Catholic Theologians Call to Abolish the Death Penalty

Over 150 Catholic theologians have signed a September 26th statement calling for the abolition of the death penalty.

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August E-News on US Debt, Gulf South Kids, and Deportation Policies

Front page of August 2011 JustSouth E-Newsletter

The August 31st JustSouth E-Newsletter discussed who will pay for the debt limit deal of late July, the findings of the 2011 KIDS COUNT report on the Gulf South states, and the Obama Administration's new policies on "prosecutorial discretion" in deportation proceedings.

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A Curious Case of Racial Amnesia

“Is it a prerequisite for jury service that you do not object to the Confederate flag flying outside the courthouse?”1 This is a real and legal question 150 years after the Civil War.

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Employment Slow to Rebound

Millions of Gulf South workers face still greater challenges Many commentators assume that, because there are economic indicators that the “great recession” has ended, workers are back to work and our national and regional troubles are at end. Far from it.

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A Welcoming Church

Mississippi congregation reaches out after devastating immigration raid On August 25, 2008, the small town of Laurel, Mississippi was the site of the largest single workplace site raid in U.S. history. In the midst of such terror, a small Catholic church became the center of solace and assistance.

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JSRI Director Is Moderator for International Caritas Assembly

Caritas One Human Family Zero Poverty

Father Fred Kammer, SJ, director of the Jesuit Social Research Institute, was the moderator for the week-long General Assembly of Caritas Internationalis in Rome, Italy working under the assembly theme of One Human Family, Zero Poverty.

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Proposed WIC Cuts Would End Food Assistance for 325,000-475,000 Women, Infants, & Children

The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities just published an article revealing how proposed federal budget cuts in the WIC nutrition program would force WIC to turn away 325,000 to 475,000 eligible low-income women and young children next year.

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Japan Relief

For assistance to Japan relief efforts we recommend contacting Catholic Relief Services.

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New Jesuit institute to focus on social issues

Because social issues such as poverty, racism and migration are so divisive, debates concerning the best ways to advance the common good often deteriorate into talk radio sound bites that are nothing more than verbal hand grenades.

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