Social Justice Ministry 

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LSA Family Health Service, founded by the Little Sisters of the Assumption, strengthens and empowers vulnerable families and children by meeting their basic needs for food, healthcare, education and a safe home, in the belief that affirming families in their own dignity improves the entire community.  

Justice and Peace Calendar 

AUGUST

27 Feast of St. Monica, patroness of wives, victims of abuse, and alcoholics

28 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, 1963 

During this event Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC

 

29 International Day against Nuclear Tests: Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, 2005

 

30 International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances

Reverend William J. Barber II, b. 1963 Protestant minister, author, and architect of the Forward Together Moral Monday Movement.

SEPTEMBER

1 World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

3 Feast of St. Gregory the Great, patron of teachers, students, and musicians

5 Feast of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, patron of World Youth Day. Labor Day (U.S.)

6 The Medellín Conference Documents,1968. Second meeting of the Latin American Episcopal Conference Jane Addams, b.1935: Known as the “mother” of social work, a pioneer American settlement activist, and leader in women’s suffrage and world peace.

8 Feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Kerry Kennedy, b. 1959. Human rights activist, president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, and founder of Speak Truth To Power, a global education initiative International Literacy Day. 

The Delano Grape Strike and Boycott, 1965. Over 800 Filipino farmworkers affiliated with the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC) struck ten grape vineyards around Delano.

9 Civil Rights Act of 1957

Feast of St. Peter Claver

Anniversary of the Attica Prison Riot

10 World Suicide Prevention Day

11 Terrorist attacks on United States, 2001

12 Assassination of Stephen Bantu Biko, d.1977. Anti-apartheid activist in South Africa during the 1960s and 1970s

Florence Kelley, b. 1932, A leading organizer against sweatshops and an advocate for children’s S

13 Marie Dennis, b. 1942, Senior advisor to the secretary general of Pax Christi International. She was co-president of Pax Christi from 2007 to 2019 and serves on the executive committee of Pax Christi’s Catholic Nonviolence Initiative.

14 Laborem Exercens, On Human Work,1981, Pope John Paul II

15 Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. National Hispanic Heritage Month begins: Alfred Delp, S.J., b.1945, A German Jesuit priest and philosopher of the German Resistance and a significant figure in Catholic resistance to Nazism International Day of Democracy

16 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer: bit.ly/2Jqaxn0 Assassination of Víctor Lidio Jara Martínez, d.1973, Chilean teacher, theatre director, poet, singer-songwriter, and political activist 16-18 Clean Up the World Weekend*: bit.ly/2YK1a8v

17 Constitution Day (U.S.): bit.ly/1OoF1hN

18 World Water Monitoring Day: bit.ly/3Kx5P2o 19 Paulo Freire, b. 1921: bit.ly/2LSp2y8 Brazilian educator and philosopher who was a leading advocate of critical pedagogy of the oppressed

20 Van Jones, b.1968, Civil rights activist, attorney, and co-founder of four non-profit organizations engaged in social and environmental justice Sukkot (Jewish feast of Tabernacles)*, begins at sunset and ends on September 27 SEPTEMBER 2022 N