Saving Our Adolescents from Prostitution (S.O.A.P.)

Blog by Yahaira Rose

The Fight Against Human Trafficking

On Saturday February 25, over 160 participants came together to learn, educate, and take action against Human Trafficking at The Martin de Porres Center. We welcomed Theresa Flores to the Center for the annual Arnold Classic S.O.A.P. event.

Did you know that Human Trafficking is the second leading crime in the world? Over 1.2 million children are trafficked worldwide each year and 100,000 are trafficked in the US. S.O.A.P. events across the United States team up with local organizations to educate hotels on the red flags, mobilize volunteers to help label soap bars with the national human trafficking hotline number, and pass out missing children posters just before sporting events. Continue reading →

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Entertaining Angels Through Hospitality

Blog by Justice Promoter Kelly Litt
Blog by Justice Promoter Kelly Litt

I’ve been tempted to give up social media these past few weeks. While I enjoy the social aspect and the quick connection to family and friends, the flood of endless political pictures, articles and videos have inundated my newsfeed and provided a constant reminder of the difficult and still divisive political climate we find ourselves in. The simplicity of ignoring social media is tempting (and perhaps even news outlets), yet I’m trying to remain positive and continue finding avenues to fuel social justice work. Continue reading →

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What is Truth?

Blog by Justice Promoter Kelly Litt
Blog by Justice Promoter Kelly Litt

How do we decipher “Truth”?

Following in the footsteps of St. Dominic, our charism is to preach truth, but truth seems hard to distinguish and find lately. Does truth come from what we see on social media, or in the news, or from the mouths of politicians? How do we distinguish what is true, just, and holy while responding to the needs of our society and the world? Continue reading →

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The First Week

Blog by Justice Promoter Kelly Litt
Blog by Justice Promoter Kelly Litt

The First Week with Our New President

First it was the Inaugural Address with numerous references to nationalism rather than international engagement and collaboration: “From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first – America first.”

Then it was the executive memorandum and action to allow the continuation of the Keystone XL Pipeline and the Dakota Access Pipeline as well as an order to silence the Environmental Protection Agency.

Then it was the continued allegations (with no proof) that millions voted illegally in the election, undermining the democracy and legitimacy of our elections. Followed by the action to begin construction on a border wall. Then the vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, stripping millions of Americans of their health care access. Continue reading →

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Victory Together

Blog by Justice Promoter Kelly Litt
Blog by Justice Promoter Kelly Litt

Uniting in Love for the Common Good

On January 16, Michael B. Coleman, former mayor of Columbus, OH, spoke at the 32nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast. Mayor Coleman stressed the importance of uniting in love and commonality to work toward the common good of our communities. He also said, “stop whining, start winning.” Yet he didn’t speak in terms of personal victory or individual advancement and winning, rather, he explained that when communities come together, that’s winning, when individuals engage in peaceful dialogue, that’s winning, when we lift up the marginalized in our society, that’s winning. Continue reading →

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