Purpose and Practices
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.
Racial Justice Resources
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.
In light of COVID-19, the Ignatian Family Teach-In For Justice will be moving once again, this year to a screen near you!
While we will miss the chance to gather in person, we are presented with a unique opportunity to more deeply connect and to engage the breadth of the Ignatian network. This year, the Teach-In is more than a weekend-long conference; we have expanded to a full week of programming plus a 365-day opportunity for members of the Ignatian family to connect—including both with those down the street and around the world. Using a powerful online event platform, the Teach-In will immerse you in the same renowned speakers, inspiring and challenging breakouts, communal prayer and liturgy, advocacy training and virtual advocacy opportunities, and networking with dynamic faith and justice organizations. Using the power of a virtual space to connect our network, the 2020 Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice will serve as a launching point for new ways of collaboratively seeking a more just world.
If you are interested in learning more or registering, please click here. If you would like to register as a member of St. Ignatius Catholic Community, please email Candra Healy at [email protected] with the subject line, “IFTJ”.
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. Please visit our individual committee pages, found here, to learn more about the Justice & Peace Committee.
This week, our focus is on Racial Justice. The resources in this article 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.and condemn racism on every societal and personal level.
From: Writers LIVE!
Tuesday, February 18
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium
400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Presented in partnership with OSI-Baltimore. Jerry Mitchell will be in conversation with Morgan State University professor E. R. Shipp.
In Race Against Time, Jerry Mitchell takes readers on the twisting, pulse-racing road that led to the reopening of four of the most infamous killings from the days of the civil rights movement, decades after the fact. His work played a central role in bringing killers to justice for the assassination of Medgar Evers, the firebombing of Vernon Dahmer, the 16th Street Church bombing in Birmingham and the Mississippi Burning case. Mitchell reveals how he unearthed secret documents, found long-lost suspects and witnesses, building up evidence strong enough to take on the Klan. He takes us into every harrowing scene along the way, as when Mitchell goes into the lion’s den, meeting one-on-one with the very murderers he is seeking to catch. His efforts have put four leading Klansmen behind bars, years after they thought they had gotten away with murder.
Jerry Mitchell has been a reporter in Mississippi since 1986. A winner of more than 30 national awards, Mitchell is the founder of the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting. The nonprofit is continuing his work of exposing injustices and raising up a new generation of investigative reporters.
The Ivy Bookshop will have copies of the book for sale at a book signing following the program.
Free, no registration required. Seating is first come, first serve. Please note that marking interest does not reserve a seat.
Writers LIVE programs are supported in part by a bequest from The Miss Howard Hubbard Adult Programming Fund.
Re-opening activities are made possible in part by a generous gift from Sandra R. Berman.
St. Ignatius Justice & Peace Committee: Nonviolence Retreat
By: Toni Moore-Duggan
This past weekend, to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., more than 30 people braved the threat of ice and snow to attend the Nonviolence Retreat at St. Ignatius Catholic Community. Throughout the course of the day, participants heard from several community members, including Brendan Walsh of Viva House and Ralph Moore of the Peace Camp of St. Frances Academy. Delores Moore presented on the nonviolent efforts of the Ferguson community following the death of Michael Brown, and Len Heckwolf gave a stirring reflection of Dr. King’s Principles of Nonviolence. Everyone in attendance took part in silent reflection and meditation. The retreat was woven with prayers and Gospel reflections, and the work was grounded in hearing God’s words rise in each person as they work to dismantle the divisive violence that has plagued human life.
The retreat concluded with a Reconciliation Reflection by Fr. Casciotti and a candlelight service of self-commitment to the Call to Nonviolence in each participants individual life, their communities, their relationships, their communications and their actions.
It was a retreat that is necessary to do again and again. We are all called to this important way of proceeding in all we are and all we do. We are called to awaken our sacred conscience to those fleeting moments when we sense discomfort in the face of injustice and do nothing. We must pray without ceasing and ask God’s mercy and Divine intervention in our efforts to dismantle nonviolence and live peace for all humankind and the beautiful universe that is so much a part of us. In Christ we live, we move and we have our being. Emmanuel.
If you weren’t able to attend please click here to browse resources and outcomes from the Nonviolence Retreat.
Film Showing: “Selma”
– Friday, January 17, 2020
The St. Ignatius Racial Justice Subcommittee, as part of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Keeping the Dream Alive” week, is presenting “Selma,” a film chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.
This unforgettable true story lays out the tumultuous three-month period, when Dr. King led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” tells the story of how King, the revered leader and visionary, and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.
There is no charge for this event. Popcorn, snacks and beverages will be provided.
Non-Violence: The Weapon That Heals
– Saturday, January 18, 2020
Christian non-violence is rooted in the transforming experience of gazing at the cross of Jesus, seeing him transform hate and horror into peace and forgiveness by his sufferings, and continuing that redemptive work in our individual and communal lives.
Non-violence is a way of proceeding that informs what we do or not do, how we understand ourselves and others, how we are moved to act in the face of injustice.
This morning of prayer, reflection, and dialog will explore our experiences of violence, the structural violence in which the poor and marginated live, and the call we have to be non-violent and resist injustice non-violently.
Renaming of Grace Chapel to Peter Claver Chapel
– Sunday, January 19, 2020
Prayer Walk for Peace in the City with Bishop Madden
– Monday, January 20, 2020
Bishop Madden’s next Prayer Walk is scheduled for Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 20, at St. Bernardine, beginning at noon. We will gather in the church.
Please note that this walk will be during the day at a different time than usual because of the national holiday. There will be a lite meal and fellowship after the walk in Harcum Hall.
Parking: There is street parking around the church. The streets are one way, so you can turn on Lyndhurst, which is just west of the church off Route 40, and then take a right on Harlem and another right on Mt. Holly Street to arrive at the street alongside the fellowship hall and close to the church entrance. Since it is a holiday, parking is available on both sides of Edmondson Avenue. There is also limited off-street parking in the lot which is off Mt. Holly Street and behind the church.
Parish phone number: 410-362-8664. Parish address: 3812 Edmondson Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21229.
The 27th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation
– January 21, 2020
“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with THE FIERCE URGENCY OF NOW. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is the time for vigorous and positive action.” – MLK
Loyola University Maryland cordially invites you to the Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation and pre-event community reception. The MLK Convocation, featuring Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, is an occasion for Loyola and the Baltimore community to launch the spring semester and the New Year by coming together for shared inquiry into legacies of race and racial justice in America.
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020
Andrew White Student Center, McGuire Hall West
7 PM Convocation in Reitz Arena
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, pastor and social justice advocate, will discuss current event issues related to social and racial justice during his lecture, “The Fierce Urgency of Now.”
Since 1993, Barber has served as a pastor of the Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, N.C., where he focuses on interfaith and multiracial issues. His advocacy for voting rights, healthcare, immigrant rights, public education, and LGBTQ rights has led to rallies in Raleigh, N.C., as well as thousands of nonviolent acts of civil disobedience across the south.
In 2013, Barber founded Repairers of Breach, an organization that strives to build and expand a national movement in moral analysis, articulation, and action.
Additional information about the event can be found at www.loyola.edu/mlk.
Author Roxane Gay Speaks at 26th Annual MLK Convocation at Loyola University
In her lecture, “Roxane Gay With One N,” the author will discuss social issues as it relates to her ongoing work in feminism, body image, and social justice. A book signing will follow the lecture. This event is free and open to the public. Tickets will no longer be required, but advance registration for guests who have not yet registered is required. Additional information about the event can be found at www.loyola.edu/mlk.
Film Showing and Facilitated Discussion: “Healing Justice”
As part of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Weekend at St. Ignatius, the Racial Justice Subcommittee will show the video Healing Justice a video about the criminal justice system and the prison pipeline as it affects the system of justice in the African American society. Presented in 3 short segments each followed by a 20-minute group facilitated discussion. The 3rd discussion will be followed by a panel of attorneys and criminal justice specialists who will each speak for 3-5 minutes and then the floor will be open to questions.
Film Showing: “Rosewood”
Sponsored by the Racial Justice Subcommittee and part of the “Honoring the Dream – MLK Commemoration Week.”
”Rosewood” describes a heinous, long-hidden racial incident that occurred in Florida in 1923, an escalating tragedy that led to the destruction of a prosperous black town. A false accusation of assault allowed Rosewood’s envious white neighbors to embark on a witch hunt in which at least eight people (and probably many more) died. It took only a few days for the population of Rosewood to be scattered, and for the town to be wiped off the map. Black survivors of the massacre finally received reparations in 1993. The film, a large-scale re-enactment of this shameful episode, has been directed by John Singleton, who is known for his concern with social issues.
A Day of Racial Justice Harmony
St. Ignatius Church as created a Racial Justice Forum and Subcommittee in order to educate, engage, affirm, discern, and advocate. Our opening event will be called A Day of Racial Justice Harmony.
Keeping the Dream Alive
St. Ignatius Catholic Community is hosting some memorable events and participating in other city offerings that we wanted to direct your towards. We are calling the week: “Keeping the Dream Alive – A Celebration of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”
Keeping the Dream Alive
During the 1960’s, African-Americans and may others who awakened to the sight and voices of racial injustice traveled to Selma. A new generation was challenging the segregated and dehumanizing status quo of the deep south. A group of nuns of the catholic Church (long perceived as a “white” institution) joined the civil rights struggle…and in so doing the Church and the sisters were themselves transformed.
Cracking the Codes
St. Ignatius Catholic Community presents the documentary Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity as the springboard to a Racial Dialogue Event. Film segments are braided with facilitated dialogue. People leave asking new question and are inspired to engage in change
National Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities
Event at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, the epicenter of the April 2015 protests, unrest, and uprisings in Baltimore. This event held Listening sessions with Archbishop Lori and Bishop Madden, priests, nuns, community leaders and members.
Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible
Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible is a unique breakthrough workshop that combines film with a guided conversation to educate and raise awareness on the issue of white privilege. Offered by the St. Ignatius Racial Justice Forum and the Racial Justice Subcommittee, this workshop will bridge the gap between good intentions and meaningful change by creating a space for white people to find their own voice and reflect on their own experience and understanding.