As our country faces new challenges in the struggle to bring
about social justice, the Franciscan Peace Center offers the following
resources. These are campaigns, study
guides and organizations that are working to protect Creation, care for those
who are marginalized, and maintain a just Democracy. We will continue to share new resources as
they become available.
Campaign: 10 Actions
for the First 100 Days
The people who organized the Womens March on Washington, DC
are promoting a new action every ten days.
Subscribe to their mailing list to get the actions delivered to your
email box as soon as they are posted.
From the website: "The next step for Bernie Sanders'
movement is Our Revolution, which will fight to transform America and advance
the progressive agenda that we believe in.
Our Revolution has three intertwined goals: to revitalize American
democracy, empower progressive leaders and elevate the political consciousness.
From the website: "Members of the The 65 are committed to making Congress work for us
by mobilizing to speak up for values of diversity, inclusion, and equality.
Each week, well share a common mission, the Weekly Call to Action and commit
to calling influential leaders to let them know where we stand, what we want,
and how to best represent us. They
also maintain a bank of scripts for phoning legislators on a series of
high-priority progressive issues, including gun violence prevention, affordable
health care, criminal justice reform, environmental protection, and more.
Season for Nonviolence
Listen to daily one-minute reflections about nonviolence
from the Clinton Franciscans during the Season for Nonviolence - beginning with
the anniversary of Mohandas Gandhi's assassination on January 30 and
ending with the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination on
This document originated as a grassroots guide to organizing
to resist an unjust government.
This movement is growing quickly and has evolved into a formal nonprofit
to help coordinate legislative action and advocacy.
An open source wiki that provides information and
resources on a wide variety of social justice issues. Includes suggested actions.
Reaching Across the
From the guide: "This guide will help prepare you to speak
about what is most important to you in ways that can be heard, and to hear
others concerns and passions with new empathy and understanding even if
especially if you continue to disagree. The guide offers a step-by-step
approach to inviting another person someone whose perspectives differ from
your own into a conversation in which: You agree to set aside the desire to
persuade the other and instead focus on developing a better understanding of
each others perspectives, and the hopes, fears, and values that underlie them;
You agree to be curious and to avoid the pattern of attack and defend; You
choose to ask questions and move beyond stereotypes and assumptions.
From the website: "Get clear, concise summaries of bills
going through Congress, see what others think, then take action. Telling your
reps how you feel is easier than ever with email and now video messages. Make
your democracy more responsive.
RESOURCES FOR SPECIFIC ISSUES
Catholic Climate Movement
FREEDOM OF THE
The Society Of
The Committee To
on Human Needs
Bread for the
Poverty Law Center
Pace e Bene (focused on
Other Resources -
Active Nonviolence & Peacemaking
- Institute for Peace and Justice
resources for educators, families and children about nonviolence. Their
"Pledge of Nonviolence" can be adapted for children, families, schools
and churches. Materials that focus on the principles of Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr.
- Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
- National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee
National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC) is a
coalition of local, regional, and national groups supportive of war tax
- Nonviolent Peace Force
Peace Force's mission is to energize and train an international
nonviolent peace force that can be sent into conflict areas to secure
human rights and prevent atrocities, allowing local organizations to
work nonviolently towards peace.
- Pace a Bene
A Franciscan service in active nonviolence
- The Peace Alliance
Peace Alliance is leading the campaign to establish a United States
Department of Peace in the President's Cabinet by supporting the U.S.
House of Representatives bill, H.R. 808. This historic measure will
augment current problem-solving options, providing practical, nonviolent
solutions to the problems of domestic and international conflict.
- Peaceful Tomorrows
organization was formed by family members of those who lost their lives
on 9/11. The founders wanted to honor family members and turn their
grief into action for promoting peace.
Poverty and Social Justice
- Iowa Catholic Conference
L'Arche is an international federation of communities in which people with a developmental disability and assistants live, work, pray and share their lives together.