Vonetta Edwards, Committee Co-Chair
Shari Shea, Committee Co-Chair
The Racial Justice Committee of the Justice and Peace Ministry 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.