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Bishops and Extractive Industries: A Human Face of Mining (Katherine Marshall)

In far flung corners of the world, religious leaders are protesting against mining companies and projects. What are their complaints? In Guatemala, they argue that gold mining poisons the water table, in Chad that painfully negotiated revenues that promised to ease the pain of poverty are nowhere in sight, in Ecuador that oil drilling devastates … Continue reading

The International Federation of Fe y Alegría gains special consultative status in ECOSOC

Following significant negotiations, the International Federation of Fe y Alegría has been recognized by the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) as having special consultative status. ECOSOC serves as a forum for discussing international economic and social concerns and formulating policy recommendations directed toward Member States and the United Nations system. This … Continue reading

Kerala, a ‘Dubai’ for Bengali Migrants

As I took my seat in Coromandal Express at Chennai Central station to go to Calcutta two months ago, I found 4 young boys between the ages of 18 and 25, already in the compartment stuffing a lot of luggage under the seat where I had my berth. They were my co-passengers in the same … Continue reading

The Global Ignatian Advocacy Network in Africa

“What is this GIAN thing that takes you away from the community every so often?”, asked one of the members of my community not too long ago. I was about to respond to him when I realised that the Secretary of the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat at the Curia (SJES) was due to visit … Continue reading

Silence… its rumblings (DM Solomon SJ)

As soon as we turned the motorbike from the concrete road to the single lane path into to the bushes silence descended between Habil, my pillion rider, and me. The stony bushy hill was a difficult terrain to negotiate by a rickety motorcycle. The silence of the forest almost drowned the rambling sound of the … Continue reading

Jesuit Refugee Service publishes booklet on advocacy

A new 36-page booklet addresses all aspects of JRS advocacy, from day-to-day work in favour of one or more individuals to longer-term activities seeking to change policies nationally, regionally and globally. The booklet gives a breakdown of the most important issues on which JRS advocacy is focused and provides concrete examples of concerns and positive … Continue reading

Múltiples retos para la red de Ecología

Inmediatamente que comenzamos a hablar sobre cuestiones ecológicas nos encontramos con la dificultad de la “extensión” de los temas que podemos encontrar bajo este título. Sin duda alguna la variedad de temas que uno puede encontrar cuando trata de cuestiones ecológicas puede ser una fuente de desánimo: tantos problemas y tan variados es una invitación … Continue reading

Advocacy y sensibilización en el SJM España: el cuaderno ‘Superar fronteras’ (Pep Buades SJ)

El 5 de mayo, el Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes (SJM) España presentaba el cuaderno Superar fronteras a los medios de comunicación. Esa noche empezaba la campaña para las elecciones municipales: las primeras en las que votaban residentes de algunos países extracomunitarios, y no solo españoles y ciudadanos de la UE. Los medios transmitieron un mensaje: … Continue reading

The Challenge of Advocacy: memories of a struggle in the 1980s (George Mutholil SJ)

The Loyola GIAN workshop is my first formal contact with the Network initiative, other than reading about it in the newsletters or listening to some talk or other. Beginning with the presentations of Julian, the presentations and much more the group work in the core group have given me a new understanding of the challenge … Continue reading

Hear the cry of the Poor, and help them tell their story – not yours! (Tom Greene SJ)

The title of this piece is a refrain for me as I advocate on behalf of the poor and marginalized. It developed from the experience of watching Nelio (not his actual name,) a young Honduran boy in immigration court in Houston, Texas. His case had been called up and he sat alone at the Respondent’s … Continue reading

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