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Lost Lands, Broken Bonds


Blog by Sr. Roberta Miller, OP

Many of us come from localities in which we have embedded family roots. From these roots we have our language, pronunciations, cultural traditions and ties to the familiar environments. How have you felt when uprooted from the familiar environs?

If family evictions from their traditional locales have occurred through economic losses, urban renewals, natural disasters or war, how do you imagine their thoughts and feelings about themselves? Despairing? Lost? Helpless? Hopeless? Continue reading →

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Preserving and Sharing the Charism

Blog by Justice Promoter Kelly Litt

Striving to Shape the Future

At the recent Justice Promoter conferences I attended, there was a focus on passing on the charism and helping shape the future justice promoters for our congregations (whether those be vowed religious or lay). I found myself blushing as many praised the Dominican Sisters of Peace to be forward thinking and to begin fostering younger generations as they have done with me.

Just as we have strengthened our charism and ministry through our community of Associates, we too have worked to foster new relationships with Dominican Young Adults who similarly join in our mission and ministry. Continue reading →

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Living in This Post – Truth Era

Blog by Justice Promoter Kelly Litt

What happened to truth?

Over and over I heard “It’s scary;” “This political climate is not normal;” “What happened to truth?” As I gathered with others in our Dominican family for the North American Dominican Justice Peace and Care of Creation meeting at Techny Towers north of Chicago, I found myself in deep conversations about truth and this post-truth era we find ourselves in.

As Dominicans, we claim our charism to preach truth; it’s that very veritas that propels us to work toward justice and overcome oppressive structures and practices. We spoke about the importance or returning to our roots of disputatio, the use of conversation and questioning rather than using issues merely to twist facts to reflect your opinion. Through these conversations, we can better understand our differences and find avenues that lead us to understanding, empathy and solidarity. Continue reading →

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Be Bold: Advancing Equality for Women

Many Injustices still Plague Women and Girls

Blog by Justice Promoter Kelly Litt

During my time with the Dominican Leadership Conference NGO to the United Nations, I learned about the numerous injustices plaguing women and girls in our world today. From human trafficking to forced child marriage to gender based violence and lack of educational and career opportunities, women around the world are discriminated against and targeted for their mere gender.

Even in the United States, where many believe women are provided endless opportunities, the disparity is clear. It seems we grow closer and closer to breaking through the “glass ceiling,” but fall short. While women are receiving more college and graduate degrees than men, and are often the bread-winner for their family, economic equality is still missing and poverty still disproportionately plagues women. According to the Institute for Women’s Policy and Research, “in 2015, female full-time, year-round workers made only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 20 percent,” and this statistic is even worse for Latina women and women of color.

As seen recently, the political glass ceiling is especially hard to break through. Only 104 women serve in Congress out of the 535 total seats which amounts to only 19.4% despite the fact women make up half of the population.

International Women’s Day is March 8th

Tomorrow, March 8th, is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the progress women have made as well as a commitment to continue pushing ahead toward equality. This year, the theme is “Be Bold for Change,” a call on the masses to help forge a better working world – a more gender inclusive world.

#BeBoldForChange

As part of the International Women’s Day, women from around the globe will be gathering in New York City at the United Nations for the Commission on the Status of Women. This year’s theme is women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work. Sr. Judy Morris, OP will be attending the Commission this year as a Dominican representative from North American!

We know the immeasurable positive contribution women have made and continue to make in our world. May we continue to “be bold for change,” continuing to share our perspective, our truth, and our peace.

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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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