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Everyday Heroes

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP

Earlier this week when I drove to work, I heard a story on NPR about truckers who were working to raise awareness of human trafficking and how to save trafficking victims. This good news story does not come as a surprise to me since I was aware of Truckers Against Trafficking, an organization founded in 2009 to educate truckers about the critical issue of human trafficking and challenge them to act to save lives through their awareness and willingness to act when observing suspicious behavior.

Every day we see truckers around the country delivering mail and transporting everything from the mundane to the exotic. This effort of TAT is a lifesaving effort that has already paid off many times over. Truckers are the eyes and ears of the nation’s highways and are uniquely qualified to help law enforcement confront the problem of sexual exploitation. Continue reading →

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The Call for Civil Leaders – A Call for Justice

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP

Like many people in the United States I would love to push the pause button on the political incivility that seems to escalate each day. When the political dialogue deteriorates to comments about candidates’ wives and manhood it is time to reflect on how we arrived at this disturbing juncture.

How do incivility and justice connect? While incivility is not a crime, it does have victims. Muslims are a frequent target, along with immigrants, persons with disabilities, women, gays and lesbians and low income citizens. In a recent KRC research poll, 62% of those interviewed believe there is less tolerance, and that leads politicians to say what they believe their supporters want to hear. Continue reading →

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World Water Day

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP

As I reflect on World Water Day today, I am moved by several daunting statistics:

  • 1 in 9 people in the world are without access to water;
  • half of the world’s hospital beds are filled with people suffering from a water-related disease;
  • every 20 seconds, 1 child dies from a water-related illness;
  • the planet needs 200 million liters of water a second to grow food.

During the last few months the nation’s focus has been on the water crisis in Flint, MI, with the predictable nonstop blame game being the most consistent response. As often happens, the catalyst for changing the water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River was the desire to save money. However, the human cost was enormous, with children paying the cost with lead poisoning. Thousands of Flint residents continue to pay a price for a lack of responsible leadership that could only come up with quick fixes such as a boil water advisory. With corroded pipes throughout the city, the cost in money and time will be enormous. Continue reading →

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Celebrating Women’s History Month

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP

Inez Milholland was called the “Joan of Arc” of the suffrage movement for the many years of her life she worked to secure the right to vote for women in the United States. She rode a white horse leading more than 8,000 marchers at the head of the March 3, 1913, suffrage parade the day before Woodrow Wilson’s presidential inauguration, while marchers were jeered, tripped and subjected to verbal violence. This 60-year saga challenged the courage and perseverance of thousands. Continue reading →

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Making Peace Not War

Blog by Sr. Barbara Kane, OP
Blog by Sr. Barbara Kane, OP

Beautiful spring-like weather blessed my trip to Washington, DC to attend a meeting of the Win Without War Coalition. It was a diverse group of individuals from 40 nonprofit religious, women’s and peace organizations representing 11 million “activists.” The most touching realization for me was that no matter how different our beliefs might be on other issues, we all are working to bring peace to the world one individual at a time. Continue reading →

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