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Updated On: Nov 04, 2023
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Hidden Brain Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.
Invisibilia Unseeable forces control human behavior and shape our ideas, beliefs, and assumptions. Invisibilia—Latin for invisible things—fuses narrative storytelling with science that will make you see your own life differently.
The Activist Files Podcast The Activist Files is a podcast by the Center for Constitutional Rights where we feature the stories of people on the front lines fighting for social justice, including activists, lawyers, and storytellers.
Social Justice Matters Social Justice Matters is a podcast by independent think tank Social Justice Ireland. Bringing you Ten Minute Lessons on policy topics; interviews with national and international experts; and seminar presentations.
Pod Save the People Organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics with analysis from Kaya Henderson, De’Ara Balenger, and others. Then he sits down for deep conversations with experts, influencers, and diverse local and national leaders. New episodes every Tuesday.
Stepping Into Truth: Conversations on Race, Gender, and Social Justice Navigating our way through this complex, challenging time requires taking a clear look at the issues we're confronting. Join Omkari Williams and her guests as they take on some of the most pressing issues of our time.
Perspectives On Social Justice Perspectives is a forum where individuals can come to express their viewpoint, their stance, and their angle, on issues relative to topics of concern to the community, globally. Our host and featured guest presents a PERSPECTIVE ON various topics through a unique lens. Perspectives On gives the world a frame of reference, an ear and a voice on politics, the church, public policy, advocacy, finance, economics, and health. Perspectives On is a round table, hot topics, dialogue on issues in the news….it is a way of looking at controversial subjects, approaches and outlooks…..come check us out….give us your PERSPECTIVE

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We’ve organized this playlist to pay homage to history’s most important Black figures. The Black leaders in this playlist fought and overcame adversity to represent their community and fight for equality. Tune in to hear them in their own words and learn about their lives and accomplishments.” id=”black-history-month-audio” vid=”black-history-month-audio” id-for-player=”black-history-month-audio” link=”/playlists/black-history-month-audio/” is-authorized=”false” csrf=”TS6I4WPOnKqEyhq8PW3Eu7E0yMMc6uh9N1cXtAIy7JYxMMQ5NPJ0UuM0I1Ra9N95″ custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
BHM: Audio About History’s Most Important Black Leaders Listen to this audio of prominent Black leaders discussing their inspirations and struggles, including some that still persist to this day.

We've organized this playlist to pay homage to history's most important Black figures. The Black leaders in this playlist fought and overcame adversity to represent their community and fight for equality. Tune in to hear them in their own words and learn about their lives and accomplishments.
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Key Moments from Nice White Parents: An Investigative Podcast on Education Inequality Nice White Parents is a podcast from the NY Times about inequality in the education system. As the tagline explains, the podcast examines the "the 60-year relationship between white parents and the public school down the block," as told through the lens of one American school. From the creators of the smash hit podcast Serial, this is investigative journalism you'll want to binge. Vurbl Education & Learning Audio

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Holy Week | Episode 12 Holy Week is a very sacred time for us as we follow Christ from his triumphant entrance into Jerusalem to the foot of the Cross – the name of this very podcast – as sorrowful bystanders to His Passion. On Easter Sunday, we roll back the stone of the empty tomb and share in the […]
Archbishop of Southwark on why we pray for the Pope Archbishop John Wilson tells us of his ‘shock’ when he learned Pope Francis had been admitted to hospital with viral bronchitis. Thankfully, the Pope is on the mend and is scheduled to be discharged from Gemelli hospital on Saturday morning. In this short Catholic News interview, the Archbishop of Southwark reflects on two memorable encounters […]
Black girl in suburbia with Melissa Lowery S3E6 In this episode, I speak with Melissa Lowery. Melissa was the first Black woman to work as the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Jesuit High School, and is currently the Director of Equity and Community Engagement at Central Catholic High School in Portland. Her career in DEI at Catholic institutions was sparked by the creation of a documentary about her life growing up as Black girl in West Linn, Oregon. Listen to this episode to hear what inspired her to create this documentary about her life and how that led to the social justice work she now does with students.

Snippet from the interview
"So what if his skin turned the same color as yours? What's the big deal?"

Learn more and watch Melissa's documentary

Word of the day: Advocacy

Catholic Social Teaching Themes:

Human dignity
Family, Community, and participation
Solidarity


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150. SJI Seminars Ep 34: Carrie Exton, OECD on Building and Using Wellbeing Frameworks – The OECD and International Experience Carrie Exton is the Acting Senior Counsellor and Deputy Director at the OECD Centre for Well-Being, Inclusion, Sustainability and Equal Opportunity (WISE). Her team helps to build the evidence base for WISE policy-making, including the development of frameworks and indicators, and their roles in supporting government decisions. 
Carrie spoke at the Social Justice Ireland Annual Social Policy Conference in 2022 on the theme 'Towards Wellbeing For All' about the OECD's approach. You can also watch her presentation, view her slides and read more here.
149. SJI Interviews Ep.93: Plain Numbers with Mike Ellicock Plain Numbers is a UK based organisation working with firms to support their customers who struggle with numbers. Their founder Mike Ellicock is a social entrepreneur focused on running organisations that support people who struggle with numbers and data. He launched National Numeracy as founding Chief Executive in 2012, building the organisation from little more than an idea to become a well-respected national charity with strong evidence of impact. The seeds of the idea for Plain Numbers were sown at National Numeracy. Having handed over as Chief Executive there in 2020, Mike is now utilising his unparalleled knowledge of this largely hidden consumer vulnerability to work with firms to enable people to make informed decisions across all areas of their lives.
Mike chats with Susanne Rogers about the work of Plain Numbers, touching on their research findings, the positive impacts on individuals when organisations change their approach to financial information, especially in an increasingly  complicated and fast moving area.  
You can learn more about the research here: Plain Numbers Project: Initial trials report 
The numeracy challenge Mike mentions can be found here: nationalnumeracy.org.uk/challenge/
New charity to address ‘great social need’ in South London and Kent On today’s Catholic News podcast, Archbishop John Wilson joins us to talk about the launch of CARITAS Southwark – a new diocesan Caritas social action charity to help those in need across the south east. Archbishop Wilson is keen to work collaboratively: “This is not about a takeover. This is about creating a network whereby […]
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148.SJI Interviews Ep.92: Social Justice Ireland on SILC and the impacts of poverty and deprivation Following on from last week's 10 minute lesson, analysts with Social Justice Ireland, Michelle Murphy, Colette Bennett and Susanne Rogers unpack the numbers contained in the Survey on Income and Living Conditions 2022.
The conversation touches on the cohorts most at risk, what impacts poverty and deprivation have on those cohorts and the policy proposals made by Social Justice Ireland  that Government could take on board if they are serious about tackling poverty in Ireland in 2023.
Given how little we are taught about Black history in general it’s not surprising that most of us, me included, have relatively little knowledge of the role that Black athletes have played in the social justice movement before the late 20th century. But since the Reconstruction E” id=”1A6zX9fh9Q0″ vid=”1A6zX9fh9Q0″ id-for-player=”1A6zX9fh9Q0″ link=”/listen/black-athletes-and-sports-justice-with-shaun-anderson-1A6zX9fh9Q0/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Black Athletes and Sports Justice with Shaun Anderson Shaun Marq Anderson
Given how little we are taught about Black history in general it's not surprising that most of us, me included, have relatively little knowledge of the role that Black athletes have played in the social justice movement before the late 20th century. But since the Reconstruction Era Black athletes have been pushing the envelope, trying to move us towards justice and equity.
Shaun Marq Anderson and I talked about the history of Black athlete activism and how the Sports Justice Movement has been evolving over the years as well as his new book, The Black Athlete Revolt. From Black jockeys who first raced in the Kentucky Derby to Colin Kaepernick and the Black Lives Matter movement Black athletes have used their voices and public platforms to address inequities. From the flamboyant to the subtle the movement has been as diverse as the athletes participating in it.
As Black athletes refuse to follow Fox anchor Laura Ingraham's directive to "shut up and dribble" their impact in their communities and the larger world continues to grow.
This conversation was not only informative but fun as Shaun told me about some real characters in the history of Black athletes. Have a listen, I think you'll really enjoy it. 
For a written transcript of this conversation click here.
About Shaun:
Shaun Marq Anderson, is a global authority on sport and social responsibility Shaun says that sport is a microcosm of society, a catalyst for conversations about business, politics, racial injustice, environmental sustainability, and other pressing social issues. Shaun researches these contemporary problems in the context of sport to determine the most effective strategies and methods to solve them. As a consultant, he has used his work to help renowned brands such as Nike, ESPN, and Major League Baseball on their social responsibility initiatives.
Action Steps:
1) Reach out to retired athletes taking action on causes that you care about and explore how you might connect with them. A lot of these athletes are becoming the liaison in their teams' community development arm. 
2) What are the specific policy reforms that are currently being discussed that you can add your voice to with letters to the editor, letters to your legislators, and/or raising community awareness of the conversations that are happening around legislative changes. 
3) Pay attention the intersecting issues of race and gender and support women's teams in their fight for justice.
Connect with Shaun:
https://twitter.com/ShaunMarqSpeaks
https://www.instagram.com/shaunmarqspeaks/
 

 
Credits:
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147. SJI 10 Minute Lessons Ep 19: Poverty and Deprivation in Ireland On the 22nd February 2023, the Central Statistics Office released the results of the Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC) 2022. These data provide the most up to date information on income, poverty, and living conditions across a range of different households in Ireland.   
In this episode of our 10 Minute Lessons series, Economic and Social Analyst, Colette Bennett, goes through the numbers and provides an overview of poverty and deprivation in Ireland today.
Guests: Mark Strober & Gregory Marks, "The Jewish Exponents" Rabbi Greg Marx, a senior rabbi in suburban Philadelphia, and Frederick D. Strober, Esquire, a senior Philadelphia real estate lawyer, discuss increasingly acute Antisemitism facing the Jewish communities across the country.  Their compelling advocacy is rooted in fascinating, sometimes humorous, original stories and professional perspectives delivered in a lively discussion mixed with sensitivity and humor.
The story of an interfaith child becoming an interfaith organizer with Annie Fox | S3E5 In this episode, I speak with Annie Fox, the daughter of a Baptist mother and a Jewish father who has dedicated her life to interfaith relationship building and justice work. She currently works as the Provincial Assistant for Social Ministry Organizing for Jesuits West. Fox has run grassroots campaigns focused on housing, homelessness, education, immigration, and mass incarceration. Here's our conversation at a glance:

Favorite line from the prayer of Teilhard de Chardin
Her upbringing in an interfaith family
The multiple crises she experienced at the age of 7 and how her local school responded
The impact her mother's identity crisis had on her and how that eventually led her to organize
Seeing the story of Exodus as the first labor strike in history
Words of wisdom for people new in organizing

Snippet from the interview
"I remember my mother saying to me, “Annie I don’t know who I am if I don’t have a suit to put on in the morning.” […] I did not want my life or my mother’s life to be defined by whether or not we got to put a suit on in the morning. […]Any version of my life where my dignity is defined by whether or not I get to put on a suit in the morning is a fake dignity. My dignity comes from because I am a child of God.”
Word of the day: Activism
Catholic Social Teaching Themes:

Human Dignity
Family, Community, and Participation
The dignity of work and rights of workers
Solidarity

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Synod, Lent and Ukraine | Episode 11 We’ve held our February podcast back a week so we can justly and solemnly mark the tragedy of the one-year anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine. Bishop Kenneth Nowakowski, the Eparchial Bishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in the UK gives us an extended interview as we remember all those who have died and […]
146. SJI Interviews Ep.91: Fashion and the Circular Economy with Carrie-Ann Moran Carrie-Ann Moran is an award-winning Irish social entrepreneur, recognised nationally as a leading voice on circular fashion.  For over 15 years, Carrie Ann has pushed sustainable fashion across the private and third sectors  in Ireland, serving as sustainability manager for multiple small brands, Head of Fashion and Textiles for Rediscovery Centre Ireland, Director of Fashion Revolution Ireland and now Founder and lead consultant at Circular Fashion Ireland.  She has served on the National Advisory Committee of the Irish Government for the implementation of the Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy and as a judge on the European Commission’s Social Innovation Competition “Reimagine Fashion”.
She chats with Susanne Rogers about the global fashion industry, the impact it has on emissions and how we all, individual and industry can move from the linear model to a circular model. 
Here are the links Carrie-Ann mentions in the conversation – 
Textile Mountain Documentary  
https://www.fashionrevolution.org/
https://issuu.com/fashionrevolution/docs/fr_fanzine_001_moneyfashionpower/12
https://www.epa.ie/publications/circular-economy/resources/Nature-and-Extent-of-Post-Consumer-Textiles-in-Ireland—Study-Report.pdf
We hear a lot about Critical Race Theory, as we should. But what about Critical Media Literacy? Have you ever even heard the term? I hadn’t. Then I read The Media and Me: A Guide to Critical Media Literacy for Young People. Not to quibble with the authors but really, this isn’t only f” id=”ZJsKA0ADKO” vid=”ZJsKA0ADKO” id-for-player=”ZJsKA0ADKO” link=”/listen/critical-media-literacy-with-allison-butler-ZJsKA0ADKO/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Critical Media Literacy with Allison Butler Allison Butler
We hear a lot about Critical Race Theory, as we should. But what about Critical Media Literacy? Have you ever even heard the term? I hadn't. Then I read The Media and Me: A Guide to Critical Media Literacy for Young People. Not to quibble with the authors but really, this isn't only for young people. This is for all of us. 
We're taking in so much information from so many media sources and yet we rarely, if ever, stop to think about what those sources are, their agendas, and what that means for what we're hearing and reading. Allison Butler and her co-authors take this on and lay out a path to being far more savvy about what we hear so that we are making thoughtful decisions about what we choose to engage with and how, rather than just buying everything they're selling without looking behind the curtain. 
This conversation gave me so much insight into looking behind the scenes so that I am less vulnerable to being taken in by something that seems reasonable but, upon closer investigation, isn't what it appeared to be at all. 
In this time of instant "news" it's more important than ever that we pay attention and interrogate what we're told rather than just accepting it. Allison lays out some clear and simple ways that we can become media literate. Ways that will make us better able to engage with all that's coming at us. 
For a written transcript of this conversation click here.
About Allison:
Allison Butler is a senior lecturer and director of the media literacy certificate program in the Department of Communication at UMass Amherst. She is the author of Educating Media Literacy: The Need for Critical Media Literacy and Teacher Education. She is the co-author of the open source text, Critical Media Literacy and Civic Learning: Interactive Explorations for Students and Teachers. She's also co-authored the new book, The Media and Me: A Guide to Critical Media Literacy for Young People.
Action Steps:
1) Recognize that this is not hopeless. It's easy to feel overwhelmed. Start by looking at your own language. Part of what we're doing is examining power so instead of "Googling" something and using Google's (a huge, powerful corporation) language, think about just searching for something. 
2) Slow down. Don't just scroll, take a bit of time to read more deeply.
3) Take a break. Turn off notifications. Get your news like back in the old days, when there was a morning paper and an evening paper rather than being inundated all day long. 
Connect with Allison:
Mass Media Literacy
Credits:
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145. SJI Interviews Ep.90: From Pillar to Post with Paul Joyce, FLAC and Dr.Stuart Stamp, Maynooth University Dr. Stuart Stamp is an Independent Social Researcher and Research Associate of the Department of Applied Social Studies at Maynooth University. His main areas of interest are personal overindebtedness and financial exclusion from an inequality and human rights perspective. 
Paul Joyce, BL, works as Senior Policy Analyst with Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC). He is the author of both of FLAC major reports on debt and the legal system in Ireland, ‘An End based on Means’ published in May 2003 and ‘To No One’s Credit’ published in July 2009, and numerous policy reports and submissions.
Paul and Stuart chat with Susanne Rogers about four papers they have written, From Pillar to Post. They examine the current situation for those dealing with problem debt, both secured and unsecured, the solutions that are available and what changes are needed. 
The Papers can be accessed here:
Paper One. 
Paper Two.
Paper Three.
Paper Four.
Guest: Emily Richards, "Soul-Ability" Emily Richards, a dynamic Episcopal priest, speaks to her life experience, religious calling and social justice from three unique personal perspectives as a young woman growing up in White privilege in the South, severely disabled from youth, who became the mother of an adopted daughter of color.
144. SJI Interviews Ep.89: Fake News and Conspiracies with Dr. Daniel Jolley Alternative facts, fake news and conspiracies – why does there seem to be more of it about? What's the difference between mis-information and dis-information? Are there reasons some of us are more likely to believe the hype than others? And when it comes to dangerous dis-information – what can policymakers do to combat it?
In this week's episode, Colette Bennett chats with Dr. Daniel Jolley, an Assistant Professor in Social Psychology at the University of Nottingham. Daniel has spent his career looking at the psychology of conspiracy theories, a topic that has gained prominence in recent years. 
If you would like to know more about Daniel and his work, check out is website www.danieljolley.co.uk. 
To try the Conspiracy Generator mentioned by Daniel, and to see just how easy it is to generate a conspiracy, check out this website by Professor Karen Douglas: Conspiracy generator demonstrates how easily conspiracy theories originate – News Centre – University of Kent
Chair of the Holy Land Co-ordination speaks about the group’s visit to Jordan Bishop Nicholas Hudson, Chairing his first Holy Land Co-ordination, spoke to us on the eve of his return home from Amman, the capital of Jordan. He had just spent five days leading a pilgrimage of Bishops from 11 countries around the holy sites of Jordan, as well as visiting some of the Catholic parishes and […]
Benedict XVI Rest in Peace | Episode 10 A new year, a new ‘At the Foot of the Cross’ podcast. Much has happened since we were last with you. A prayerful focus on the last days of Advent and the O Antiphons was followed by the joy of the Word Made Flesh – the coming of Christ at Christmas. That, in turn, was […]
Edith Stein This audiobook, recorded and produced in collaboration with the Catholic Truth Society (CTS), sees us re-visit the ‘Victims of the Nazis’ series to shine a light on a truly remarkable woman – Edith Stein – who we know and venerate as Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. Born on the Feast of St Wilfred, 12 […]
I feel pretty safe in saying that we all have gripes about our government. Where it’s not doing enough, where it’s overreaching. Most of us just gripe, Ross Morales Rocketto has taken a decidedly different path. Along with his co-founder, Amanda Litman, Ross has made it his mis” id=”9Nh8vbmSl0K” vid=”9Nh8vbmSl0K” id-for-player=”9Nh8vbmSl0K” link=”/listen/young-people-are-the-future-hes-helping-elect-them-9Nh8vbmSl0K/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Young People are the Future, He’s Helping Elect Them Ross Morales Rocketto
I feel pretty safe in saying that we all have gripes about our government. Where it's not doing enough, where it's overreaching. Most of us just gripe, Ross Morales Rocketto has taken a decidedly different path. Along with his co-founder, Amanda Litman, Ross has made it his mission to get as many young (read under 40) progressives elected to offices at the state and local level around the country as possible. 
From their start, rising from the ashes of the 2016 campaign, their organization, Run For Something, has been guiding successively larger numbers of young people as they run for elected office. 
What they've built in a really short period of time, is amazing. Ross and I talk  about Run For Something but mostly about how important having a strong progressive base is, especially in light of the deeply conservative Supreme Court that we're dealing with.  He's also very honest about the fact that having a (D) next to your name doesn't necessarily mean that you're someone who will fight to build a more just country.
It's a great conversation. I came away feeling hopeful and energized and I think you will too. Have a listen.
About Ross:
Ross Morales Rocketto is the co-founder and co-executive director of Run For Something, a piece of democratic infrastructure designed to recruit and support the next generation of young, diverse, and progressive political leaders. To date Run For Something has worked with more than 125,000 individuals who are interested in running for office. Run For Something as helped elect more than 650 new folks across the country. Before starting Run For Something Ross spent 20 years in electoral politics, having worked for candidates from school board to president. Ross lives in Washington DC with his partner, Jess, their dog, Nacho and cat, Baby Kitty.
For a written transcript of this conversation click here.

Ross's Action Items:
1) The first thing is you can run. So you can go to runforwhat.net and get more information about the offices that are available in your community.
2) The second thing you can do is volunteer either for a candidate or just to have one on one conversations and be a mentor for somebody who's thinking about running for office or currently running for office. You can go to runforsomething.net to find those opportunities. 
3) Make a contribution.
Resources mentioned in this episode:
Their strategic plan (it's really good and fun to read or listen to!).
Connect with Ross:
Run For Something's Twitter
Website
Ross's Twitter
Credits:
Harmonica music courtesy of a friend.
143. SJI Interviews Ep88: Crypto with Sarah Barrington Sarah Barrington is an engineer, Data Scientist and graduate researcher at the UC Berkeley School of Information. Her research interests span across computer vision, artificial intelligence, decentralized technologies and digital forensics. She graduated from Cambridge University with First Class Honors in General & Manufacturing Engineering (BA, MEng, MA), before working at McLaren Applied as an Associate Engineer & Data Scientist in the Modelling & Decision Sciences function.  She is the current US-UK Fulbright award holder for Data and Analytics (2021-22).
She chats with Susanne Rogers about blockchain technologies, the evolution to crypto and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT), regulation or lack of and what the future may hold.
Cardinal’s “precious time” praying by Pope Benedict’s mortal remains Shortly after arriving in Rome the day before Benedict XVI’s funeral, Cardinal Vincent Nichols spent some time in prayer and quiet contemplation before the body of the late Pope Emeritus Lying in state in St Peter’s Basilica, Pope Benedict was visited by tens of thousands of pilgrims who paid their final respects and offered prayers […]
Cardinal’s reflection on Pope Emeritus Benedict’s Funeral “In one way it was a very straightforward celebration of a Funeral Mass as would take place at the deathof any Catholic in any parish church. And yet in another way it was a uniquely historical event and an event of great emotional depth and stature. “I think we can say it’s the first time […]
“It’s Just Jesus!”: Why this young latina stays Catholic and works for justice | S3E4 Ana Ruiz is a young immigrant from Mexico who has spent most of her life directly or indirectly serving in ministry. Her earliest memory is at a retreat center where her parents served as marriage encounter leaders. Fast forward to today, she has recently graduated from Georgetown University where she majored in culture and politics and minored in theology and german and was the vice president of Catholic Women at Georgetown, a campus court of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. She has interned at multiple well-known Catholic organizations such as the Catholic Labor Network and the USCCB, has helped organize the annual catholic social ministry gathering, and participated in a virtual synodal session with Pope Francis last February 2022.
In our discussion, we talked about all these personal and professional experiences, but we also talk about why she stays Catholic and works for justice despite coming into adulthood during one of the most difficult periods of history for everyone, but in particular Catholics, She has a very powerful, yet simple answer: It’s all about Jesus.
Excerpt:
"Jesus' mission was not only to transform our hearts and minds but transform the world and transform those who are kind of stuck under these structures of sin that we are all responsible for. […] It’s something Jesus did. The call to our faith is to model Jesus and so we have to model him in that way."
Word of the day: two feet of love in action
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The Wondrous Gift | Episode 9 Our final ‘At the Foot of the Cross’ podcast of the year features a whistle-stop review of the year with our General Secretary, Canon Christopher Thomas. As we move prayerfully through the final octave of Advent, and with our O Antiphons audio series live and online, in this podcast, we look towards Christmas and the […]
142. SJI Seminars Ep.33: Larry O’Connell and Anne-Marie McGauran, NESC on Ireland’s Wellbeing Journey Dr. Larry O’Connell is the Director of the National Economic and Social Council (NESC), and Chief Officer of the National Economic and Social Development Office (NESDO). As senior economist in NESC, since 2007, he worked on a range of policy areas including Ireland’s transition to low-carbon and digital future; housing and land; climate change and sustainable development; higher education funding; and Ireland’s five part crisis.
Anne-Marie McGauran is Policy Analyst with NESC. Her work focuses on equality and social issues.  In NESC, she led the 2021 projects on digital inclusion, and the roll-out of the Community Call initiative to support vulnerable people during Covid-19 lockdowns. In 2022, she led the project looking at how well-being policies are implemented internationally. She is currently working on the NESC project on Ireland’s economic resilience and vulnerability, looking at social vulnerabilities. 
They presented their paper, Ireland’s Wellbeing Journey, co-written with Helen Johnston, Senior Policy Analyst, NESC, at our 2022 Annual Social Policy Conference on the theme 'Towards Wellbeing For All'.  The videos, graphics and papers for the conference can all be accessed Here.
Most of us, mercifully, get through life without getting the news that Emerald Garner and her family got on a July day in 2014. Her father, Eric, had been killed by a police officer who used a chokehold on him as Garner spoke those words that we have heard all too often, "I can’t brea” id=”40EmxOHDapp” vid=”40EmxOHDapp” id-for-player=”40EmxOHDapp” link=”/listen/emerald-garner-is-seeking-justice-40EmxOHDapp/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Emerald Garner is Seeking Justice EMERALD GARNER
Most of us, mercifully, get through life without getting the news that Emerald Garner and her family got on a July day in 2014. Her father, Eric, had been killed by a police officer who used a chokehold on him as Garner spoke those words that we have heard all too often, "I can't breathe".
While her older sister, Erica, sprang into action Emerald stayed in the background until the day that Erica died at 27 years of age from a heart attack.  With Erica gone Emerald knew that she had to pick up the torch and fight for justice for her father, her sister, and all those who had suffered at the hands of police.
Emerald's book, Finding My Voice takes us through her fight for justice. Emerald and I talked about what it's like to navigate getting anti-chokehold legislation passed while raising her daughter and her sister's two children. We spoke about the youth services organization she is working to build and we talked about dealing with trauma.
Emerald is someone who found herself in an impossible situation and is taking the tragedies that she's experienced to make things better for all of us. Have a listen, I think you'll be inspired.
About Emerald:
Emerald Snipes-Garner is the youngest daughter of six children and is currently the Executive Director of her non-profit We Can't Breathe Inc, which is named after her late father Eric Garner and her sister Erica Garner. She is the author of Finding My Voice: On Grieving My Father, Eric Garner, and Pushing for Justice.
 
For a written transcript of this conversation click here.
 
Emerald's Action Items:
1) Get involved in any community action that means the most to you, whether it's a school board, things that involve your children, with your mental health services or elderly services, just get involved in something and figure out what your purpose is in your community.

2) Follow me on social media 
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3) Check in on all your friends, check in on your people, check in on somebody that you haven't spoken to in a long time, try to make amends with somebody who you left on bad terms with, if it's worth fighting for. 
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Guest: E. Ethelbert Miller, "Master of Metaphor" E. Ethelbert Miller, a literary activist and prolific, award-winning poet, recounts his long history of racial justice advocacy with the same richness that imbues his poetry, some of which he reads. You will hear a blend of Black history, jazz, baseball and humor, filled with metaphors and stories, in this wide-ranging discussion.
Remembering the motherland: The complicated nature of passing on your roots to the next generation with Cecilia Flores | S3E3 In today’s interview, you will meet Cecilia Flores. Cecilia is the daughter of Filipino immigrants and has spent 15 years working with communities of faith to address issues of poverty and injustice in the US and in Central America. In our conversation, we speak about her missionary experience in Honduras, what we really mean by the phrase “meet people whey they are at”, the importance of remembering her motherland, culture and how that intersects with social justice, her experience as a first-generation American, raising intercultural kids, unity, and much more!
Building a common language segment: Community Organizing
Source:

https://www.usccb.org/about/catholic-campaign-for-human-development/Who-We-Are/upload/Community%20Organizing.pdf

Catholic Social Teaching Segment
Source: Dialogue between generations, education and work: tools for building lasting peace
Related Episodes:

What immigrants give up in order to fit in, the importance of names, and anti-racism with Alex Quezada | S3E2
How are you living out your authentic self? with Dr. Ansel Augustine
How This Catholic Banking Model Helps Strengthen Relationships with Simone Weil Catholic Worker | S2E4

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141. SJI Seminars Ep32: Gabriel Makhlouf, Governor of the Central Bank on Monetary policy, regulation and inequality: a tale of inter-linkages Gabriel Makhlouf is the Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland, taking up that position on 1 September 2019. He chairs the Central Bank Commission, is a member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank, a member of the European Systemic Risk Board, and is Ireland's Alternate Governor at the International Monetary Fund. 
Before joining the Central Bank Gabriel was Secretary to the New Zealand Treasury and the Government's chief economic and financial adviser from 2011 to 2019. During his time as Secretary, he led reviews of New Zealand's three macroeconomic pillars (monetary, financial stability and fiscal policy) and the development of a new framework for the development of economic and public policy focused on intergenerational wellbeing.
He spoke at the Annual Social Policy Conference 2022 on the theme of 'Towards Wellbeing for All'. The videos, graphics and papers for the conference can all be accessed Here.
Advent Begins | Episode 8 November’s ‘At the Foot of the Cross’ really is pushing its luck, coming in on the last day of the month. Profound apologies, but, hopefully, it’s well worth the wait. Canon Christopher Thomas, General Secretary of the Bishops’ Conference joins us and kick-starts the podcast by reviewing elements of the Bishops’ November plenary meeting at […]
Learn how the feminine and masculine energies play a crucial role in providing balance in a healthy relationship.
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Episode 172: Conversation about relationships. Finding balance, importance of understanding the energy you bring to the table. Join Attorney Ernest Fenton and Life coach Linal Harris
Learn how the feminine and masculine energies play a crucial role in providing balance in a healthy relationship.
What is masculine energy? What is feminine energy? Do you know how to see when you are unconsciously exhibiting the wrong energy at the wrong time?

Harris authored “Slay Your Goals: 5 Simple Tips For Achieving Your Life Goals”
Learn how the feminine and masculine energies play a crucial role in providing balance in a healthy relationship.
What is masculine energy? What is feminine energy? Do you know how to see when you are unconsciously exhibiting the wrong energy ” id=”8VblR3ID9pi” vid=”8VblR3ID9pi” id-for-player=”8VblR3ID9pi” link=”/listen/episode-172-conversation-about-relationships-finding-balance-importance-of-understanding-the-energy–8VblR3ID9pi/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Episode 172: Conversation about relationships. Finding balance, importance of understanding the energy you bring to the table. Join Attorney Ernest Fenton and Life coach Linal Harris
Learn how the feminine and masculine energies play a crucial role in providing balance in a healthy relationship.
What is masculine energy? What is feminine energy? Do you know how to see when you are unconsciously exhibiting the wrong energy at the wrong time?

Harris authored “Slay Your Goals: 5 Simple Tips For Achieving Your Life Goals”
Four Bishops discuss their autumn plenary meeting Audio taken from a virtual press conference in which four Catholic bishops from England and Wales discussed their autumn plenary meeting. Bishop Paul Mason, who chaired the press conference, spoke about the Church’s safeguarding work, Bishop John Arnold discussed four resolutions concerned with environmental matters, Bishop John Sherrington addressed the issue of buffer zones around […]
140 SJI Interviews Ep87: Climate Action with Clare O’Connor, Friends of the Earth Michelle Murphy talks to Clare O’Connor, Energy Policy Officer with Friends of the Earth about climate change, climate action, protecting the vulnerable and COP27.
Two members of the group, Robert Thornton, Rese” id=”5HhKxyPyIcO” vid=”5HhKxyPyIcO” id-for-player=”5HhKxyPyIcO” link=”/listen/139-sji-interviews-ep86-the-living-wage-with-robert-thornton-and-ciaran-nugent-living-wage-technical-5HhKxyPyIcO/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
139. SJI Interviews Ep86: The Living Wage with Robert Thornton and Ciarán Nugent, Living Wage Technical Group. At the end of October 2022, the Living Wage Technical Group launched the Living Wage of €13.85 for 2022/2023. The Living Wage is a wage which makes possible a minimum acceptable standard of living and is evidence based and grounded in social consensus.
Two members of the group, Robert Thornton, Research Manager at Vincentian MESL Research Centre and Ciarán Nugent, Economist at the Nevin Economic Research Institute explain how the figure is arrived at and why it matters.
I read a lot of books, most of the people I interview on this podcast are authors, so I’m pretty used to finding interesting aspects to various subjects. But when I started reading this book I was riveted! I couldn’t wait to talk with Diane about what we humans, particularly females,” id=”3Ab7JDy7Q2R” vid=”3Ab7JDy7Q2R” id-for-player=”3Ab7JDy7Q2R” link=”/listen/the-bonobo-sisterhood-revolution-through-female-alliance-3Ab7JDy7Q2R/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
The Bonobo Sisterhood: Revolution Through Female Alliance Diane Rosenfeld
I read a lot of books, most of the people I interview on this podcast are authors, so I'm pretty used to finding interesting aspects to various subjects. But when I started reading this book I was riveted! I couldn't wait to talk with Diane about what we humans, particularly females, could learn from Bonobo apes. 
That apes had figured out how to eliminate male sexual coercion and violence while this is still a huge problem for a, supposedly, more evolved species fascinated me. By the time I finished reading the book I had pages of questions for Diane. When we finally got to speak I was not disappointed. There is a way to address the crisis of violence against women and women hold the key. This is something that we can do. We just have to choose to. As Diane describes it, it's a pivot. A different way of engaging, with other women both individually and collectively. Then, that different engagement changes the way that males and females engage. From a culture of sexual coercion and violence to a culture where that behavior is not tolerated and does not occur.
Listen to this conversation and then think about how you can create your own Bonobo Sisterhood and what an enormous shift that would create in the world. The opportunity is right there for us. We just have to take it. 
About Diane: 
Diane L. Rosenfeld is an attorney, a lecturer in law and the founding director of the Gender Violence Program at Harvard Law School, where she has taught since 2004. Rosenfeld has appeared in major media outlets, including ABC, Nightline, Katie with Katie Couric, CNN Headline News, Fox and Friends, the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, and NPR's All Things Considered and Morning Edition. She is featured in the award winning documentaries, The Hunting Ground: It Could Happen Here, and Rape Is. Rosenfeld served as the first senior counsel to the Office of Violence Against Women at the U.S. Department of Justice, and as an executive assistant attorney general in Illinois. She is the recipient of multiple awards for her teaching, mentoring and change making legal policy work. She is also the author of the new book, The Bonobo Sisterhood: Revolution Through Female Alliance.

For a written transcript of this conversation click here.
Diane's Action Items:
The first thing is what we talked about to stop judging yourself. Just start with yourself, stop judging yourself. And really take the book as an invitation to to be in an intimate space with yourself and the ideas in the book and see what resonates and what you feel, if anything, that you want to change and how you want to change it. The first thing is really to stop judging harshly yourself, and to open space for your sisters. To really believe in the bonobo principle and that you have a self worth defending.
Learn self defense learn, self defense that's inspired by the bonobo sisterhood. You could even start by going on YouTube and watching a 15 minute video, a lot of self defense is, is being ready to verbally shut down any aggression that's aimed toward you. But learn self defense.
And then once you learn self defense, the third thing is that that enables you to imagine defending your sisters. And it pisses you off. And you learn from the outside in and from the inside out that you have a self worth defending. And then you really want to do it. And you really want to defend your sisters. So it's a physical embodiment of the ideas. And that's what will change, because that's what will stop male sexual coercion.
Credits:
Harmonica music courtesy of a friend
Resources mentioned in this episode:
The Bonobo Sisterhood: Revolution Through Female Alliance by Diane L. Rosenfeld
Guest: Andrew Maraniss, "Strong Inside" Andrew Maraniss, a best-selling author of narrative fiction for adults and teens, leads a discussion about the intersection of sports and social justice. The jumping off point for this lively podcast is his incredibly well-researched, award-winning book about the life and times of Perry Wallace, the first Black basketball player in the Southeast Conference.
Caritas Salford Director on the Cost of Living Crisis Patrick O’Dowd, the director of Caritas Salford, spoke to us recently to give an overview of what the charity is doing to ease the burdens of struggling families in the north west of England. Patrick relayed some shocking statistics about the devastating effects of the crisis, with hundreds of thousands of children lacking the bare […]
Vatican II Constitutions | Episode 7 We have two interesting years ahead of us in the life of the Catholic Church. 2025 is a Jubilee Year where the theme is ‘Pilgrims of Hope’. In the lead-up, not only do we have a two-part Synod of Bishops meeting in Rome in 2023 and 2024, we also prepare for the Jubilee with two […]
What immigrants give up in order to fit in, the importance of names, and anti-racism with Alex Quezada | S3E2 In this month's episode, you will meet Alex Quezada. Alex serves as Hispanic Ministry Coordinator at St. John Paul II Catholic Parish in Kankakee Illinois. Alex has also been working as Relief & Development Coordinator at the office for Human Dignity in the Diocese of Joliet since 20019. As an immigrant from Mexico, Alex works to promote social justice for all following the principles of Catholic Social Teaching. Given our shared cultural identities, we talked a lot about the immigrant experience but also touch on racial justice in the black community as well. We talked about the importance of names and the different ways immigrants like him have to put aside core parts of their identity just to be able to fit in to this country. We also talk about a really tough question his daughter once asked him while in High School and how she’s developed into an anti-racist advocate.
Key Points

Immigrants often have to renounce parts of their core identity just to fit in.
Examples range from changing the pronunciation of your name or using a different name entirely to attire.
If immigrants showed up in every space, but in particular professional settings, as their authentic selves they would be countercultural.
This raises the question that Alex's own daughter once asked: why are immigrants always the ones who have to make such accommodations?
The Hispanic immigrant community espouses many positive values that could contribute to the broader society. These values link to the catholic social teaching principles of family, community, and participation.

Building a common language: Anti-Racism
Source:

https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/2020/06/ibram-x-kendi-definition-of-antiracist
https://thejesuitpost.org/2020/07/catholic-101-should-a-catholic-be-an-antiracist/

Related Episodes:

Looking at the immigrant issue through two different lens (S2E10)
How immigrants can identify with the crucified and resurrected Jesus (S2E8)
How Latino families are getting through COVID-19 (S1E2)

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138. SJI Interviews Ep85: School Libraries with Kathleen Moran Kathleen Moran is Chairperson of the School Libraries Group of the Library Association of Ireland to talk about school libraries in Ireland.  She chats to Michelle Murphy about the importance of school libraries and school librarians, and what needs to be done to ensure every child and young person in Ireland has access to a fully staffed school library.
137. SJI Seminars Ep31. Hugh Frazer – How the European Pillar of Social Rights can help to advance social policy in Ireland Hugh Frazer is an expert on European policies to combat poverty and social exclusion, especially child poverty. He played a lead role in the feasibility studies that contributed to the establishment of the European Child Guarantee.  He has acted as adviser to a wide range of national and European organisations ( ESN, Eurochild, EAPN and UNICEF). He is a former coordinator of the European Social Policy Network (2006-2019); worked as an expert on social inclusion policy in the European Commission (2001-2006); was director of the Irish government's Combat Poverty Agency (1987-2001) and was director of the Northern Ireland Voluntary Trust (1979-1986 – now the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland). He is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Applied Social Studies, Maynooth University (Ireland).
We can listen back to Hugh presenting his paper for the Social Justice Ireland's 34th Annual Social Policy Conference on the European Pillar of Social Rights, "How the European Pillar of Social Rights can help to advance social policy in Ireland ".
All the Papers and Videos from the Conference can be accessed HERE.
The Message of Saint Bernadette Every year, millions of pilgrims from around the world visit the foothills of the French Pyrenees to walk in the footsteps of Saint Bernadette at Lourdes. It’s one of the world’s busiest Catholic pilgrimage sites with around five million pilgrims visiting each year. It’s estimated that over 200 million people have visited the Marian shrine […]
136. SJI Interviews Ep84: State of the European Union Address with Barbara Nolan Barbara Nolan is Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland.  She chats to Michelle Murphy about the State of the European Union Address 2022, what the main themes were in this year’s address and what they mean for policy direction in the European Union and in Ireland.
Sports are part of the culture of every country. Here, in the U.S., baseball is our "national pastime". Kelli Stewart and her husband, CJ, decided to use the tool of baseball to teach disadvantaged and at risk young Black boys essential life skills. Founders of the LEAD Center in Atlan” id=”6NNAuxCCsXL” vid=”6NNAuxCCsXL” id-for-player=”6NNAuxCCsXL” link=”/listen/kelli-stewart-saving-at-risk-black-boys-with-baseball-6NNAuxCCsXL/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Kelli Stewart Saving At Risk Black Boys with Baseball Kelli Stewart
Sports are part of the culture of every country. Here, in the U.S., baseball is our "national pastime". Kelli Stewart and her husband, CJ, decided to use the tool of baseball to teach disadvantaged and at risk young Black boys essential life skills. Founders of the LEAD Center in Atlanta, GA Kelli and CJ have grown a program that reaches at risk Black boys in middle school and high school and helps them create positive paths for their lives.
When Kelli and I spoke one of the things that struck me was her commitment to engaging with the kids that most people don't want to engage with. Not the high achievers who were doing well in school but the boys who were on the edge of being thrown out of school, thrown out of society.
What Kelli and CJ have created is practical and inspiring and made me look at the possibilities of sport as a tool for building productive, engaged citizens in a whole new way. She also tells a great story about a baseball game between the Black boys in their program and Atlanta police. 
Have a listen, I think you'll find this as affirming of what's possible when we get creative, as I did. Kelli and I also talk about Serena's retirement from tennis and how we're both pretty sure that we're related to her.
About Kelli:
Kelli Stewart was born in Atlanta and raised in Crawford, Georgia. Under the protective and nurturing guidance of her grandmother, Amy Lou Faust, she learned about work ethic and service. Kelli earned a bachelor's degree with honors in business from Kennesaw State University in 2011. In addition to her degree, Kelli holds a wealth of knowledge regarding sport Kelli's based youth development (SBYD) as a resource for social justice, and the impact sports has on the social emotional development of youth. She is a co-founder of the LEAD Center for Youth in Atlanta, an organization that uses the tool of baseball to help inner city Black boys develop the skills they need to succeed in a world that presents them with obstacles every step of the way.
For a written transcript of this conversation click here.
Kelli's Action Items:
1) Support SBYD (Sport Based Youth Development) where you live. It's a form of youth development that's different and specific in that it focuses on delivering a sport in a trauma informed, healing centered way. So it's not just for the sake of winning trophies, it's sport to help children who are living in very difficult situations, cope with those situations, and develop the SEL (social emotional learning) skills and the executive functioning skills that they need to cope.
2) Follow the LEAD Center on social media (see links below).
3) Become a recurring donor to support LEAD. I mean, $5, $10, $15, $20 a month, it really goes a long way. Those smaller amounts, they make a big difference. I can hear people saying, what can you do with that? Haircuts, transportation for MARTA, our public transit system here, it can go a long way. Meals for families who are experiencing food insecurity, it can really go a long way.
Connect with Kelli:
Website: Lead Center for Youth
Instagram: Lead2Legacy_Atlanta
Credits:
Harmonica music courtesy of a friend.
Sports are part of the culture of every country. Here, in the U.S., baseball is our "national pastime". Kelli Stewart and her husband, CJ, decided to use the tool of baseball to teach disadvantaged and at risk young Black boys essential life skills. Founders of the LEAD Center in Atlan” id=”6x8NVgmKhXM” vid=”6x8NVgmKhXM” id-for-player=”6x8NVgmKhXM” link=”/listen/kelli-stewart-saving-at-risk-black-boys-with-baseball-6x8NVgmKhXM/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Kelli Stewart Saving At Risk Black Boys with Baseball Kelli Stewart
Sports are part of the culture of every country. Here, in the U.S., baseball is our "national pastime". Kelli Stewart and her husband, CJ, decided to use the tool of baseball to teach disadvantaged and at risk young Black boys essential life skills. Founders of the LEAD Center in Atlanta, GA Kelli and CJ have grown a program that reaches at risk Black boys in middle school and high school and helps them create positive paths for their lives.
When Kelli and I spoke one of the things that struck me was her commitment to engaging with the kids that most people don't want to engage with. Not the high achievers who were doing well in school but the boys who were on the edge of being thrown out of school, thrown out of society.
What Kelli and CJ have created is practical and inspiring and made me look at the possibilities of sport as a tool for building productive, engaged citizens in a whole new way. She also tells a great story about a baseball game between the Black boys in their program and Atlanta police. 
Have a listen, I think you'll find this as affirming of what's possible when we get creative, as I did. Kelli and I also talk about Serena's retirement from tennis and how we're both pretty sure that we're related to her.
About Kelli:
Kelli Stewart was born in Atlanta and raised in Crawford, Georgia. Under the protective and nurturing guidance of her grandmother, Amy Lou Faust, she learned about work ethic and service. Kelli earned a bachelor's degree with honors in business from Kennesaw State University in 2011. In addition to her degree, Kelli holds a wealth of knowledge regarding sport Kelli's based youth development (SBYD) as a resource for social justice, and the impact sports has on the social emotional development of youth. She is a co-founder of the LEAD Center for Youth in Atlanta, an organization that uses the tool of baseball to help inner city Black boys develop the skills they need to succeed in a world that presents them with obstacles every step of the way.
For a written transcript of this conversation click here.
Kelli's Action Items:
1) Support SBYD (Sport Based Youth Development) where you live. It's a form of youth development that's different and specific in that it focuses on delivering a sport in a trauma informed, healing centered way. So it's not just for the sake of winning trophies, it's sport to help children who are living in very difficult situations, cope with those situations, and develop the SEL (social emotional learning) skills and the executive functioning skills that they need to cope.
2) Follow the LEAD Center on social media (see links below).
3) Become a recurring donor to support LEAD. I mean, $5, $10, $15, $20 a month, it really goes a long way. Those smaller amounts, they make a big difference. I can hear people saying, what can you do with that? Haircuts, transportation for MARTA, our public transit system here, it can go a long way. Meals for families who are experiencing food insecurity, it can really go a long way.
Connect with Kelli:
Website: Lead Center for Youth
Instagram: Lead2Legacy_Atlanta
Credits:
Harmonica music courtesy of a friend.
135. SJI Interviews Ep83: Libraries with Stuart Hamilton Stuart Hamilton is the Head of Libraries Development for the Local Government Management Agency. He is the national advisor on libraries in the local government sector and leads the strategic development and implementation of service innovation and change management.  He chats with Susanne Rogers about the importance of libraries to communities across the country, how they adapted to the pandemic, the move from analogue to digital, challenges to access of information and what lies ahead. 
Find out more about your local library in Ireland HERE.
Guest: Nick Montalto, "Immigration & Diversity Dynamics " Dr. Nicholas V. Montalto, an expert in American immigration and ethnic history, is an accomplished manager, trainer, consultant, researcher, speaker and author. He talks to us about his life’s work helping Americans understand the value immigrants bring to our country and finding solutions to the policy challenges caused by our ever-changing diversity.
Little changes make a difference when caring for the environment, says Bishop As the Social Justice department of the Bishops’ Conference launches a new revised edition of the Bishops’ teaching document on the environment The Call of Creation, Bishop John Arnold, our episcopal lead for environmental matters, has been speaking to us about the current ecological crisis, our responsibilities as Catholics and custodians of the created world, […]
Reconciling Social Sin and Practicing Social Justice at Home with Tom Ulrich | S3E1 In today’s episode, I speak with Tom Ulrich. Tom Ulrich has over 40 years of professional experience in assisting faith communities and national organizations develop their social justice ministry efforts. Tom is the author of two books: Parish Social Ministry: Strategies for Action. (2001) and recently released ‘On Earth As It Is In Heaven’ – Organizing Social Justice Ministry in Faith Communities: A model that works. (2021). We cover the main themes and topics of his most recent book, of course, but we also touch on his own upbringing as a Catholic and how he was introduced to Catholic Social teaching. One of my takeaways from this conversation was the way he constantly links his work on social justice back to his family and vocation.
Learn more about Tom Ulrich HERE
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In our fourth episode, Stephen and Jen interview Taylor Ford, an alum of the University of Iowa School of Social Work’s BSW program. Taylor talks about her career path, which took her to Atlanta ” id=”5Ki1tvopBo7″ vid=”5Ki1tvopBo7″ id-for-player=”5Ki1tvopBo7″ link=”/listen/episode-4-startup-social-work-with-taylor-ford-5Ki1tvopBo7/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Episode 4: Startup Social Work, with Taylor Ford We’re back! It’s a new fall semester and the Wild Bill’s space is back open.



In our fourth episode, Stephen and Jen interview Taylor Ford, an alum of the University of Iowa School of Social Work’s BSW program. Taylor talks about her career path, which took her to Atlanta and back to Iowa. and how her leadership paved the way to improved services on the University of Iowa campus.







Episode 4 is the first episode recorded after receiving a Diversity Seed Grant at the University of Iowa. Episodes of the Wild Bill’s Cup of Justice podcast are recorded at Wild Bill’s in North Hall, using equipment provided by this grant.



This episode’s links:



Taylor Ford’s bio: https://scsmh.education.uiowa.edu/author/taylor-ford/



Scanlan Center for School Mental Health: https://scsmh.education.uiowa.edu/



University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic Crisis Stabilization Unit: https://uihc.org/services/crisis-stabilization-unit-csu



Episode 4: Taylor Ford
Live Book Launch: Joshua Burton, Zumbambico, and Sara Lefsyk September 17, 6pm Central Time (4pm Pacific Time) The Poetry Vlog hosted a reading and discussion of Fracture Anthology: a poetry chapbook and audiobook by Joshua Burton that features a visual art collaboration with Zumbambico and handmade book arts production from the publisher, Sara Lefsyk of Ethel. Started in 2018, Ethel is a twice-yearly limited-edition, hand-made journal of writing and art and a micro-press specializing in handmade and hand-bound chapbooks and mini-books. Joshua is joined by visual artist Zumbambico and publisher of Ethel, Sara Lefsyk. Hosted by C. R. Grimmer on The Poetry Vlog (TPV).
Remembering The Queen | Episode 6 An awful lot of water has passed under the bridge since our summer At the Foot of the Cross podcast. In a month in which we lost our longest-serving monarch, it’s only fitting that we start by discussing the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Tributes, mourning, Requiem Masses, Bishops’ messages of prayer and […]
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134. SJI 10 Minute Lessons Ep18: Preparing for Budget 2023 Budget 2023 is just around the corner. In the latest episode of our Ten Minute Lessons series, we talk about what the Budget is, we bring you through the Budget process, when you might expect to feel the impact of the Budget and how you can advocate for change. 
Our Budget Choices 2023 Policy Briefing can be found HERE. 
We are delighted that Social Justice Matters has been recognised by FeedSpot as one of the 40 social justice podcasts you should be following in 2022. Check out the list here: https://blog.feedspot.com/social_justice_podcasts/
133. SJI Interviews Ep82: Vote at 16 Campaign with Paul Gordon, NYCI To mark United Nations International Day of Democracy,Paul Gordon chats with Susanne Rogers about the Vote at 16 campaign. Paul is Director of Policy and Advocacy with the National Youth Council of Ireland. We chat about the reasoning behind the campaign, experiences in other jurisdictions, the movement in Ireland and next steps.
Will Jawando sat down to write a book about the Black men who had the most impact in his life. That book, My Seven Black Fathers, has illuminated corners of the Black experience, particularly the Black male experience, that all too often go unseen.
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Will Jawando on the Importance of Black Fathers Will Jawando
Will Jawando sat down to write a book about the Black men who had the most impact in his life. That book, My Seven Black Fathers, has illuminated corners of the Black experience, particularly the Black male experience, that all too often go unseen.
In our conversation Will and I talk about the influence of these men, including Barack Obama, on him. But more than simply a personal narrative Will has written, and we discussed, the universality of many of his experiences and though luck played a part in connecting him to the men whose mentoring helped lead him to the success that he has found we can take luck out of the equation. 
We talked about the challenges that Black boys, in particular, face and some of the remedies to those challenges. But more than that, we talked about what it's like to be Black in America and the struggle to overcome the obstacles, both external and internal, that are in the way of Black equity in this country.
Will's story is both inspiring and instructive. He gives us a path to follow to close the gap of possibilities for young Black boys and men. This was a heartfelt and hopeful conversation and it left me feeling that, no matter the roadblocks, with people like Will fighting for what is right, we can make real the promise of this country. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.
About Will:
WIll Jawando is an attorney and activist, a community leader and a council member in Montgomery County, Maryland, a diverse community of more than 1 million residents, called the progressive leader we need by the late Congressman John Lewis, Jawando has worked with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Sherrod Brown, and President Barack Obama. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, the Root, and on BET.com. And his work has been featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine and on NPR, NBC News, and M. T. V. He regularly appears on CNN, MSNBC, and other media outlets
For the written transcript click here.
Resources mentioned in this episode:
My Seven Black Fathers by Will Jawando
Connect with Will:
Website
Instagram
Credits:
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Guest: Jimmy Chong, Esq. "The Guy I Want on My Side in Court" (Part 2) Jimmy Chong, a son of non-English speaking immigrant South Korean parents, fought his way through grade school in reaction to anti-Asian bullying. Now a busy lawyer, his fierce, thoughtful advocacy for racial harmony and honest opinions on violence against the AAPI community and “Model Minority” labeling are telling.
Guest: Jimmy Chong, Esq. "The Guy I Want on My Side in Court" (Part 1) Jimmy Chong, a son of non-English speaking immigrant South Korean parents, fought his way through grade school in reaction to anti-Asian bullying. Now a busy lawyer, his fierce, thoughtful advocacy for racial harmony and honest opinions on violence against the AAPI community and “Model Minority” labeling are telling.
Guests: Russell Johnson & Warren Hilton, "Ebony and Ivory" Dr. Warren Hilton and Russ Johnson, Board Chair and CEO, respectively, of HealthSpark Foundation, discuss how a Black/White leadership partnership is shaping transformative racial and social equity change in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
Guest: Nisha Anand, "Boundary Buster" Nisha Anand, a self-professed progressive, builds bridges to find common ground through unlikely partnerships with conservatives. Her life’s mission is to create solutions that promote social and racial justice in three focused areas: criminal justice reform; green economy; and tech equity. This narrative of this storyteller, organizer and policy expert is hopeful and refreshing.
Will Jawando sat down to write a book about the Black men who had the most impact in his life. That book, My Seven Black Fathers, has illuminated corners of the Black experience, particularly the Black male experience, that all too often go unseen.
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Will Jawando on the Importance of Black Fathers Will Jawando
Will Jawando sat down to write a book about the Black men who had the most impact in his life. That book, My Seven Black Fathers, has illuminated corners of the Black experience, particularly the Black male experience, that all too often go unseen.
In our conversation Will and I talk about the influence of these men, including Barack Obama, on him. But more than simply a personal narrative Will has written, and we discussed, the universality of many of his experiences and though luck played a part in connecting him to the men whose mentoring helped lead him to the success that he has found we can take luck out of the equation. 
We talked about the challenges that Black boys, in particular, face and some of the remedies to those challenges. But more than that, we talked about what it's like to be Black in America and the struggle to overcome the obstacles, both external and internal, that are in the way of Black equity in this country.
Will's story is both inspiring and instructive. He gives us a path to follow to close the gap of possibilities for young Black boys and men. This was a heartfelt and hopeful conversation and it left me feeling that, no matter the roadblocks, with people like Will fighting for what is right, we can make real the promise of this country. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.
About Will:
WIll Jawando is an attorney and activist, a community leader and a council member in Montgomery County, Maryland, a diverse community of more than 1 million residents, called the progressive leader we need by the late Congressman John Lewis, Jawando has worked with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Sherrod Brown, and President Barack Obama. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, the Root, and on BET.com. And his work has been featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine and on NPR, NBC News, and M. T. V. He regularly appears on CNN, MSNBC, and other media outlets
For the written transcript click here.
Resources mentioned in this episode:
My Seven Black Fathers by Will Jawando
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Interview with Cardinal Roche In this audio interview, Cardinal Arthur Roche, Prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, takes us through the Consistory that saw him elevated to the rank of Cardinal by Pope Francis. He explains the role of cardinal, how it impacts on his work in the Roman Curia and […]
Episode 171: Motivational Moment w Attorney Ernest B. Fenton "Learning to 'Circle C" "Learning to 'Circle C'" Attorney Fenton shared how he learned to identify moments that required he shift and "circle c."
Episode 171: Motivational Moment w Attorney Ernest B. Fenton "Learning to 'Circle C" "Learning to 'Circle C'" Attorney Fenton shared how he learned to identify moments that required he shift and "circle c."
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132. SJI Interviews Ep81: Youth Homelessness with Aisling O’Hara, Galway Simon Aisling O'Hara is Service Manager for Youth Services & Community Based Housing with Galway Simon Community.  Galway Simon Community provide support and accommodation services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the West of Ireland.
Aisling chats with Susanne Rogers about youth homelessness, the impacts on young people, the care and resources required and ideally what needs to be included in the Youth Homelessness Strategy.
Ukrainian Welcome Centre is true community outreach, says Eparchial Bishop The Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of the Holy Family has opened a Welcome Centre in London in partnership with the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain. Based at the Eparchy’s cathedral near Bond Street in central London, the Centre provides a single point of contact for essential information for arrival, settling and long-term living in the […]
Welcome Centre Director: “Keep your hearts and doors open to Ukrainians” The director of a new Ukrainian Welcome Centre in central London has urged Britons to keep their hearts and doors open to Ukrainians who are arriving in the UK fleeing the war in their homeland. Andriy Marchenko talks to us about the Centre, based at the cathedral of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of the Holy […]
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SPECIAL: Looking at the immigrant issue through two different lens with Father Pete Neeley, SJ and Deacon Felix Garcia It's the end of season 2! Check out this special episode featuring two clergies who share their different but complimentary perspectives on the immigration issue. Included in this episode is an apology/explanation for being MIA the past two months!
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How Immigrants Can Identify with the Crucified AND Resurrected Jesus with Jaqueline Romo | S2E8 In this episode, I speak with Jaqueline Romo, a Chicago-based Latina young adult catholic who combines her artistic skills with her faith and developed the artwork of “The Passion of the Monarca Migrante”, which is a contemporary interpretation of the stations of the cross that uses the monarch butterfly, a symbol of the resilience and resistance of the migrant communities, to depict Jesus on the stations of the Cross in his Passion. Jacqueline has inspired many young adults and members of Academia with her artistic and theological work. The original artwork is permanently displayed outside the chapel at Dominica University, the school she attended and created this artwork, and the second set of prints resides outside a chapel in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In addition to talking about her art, we also spend time reflecting on the role language plays in our faith and struggle for justice. This is also a perfect episode for Easter season that we’re in because one of the themes you hear from Jaqueline is that suffering is never the end. We have the hope of the resurrection to look forward to. I left the interview inspired and my experiences affirmed so I am excited to share this episode with you.
Snippet from the show
"As Latinos we identify with [Jesus] in the struggle. But we also know and sometimes forget that the resurrection comes in the end."
Learn more about Jaqueline and "The Passion of the Monarca Migrante": https://romojaqueline.myportfolio.com/work
Reference from Teaching Segment: https://chalicepress.com/products/the-wolf-shall-dwell-with-the-lamb
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Everyone deserves to live free of aggressive violence with Molly Sheahan | S2E9 In this episode, I speak with Molly Sheahan. Molly is the Associate Director for Life and Family Advocacy at the California Catholic Conference. She has an extensive lobbying portfolio, including legislative and grassroots advocacy on pro-life policy, foster care, human trafficking, domestic violence, bioethics, disability rights, end-of-life care, and the death penalty. Molly speaks nationally on human dignity concerns, and her writings have appeared in The Public Discourse, Angelus News, Grotto Network, Rehumanize International, and other publications. She is also the founder of We Are Pro-life Women, a new media movement highlighting the stories of underrepresented pro-life women.
In our conversation, we cover topics like what it was like growing up pro-life, How the unborn and elderly have been impacted by the pandemic, Underrepresented women of color behind the pro-life movement, A pro-life saint you might have not heard about before, and The lessons mary teaches us about what it means to be pro-life.
This interview is particularly timely and relevant given the recent leak of a draft opinion on Roe vs Wade. I hope that this episode helps us recognize that no matter what happens, we still have work to do to ensure that we live in a world where everyone is allowed to survive and flourish.
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"Everyone deserves to live free of aggressive violence. But it doesn’t stop there. We’re supposed to be looking for a world that celebrates human dignity and human goodness and allows us to flourish. That’s the catholic vision: is to see people as good and worthy and deserving all that meets the reality of their human goodness."
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Saints and Synods | Episode 5 Welcome to At the Foot of the Cross – a monthly podcast from the secretariat of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. This episode is something of a summer offering, covering July and August. We’re joined by our regular guest Canon Christopher Thomas, General Secretary here at the Bishops’ Conference. We start with […]
131. SJI Interviews Ep80: Parkrun with Matt Shields Matt Shields, Country Manager for Parkrun Ireland chats with Susanne Rogers about the evolution of this community and volunteer led initiative. Matt Shields brought Parkrun to Ireland and has watched it grow and spread to 134 varied and diverse communities with more being added all the time. We talk about the physical and mental health benefits of exercise and volunteering that the Parkrun community experiences and what lies ahead for 2022.
Bishop Oakley on new document offering reflections on Amoris Laetitia The Lead Bishop for Marriage and Family Life, Bishop David Oakley, has spoken to us about a new resource that offers reflections on the main themes of Amoris Laetitia – the 2016 Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation. ‘The Joy of Love’ looks at the themes of Joy, Love, Mercy, Realities and Discernment, and Mission encouraging prayer […]
THE WOMEN'S LABORATORY: Roe vs. Wade Reversal…Why it Really Happened Check out the conclusion of our dialogue on the fallouts and affects of the Supreme Court's decision to both uphold Mississippi's ban on abortion and reverse Roe vs. Wade and why it really happened.  The conversation is packed with candor and no holds bar "real talk" about this controversial topic. Rev. Dr. E. Gail Holeness, Rev. Ashlyn Strozier, PhD. and Imani Murdock joins  Rev. Dr. Lairalaine White this Thursday, July 14, 2022 at 6:30pm on both Facebook Live and YouTube
130. SJI Seminars Ep30: Ana M.Guillén and Maria Petmesidou – A Greener and more Social Pillar Ana M. Guillén is Professor of Sociology at the University of Oviedo, Spain, and director of the PROMEBI research group, Promoting Work and Welfare in Europe. She acts as a consultant to the European Commission and the International Labour Organization. She is also a member of the Scientific Board of the Observatoire Social Européen (OSE, Brussels) and of the International Social Security Association. 
Maria Petmesidou is Emeritus Professor at Democritus University, Greece. She served as Chair of the Sociology Department of Crete University as well as of the Department of Social Administration (renamed Social Policy Department) of Democritus University. For several years she was fellow/scientific committee member of CROP (Comparative Research on Poverty) sponsored by the International Social Science Council (UNESCO) and the University of Bergen.
We can listen back to Ana and Maria presenting their joint paper for the Social Justice Ireland's 34th Annual Social Policy Conference on the European Pillar of Social Rights, "A Greener and more Social Pillar".
All the Papers and Videos from the Conference can be accessed HERE.
129. SJI Interviews Ep79: Dr. Michelle Maher and See Her Elected The SHE Project is a collaboration between the Women’s Manifesto Project (a Longford Women’s Link programme) and 50:50 North West, organisations with strong links at grassroots level. A unique project, it is ‘ploughing new furrows’ in developing an innovative rural strategy to ensure women from our rural constituencies gain their rightful place on our councils and in Dáil Eireann.
In this week's episode, Colette Bennett chats with Dr. Michelle Maher on all things female participation, the role of women in local government and why she's so passionate about this project (and she really, really is!). 
For more information on this brilliant initiative, go to www.seeherelected.ie
THE WOMEN'S LABORATORY: The Supreme Court and Women's Rights This continuation of a dialogue from the last discussion, the ladies examine the fallouts and affects of the Supreme Court's decision to both uphold Mississippi's ban on abortion as well as the reversal of Roe vs. Wade.  The conversation is packed with candor and no holds bar "real talk" about this controversial topic. Rev. Dr. E. Gail Holeness, Rev. Ashlyn Strozier, PhD. and Imani Murdock joins  Rev. Dr. Lairalaine White Thursday, July 7, 2022 at 6:30pm on both Facebook Live and YouTube
128. SJI Seminars Ep.30: Budget Choices 2023 Budget 2023 should be guided by one core principle, that the measures adopted prioritise the protection of the most vulnerable groups in our society. To this end Budget 2023 should prioritise continued strategic investment in long-term infrastructure projects focused on social housing provision and achieving our committed climate change targets alongside targeted cost of living measures.
The fiscal context for Budget 2023 is one of the most difficult in some time due to an uncertain social and economic outlook.  The Budget must respond to the current cost of living challenges but also recognise uncertainties regarding the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and its legacy effects, geopolitical instability as a result of war in Ukraine, and an ongoing cost of living crisis through 2022 and 2023. 
Regardless of fiscal uncertainty, Government must prioritise the protection of the most vulnerable in making its Budgetary decisions. 
This episode is a listen back to our Budget Choices 2023 launch. To download the full policy briefing, or take a look at the video, go to our website https://www.socialjustice.ie/publication/budget-choices-2023-policy-briefing
THE WOMEN'S LABORATORY: Roe v Wade STRUCKDOWN! What's Next? This Laboratory dialogue examines the fallouts and affects of the Supreme Court's decision to both uphold Mississippi's ban on abortion as well as the reversal of Roe vs. Wade.  The conversation is packed with candor and no holds bar "real talk" about this controversial topic.Rev. Dr. E. Gail Holeness, Rev. Ashlyn Strozier, PhD. and Imani Murdock join Rev. Dr. Lairalaine White this Thursday, June 30, 2022 at 6:30pm on both Facebook Live and YouTube
PERSPECTIVES ON: Food Sovereignty and What it Means for Community This dialogue involves some modern day farmers in dialogue on the status of farming  during inflation and its impacts on food insecurity.Anthony and Belinda Jones, and Katherine Jahud-Arnold  join Rev. Dr. Lairalaine White this Thursday, June 23 at 6:30pm on both Facebook Live, YouTube and Twitter.For more information, visit us at our website, www.PerspectivesOn.org and follow us on Instagram and Facebook!
127. SJI Interviews Ep 78: The National Economic Dialogue 2022 The National Economic Dialogue 2022 took place in Dublin Castle on Monday, 20th June. Social Justice Ireland were in attendance, CEO, Seán Healy, Research and Policy Analyst, Michelle Murphy and Economic and Social Analyst, Colette Bennett. They chat with Research and Policy Analyst, Susanne Rogers about the background of the event, who participates, what happens on the day, our policy asks and the benefits of dialogue. 
More information about this year's National Economic Dialogue can be found HERE.
PERSPECTIVES ON: Food Insecurity and Inflation Impacts This dialogue involves some modern day farmers in dialogue on the status of farming  during inflation and its impacts on food insecurity.Anthony and Belinda Jones, and Katherine Jahud-Arnold  join Rev. Dr. Lairalaine White Thursday,June 16 at 6:30pm on both Facebook Live, Twitter and YouTube.For more information about our work please visit our website at www.PerspectivesOn.org and you can follow us on Instagram as well!  If you would like to get more information about Anthony and Belinda Jones, please visit their website at www.MorningGloryHomestead.com For information on Katies Pharm visit: www.KatiesPharm.org
126. SJI Interviews Ep 77: Music Industry and Climate Action with Karla Rogožar, IMPALA. This week's episode is a conversation between Susanne Roger and Karla Rogožar. Karla is the Project Assistant at IMPALA, the Independent Music Companies Association, representing nearly 6000 music companies across Europe. Karla is the coordinator of IMPALA’s sustainability task force and climate analysis group, gathered under a 15-point charter that the organisation released in early 2021. IMPALA also has a sustainability programme with voluntary targets for members, find out more about it here and discover more about their carbon calculator made with Julie’s Bicycle (the first bespoke tool in the sector) here. They chat about IMPALA, the 15 point climate charter, the vinyl resurgence and climate action for the music industry.
Charles de Foucauld In December 1916, deep in the Sahara, an unknown French hermit was shot through the head and dumped in a ditch. He was 58. An accomplished geographer, linguist and explorer, in youth he had been a disillusioned soldier and aristocratic playboy. Why at 30 did he abandon family, career, everything, to search for ‘the last […]
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122. Special Episode: The MA in Social Justice and Public Policy 2022 Social Justice Ireland is a key partner in a Masters programme that is run in conjunction with the Waterford IT campus of the new South East Technological University and delivered in Dublin city. This programme is called the MA in Social Justice and Public Policy.
This is our second special episode of Social Justice Matters and it should be of great interest to anyone considering enrolling in this MA. The episode is anchored by MA Programme Leader Dr. Paul Clogher of WIT, and includes information on the evolution of the programme and the major ideas and themes behind.
We also hear from Dr. Susan Flynn, Head of the Department of Arts, Dr. Hazel O'Brien, Department of Arts, Dr. Seán Healy, CEO, Social Justice Ireland and we get the student experience of the programme from recent graduate Susanne Rogers, who also works for Social Justice Ireland as a research and policy analyst. 
More details about this programme are available here: https://www.wit.ie/courses/ma-in-social-justice-and-public-policy
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119. SJI Interviews EP.73: Séamus Boland on the Conference of the Future of Europe This week, Séamus Boland, from the European Economic Social Council, chats with Susanne Rogers about the Conference on the Future of Europe. As Europe shapes more and more of Irish life, whose voice gets to be heard is an important topic. 
Séamus is the current President of the European Economic Social Council – Diversity Group III. The Diversity Group is made up of delegates drawn from each member state, representing sectors which include, community, agriculture, environment, consumers, social economy and various professions.
120. SJI Seminars Ep28: Launch presentation of Social Justice Matters: a 2022 guide to a fairer Irish Society We launched our socio-economic review for 2022 on Tuesday, 19th April 2022. This annual publication is where we present a detailed analysis of a range of key matters which are central to social justice; a vision of Ireland’s future as a just and sustainable society; and a policy framework to move consistently and coherently towards that society. 
In this episode, you can listen back to the presentations from this launch. The full publication is also available to download from our website here.
121. SJI Interviews Ep 74: Children’s Rights with Saoirse Brady The Children's Rights Alliance published its Report Card 2022 in February of this year (Report Card 2022 | Children's Rights Alliance (childrensrights.ie)) "the second analysis of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party’s joint Programme for Government: Our Shared Future and how it performed for children in 2021."
In this week's episode, Colette Bennett chats with Saoirse Brady of the Alliance about the results of this year's Report Card, the improvements that have been made in the area and the policy challenges that are yet to be overcome.
123. SJI Interviews Ep 75: Violence in Women’s Prisons with Keith Adams, JCFJ There have been a number of reports recently of issues and complaints in Dóchas, the women's prison in the Mountjoy campus in Dublin. In this week's episode, Colette Bennett discusses these issues, the lack of transparency and the Government's decision not to publish reports of the Inspector of Prisons, as well as how the narrative to end violence against women leaves many behind.
124. SJI Seminars Ep29: Liina Carr on the role of the European Trade Union Confederation in delivering the EU Pillar of Social Rights. Liina Carr was re-elected ETUC Confederal Secretary in 2019, having first been elected in 2015. Her responsibilities at ETUC include macroeconomic policy, economic governance and the European Semester, the European Pillar of Social Rights, social protection, external relations, implementation of UN Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals in the EU and development cooperation, as well as human resources. Liina has been a member of the European Economic and Social Committee since 2004. 
We can listen back to Liina presenting her paper for the Social Justice Ireland's 34th Annual Social Policy Conference on the European Pillar of Social Rights, "The role of the European Trade Union Confederation in delivering the EU Pillar of Social Rights".
All the Papers and Videos from the Conference can be accessed HERE.
125. SJI Interviews Ep 76: Lifelong Learning with Nora Condon, Solas This week, Susanne Rogers chats with Nora Condon, Senior Data Analyst with Solas about lifelong learning and gaining skills for life and work. The world of work is changing with green and digital transitions and as we live longer, we may work for longer. We need access to upskilling and reskilling in order to benefit from these opportunities and deal with the challenges.
SOLAS is the State agency tasked with building a world class Further Education and Training (FET) sector to fuel Ireland’s future. All their work can be accessed HERE. We discuss these three reports specifically Lifelong Learning Women on home duties Moving on up.
Further information about courses and options for learning can be found here: https://www.fetchcourses.ie/ and  https://smartchoices.ie/
A Reflection on Charles de Foucauld Bishop Paul Swarbrick, Bishop of Lancaster, introduces us to Charles de Foucauld, a former soldier and Trappist who will be canonised by Pope Francis on Sunday 15 May 2022. Photo © Jean-Louis Zimmermann (CC BY 2.0)
Psalm 121 Reflection As an important part of our resources for the Day of Prayer for the Survivors of Abuse, we have produced an audio reflection on Psalm 121. We listen to an introduction before hearing a reading of the Psalm. Then a survivor offers her personal reflection on the psalm before we offer prayers for survivors of […]
Reflection on India’s first lay Catholic Saint Bishop Thomas Neylon, Lead Bishop for Asia for the Bishops’ Conference, has recorded a short reflection on Blessed Lazarus, also called Devasahayam, an 18th-century Indian martyr. He was a married Hindu man who converted to Catholicism and suffered much persecution for his faith. A Catholic for only seven years, he was shot dead in the […]
Dignity of Human Life | Episode 3 May’s At the Foot of the Cross looks back on the Bishops’ visit to Cardiff for their first plenary meeting in Wales for 18 years. Canon Christopher Thomas, General Secretary here at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, joins us to talk about the historic meeting and its fruits. We discuss, specifically, a […]
Bishops in Wales | Episode 2 It’s Eastertide and time for the second episode in our new monthly podcast series At the Foot of the Cross. In early May, our Bishops are meeting in plenary away from their usual venue of Hinsley Hall in the Diocese of Leeds. This time, the Bishops spring gathering takes place in Cardiff – the first […]
Cardinal looks back on the Bishops’ visit to Wales Cardinal Vincent Nichols spoke to journalists, remotely, about the Bishops’ first plenary meeting in Wales for 18 years. The Cardinal, President of the Bishops’ Conference, looked back on the five-day meeting and talked about their discussions. The meeting took place in Cardiff from 2 – 6 May 2022. Cardinal Nichols gave a briefing on the […]
Titus Brandsma Titus Brandsma was a Carmelite friar who was killed in the Dachau concentration camp on 26 July 1942. The Nazi invasion of Holland took place on 10 May 1940. Their persecution of the Jews is well known. Titus defended the Jewish people – especially Jewish children who attended Catholic schools. He said: “the Church in […]
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