The May 2015 issue of OUT OF POVERTY... starts, as usual with the Voice of the Poor Prayer, followed by two spiritual reflections.
“A Vincentian response to Baltimore” looks at the root-causes of the recent social turmoil and at the work needed to bring hope and effective change to alienated communities. Then, two articles discuss the need for poverty to be a priority in public life. One talks about making poverty a key issue for debate during the next presidential election. The other article demonstrates how badly we need to have that priority, considering the insensitivity of Congress to the plea of the poor in spite of advocacy by many organizations during the recent federal budget approval process. On page 8, an infographic by the Federal Reserve Bank well describes the lifelong consequences of slashing programs for children in poverty.
Then, on page 9, there is a discussion of the spiritual basis of Restorative Justice in the context of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, followed by mention of the work of the Society to make Restorative Justice a reality.
On current advocacy efforts, from page 12, articles describe the scourge of Predatory Lending, what AZ Vincentians did to stop Consumer Flex Loans for being introduced in the State and the advocacy lessons we learned while doing it. In Oregon, the current battle is against Wage Theft.
Systemic Change, Bridges out of Poverty and “Getting Ahead in this Just Getting by World” are the subject of several articles , starting on page 14 and describing the experience Vincentians have gained while studying and implementing the new approach to our Vincentian vocation. We will discuss this further at the Burbank regional meeting.
From page 18, the newsletter provides information about the Social Action Summer Institute in Portland, OR (July 19-23), the Western Region Voice of the Poor website, and the 2015 Western Region Meeting in Burbank, CA. On May 28, in Burbank, Voice of the Poor and Bridges out of Poverty will offer a pre-conference seminar, open to all Vincentians. See you there!
Tucson Diocesan Council
Voice of the Poor - Western Region Representative