Archive for May, 2012

“U.S. and International Bishops Meet to Discuss Migration Issues” from U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Posted on: May 31st, 2012

Bishops from the U.S., Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean will meet to discuss migration issues and develop a statement and plan for the future.



“Egyptians Vote in First Free Election” from New York Times

Posted on: May 31st, 2012

Egyptians took to the polls to vote for their new president in their first free election in history.



“Police Ask CeaseFire to Help with Violence” from Chicago Sun Times

Posted on: May 31st, 2012

For the first time, the Chicago Police Department will enlist the help of CeaseFire Illinois to help decrease the gang violence epidemic in Chicago.



A Fresh Perspective

Posted on: May 30th, 2012

By Elizabeth Sullivan – Class of 2015

I am no stranger to Jesuit institutions; both of my parents graduated from Georgetown University and my two sisters graduated from Boston College. It was practically a no-brainer that that I would choose a university which fell under this same category. However it wasn’t until I was on campus that…



Justice as a Lifestyle

Posted on: May 30th, 2012

By Patrick Green, Ed.D
Director of the Center for Experiential Learning

Justice . . . the word by itself has so many connotations. Some may think of social equity as in equal rights or access to resources and opportunities. Some may think…



“USCCB Joins Call To White House To Change Nuclear Policy” from U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Posted on: May 21st, 2012

Representatives of various groups including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops presented a petition with over 50,000 signatures to the White House urging President Obama to reduce the role and number of nuclear weapons.



“On visit to West Africa, Security Council praises Liberia’s progress” from the UN News Centre

Posted on: May 21st, 2012

The UN Security Council commended Liberia for its progress since the end of its civil war in 2003 and reiterated their support for efforts on reconciliation and inclusive dialogue in the West African country.



“WPA 2.0 Screenings Explore Protest, Globalization, and Getting Back to the Land” from the Chicagoist

Posted on: May 21st, 2012

A film series from the Chicago group, WPA 2.0, titled “The New Deal Project” will screen films and productions related to social justice in Chicago, in America, and in the world.



Opened and Transformed

Posted on: May 21st, 2012

By Margaret Rusch – Class of 2012

I had never really been exposed to the idea of social justice until I arrived here at Loyola. I had heard the term, but I thought it was for hippies or radicals and was not something I considered important. My sophomore year at Loyola, I decided on a last minute whim to apply for the Alternative Break Immersion Program because I wanted an opportunity to test out my Spanish skills. In the interview for the ABI program, the students asked me about my language proficiency, my openness to new experiences, and my understanding of the reasons that people are poor. That last one threw me for a loop. What did that have to do with anything?



Advancing Social Justice Work

Posted on: May 21st, 2012

By Dr. Kathleen Maas Weigert

Is there such a thing as “social justice”? How do people define it? Is it important, and if so, why and to whom? Can we talk about ‘advancing’ social justice? These questions have puzzled and preoccupied me for as long as I can remember. I look around the world — the ‘glocal’ (the global and the local combined) world as someone suggested — and see how interdependent we all are. What happens in Chile, China and Congo affects me in one way or another, as do events right here in my home city of Chicago.