Archive for November, 2012

“Art and Design Students in Europe Say NO to Violence against Women” from UN Regional Information Centre for Western Europe

Posted on: November 29th, 2012

Students from Moscow and France produced a series of animations to be screened as part of the 16 days of Activism Against Gender Violence being sponsored by the United Nations.

“Bipartisan deal possible on immigration reform”

Posted on: November 29th, 2012

Rep. Michael Honda (D-CA) discusses the possibilities of bipartisan immigrant reform in our country’s near future.

The Exit Zero Project

Posted on: November 29th, 2012

A new project seeks economic opportunity and environmental justice for Chicago’s southeast side residents affected by deindustrialization.

“After the Violence, the Rest of Their Lives” from the NY Times

Posted on: November 29th, 2012

A research project from Northwestern University follows former Chicago incarcerated youth after their release and calls for policymakers to take action.

On Being Thankful

Posted on: November 29th, 2012

By Brian Anderson
Interfaith Chaplain,
Campus Ministry

There are two things about me that have been on my mind lately.The first is that when I…

Social Justice Soup

Posted on: November 28th, 2012

By Janelle Jones
Gannon Scholar

It’s 10 o’clock at night and there are six women in my tiny kitchen. Food scraps are flying; we have more vegetables than counter space. Three oversized soup pots are boiling with broth and oddly there is a sense of organized chaos…

Sitting in Judgment of Others

Posted on: November 15th, 2012

By Jackie Arnason
Graduate Student with
Institute of Pastoral Studies &
Graduate Assistant for
Alternative Break Immersions

As a society we have a tendency to judge before interaction. We make snap judgments of who to sit next to on the CTA, who to talk to at a bar, and even who to avoid based solely on outer appearance. Like Mrs. Turpin, whose character in Flannery O’Connor’s “Revelation” is so judgmental of other patients in the doctor’s office that a book is thrown at her head, many in our culture sit in judgment of others. This is a position of power. In focusing in on race, judgments about race create great drifts in cultures and often cause conflict and heartache. Iris Marion Young explains in Justice and the Politics of Difference, “The experience of racial oppression entails in part existing as a group defined as having ugly bodies, and…

A Birds-Eye View of Social Justice at Loyola

Posted on: November 15th, 2012

By Timothy O’Connell
Professor of Ethics
Institute of Pastoral Studies &
Quinlan School of Business

At a Leadership Workshop for Loyola faculty and staff last spring, Fr. Garanzini said that the “focus on Justice as at the heart of what it means to be a Jesuit university.” As a faculty member, I get a birds-eye view of Loyola’s commitment – and contribution – to social justice. And maybe I have an even better view, since I teach in two different parts of the University. I want to share some of what I see. I teach ethics in the Institute of Pastoral Studies. Of course, my course topics assure a prominent discussion of social justice, and it is always met with enthusiasm. But what really impresses me is the…

“India: Transforming poor rural women into successful business managers” from the United Nations Development Programme

Posted on: November 1st, 2012

The UNDP-IKEA Foundation has piloted an initiative titled Swaayam. This initiative seeks to empower women socially, economically and politically and has seen great success in India so far.

“Gonzaga Student Brings Living Wage Apparel to Campus” from Ignatian Solidarity Network

Posted on: November 1st, 2012

Recently, Gonzaga student Monsieree de Castro lead the charge to bring living-wage apparel to the university. Gonzaga has joined the company of over twenty other Jesuit universities in deciding to sell living-wage produced Alta Gracia apparel.