MU JUSTICE

JUSTICE (Jesuit University Students Together In Concerned Empowerment) is a Marquette University Student Organization dedicated to education and action surrounding social justice issues. We have led campaigns focusing on fair trade, gender equality, Sudan divestment, worker's rights, and other issues. Each year we hold a Social Justice Teach-In to promote awareness on campus, and send a group to Fort Benning, GA, for the annual School of the Americas Protest and Vigil.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Free Burritos at Chipotle Tuesday

The Chipotle rep who was here for Sample the City send this out. Check out the link www.chipotle.com/email/06-mke-224.htm to get a coupon for a free burrito on Tuesday, October 3.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Capoeira Demo

Tuesday at 9pm in the International Center (AMU 407), the Milwaukee based capoeira group Maculele will be performing for JUSTICE. The demo will be interactive and include history about capoeira, which is a fight/dance that was developed by African slaves in Brazil. For more infomation about Maculele see http://www.capoeira-mke.org.

Oxfam's Adopt-a-Supermarket Campaign

If anyone is interested in pursuing Fair Trade issues in the Milwaukee community, a great opportunity exists with Oxfam's Adopt-a-Supermarket Campaign. The campaign is looking for people to "adopt" a local supermarket and, essentially, create a report card for the store regarding the availability of Fair Trade products. One would then use the report as leverage to increase the amount of Fair Trade products in the store. It's a pretty cool campaign, and can be accomplished in a few hours here or there. If anyone is interested in this, or would simply like to learn more about the campaign, please email me at peter.mccuskey@mu.edu.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Sudan Divestment Committe Meetting

The Sudan Divestment Committe will be meeting on Thursday in the Student Lounge on the first floor of the Union (past the brew). If you have a laptop please bring it because we may be deviding up some research topics at the meeting. Also if you are interested in attending and have not received a copy of the Case Study on Divestment please leave a comment here and I'll email it to you as soon as I can. Also tell others about what divestment means and to come to the meeting to kae part in action planning. A good resource is the Sudan Divestment Website (http://www.sudandivestment.org/).

More Neat Stuff

Student Leadership Summit
Taking place Oct. 7 from 9 AM- 2 PM. The summit is titled "Faith and Learning in Action," and includes service work (visits to cool Milwaukee agencies such as Growing Power and Repairers of the Breach), reflection, free lunch, and a lot of other cool things. Registration is FREE, and can be done online at www.marquette.edu/osd.

Miles For Meals
A run/walk on Oct. 6 to raise money for Midnight Run. It's only $15, includes a t-shirt, and the money goes to a great organization right here at Marquette. Registration is probably available somewhere, but I'm not sure--keep an eye out.

Crop Walk
A walk through downtown Milwaukee on Oct. 8 to raise money for hunger issues. Stay tuned for more info...

Dan Maguire at MSOE
Marquette theologian Dan Maguire will be presenting "War (is) For Dummies" this Saturday, Sept. 23 at 9:30 AM at MSOE. Lianna Bishop (lianna.bishop@mu.edu) will be leading a group over there, so if you would like a group to go with, contact her.

JUSTICE Solidarity Supper
Our next Solidarity Supper will be Thursday, Oct. 5 at 7 PM. Great food, great friends, great times--you should definitely come. Detailed info will be sent out sometime before Oct. 5.

National Declaration of Peace

This Saturday, Sept. 23, Peace Action Wisconsin is hosting a rally/march/and PeaceFest for National Declaration of Peace Day. The rally and march start around noon, with the PeaceFest running from 1:30-4 PM. All of this is being held at Pere Marquette Park--right down on good ol' Kilbourn. JUSTICE has been asked to do some tabling at this event, so I was thinking we should distribute materials about the teach-in. If anyone has an hour or two of their time on Saturday to help with this cause, it would be greatly appreciated. It should be pretty cool--if nothing else, there should be some hilarious, old-school peace-seekers. If you are able to participate, leave a comment for this post (I don't think anyone has done that yet), or email me at peter.mccuskey@mu.edu. You could also just talk to me about it. OK, that's it.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Neat Stuff Happening Soon

Power of Word
The slam poetry group "Power of Word" will be performing tomorrow (Thursday, Sept. 14) @ 5 PM in the AMU Ballrooms. The performance is a part of the Meet and Greet Event, which runs from 4:30-6. Power of Word is a very powerful performance group--it should be cool.

Housing Trust Fund
If you have a few hours free Tuesday (the 19th) morning, go to City Hall room 301B to support the Milwaukee Housing Trust Fund as the Zoning and Neighborhood Development committee will be voting on whether or not to approve the recommedations made by the Housing Trust Fund Task Force. The meeting starts at 9 AM, but the issue will most likely not be reached until 10:30 AM. The Housing Trust Fund is a push to provide affordable housing in downtown Milwaukee for people who need it--this is a very important social justice issue at work in our own community.

Sexual Violence Awareness Week
Sunday @ 5PM there will be an overhead picture taken in the central mall for Sexual Violence Awareness Week. People are needed to participate in the picture. If you can't make it on Sunday, make sure to check out the events throughout the week.

Mexican Independence Festival
This Sunday in Mitchell Park--sounds pretty cool to me.

SOA Puppetistas
A group will be coming together soon to start making puppetistas (large, paper mache puppets used as street art) for the Ignatian Teach-In/School of the Americas trip in Nov. A Marquette professor with experience in street art will be assisting the group. Stay tuned for specifics...

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Travel/Action Opportunities

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in pursuing...

The Urban Initiative
The Urban Initiative is a Marquette student group dedicated to establishing a grassroots street newspaper (The Milwaukee Street Beacon). The paper will focus on urban issues, and will encompass a variety of social justice issues (hunger and homelessness, etc.). The next group meeting is September 20 @ 5PM in Johnston Hall 313. The group has opportunities for both writers and non-writers. For more info, contact Matt Ryno at matthew.ryno@mu.edu.

A million voices around the world lifted up for PEACE!
A program involving singing, drumming and praying as part of the world-wide "Million Voice Choir." September 21 @ 6PM at the Irish Cultural & Heritage Center--2133 W. Wisconsin Ave. Check out http://www.amillionvoicechoir.org to learn more.

The DEATH PENALTY Up Close
A presentation by Dale S. Recinella, J.D., Florida Lawyer and Catholic Lay Chaplain for Florida Death Row & Solitary Confinement. Recinella is the author of The Biblical Truth About America's Death Penalty. There will be two presentations:
Oct. 7 @ 2PM @ Saints Peter & Paul Church--2490 N. Cramer St.
Oct. 8 @ 2PM @ St. Mary's Visitation Church--1260 Church St., Elm Grove

Call to Action Conference
Call to Action is a leading organization for renewal and reform within the Catholic Church. The conference will be held in the Midwest Airlines Center, Nov. 3-5. Free tickets are available to Marquette students, but you must commit to attending. If you would like to commit to attending the conference, you can sign up with me (Peter) or Gerry in University Ministry.

Point 7 Now Conference
A conference on poverty in San Francisco, Oct. 27-28.
If you are interested in attending, talk with Gerry in University Ministry.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Another Trial...

Hey JUSTICE,

We're trying to set-up this blog to create an additonal resource within the group for information and opportunities. We will be posting about opportunities that, while they may not be official JUSTICE programs or campaigns, might be of interest to you. Personally, I'm trying to conquer my general inept approach to the internets--a world I most certainly don't understand. Stay tuned to see how I fare...

Sincerely,
Peter