My Name Is Not “Those People”

By Julia Dinsmore

My name is not “Those People.”
I am a loving woman, a mother in pain, giving birth to the future, where my babies have the same chance to thrive as anyone.

My name is not “Inadequate.”
I did not make my husband leave – he chose to,
and chooses not to pay child support.
Truth is though, there isn’t a job base for all
fathers to support their families.
While society turns its head, my children pay the price. Continue reading My Name Is Not “Those People”

U.S. Labor Department issues reports on international child labor and forced labor

News Release
ILAB News Release: [09/10/2009]
Contact Name: Clarisse Young
Phone Number:(202) 693-5051
Release Number: 09-0946-NAT

U.S. Labor Department issues reports on international child labor and forced labor
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) today released three reports on child labor and/or forced labor in countries around the globe. The documents include the initial “List of Goods Produced by Child or Forced Labor” required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005 (TVPRA List). Continue reading U.S. Labor Department issues reports on international child labor and forced labor

Push Catholic Social Teaching, Women and Conservation

CISA
By Pete Henriot SJ

When some 200-plus bishops and advisors from all over Africa gather in Rome in October, a special focus will be on how the Catholic Church can best serve the people of this continent. The Second African Synod (officially called “The Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops”) meets 04 to 25 October, with the theme “The Church in Africa in Service to Reconciliation, Justice and Peace” ‘You are the Salt of the Earth…You are the Light of the World (Mt 5: 13-14)’” Continue reading Push Catholic Social Teaching, Women and Conservation

KENYA: Catholic Justice Commission Speaks on National Issues

NAIROBI, September 8, 2009 (CISA) -A statement issued today by the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) on issues of national concern in Kenya:

LET US SAVE OUR NATION

Preamble
We, the Catholic Justice and Peace Commissioners drawn from all the Catholic dioceses in Kenya, gathered in Mariapolis Centre for our Annual General Meeting from 6th to 10th September, are highly concerned about the following issues that are currently affecting our nation. Continue reading KENYA: Catholic Justice Commission Speaks on National Issues

‘The best cardinal Africa never had’ – new biography of Archbishop Denis Hurley

Independent Catholic News
By: Ellen Teague
saf“One of the church’s great prophetic bishops”, a venerable father of the African church” , “a vivacious exponent of Vatican II” were among the tributes to the late Archbishop Denis Hurley voiced during the London launch, of a new book chronicling his life. Continue reading ‘The best cardinal Africa never had’ – new biography of Archbishop Denis Hurley

KENYA: Police Reform? Return To Sender, Say Rights Groups

By George Kebaso

Few argue that police reform is not badly needed in Kenya; few are convinced by the reassignment of the Kenya Police's top official. Credit: Frederick Onyango/IPS
Few argue that police reform is not badly needed in Kenya; few are convinced by the reassignment of the Kenya Police's top official. Credit: Frederick Onyango/IPS

NAIROBI, Sep 9 (IPS) – The top policeman accused of supporting Kenya’s post-election violence, in which thousands were killed or raped because of their ethnicity, has been given a cushy job as head of the country’s postal service.

President Mwai Kibaki’s announcement this week that the country’s former Police Commissioner Major General Hussein Ali would be replaced at the helm of the force and re-deployed to the Postal Corporation of Kenya has not been welcomed. (Ali’s former deputy, Lawrence Mwadime, has been given a post in the ministry of livestock development.)

Ali, a retired army general, headed the Kenya Police, responsible for such general police matters as criminal investigations and traffic control; the Administration Police takes charge of security for ministers, members of parliament and other top government officials. Continue reading KENYA: Police Reform? Return To Sender, Say Rights Groups

“The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today”

Democracy Now
traf2We speak with Kevin Bales, a leader in the abolition movement to end modern-day slavery and co-author of The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today. Bales estimates some 27 million people labor as slaves today—more than at anytime in history. Bales has also helped expose modern-day slavery in the United States, where he estimates between 14,000 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the country each year. He writes, “There has never been a single day in our America, from its discovery and birth right up to the moment you are reading this sentence, without slavery.” Continue reading “The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today”