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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The Justice & Peace Committee generally meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6 PM.
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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 ForumThe 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.
African Americans struggle with disproportionate COVID death tollCreating a toxic storm of death and illness, the pandemic is devastating black communities across the United States and revealing the deadly legacy of inequality.
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.
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.”
Summer 2020 Workshop for White Educators: Confronting Racism in EducationThis workshop series is BRJA’s introductory class for white people, with an emphasis on education. Coparticipants will all be educators.
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.
Thursday, July 8, 7:00-8:00pm The Black Lives Matter Interfaith Coalition invites you to an hour of holding space and offering prayers for all affected by violence in Baltimore. We mourn the recent murders of Safe Streets workers and pray for all who grieve, as well...
Do you support making every voter count the same regardless of color, income, age, or neighborhood? Join us in supporting the For the People Act and show your support this weekend! Get Money Out – Maryland (GMOM) founded For the People – Maryland with 20 other groups...
Our partners at Ignatian Solidarity Network are conducting a survey to help understand the contexts of race, equity, and justice within Jesuit and Catholic institutions. The data gathered will aid in the development of a Racial Justice Action Plan partially aimed at...
Join the Office of Justice and Ecology for a policy update and conversation among Jesuit grassroots advocacy leaders next Wed. May 19th at 1pm. OJE staff will look at differences in current policing reform proposals and participants will have an opportunity to connect...
On Monday, April 19th, 2021, from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. est, the Abolish ICE New York and New Jersey Coalition will hold a forum, “Eyes on ICE: Hunger Strikers Speak Out!”. We will provide a space for immigrants currently on hunger strikes in New York...
Please join us on April 17th for a Black Lives Matter Rally. The rally is taking place on North & Charles Street at 11am. We hope to see you there!
In the wake of George Floyd’s murder last summer, Baltimore’s St. Ignatius Parish community committed to respond. That meant doing the hard work of antiracism through reflection and action. Eric Clayton, member of the parish task force dedicated to raising awareness on these efforts, will share how his parish began—and sustains—this work.
On Sunday, February 28th, parishioners gathered over Zoom to honor the life of Mother Mary Lange, OSP with a pilgrimage and prayer service. View the Mother Mary Lange Prayer Service here.
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.