''Brothers and Sisters to Us''

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Racism is a sin: a sin that divides the human family, blots out the image of God among specific members of the family, and violates the fundamental human dignity of those called to be children of the same Father. Racism is the sin that says some human beings are inherently superior and others essentially inferior because of race. It is the sin that makes racial characteristics the determining factor for the exercise of human rights. . . .


There is a balm in Tapologo: AIDS in South Africa

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Ravaged by HIV/AIDS, women and children from a South African squatter camp find hope at a volunteer-run clinic.

 

Two years ago Selinah was lying on a mat at the altar of the Catholic mission in Phokeng, South Africa. Weighing only 86 pounds, she shivered with fever as the AIDS virus took over her body. Surrounded by other patients of the Tapologo AIDS Hospice, run by the Catholic Diocese of Rustenburg, she prayed for her life as the community anointed her.


There is a balm in Tapologo: AIDS in South Africa

By Tara K. Dix| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice
Ravaged by HIV/AIDS, women and children from a South African squatter camp find hope at a volunteer-run clinic.

 

Two years ago Selinah was lying on a mat at the altar of the Catholic mission in Phokeng, South Africa. Weighing only 86 pounds, she shivered with fever as the AIDS virus took over her body. Surrounded by other patients of the Tapologo AIDS Hospice, run by the Catholic Diocese of Rustenburg, she prayed for her life as the community anointed her.


They can do it

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Third World women could be the new recruits in the global war on poverty.

 

Since commodities first changed hands for cash, the women among us have worked hard for the money-often, as they still do today in the developing world, putting in a full day of labor in the field before heading back for a second job keeping the homestead humming. Heck, most of the time they've worked hard for no money at all, since the work that women have done as mothers, caregivers, agriculturalists, and household CEOs frequently went uncompensated.


They can do it

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice Women
Third World women could be the new recruits in the global war on poverty.

 

Since commodities first changed hands for cash, the women among us have worked hard for the money-often, as they still do today in the developing world, putting in a full day of labor in the field before heading back for a second job keeping the homestead humming. Heck, most of the time they've worked hard for no money at all, since the work that women have done as mothers, caregivers, agriculturalists, and household CEOs frequently went uncompensated.


Women and children first

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From 1978 to 2006 Sharon Daly tried to convince politicians to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and heal the sick through legislation. Fighting bureaucracy, big business, and partisan politics for 28 years could frustrate some, but Daly loved lobbying on behalf of the poor, as she did for the Children's Defense Fund, the U.S. bishops' conference, and Catholic Charities USA.

"I've loved all my jobs," Daly says. "I think it's a miracle-there's always been somebody to pay me to do what I love to do."


Women and children first

By A U.S. Catholic interview| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice Women
From 1978 to 2006 Sharon Daly tried to convince politicians to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and heal the sick through legislation. Fighting bureaucracy, big business, and partisan politics for 28 years could frustrate some, but Daly loved lobbying on behalf of the poor, as she did for the Children's Defense Fund, the U.S. bishops' conference, and Catholic Charities USA.

"I've loved all my jobs," Daly says. "I think it's a miracle-there's always been somebody to pay me to do what I love to do."


Dispatches from Decatur

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Community is the first casualty in America's labor wars

It's been one roller-coaster ride to hell, and it's still going down.-a Staley worker

The union guys are gone from the gates, their run-down folding chairs with them. The long days spent bearing witness to their grievances in a slow monotonous circle are finished. The days spent trying to keep warm around smoky oil drums in the winter or sweating through their T-shirts in the summer are ended. 


Dispatches from Decatur

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Community is the first casualty in America's labor wars

It's been one roller-coaster ride to hell, and it's still going down.-a Staley worker

The union guys are gone from the gates, their run-down folding chairs with them. The long days spent bearing witness to their grievances in a slow monotonous circle are finished. The days spent trying to keep warm around smoky oil drums in the winter or sweating through their T-shirts in the summer are ended. 


Troubled waters

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Billions of the world's poorest are being denied even the most basic natural resource.

 

Most of us in the west have grown used to thinking about scarcity and conservation when we switch on the heat in our homes or turn the key in our car ignitions. But in the developing world it's not filling up the Humvee that keeps parents up at night; it's finding enough clean water to get through the next day.


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