Who is the Nonviolent Peacemaking Group for?
Anyone interested in social justice issues.
When does the Nonviolent Peacemaking Group meet? What do they do?
The Nonviolent Peacemaking Group has been meeting for a little over 4 years. We focus on presenting events that will help people understand the importance of nonviolence and being involved in various liberation struggles. Over the years, our group has hosted benefits for Haiti; presentations concerning the Palestinian/Israeli conflict; reflections on Hiroshima & Nagasaki; and a yearly civil rights presentation for our teen & preteen youth in faith formation.
Joining with labor, civic and fellow faith leaders, NETWORK’s
“Nuns on the Bus” are hitting the road for a 6,500-mile, 15-state tour to raise their voices for bipartisan, commonsense immigration reform. The trip is scheduled to begin across from Ellis Island at Liberty State Park in NJ on May 29 and conclude with a rally in the shadow of San Francisco’s Angel Island on June 18.
Catholic Sisters on the tour are urging lawmakers to support legislation that provides a roadmap to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans, promotes family unity, and protects the rights of all immigrant workers. The tour is called “NETWORK Nuns on the Bus: A Drive for Faith, Family, and Citizenship.”
“Catholic Sisters and people of faith know that when America celebrates and promotes our history as a nation of immigrants, we are better prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st Century,” said Sr. Simone Campbell, organizer of the original “Nuns on the Bus” in 2012 and Executive Director of NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby. “While some fringe politicians have tried to promote anti-immigrant rhetoric, Americanshave flatly rejected that nonsense. Rebuffing fear and valuing the contributions of current and future immigrants doesn’t limit opportunity, but rather opens us up for limitless success and future innovation.”
Featuring Catholic Sisters from around the country, and sponsored by NETWORK, the bus will stop at historical landmarks, drive through the Southern states, plains of Texas and border towns throughout the Southwest. Sisters will rally with community members at more than 50 faith-based agencies and local congressional offices to lift up the voices of both aspiring Americans and citizens who have been impacted by America’s broken immigration system. Catholic Sisters stand with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in calling for immigration reform that addresses the root causes of migration and provides a road map to citizenship for fellow neighbors, colleagues, and friends seeking protection from further senseless exploitation.
For more information visit www.networklobby.org/bus
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“The Newman Nonviolent Peacemaking Group has helped me understand and appreciate the power of Jesus’ message of nonviolence. It has reinforced my conviction that all humans are created in God’s image and deserve dignity and respect. I enjoy going to each event because they are unique, informative, and give me hope that we can overcome our problems not with weapons but with words.”