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Advocacy

A Museum for advocacy?

A Museum can surely be an action of advocacy, if it provides awareness towards empowerment. The National Museum of African American History and Culture that ex President Obama inaugurated on 26th September 2016, certainly wants tell the African long slaves’ search for a deeply awareness and struggle towards their dignity and freedom as people. “For…

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From awareness to empowerment.

Advocacy is about politics and change, values and beliefs, consciousness and knowledge. It is about influencing the powerful on problems that concern people. Advocacy aims to build strong democratic organizations to hold those in power accountable, expanding citizens’ skills and understanding of how power operates. At the end, its aim is to empower people to…

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The community land trust: a solution for the future

The community land trust model is not included in the current trend of markets globalization, where the earth is a commodity, subject to speculation and where its use is actually of less importance than its market value as such. This financialization of the land is at the source of the land grabbing phenomenon of agricultural…

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Beyond the Brexit

Imagine being in a strange city in a foreign country on a cold winter’s night. You can’t speak the language and you have nowhere to stay. It’s starting to rain and you don’t know anyone who can help you… What do you do? Where do you go? When advocacy becomes charity, love, and friendship, human…

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Canadian Indigenous people against tar sands.

“We are in a time of unprecedented unity amongst indigenous people working together for a better future for everyone,” says a press release from Native American tribes and Canadian First Nation. Gathered in Vancouver and Montreal, at least 50 indigenous peoples signed on September 22, 2016 to “collectively challenge and resist” the proposal to build…

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Agribusiness swallows a defeat in Kenya.

“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together,” says an African proverb, and this can be seen as an unavoidable guideline for advocacy. Agribusiness Dominion Farms defeat in Kenya is for this a good example. Let’s see what happened. Dominion Farms Limited is a company from the…

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Advocacy at the core of civil society

The World Social Forum (WSF) can be seen as one of the most important developments by pope Paul VI, “new areopagus” of evangelization. This year, its 12th edition took place from the 9th to 14th of August in Montreal, Canada. The place and the date brought about many limitations: a lot of visas (someone quantified…

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One hand washes the other and together they wash the face.

“Woe to Assyria! My rod in anger, my staff in wrath… But this is not what he intends… He says By my own power I have done it, and by my wisdom“. These words of Isaiah pop up in my mind, reading about Cyril Mooney: why not understand those words also in positive way, following…

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Native American tribes against a North Dakota oil pipeline.

On April 1st 2016 dozens of tribal members from several Native American nations took to horseback to protest against the proposed construction of an oil pipeline, which would cross the Missouri river, and encroach on their tribal lands just yards away from North Dakota. The proposed pipeline is a typical case of human rights abuse…

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Religious traditions are a powerful tool of advocacy

Advocacy is about politics and change, values and beliefs, consciousness and knowledge. Its main concern is to build democratic organizations to hold those in power accountable, expanding citizens’ skills and an understanding of how power operates. To do so it needs concrete and scientific knowledge on who gets what in society, how much they get,…

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When faith becomes advocacy.

‘Given the complexity of the ecological crisis and its multiple causes, we need to realize that the solutions will not emerge from just one way of interpreting and transforming reality. Respect must also be shown for the various cultural riches of different peoples, their art and poetry, their interior life and spirituality’, (Laudato sì N°.…

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Build bridges and give people hope through presence and documents.

How are they useful, the Pope’s visits and documents, and the religious organizations for the changes our society and culture need to shape a better world? An answer was offered on 9 November  2015. That day, hundreds of Catholic students from across the United States gathered on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in…

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Advocacy

A Museum for advocacy?

A Museum can surely be an action of advocacy, if it provides awareness towards empowerment. The National Museum of African American History and Culture that ex…

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Baobab

Why the sea is salty.

Long ago, the sea was not salty. People got their salt from the mountain of salt across the sea. One day, the people in the village…

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Youth & Mission

Bennie was the wrong person, in the wrong place at…

Bennie had a thin, hollow face, the picture of malnutrition at 22 years of age, he had never been to school for more than a few…

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