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4 June 2012

…a woman of courage? In this special tenth anniversary year, this is your chance to suggest her for the UNANIMA Woman of Courage award. Be sure that she has demonstrated that courage in the context of one of our special areas of interest (e.g. women/ children, trafficking, poverty, immigrants /refugees, environment/ water). Give her name and contact information, write a single page describing who she is and why you are nominating her, and send it by July 25 to Michele at 211 East 43rd St., Room 1207, New York, NY 10017 USA, or [email protected] . Be sure to give your own contact information in case there are any questions. A board committee will review the suggestions and nominate two women for consideration by the full board in September.

Speaking of Women of Courage

4 June 2012

Last year’s Woman of Courage, Jessica Ernst, has won a hard-fought victory in her on-going battle with the Canadian energy giant EnCana. An outspoken critic of water pollution due to “fracking,” an extractive method for natural gas, Jessica has succeeded in forcing the company to release information about the harmful substances used in the process. The judge even ordered the refund of $4,000 paid by Jessica for the Freedom of Information lawsuit.

Rio+20 Continued

4 June 2012

At the close of the second round of negotiations in early May, after 87 hours of discussion, the UN delegates had agreed upon 21 paragraphs of text, with “only” 401 paragraphs to go in the one month before the Rio Summit! They have added another five days at the end of May, but the UN is looking for other strategies to be sure they have a reasonable document to consider at the June meeting. In all fairness to them, they are debating issues of monumental significance that are beyond the ability of national political leaders to solve on their own, such as rebalancing the global economy to eliminate extreme poverty, transforming global and UN infrastructures to support sustainable development based on economic, social, and environmental dimensions…everyone has their own agenda and everyone realizes that this is a significant historical event. By the way, one of you tried the Rio Dialog site that I sent out earlier, and said they needed a password. It is unanima1, (all lower case). Everyone — pray hard…

Good for You!

4 June 2012

UNANIMA communities are doing wonderful things! UNANIMA was featured in an exhibit in Lachine, Canada, at the International Center for Social Justice. Representatives of several communities visited it in April. The Canadian communities in their organization called “CATHII” have been working to promote social protection in the Rio sustainable development discussion, and are calling for Canada to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Migrant Workers. The Irish UNANIMA communities have contacted all the conferences of religious in Ireland, England, Scotland, and Wales, asking them to support a ban on fracking. The Kentucky Ursulines contacted hotels and other tourist destinations in Louisville and alerted them to the issue of trafficking before the Kentucky Derby. And those are just the ones I know about! Read more in the Featured Community of the month…

Featuring the Congrégation de Notre-Dame

4 June 2012

Founded in 1659 in Ville-Marie (Montréal) by Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, the Congrégation de Notre-Dame is present in eight countries and active in several fields including education, social and environmental justice. “To follow Jesus in a preferential option for the poor and to live [their] mission of liberating education in fidelity to the prophetic charism of Marguerite Bourgeoys,” the Sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame participate actively in the transformation of society for a more just world.