JSRI advocacy includes a focus on issues at the national level which impact Gulf South residents who have low and moderate incomes, people of color, and people on the move in the region. Federal budget decisions are critically important to those concerns and to trying to provide a basic level of income supports and services to those Gulf South families in need. See, for example:
Who will pay for the debt deal? Debt deal heaps heavier burden on the most vulnerable Americans by Alex Mikulich, Ph.D. [JustSouth E-Newsletter, August 2011]
A budget moral framework
What is more important than debt, deficit, and tax reduction?
by Fr. Fred Kammer, SJ [JustSouth E-Newsletter, April 2011]
Economics or morality?
When a budget is not an economics exercise
by Fr. Fred Kammer, SJ [JustSouth E-Newsletter, February 2011] See article here.
Administrative advocacy at the national level addresses the ways in which government does or does not do its job and the protection of the rights of those with low incomes, people of color, and migrating peoples. See, for example:
On May 12, 2011, Mary Baudouin, and Dr. Sue Weishar attended the annual meeting of the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) in Nashville to speak to the board, staff and shareholders of the need for CCA to adopt a verifiable human rights policy and adopt stricter accountability and reporting measures. CCA is the largest private prison company in the United States. In FY 2010 CCA facilities under contract with ICE held 21.2% of immigrants detained in the U.S. The New Orleans Province is working with a cadre of faith-based investors who filed a shareholder resolution with CCA in November 2010 this resolution was withdrawn when CCA agreed to hold at least three dialogues in the coming year regarding risk assessments and transparent reporting about human rights abuses at CCA facilities. On May 12 Mary and Sue also discussed the terms of the upcoming meetings with CCA officials.
2012 and earlier advocacy activities can be seen on the Past Activities page.