JUSTICE MATTERS — A Right Relationship
The Hope Justice Committee is committed to the mission of the Dominican Sisters of Hope and believes that Social Justice is an integral part of our call as humans, as members of various religions, as Baptized Catholics, and as Dominican Religious Women. It is only through leading just lives that a better world is possible and the Reign of God.
Since the DSH’s beginnings in 1995, our Congregation has taken a corporate stance against the death penalty, genetically modified foods, human trafficking, the war in Iraq, and at the present time for immigration reform. We are committed to socially responsible investing and are members of the Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment http://www.tricri.org
The corporate stance on Immigration Reform was taken in collaboration with the Dominican Congregations of Amityville, Blauvelt, Caldwell, and Sparkill. Since February 2011, the Hope Justice Committee of two sisters and two associates and the DSH Leadership Team Liaison has included four young men connected with Columbia University, another member of the DSH Leadership Team, an Adrian Dominican Sister, representatives from NJ Action 21, an Hispanic activist from Ossining, and the Caldwell Justice Promoter. This committee decided to focus on Immigration Reform.
A summit was held on September 18, 2011 at the Mariandale Center in Ossining. Click here to read the story about the summit. Out of this day, it is hoped will come working groups who will plan specific areas of reform that is needed and what actions are required to get these reforms implemented.
The Hope Justice Promoters are Pat Jelly, OP; and Florence Kissane, Associate.