Sow Much Love: 2014 Fall Campaign
Last fall, Development and Peace launched their education campaign about the role of men and women family farmers in fighting hunger. Together with other Caritas Internationalis organizations, a Global Week of Action was held from October 12-18, 2014, with the focus on World Food Day on October 16, 2014.
Development and Peace members in British Columbia, from Victoria to Nelson, submitted hundreds of signatures to their Members of Parliament to present in the House of Commons. In Vancouver East alone, 1249 signatures were collected between the parishioners of St. Mary’s Parish and St. Patrick’s Parish. The petition and signatures were presented to MP Don Davies, Vancouver Kingsway, NDP on January 19, 2015
You can still get involved and join the voices of thousands of Canadians who are calling on our government to respect the right of family farmers to use seeds. If you wish to submit your signature online, or to know more about this campaign, visit Development and Peace.
A Voice for Justice was heard on May 14th!
On May 14th, a crowd of nearly 300 people from all parts of Canada gathered on the steps of Parliament Hill in a festive yet determined spirit to call for the creation of an impartial and independent ombudsman for responsible mining. With over 85,000 signatures collected in favour of this call, Development and Peace is hoping the government will take urgent action on this issue. Several MPs joined in the noon-hour rally to address the crowd and show their support for Development and Peace’s A Voice for Justice campaign. “We have to stay mobilized so that millions of victims in Africa, Asia and South America will no longer have to experience the violation of their rights or the pollution of their environment,” said Josianne Gauthier, Director of In-Canada Programs at Development and Peace.
There is no doubt that a voice for justice was heard on Parliament Hill on May 14th. A voice that is clear, strong and resonant. We would like to thank all those who have participated in this campaign, and we want to share with you some moments from the rally and day of action, which could not have happened without your hard work. Watch a video and view some pictures of the day of action.
The Church by reason of her role and competence is not identified with any political community nor bound by ties to any political system. She is at once the sign and the safeguard of the transcendental dimension of the human person”(152).At the same time-and this is felt today as a pressing responsibility-the lay faithful must bear witness to those human and gospel values that are intimately connected with political activity itself, such as liberty and justice, solidarity, faithful and unselfish dedication for the good of all, a simple life-style, and a preferential love for the poor and the least.
Pope John Paul II, Christfideles Laici (On the Vocation and Mission of the Lay Faithful In the Church and In the World), 1988
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