Issue: Diplomatic Conference for an Arms trade Treaty

Newark MCCJ partake in the Diplomatic Conference for an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Conference at the U.N.

After much preparation, the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations are in full swing throughout July at the U.N. in New York City. Fr. John Converset and Fr. JP Pezzi of the Comboni Justice and Peace Office have been especially involved, attending on behalf of VIVAT International. They’ve observed much in the first 10 days, including the grandstanding of a nation or two that caused delays at the beginning of the Conference.

Issue: In Solidarity with Immigrants

 From NETWORK (www.networklobby.org)

Comprehensive Immigration Reform 
“You must not oppress the stranger; you know how a stranger feels, for you lived as strangers in the land of Egypt.” Exodus 23: 9
Our Catholic faith grounds us in the realization that each person has inherent dignity because he or she is created in the image and likeness of God. As children of God, we are treasured and valuable as we are. Because of this, all our national policies, including our immigration policies, should respect and protect the dignity of each person. In response to this clear requirement of our faith, NETWORK is advocating for:

Issues: Climate Change Talking Points

 Provided by Africa Faith & Justice Network  (http://www.afjn.org)

Talking Points for Congressional Phone Calls/Visits God created the earth and declared it “good.”  As people of faith— called to protect the vulnerable and to the care and keeping of God’s earth—we are gravely concerned that the impacts of climate change have and will dramatically and negatively alter our earth’s natural balance. Because the effects of global climate change are already impacting those least able to cope with them, addressing global climate change is also a justice issue.
Reduce Climate Change Emissions:

Issue: In Solidarity with Darfur

Save Darfur (http://www.savedarfur.org)

In July 2007, the United Nations Security Council authorized the AU-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur, better known as UNAMID, with the mandate to protect civilians. Since then, various hurdles have stood in the way of the full deployment of the force. Even though it is still not fully deployed, many Darfuri civilians now rely on the peacekeepers to provide protection and stability in the present realities of the conflict. The threat of violence is constant for the people of Darfur.