Category Archives: Regional Events

REGIONAL EVENT: Pax Christi St. Louis hosts anti-racism training

by Laura Kent, Pax Christi St. Louis

Tom Cordaro presents the history of racism in the United States with a timeline posted on the wall to which all participants were invited to add important events.

Tom Cordaro presents the history of racism in the United States with a timeline posted on the wall to which all participants were invited to add important events.

Thirty-five bold St. Louisans from many different neighborhoods and parishes gathered this past Saturday at the Catholic Student Center at Washington University to discuss how to address racism in the St. Louis Metropolitan area (which includes Ferguson). The workshop, “What will WE do? Anti-Racism Training and an Introduction to Organizing,” was moderated by Pax Christi’s Tom Cordaro and Cathy Woodson. Participants learned about the many forms of racism including Internalized Racist Superiority and Internalized Racist Oppression. They discussed misconceptions about what is and isn’t racism and the problem with the reticence of the white majority to address white privilege. Many personal stories and family anecdotes were shared and attendees were challenged to not let this new learning end with themselves.

Wilma Locke and Kathy McGinnis were part of the local planning team for the anti-racism workshop and attended themselves as well.

Wilma Locke and Kathy McGinnis were part of the local planning team for the anti-racism workshop and attended themselves as well.

EVENT: Vanderhaar Symposium to feature Sr. Simone Campbell on April 16

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Gerry Vanderhaar, PCUSA Ambassador of Peace

The Vanderhaar Symposium was founded in memory of Dr. Gerard A. Vanderhaar, a professor of religion and peace studies at Christian Brothers University for more than 28 years. Vanderhaar spent his lifetime promoting peace through active nonviolence, writing six books, as well as speaking the message worldwide. Vanderhaar was a founding member of Pax Christi USA and one of the first Ambassadors of Peace.

The symposium seeks to continue Vanderhaar’s legacy by bringing a noted scholar or peace activist to Memphis each year to address social and moral issues related to peace and justice and/or Catholic social teaching.

Also, as part of the symposium, a mid-south area college student will be honored with the Gerard A. Vanderhaar Student Peace Award. This award is presented to a student who best exemplifies the spirit and practice of active nonviolence, consistent with Dr. Vanderhaar’s life and work.

For more information on this year’s symposium, schedule for April 16 and featuring Sr. Simone Campbell, click here.

EVENT: Get involved in the Peace & Planet mobilization in April

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Pax Christi USA is an endorsing organization of the Peace & Planet Mobilization scheduled for April 24-26. The mobilization will use the 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference to demand immediate negotiations for total nuclear disarmament and to strengthen and connect our movements that are working for nuclear abolition; economic, racial, and environmental justice; and an end to wars.

For our regions, local groups and individual members based in or near New York City, we hope you’ll participate in the Mobilization on April 26 as you are able. For those farther away, you can plug in by organizing a local event for the Global Wave, which will start in NYC on April 26 and make its way around the globe (going west), with actions at 1pm in each time zone.

For more information on Peace & Planet, click here.

NEWS: Pax Christi USA endorses Spring Rising actions

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Pax Christi USA has endorsed Spring Rising: An Antiwar Intervention in D.C. March 18-21. Spring Rising is four days of creative resistance; theater, teach-ins; rallies and marches marking the anniversary of the United States’ “shock and awe” attack on Iraq and its invasion and occupation in a completely illegitimate, immoral war.  Together we will use this time to oppose the plans and calls for growing military intervention.

Click here for more information.

EVENT: Call for proposals for the Gandhi-King conference in April

gkThe Gandhi-King Conference is a two day event bringing together modern visionaries on nonviolence and social change with community leaders, activists, academics, and organizers to train, learn, plan, and organize to create a culture of liberation and justice for all. Participants will engage in:

  • training and education in nonviolent theory and practice.
  • opportunities for networking and peer-to-peer learning with movement builders from all over the country.
  • working groups that will continue the work throughout the year.
  • a network of people who are new to the movement and movement leaders to share and inspire action in a cross-cultural and inter-generational environment.
  • the opportunity to learn about best practices and develop new ones based upon our shared experience.

Conference participants will end this transformational weekend in a better position to decide strategically where to put their energies for maximum effect and with concrete tools to use in their personal and social movement work.

Click here to find out guidelines for proposals for the conference. The deadline is February 16.