Author: Emily Reimer-Barry

A Summer Social Justice Playlist

I wanna run I want to hide I want to tear down the walls that hold me inside I want to reach out and touch the flame Where the streets have no name. These are tough times for social justice folks. No matter the social justice issue you care most deeply about– food security for the poor, migrant justice, the Syrian refugee crisis, climate change, health care access, LGBTQ equality, transparency in campaign finance, and on and on– there seem to be daily news stories about how we are taking steps backwards on these issues. You may want to...

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No Wall. Let’s Aim Higher: Justice.

Francis Makes Migration a Key Issue Pope Francis is not the first pontiff to advocate for migrant rights, but it is an issue that he has made a priority in his papacy. In July 2013 Francis kicked off his papacy by traveling to Lampedusa, Italy, an island about 70 miles off the coast of Africa in the Mediterranean Sea. Lampedusa is known as a waypoint for migrants; the pope went there to highlight the perilous journey that so many migrants face, a journey faced by Jesus as an infant, a journey that has led to death for over 46,000...

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When We Rise & Lessons Learned

Let us build a house where love can dwell and all can safely live, a place where saints and children tell how hearts learn to forgive. Built of hopes and dreams and visions, rock of faith and vault of grace; here the love of Christ shall end divisions. All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place. Marty Haugen’s All Are Welcome is one of my favorite hymns to sing at Mass. It presents a vision of an inclusive church community where prophets speak, where peace and justice meet, where the outcast and the stranger bear...

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A Day Without a Woman

“Oh yeah, that will work out great,” I thought to myself. “I’ll stay home from work and catch up on laundry. Oh, wait…” As it turns out, today’s A Day Without a Woman is not supposed to be my day to catch up on laundry at home. The organizers call this a “one day demonstration of economic solidarity” and call on supporters to do what they can of the following three agenda items: Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor. Avoid shopping for one day (if you must shop, shop at small, women- and minority- owned...

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Solidarity in the Midst of Bomb Threats to Jewish Community Centers, Swastikas in Campus Bathrooms, and Unprecedented Ignorance from the White House

“Number One, I’m the least anti-Semitic person you’ve ever seen in your entire life,” said the U.S. President. This is what our President said to a Jewish reporter. Then the President told him to “sit down” after the reporter asked the President about his response to hate crimes against Jewish communities. That was February 17 in a news conference full of non-answers. Now, on March, 3, over 100 Jewish Community Centers have experienced bomb threats. Shaken and confused, Jewish families are wondering what this means. And what should a Catholic response look like? In my view, what Mr. Trump...

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