8th Day Center for Justice, a non-profit organization with staff offices in Chicago, is named after the Christian belief that all of life is in the 8th day of creation bringing all to full justice.
8th Day was founded in 1974 by six Catholic religious congregations of women and men. Today, more than 35 sponsoring congregations, as well as other partners, support 8th Day’s commitment to act as a critical alternative voice to oppressive systems and to work actively to change those systems.
8th Day envisions a world of right relationships in which all creation is seen as sacred and interconnected. Its mission is guided by the principles of non-violence, cooperation and mutuality with Earth and among all people regardless of ethnicity, religion, cultural background, gender, socio-economic class, or sexual orientation.
8th Day lives out its mission through efforts of education, advocacy, organizing and non-violent direct actions. The center upholds the right of conscience to dissent against oppressive structures in society and actively responds to emerging critical needs of our times.
8th Day Center’s internal organizing structure operates in a circular model of decision-making. As such, all roles and responsibilities are distributed in a non-hierarchical manner among the full-time staff.