The Sisters of Providence collaborate with and are members of several organizations who actively work on peace and justice issues. The following justice organizations are those in which many Sisters of Providence are involved or with which we have a corporate relationship.
Leadership Conference of Women Religious
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious serves as a support and corporate voice for leaders of women religious in the United States. A specific goal is to work for a just world by using its influence in solidarity with people who experience powerlessness, violence or oppression. The group sponsors programs for learning skills and processes of systems and for deepening an understanding of effecting systemic change. Website: www.lcwr.org
8th Day Center for Justice
… and on the 8th day, God invites us to be co-creators in building a just and harmonious world. Envisioning a world of right relationships and responding to the biblical mandate to work for justice, 8th Day Center for Justice provides a critical alternative voice to the systems that suppress the human community and environment. Since 1974, with the support of more than 30 Roman Catholic religious congregations, 8th Day Center’s efforts for systemic change continue at local, national and global levels.
The School of the Americas (SOA), now known as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHISC), located in Fort Benning, Ga., is a U.S. Army combat training school for Latin American soldiers. Hundreds of thousands of Latin Americans have suffered or been murdered by those trained there. SOA Watch is a large grassroots organization committed to closing the SOA and changing U.S. policy in Latin America. Website: www.soaw.org
Bread for the World
Bread for the World is a national Christian citizens organization which seeks to gain justice for the hungry of the world by education, research and lobbying. A current priority is working to fulfill the goals of the Millennial Challenge Account to reduce global poverty and hunger by 2015. Website: www.bread.org
Pax Christi USA is part of Pax Christi International, a Catholic peace movement which explores, articulates and witnesses the call to non-violence. It rejects all war and commits itself to peace education and the development of a world reflecting the peace of Christ. Some Sisters of Providence are members of local chapters of Pax Christi. Website: www.paxchristi.net
Through research and action, Amnesty International focuses on preventing and ending abuses to human rights: physical and mental integrity; freedom of conscience and its expression; freedom from discrimination. Through its magazine (Amnesty NOW) and its e-mail (Amnesty Online), it reports abuses and seeks supports for its programs. Website: www.amnestyusa.org