At this second event, we will present “Strategic Action” awards to Caryn York, executive director of the Job Opportunities Task Force, and Ray Kelly, president of the No Boundaries Coalition, for their tireless and effective advocacy on behalf of Baltimore communities.
There will also be a performance by drummer, educator, and 2015 OSI Community Fellow Menes Yahudah and readings by students from Writers in Baltimore Schools, founded by 2012 OSI Community Fellow Patrice Hutton.
Reserve your tickets now to celebrate OSI’s 20 years in Baltimore and support our work for the future!
Justice & Peace Committee Welcomes Rev. Scott Adams of Loyola University Maryland to Introduce a new Prison Ministry Bridge Project this Sunday
Sunday, July 22, 2018
Immediately following the 10:30 Mass
St. Ignatius and the Justice & Peace Committee welcome Rev. Scott Adams of Campus Ministry at Loyola University Maryland to introduce a new Prison Ministry Bridge Project in the Chapel of Grace on Sunday, July 22, 2018 immediately following the 10:30 AM Mass.
Prison Ministry Bridge Project Overview
The Prison Ministry Bridge Project is a faith-based initiative designed to provide support to women, men and youth concerned about justice by engaging them in thought provoking and inspiring spiritual gatherings at Baltimore/Maryland Correctional Institutions. Groups will be unisex and members and friends from St. Ignatius are welcome to participate.
Each spiritual gathering will run approximately 8 weeks, and would follow a framework similar to the following model:
- Two weeks of working with Loyola University Maryland and faith-based community members to prepare for entry into the prison ministry
- Four weeks working inside the prison
- Two weeks for debrief
The spiritual gatherings will be faith-based and include topics around meditation, prayer, sacred text studies, peace and justice. It will also offer practical instruction around the topics of personal and community care, financial stewardship, effective communication, active listening and many more. For more information, email Candra Healy at [email protected]
Tell Congress to Vote No!
This week, the House is expected to vote on two immigration bills that will increase the detention of immigrant families and make it harder for food-insecure Central American migrants to seek asylum in the United States.
Our Christian faith calls us to welcome the immigrant. Your representative is key to defeating these harmful bills. They need to hear from you!
Tell your member of Congress to vote NO on both the Securing America’s Future Act of 2018 (H.R. 4760) and the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act (H.R. 6136
Both bills fail to provide a reasonable pathway to citizenship for the majority of Dreamers, and also make it harder for Central American migrants fleeing violence and food insecurity to seek asylum in the United States.
Call (800-826-3688) or email your representative today and tell them to protect asylum seekers and to vote NO on H.R. 4760 and H.R. 6136.
Family unity is the cornerstone of our country, our immigration system, and our faith. These bills will irreparably harm immigrant families.
Christine Meléndez Ashley
Interim Co-Director of Government Relations, Bread for the World
P.S. Read Bread for the World’s press release on the immigration votes.
Come to the Table C4H Potlucks (June thru August)
This summer (June-August), potluck with the global family. Break bread and share culture, conversation, tradition, and stories with newcomers, immigrants, refugees, and long-time residents.