Josephites for Justice
Sr Carmel Hanson reports on the recent meeting of the Josephite Justice Network (JJN). Sr Carmel is the representative of the Lochinvar congregation on the group which seeks to raise awareness of unjust practices in society and pursue actions to help address such situations.
The Josephite Justice Network (JJN) gathering was held at Kincumber 26 – 28 March 2021. Because of COVID only the representatives from NSW were present.
The theme of the gathering was It is good for us to be here. As the weekend progressed we realised how lucky we were to be able to meet face to face.
Many topics were discussed. The following Committees reported back with emphasis on the actions we could pursue.
Care of the Earth
- Prepare a handbook on How to Live an Eco-friendly Lives
- Advocate and use our voice on local, national and international issues.
- Advocate with our parliamentarians to ensure that all recommendations in the Aged Care Report are implemented.
- Particular emphasis on more Aged Care packages to enable older people to remain in their own homes.
- Explore overseas models for Aged Care facilities.
- Affirm the Uluru Statement from the Heart
- An Indigenous Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Australian Constitution.
Those Missing out
- A fair unemployment payment as a
- More social housing.
- A compassionate and just payment for those missing out on any welfare assistance e.g.
those on working visa who cannot return home; international students; asylum seekers.
- An upgraded and independent TAFE system.
- Add our voice to the #TimeForAHome campaign and sign the petition calling on the Government to immediately release people currently in detention and commit to a plan for their resettlement in a safe, permanent home.
- Educate ourselves: follow the media, know the stories; participate in public vigils.
- Lobby Alan Trudge MP to release all asylum seekers.
Free West Papua
- Call for the UN High Commissioner to be allowed into West Papua.
- Educate ourselves re the injustice of the Indonesian control of West Papua.
Bernard Colliery and Witness X
- Be aware of the role of whistle blowers and the need to protect them from political harassment.
Until our next gathering we remember the words of Pope Francis from Laudato Si:
“We must regain the conviction that we need one another,
That we have a shared responsibility for others and the world,
And that being good and decent are worth it.”