Racial Justice Subcommittee
Truth. Compassion. Equity. Peace.
The Racial Justice Subcommittee of the Justice and Peace Committee defines racial justice as “the systematic, transformative, and fair treatment of all races that results in equal opportunities and outcomes for all”. The foundation of our Christian faith is rooted in the knowledge that all are made in the image and likeness of God. With this truth, we are devoted to upholding the dignity of all persons through, with, and in Christ. We stand in solidarity with those facing hardship and injustice due to race. We will create spaces for dialogue, prayer, and listening, and develop activities and training that promote education and advocacy. Our goal is to be stewards of faith, hope, and love by promoting model relationships that are rooted in truth, compassion, equality, and peace.
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SOCIAL JUSTICE DURING SOCIAL DISTANCING
As the Justice & Peace Committee of the St. Ignatius Catholic Community, we wanted to provide resources for social justice education and action during social distancing. Although we can not come together to meet, our communities can take individual action through online education. We can take this time to dive into social justice issues that tug at our hearts and minds, and come out of this quarantine period ready to work together, renewed, for peace and justice.
The resources in this section feature action items, educational pieces, and ways to do anti-racism work. We, as a parish community, support Black liberation and condemn racism on every societal and personal level.
Racial Justice Forum
The St. Ignatius Racial Justice Forum is here to lift up, focus, and deepen the many ties St. Ignatius already has with the African-American community. We want to engage, partner with, and be converted by the diverse urban community we are a part of. Visit for links to educational pieces, news articles, videos, and more.
1619 is an audio series (also found on Podcasts) from The Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery.
Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, on the Death of George Floyd and the protests which have broken out in Minneapolis and in other cities in the United States.
Friday’s statement by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) was signed by the Bishop chairmen of seven committees of the Conference, including the committees on racism, pro-life activities, and African American affairs.
African Americans struggle with disproportionate COVID death toll
Creating a toxic storm of death and illness, the pandemic is devastating black communities across the United States and revealing the deadly legacy of inequality.
The killing of George Floyd has inspired protests across the U.S. and around the world , with crowds evoking the names of other black men and women who have died in police custody — including Freddie Gray.
From personal anecdotes to documentary footage, here are some of the responses coming out of Baltimore, as well as ways to get involved.
Civility, activism and education as Baltimore marks sixth night of protests with peaceful reflection. And food.
Thousands of people of all ages and races have taken to the streets across the country, saying they would continue until leaders addressed both structural racism and police violence.
Thousands of people in Baltimore have joined multiple marches over the past week, mourning the violent death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and calling for less funding for the Baltimore Police Department and more money for education, health and local groups in predominantly African American neighborhoods in the city.
Seven U.S. bishop chairmen of committees within the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have issued a statement in the wake of the death of Mr. George Floyd and the protests which have broken out in Minneapolis and in other cities in the United States.
As protests over the killing of George Floyd (and Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor) spill into a second week, many parents are wondering how to talk about the deaths and unrest with their children.
“My life is a pandemic,” one protester declared, saying police violence was more of a risk to him than COVID-19.
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack Peggy McIntosh
“I was taught to see racism only in individual acts of meanness, not in invisible systems conferring dominance on my group.”
This document was compiled by the Center for Racial Justice in Education. It is not meant to be exhaustive and will be continually updated as we are made aware of more resources.
Summer 2020 Workshop for White Educators: Confronting Racism in Education
This workshop series is BRJA’s introductory class for white people, with an emphasis on education. Coparticipants will all be educators.
People Power members are at the forefront of some of the most important civil liberties fights of our generation. Join one of our special volunteer teams to help build a winning movement. Be a part of the action, and help make history.
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
What Can I Do to Promote Non-Violence?
- Stop buying or gifting toy guns and other replica weapons for children.
- Participate in gun buy back initiatives and/or encourage others to do so.
- Read and meditate on the words of Jesus, Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Teach children and encourage adults to use their words and not their fists.
- Discourage memberships in the NRA (National Rifle Association).
- Write a letter on MLK’s birthday each year to someone you disagree with the encourage better understanding through dialogue.
- Support Peace Camp where Baltimore children are taught non-violence and positive conflict resolution. Volunteer and/or give financial support.
- Support anti-poverty initiatives (Gandhi once said, “Poverty is the worst form of violence.”
- Hire a youth or an adult in need of a job full or part time.
- Pray for peace and the end of violence in our city unceasingly
What Can I Do to Disrupt Poverty, Miseducation, and No Education?
By: Dana Moore
- Volunteer at Loyola Early Learning Center and/or fund a young scholar enrolled in the program
- Learn about the work-study program at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. Ask your employer to fill a job with students in the program. o 1 job, 5 students = great opportunities to learn, grow, get started on a career path.
- Get to know how Baltimore City government works. Watch TV25, also known as “Charm TV”. City Council hearings, Zoning Board hearings, Board of Estimates and Liquor Board hearings are all aired on TV 25.
- Speak out on The Things you disagree with and/or agree with
- Let your views be heard
6 Things One Can Do to Help Bring About Peace and Justice
- Support African American institutions in Baltimore:
- St. Frances Academy, 501 E. Chase Street. Baltimore, Maryland 21202 410-539-5794 (Offer to volunteer or send financial support)
- Subscribe to the AFRO American Newspaper to increase your awareness of life in the African community (call 410-554-8200 or go online to afrosubs.com)
- Eat at a restaurant or shop at a business owned by persons of color
- Actively support the canonization of Mother Mary Lange, founder of the Oblate Sisters of Providence: a. Pray for the canonization of Mother Lange, there are prayers cards which feature wording to that effect b. Send letters to Archbishop William Lori and to Pope Frances calling for fast-tracking the canonization of Mother Lange. Address for both can be found online.
- Research and support candidates for political office and issues against war and militarism. Study the backgrounds of those seeking office and any initiatives calling for further engagement in military engagement and/or spending
- Research and support candidates for political who pro children, pro-education (such as contained in the Kirwan Commission recommendations) and pro-recreation.
- Question the operations of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and your local parish: who is hired? Who is business contracted or done with? Is there diversity – ask the questions and pursue answers and advocate for change.
- Join or support organizations that fight for racial justice such as: the Baltimore Racial Justice Circle, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SUJR Baltimore’s the local chapter) and the Office of Black Catholics for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Have the courage to work for change. Let your work be the prayer for peace and justice.
A hearing has been scheduled on 2/16 for House Bill 375, legislation that would establish a Family & Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) Program to be administered under the supervision of the Department of Labor’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) Division. The Maryland Chamber is very concerned that the implementation of this legislation will result in additional costs and administrative burden to employers, especially small businesses and non-profits, at a time when they can least afford it.
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The 42nd Archdiocesan Social Ministry Convocation will take place virtually on Saturday, February 27th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year's theme is PERSISTENCE in the March towards Justice. The keynote address will be given by Ashley Morris, Associate Director of...
Alongside the Ignatian Solidarity Network, for 21 days, we challenge you to enter into the complex work of understanding the realities of racial injustice and anti-.Blackness in the U.S. Sign up to receive emails for 21 days.
by Toni Moore-Duggan, Racial Justice Subcommittee ChairJustice & Peace Committee The celebration of Dr. King’s birthday weekend led by the Justice and Peace Committee at St. Ignatius Catholic Community was a rally for justice. Many generous talents from the parish...
Theme: Building an Antiracism society starts here and now. Creating the beloved Community. I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a...
By Deacon Andrew Lacovara We are no longer [held by] distinctions deriving from the flesh – but are to bear within ourselves only the seal of God, by whom and for whom we were created. We are to be so formed and modeled by God that we are recognized as belonging to...
As a Catholic African American Person of Color (POC), I live the tragedy of how racism has marred the Universe that God intended.