Racial Justice Committee

BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2023: BLACK RESISTANCE

Since 1976, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme.

The Black History Month 2023 theme, “Black Resistance,” explores how “African Americans have resisted historic and ongoing oppression, in all forms, especially the racial terrorism of lynching, racial pogroms and police killings,” since the nation’s earliest days.

Learn More about Black History Month

Visit the Library of Congress’ Black Resistance Exhibit in DC

 

Truth. Compassion. Equity. Peace.

The Racial Justice Committee 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.

Contact

Chris McCullough
Racial Justice Committee Chair
chrismccullough@st-ignatius.net

Justice & Peace Meetings

The Justice & Peace Ministry generally meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6 PM.

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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.
Resources for Social Justice During Social Distancing
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.

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.

1619

1619 is an audio series (also found on Podcasts) from The Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery.

Bishop Shelton Fabre on the Death of George Floyd

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.

US Bishops: Racism not a thing of the past

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.

From Freddie Gray To George Floyd: Wes Moore Says It’s Time To ‘Change The Systems’

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.

Baltimore Responds to the Death of George Floyd

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.

Baltimore Protesters Draw On Lessons From 2015

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.

Statement of US Bishop Chairmen in Wake of Death of George Floyd and National Protests

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.

Talking to Kids About Racism, Early and Often

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.

‘Take Up Space’: Baltimore Youth Protest While Social Distancing

“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.”

Resources for Talking about Race, Racism and Racialized Violence with Kids

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 Action Event Map

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.

NAACP | We Are Done Dying

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.

Media Watch

How’s the Water, Hon? Speaker Event

The Environmental Justice Committee invites you to a presentation to learn about the water that arrives at your house and leaves your house, and what you can do to mitigate contamination of our waterways and damage to our pipes”. John Marra, Ecoliteracy &...

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Virtual Pilgrimage of Mother Mary Lange

February 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3pm “…Mother Lange’s love for all enabled her to see Christ in each person and the pain and prejudice of racial hatred never blurred that vision.”  Come join St. Ignatius, the Racial Justice Circle and the Pastorate of St. Ann, St. Francis...

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Small Business Holiday Market

The Office of Economic Development at Johns Hopkins is hosting a “Bmore Small Business Holiday Market” on Sunday December 18th at noon. Please come support local small businesses, purchase food, desserts, fashion, jewelry and more while enjoying a live DJ and photos...

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Current Projects 

Virtual Prayer Service for St. Kateri Tekakwitha

The Antiracism Task Force and Environmental Justice Subcommittee invite you to a virtual prayer service for St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the patron saint of Native Americans and the Environment, on the 17th of July from 2:00-4:00PM (Zoom Access can be found below). In honor...

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Join the League of Women Voters!

From Toni Moore-Duggan Please consider joining the League of Women Voters. We are in need of your membership. The League has been a long standing voice for voters rights for many years. I serve as  the Chair of the DEI Committee and Flo has served as past...

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Parish Journey for Racial Justice 2/24

Thursday, February 24, 20223:00-4:15 PM EASTERN/12:00-1:15PM PACIFIC Presenters: Damian Torres-Botello, SJ, Eric Immel, S.J., and Eric Styles Call Description: This presentation will discuss the development and implementation of an 8-day silent retreat that was held...

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Virtual Pilgrimage of Mother Mary Lange

Come join Bishop Lewandowski, St. Ignatius, the Racial Justice Circle and the Pastorate of St. Ann, St. Francis Xavier and St. Wenceslaus on Sunday February 27 from 2 PM – 4 PM as we journey together on a Virtual Pilgrimage of Mother Mary Lange. It is a time to pray...

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