Eat Fresh, Die Hard – Subway, Wal-Mart, Whole Foods and the Plight of the Mexican Worker

America Magazine

Jim McDermott

CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World
CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World

In northern Mexico, many farm workers—over a hundred thousand of them children—live in overcrowded, rat-infested conditions, with little food and sometimes no potable water. So the L.A. Times reported yesterday, in the first of a four part series on produce pickers in Mexico.

Though they are supposed to be paid weekly, in many places once workers arrive on the job—often from very poor regions to the South—they’re told they won’t see any of their pay until they complete their work. Some never do get paid. And those that do often earn very little, $8 to $12/week. Continue reading Eat Fresh, Die Hard – Subway, Wal-Mart, Whole Foods and the Plight of the Mexican Worker

The Life and Times of Michael B

Ferguson put the U.S.’ racial apartheid on the global stage.

Institute for Policy Studies

By John Feffer

Marchers protest the acquittal of Michael Brown’s killer in Chinatown, Washington, DC. (Photo: ep_jhu / Flickr)
Marchers protest the acquittal of Michael Brown’s killer in Chinatown, Washington, DC. (Photo: ep_jhu / Flickr)

Economic inequality is a hot topic in America these days. It is the subject of hefty bestsellers, presidential addresses, and even Hollywood movies. The issue has even appeared on the radar screen of foreign policy pundits.

In this Sunday’s Washington Post, former assistant secretary of state Kurt Campbell writes about how “income inequality undermines U.S. power.” Campbell writes about how the growing divide between rich and poor undercuts U.S. “soft power” and saps U.S. ability to compete economically with a thriving Asia. Continue reading The Life and Times of Michael B

English cardinal: Young Africans being seduced into modern slavery

Catholic News Service

By Simon Caldwell

Newly freed human trafficking victims from Myanmar are held in a detention cell near the Thailand-Malaysian border. (CNS/Reuters)
Newly freed human trafficking victims from Myanmar are held in a detention cell near the Thailand-Malaysian border. (CNS/Reuters)

MANCHESTER, England (CNS) — Young Africans are being seduced into modern slavery by the promise of a dream that never comes true, an English cardinal told a conference on human trafficking.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster said “there seems to be no enticement that isn’t being used” by human traffickers to entrap children. Continue reading English cardinal: Young Africans being seduced into modern slavery

Statement of Catholic Theologians on Racial Justice

Catholic Moral Theology

Posted by David Cloutier

Advent is a season of waiting and of hoping. In the face of conflict, distrust, and division – in the wilderness – we are called to cry out for a different way. In consultation with several others, CMTer and former law enforcement officer Tobias Winright has prepared a statement of commitment to racial justice, which names the particularly difficult hope we might bring to illuminate darkness. We are happy to share the statement here on this blog. Many Catholic theologians, including myself and my co-editor, Jana Bennett, have already signed on to the statement. Please pray and act for truth and reconciliation this season…

Statement: Catholic Theologians for Police Reform and Racial Justice Continue reading Statement of Catholic Theologians on Racial Justice

Christian, Muslim leaders vow to ‘walk hand in hand’ to promote peace

Catholic News Service

By Cindy Wooden
ROME (CNS) — Catholic, Anglican, Sunni and Shiite leaders vowed to do all they can to combat “ugly and hideous” distortions of religion, and to involve more women — often the first victims of violence — in official inter-religious dialogues.

Holding the third Christian-Muslim Summit in Rome Dec. 2-4, the leaders said that while more and more women are involved in high-level dialogues, there is still much to be done, including recognizing that “women play a key role in peace building.” Continue reading Christian, Muslim leaders vow to ‘walk hand in hand’ to promote peace

ICC drops Uhuru Kenyatta charges

BBC

Uhuru Kenyatta Uhuru Kenyatta, who was elected president last year, denied orchestrating violence after elections in 2007
Uhuru Kenyatta Uhuru Kenyatta, who was elected president last year, denied orchestrating violence after elections in 2007

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague have said they are withdrawing charges against Kenya’s leader Uhuru Kenyatta.

A statement said the evidence had “not improved to such an extent that Mr Kenyatta’s alleged criminal responsibility can be proven beyond reasonable doubt”.
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America’s ‘Post-Racial’ Lie

OtherWords

White Americans have no right to judge the outpouring of black anger in Ferguson.

Jill Richardson

The Prejudicial System. (OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib)
The Prejudicial System. (OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib)

Shortly before Michael Brown’s fateful encounter with Ferguson cop Darren Wilson, I was appointed as a teaching assistant in a class on race and ethnicity.

I’m white. I didn’t go to grad school to study race — I study agriculture. When it comes to race, I’m clueless.
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