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					SOCIAL JUSTICE MINISTRY INTERNET RESOURCES
                                      (July 2004)

CATHOLIC -- WORLD

Catholic Social Teaching Themes
http://www.usccb.org/sdwp/projects/socialteaching/excerpt.htm

Papal Encyclicals
www.geocities.com/papalencyclicals/

US Conference of Catholic Bishops –International Justice and Peace
http://www.usccb.org/sdwp/international/crs.htm

Catholic Relief Services
http://www.catholicrelief.org/
Catholic Relief Services Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the relief and development
agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. It reaches out to people
in more than 90 countries and territories around the world to alleviate poverty and
suffering. The core of our work is to honor the dignity of the human person, and to
work for a world in which all flourish in accordance with that dignity. Their programs in
the US support this work through education, policy and advocacy efforts.
Telephone: (213) 637-7550

Maryknoll
www.maryknoll.org
Today, Maryknollers help people overseas build communities of faith. Some work in war
zones with refugees, others minister to the sick, the elderly, orphans or people with
AIDS. Through lives of service, Maryknollers translate the gospel of love into different
languages and in different cultures. An excellent source for videos on social justice
issues, which can be used by people of all traditions.
Telephone: (914) 941-7636 x2378


CATHOLIC -- NATIONAL

U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB)
www.usccb.org
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is an assembly of the
hierarchy of the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands who jointly exercise certain
pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of the United States. This is the
link to Catholic teachings on social and political issues.
Telephone: (202) 541-3000
USCCB – Dept. of Social Justice and World Peace
www.usccb.org/cchd
This Department is the national public policy agency of the U.S. Catholic Bishops.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development
www.usccb.org/cchd
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the domestic anti-poverty, social
justice program of the U.S. Catholic bishops. Its mission is to address the root causes of
poverty in the United States through promotion and support of community-controlled,
self-help organizations and through transformative education.
Telephone: (213) 637-7550

NETWORK
www.networklobby.org
The only registered Catholic lobby in Washington—turns the usual image of lobbying
upside down. They lobby not with dollars, but through the powerful force of moral
persuasion. NETWORK was founded in 1971 by 47 sisters who were moved by the
Gospel call to act for justice. Now supported by 11,000 members from many faith
traditions, NETWORK is a forceful presence on Capitol Hill for economic and social
justice.

National Catholic Reporter:
www.natcath.org
an independent weekly Catholic newspaper with some articles online

Pax Christi USA
www.paxchristiusa.org
Pax Christi USA is part of an international Catholic peace organization. They strive to
create a world that reflects the Peace of Christ by exploring, articulating, and witnessing
to the call of Christian nonviolence. This work begins in personal life and extends to
communities of reflection and action to transform structures of society. Pax Christi USA
rejects war, preparations for war, and every form of violence and domination. It
advocates primacy of conscience, economic and social justice, racial reconciliation and
respect for creation.
Southern California Region Contact: Frank Kane, crayton@usc.edu

JUSTFAITH
http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/justfaith/
JustFaith, a program of Catholic Charities USA, is designed to empower and expand
parish and church commitment to social ministry. It provides an opportunity for
members of your parish to study the Church's commitment to the poor and vulnerable
in a lively, challenging, multi-faceted process that is experienced in the context of a
small community of faith. JustFaith has established itself as a highly respected and
successful model of justice formation, evangelization and conversion.
Telephone: (502) 429-0865



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Equal Justice, USA
http://www.quixote.org/ej/
Equal Justice USA is a nonprofit organization launched in 1990, building on several
years of Quixote Center work opposing the death penalty in our home state of
Maryland. Its purpose was to build public scrutiny and protest of human rights in the
U.S. legal system abolishing the death penalty being a top priority.
Telephone: (301) 699-0042

RENEW International
http://www.renewintl.org/
a Roman Catholic organization, fosters spiritual renewal, evangelization and the
transformation of the world through parish-based small Christian communities

Salt of the Earth
http://salt.claretianpubs.org/
A monthly online social justice magazine published by the Claretians. Excellent
coverage and links to other great resources, such as Tikkun and Sojourners.
Telephone: (312) 236-7782

Sojonet
http://www.sojo.net/
Sojonet is published by a committed group of Christians who believe in the biblical call
to integrate spiritual renewal and social justice. The website and Sojourners magazine
engage the wider Christian community through our preaching, teaching, public witness,
and organizing.
Telephone: (202) 328-8842

US Catholic Bishops’ statement, “A Place at the Table”
www.usccb.org/sdwp/placeatthetable

US Catholic Bishops’ statement:
http://www.usccb.org/sdwp/criminal.htm
“Responsibility, Rehabilitation and Restoration: A Catholic Perspective on
Crime and Criminal Justice

US Catholic Bishops’ statement:
http://www.usccb.org/faithfulcitizenship/index.htm
“Faithful Citizenship: A Catholic Call to Political Responsibility”

US Catholic Bishops’ statement:
http://www.usccb.org/sdwp/projects/everyday.htm
“Everyday Christianity: To Hunger and Thirst for Justice”

PAPERS GIVEN AT ENCUENTRO 2000 Conference
www.usccb.org/encuentro2000/dailyupdate.htm
(Sponsored by US Catholic Bishops)

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CATHOLIC – CALIFORNIA

CALIFORNIA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE (of Bishops)
http://www.cacatholic.org
Represents the bishops and their dioceses and coordinates the concerns of the Church
in state public policymaking.

JERICHO
http://www.jerichoforjustice.org/
Engages the interfaith community throughout California in shaping state public policy
that affects individuals and families living in poverty


OTHER CALIFORNIA ORGANIZATIONS

DEATH PENALTY FOCUS
http://www.deathpenalty.org/
Dedicated to the abolition of capital punishment through grassroots organizing,
research, and dissemination of information

CALIFORNIA PEOPLE OF FAITH WORKING AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY
http://detention.la-archdiocese.org/penalty.html
An organization of individual persons in California who, because of our religious
commitments, want to abolish capital punishment in California.

PICO California Project (Pacific Institute for Community Organization)
http://www.picocalifornia.org/
PICO’s mission is to assist in the building of community organizations with the power to
improve the quality of life of families and neighborhoods.


CATHOLIC – LOS ANGELES ARCHDIOCESE

Archdiocese of Los Angeles (213) 637-7000
http://www.la-archdiocese.org/english/

La Arquidiócesis Católica Romana de Los Angeles
http://www.la-archdiocese.org/espanol/index.html

Office of Justice and Peace (213) 637-7550
http://ojp.la-archdiocese.org
Educates the people of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on the principles of Catholic
social teaching and its application to contemporary local, national, and international
issues; advocates for public policy which affirms human life and human dignity and

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reflects a consistent life ethic; and develop a constituency on social concerns. The
Office--in conjunction with the Justice and Peace Commission--seeks to accomplish its
mission through its various projects and programs including legislative advocacy,
education, the Campaign for Human Development, and Catholic Relief Services.

Office of Restorative Justice/Detention Ministry
http://detention.la-archdiocese.org/
The office is recognized as a catalyst that sparks the radical transformation of society's
treatment of the incarcerated from retribution and punishment to restoration and
reconciliation. Ministries include: Chaplains; Ministry to Families of the Incarcerated;
Victim Ministry; Resettlement; Women in Prison; Ministry to Juveniles; Abolition of the
Death Penalty; and INS.

AIDS/HIV Ministry
http://www.la-archdiocese.org/english/deptHIVAIDS/home.htm

Office of Family Life
http://familylife.la-archdiocese.org/


OTHER LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace (ICUJP)
ICUJP was founded in Los Angeles after 9/11 to support the work of Faith leaders from
Buddhist, Christian, Islamic, Jewish and other spiritual faiths and traditions who say
"Religious Communities Must Stop Blessing War and Violence..."
http://www.icujp.org/home.shtml

L.A. Metro Organizing Strategy
LA Metro Organizing strategy works to positively impact the economic, social, political
and cultural pressures on families and communities through the organizing of religious
congregations and institutions, such as schools, unions and nonprofits, to engage in
public life. This has been accomplished by creating broad-based, multi-issue, diverse
"power" organizations which identify, train and develop local leadership. The building
and operation of these organizations is guided by Judeo-Christian values and the
experience of the American democratic experiment.
CONTACT: Joaquin Sanchez (213) 273-8420

PICO (Pacific Institute for Community Organization)
PICO’s mission is to assist in the building of community organizations with the power to
improve the quality of life of families and neighborhoods. Local PICO organizing groups
include:


  Hollywood Interfaith Sponsoring Committee
  Contact: Bob Untiedt (323) 468-0978 bob.untiedt@usa.net

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  Greater Long Beach ICO
  Contact: Pat Kennedy (562) 984-2727 pkennedy@eee.org

  Community Voice-LA (PICO): Building Leaders for Safer Communities
  Contact: Lisa Milton (323) 526-1640 lisa@picocalifornia.org

Volunteer Center of Los Angeles Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA)
Faith-Based Program
The VISTA program will work with parishes to help them to connect to volunteer
opportunities in the wider community to live out more fully the gospel call to love our
neighbor. Training and assistance are provided to help those parishes that wish to set
up a formal volunteer program connected to a specific community, organization or area
of need.
Contact: Floyd Prince (818) 908-5146 Email: grassroots@volunteers.org

Center for Law in the Public Interest (CLIPI)
http://www.clipi.org
CLIPI is a non-profit, public interest law firm. It is currently addressing: equal
opportunity in public schools throughout the state, and within the Los Angeles Unified
School District; environmental justice in connection with odor and flood control
problems with the Los Angeles sewer system; the responsibility of credit reporting
agencies for the growing crime of identity theft; and, through The City Project, the right
to a more equitable distribution of parks, schools and recreation facilities in the most
distressed communities in Los Angeles. There is excellent background on the struggle
to create more parks and recreational space in Los Angeles on their website.
Telephone: (310) 314-1947


SOCIAL JUSTICE – ENVIRONMENTAL AGENCIES,
ORGANIZATIONS, & ONLINE DOCUMENTS

Bread for the World
www.bread.org

Coalition for Clean Air
http://www.coalitionforcleanair.org/cca/

Communities for a Better Environment
http://www.cbecal.org/

Environmental Defense
www.environmentaldefense.org

Environmental Working Group
www.ewg.org

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South Coast Air Quality Management District
www.aqmd.gov

Southern California Association of Government
http://www.scag.ca.gov/

Southern California Association of Government’s REGIONAL
TRANSPORTATION PLAN
http://www.scag.ca.gov/committees/pdf/rc/2004/april/Draft%20Final%202004%20RTP
.pdf

SOCIAL JUSTICE – INTERNATIONAL
United Nations
www.un.org

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
http://www.undp.org/

UNDP’s Human Development Reports
http://hdr.undp.org/

What is Human Development?
http://hdr.undp.org/hd/default.cfm

Millennium Development Goals as defined in
http://stone.undp.org/hdr/reports/global/2003/
Human Development Report 2003

SOCIAL JUSTICE – AFRICA

US Catholic Bishops’ statement, “A Call to Solidarity with Africa”
http://www.usccb.org/sdwp/africa.htm

Africa Faith and Justice Network
http://afjn.cua.edu/


SOCIAL JUSTICE – ASIA

Catholic Social Teaching: Our Best Kept Secret
by Authors: Edward P. Deberri , James E. Hug , Peter J. Henriot , James E Hug ,
Peter J Henroit , Michael J Schultheis
Released: 01 September, 2003        ISBN: 1570754853
Page 148: “Evangelization in Modern Day Asia”


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US Catholic Bishops’ Statement, “Asian and Pacific Presence: Harmony in
Faith”
http://www.usccb.org/mrs/harmony.htm

SOCIAL JUSTICE – EL SALVADOR

Committee In Solidarity with People of El Salvador (CISPES)
www.cispes.org

SHARE – El Salvador
http://www.share-elsalvador.org/


WRITTEN MATERIAL

USCCB's "Social Justice 2004 Catalog"

"Communities of Salt and Light: Reflections on the Social Mission of the Parish",
pub # 701-4, USCCB

"Parish Resource Manual: Communities of Salt and Light", pub # 702-2, USCCB


TWO EXCELLENT SERIES:

"Human Development Report 2003", Oxford Univ Press, New York [this is the
latest in a series going back to 1990s; also available online]

"State of the World 2004", W.W. Norton, New York [this is also a series going back
maybe 20 years or more]




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