Global Solidarity

Global Solidarity – August 2021

August 6 and 9—World Remembrance of Hiroshima and Nagasaki—76th AnniversaryThese days are for remembering the only two times that nuclear weapons have been unleashed during warfare. We also remember the horrendous immediate human cost, and the continuing long-term effects on global societies.  These weapons of mass destruction instantly obliterated Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing over 200,000 people, mostly civilians.  Thousands more died in the following months due to burns, radiation sickness and other injuries, compounded by malnutrition and illness.  Many more continued to suffer and die from the long-term effects of radiation exposure over the next 20-40 years.  Since those two [...]

Global Solidarity – August 20212021-07-30T17:01:10+00:00

Global Solidarity – July 2021

 July 11—World Population DayJuly 11th, World Population Day seeks to raise awareness of issues around world population.  The world’s population has grown from 3 billion in 1960, to 7.9 billion in 2021.  As the world’s population continues to grow, the risks of pandemics increase, and human activities continue to threaten the climate of our planet.  Cooperation across borders, continents and states is necessary if these issues are to be addressed effectively.  Growing human populations require us to creatively address the climate crisis, loss of biodiversity, the need for efficient food production and distribution, and ways to provide access to clean [...]

Global Solidarity – July 20212021-07-01T20:55:17+00:00

Global Solidarity – June 2021

June 5—World Environment DayThe theme for World Environment Day 2021 is “Reimagine, Recreate, and Restore” with a focus on stabilizing the earth’s eco-systems.  Human activity and climate change are devastating Earth.  Every 3 seconds, a soccer field-sized patch of forest is lost.  Half of the world’s wetlands have been destroyed over the last century.  We have already lost over 50% of Earth’s coral reefs and the teaming diversity of life that they support. It is predicted that by 2050, over 90% of the coral reefs will be gone.  Ecosystem restoration means preventing, halting, and reversing this damage – to go from [...]

Global Solidarity – June 20212021-05-28T17:02:07+00:00

Global Solidarity – May 2021

May 1—International Workers’ Day International Workers’ Day is a special day to honor laborers around the world for their struggle for justice.  The struggles over the years have included demands for an 8-hour working day, with the right to overtime pay for work beyond that, safe working conditions, and end to child labor, the right to organize and form unions, the right to share their concerns with management and employers and the right to job security and sick leave.  Many of these accomplishments in securing modern labor rights were earned after much struggle and determination, often at the risk of [...]

Global Solidarity – May 20212021-04-29T19:06:49+00:00

Global Solidarity – April 2021

April 4—International Day of Landmine Awareness & Assistance in Mine ActionThis day is a special day to raise awareness of the dangers posed by landmines and other unexploded munitions.  This is also a day to call on all nations to eliminate the use of landmines.  It is estimated that 15,000-20,000 people are injured or killed each year in areas where war and armed conflict has officially ceased, but where landmines remain an unseen daily danger.  These explosives endanger the lives of farmers planting fields, women walking to fetch water or firewood, and even children at play.  Landmines also make the [...]

Global Solidarity – April 20212021-03-26T16:21:02+00:00

Community Response to Recent Shootings

Stop Gun Violence The Wheaton Franciscans condemn the violence in the United States that continues to take innocent lives. In a week that numbs the soul, we recognize that the shooting in Boulder, Colorado, was the seventh mass shooting in seven days resulting in a total of 40 deaths in one week. Gun violence in total takes 40,000 lives per year in the United States.We pray for all of the victims and the families of this senseless violence, yet prayers are not enough. We also implore lawmakers to act courageously and immediately to pass meaningful legislation to control access to [...]

Community Response to Recent Shootings2021-03-25T19:23:58+00:00

Global Solidarity – March 2021

March 8—International Women’s DayInternational Women's Day (IWD) on March 8 is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality. Recognizing that challenge is necessary in bringing about change, the theme for IWD 2021 is #ChooseToChallenge—a challenged world is an alert world!  We are all called to be aware of our gender bias and inequality wherever and whenever we encounter it.  On this day we also seek out and celebrate the achievements of women over the world.  We recognize that women’s contributions to society are [...]

Global Solidarity – March 20212021-02-26T18:16:00+00:00

Global Solidarity – February 2021

February 6—International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)In 2003, thanks to Stella Obasanjo, the then First Lady of Nigeria, "Zero Tolerance to FGM" became the official stance of the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (IAC) and the UN Sub-Commission on Human Rights.  This date was established as a day dedicated to raising international awareness about this practice and the need to eradicate it.  FGM is now considered a form of violence against women and girls and is universally recognized as a form of human rights abuse. In addition, the medical [...]

Global Solidarity – February 20212021-02-05T17:45:56+00:00

Community Response to the Tragic Events in Our Nations Capitol

Pray for Peace and Reconciliation In light of the tragic events of January 6 in our nation’s Capitol, The Wheaton Franciscans invite you to join us in prayer for a peaceful transition of power and for healing and reconciliation for all people in our nation. Our Franciscan tradition calls us to reflect on a God of nonviolent and compassionate love. Let us work to cultivate peace in our hearts that we might be a “Presence of peace and reconciliation” in our communities and our nation.Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.” (John 14:27) May the [...]

Community Response to the Tragic Events in Our Nations Capitol2021-01-08T19:39:32+00:00

Global Solidarity – January 2021

January 1—World Day of Peace 2021 marks the 54th annual World Day of Peace.  The theme is “Good Politics is at the Service of Peace.”  In this year’s address, the Pope Francis appeals to the international community and every individual to foster a “culture of care” by building solidarity, and advancing justice and peace between individuals, communities, peoples and nations through active non-violence. He stresses that there can be no real and lasting peace without a culture of care based on “a common, supportive and inclusive commitment to protecting and promoting the dignity and good of all, a willingness to [...]

Global Solidarity – January 20212020-12-30T06:27:36+00:00
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