The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council’s (ACSJC) Briefing for November is now up on the website. The Briefing covers issues of Catholic social teaching in November 2018, highlighting resources, media items and diary events. It can be read here (ACSJC_Monthly Briefing_No 206)
- Social Justice Events (WA)
- 8 November. Launch: Catholic Women’s Mentoring.
- 10 to 11 November. 2018 Perth Peace Conference.
- 17 November. Meeting: Just Desserts
Campaign organisers are calling on Australia’s political leaders to free the 40 or so children held on Nauru, by Universal Children’s Day on 20 November. The UN is presenting the day as an opportunity to advocate, promote and celebrate children’s rights. ACSJC Chairman, Bishop Vincent Long says the children on Nauru ‘have been traumatised – torn from their homes and endured perilous journeys. We cannot be a nation that adds to their trauma, that turns away or remains indifferent. Now is the time to get these children and their families safely to Australia.’ … read more From the Secretariat
United Nations Universal Children’s Day is observed on 20 November. The UN says that the day offers the opportunity to advocate, promote and celebrate children’s rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will make a better world for Children.
The urges us, ‘Mothers and fathers, teachers, nurses and doctors, government leaders and civil society activists, religious and community elders, corporate moguls and media professionals as well as young people and children themselves can play an important part in making Universal Children’s Day relevant for their societies, communities and nations.’
The Campaign website says,
‘Children in detention on Nauru have recently witnessed lipstitching, self-immolation and other suicide attempts. There are limited safe or pleasant places to play because of unshaded, hot phosphate rock and the fear of wild dogs on the island.
‘In at least three cases in the past seven months, Australian judges have ordered that young children be immediately brought to Australia for care. Three refugees in Nauru have died by suicide.
‘One 10-year-old boy had attempted suicide three times on Nauru. Doctors said he was at critical risk of killing himself, but it took a Federal Court order to eventually move him to Australia for urgent treatment. It shouldn’t require Federal Judges to force the Government to keep these children safe.
‘Children and their families are trapped on the island of Nauru in cruel and inhumane conditions without adequate health, education or employment options. By Universal Children’s Day (20 November), we need to bring them here and either offer resettlement in Australia or find another suitable country that welcomes them.’
This campaign follows the deteriorating health of refugees and asylum seekers and the removal of Australian doctors of the International Health and Medical Services by Nauruan authorities. Following the departure of the Médecins Sans Frontières team, the organisation released a statement describing the mental health situation of asylum seekers there as ‘beyond desperate’. MSF Australia director reported that many children are suffering traumatic withdrawal syndrome and are unable to eat, drink and talk…
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At the end of September, the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples demanded Constitutional recognition of Australia’s First Peoples. This follows the Prime Minister’s rejection of the Statement of Heart at Uluru. Dr Jackie Huggins, co-chair, stated, ‘A third chamber to the Parliament is ludicrous and was not the intention of the participants at Uluru. We urge the PM to act responsibly and to look at the proposal again.’ … see more Current Issues/Resources
The diary includes the dates of significant events, anniversaries and special days which celebrate particular aspects of social justice. The Diary provides a social justice program for the full year. Information and ideas for prayer and reflection are included. This is an essential resource for teachers and parishes and a great Christmas gift. The order form is on the ACSJC website. … see more Publications
It has long been acknowledged that there is a greater incidence of mental health issues for many people who are homeless, particularly those who experience chronic or long-term homelessness. You are invited to a presentation at the University of Melbourne on the key issues around the nexus between mental health, disability and homelessness from people at the frontline, including people with lived experience of homelessness. … Read more
This includes information about social justice events by various organisations around Australia. Event details may have changed since being posted – please confirm with the organiser.
At a time of technological and scientific progress, ‘we ought to feel shame’ for not having advanced in ‘humanity and solidarity’ enough to feed the world’s poor, Pope Francis said. ‘Neither can we console ourselves simply for having faced emergencies and desperate situations of those most in need. We are all called to go further. We can and we must do better for the helpless,’ he said in a message to world leaders attending a meeting of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome. … see more News items
Though humankind has always counted its war casualties in terms of dead and wounded soldiers and civilians, destroyed cities and livelihoods, the environment has often remained the unpublicised victim of war. Water wells have been polluted, crops torched, forests cut down, soils poisoned, and animals killed to gain military advantage. Furthermore, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has found that over the last 60 years, at least 40 percent of all internal conflicts have been linked to the exploitation of natural resources, whether high-value resources such as timber, diamonds, gold and oil, or scarce resources such as fertile land and water. Conflicts involving natural resources have also been found to be twice as likely to relapse. … see more Diary items
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