The Social Action Office of the Diocese of Cleveland seeks to shape a more caring society and a more peaceful world through justice education, advocacy, community development and organizing. Our work is based on the call of the Gospel to work for the respect and dignity of all human life, the elimination of poverty, to speak out against injustice, and to promote the common good. The office is composed of County-based social action offices, and office for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Catholic Relief Services which includes the Council on Global Solidarity.
Support the Collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development November 22 & 23, 2014
Each year the Catholic Campaign for Human Development has a national collection to support local and national grants. The generous contributions of parishioners throughout the United States make these grants possible.
NEWS & EVENTS
Initiated in 2005, the Ohio Fair Trade Expo brings people together from across Ohio to learn about and become more involved in supporting Fair Trade-a model for socially & environmentally conscious consumerism. Expo 2014 includes keynote speaker, Chris Treter, from Higher Grounds Trading Company in Traverse City, MI. He will talk on The Future of Fair Trade As We See It. There will also be workshops and a marketplace with thousand of artisan and food products from around the world. Two artisans from Oaxaca, Mexico will be demonstrating their talents. Admission is free. Learn More Here
In the very beginning of Jesus’ life his parents fled with him to Egypt to escape persecution and find safety. “And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt. ” (Matthew 2:14) Today we can see this journey mirrored in the flights of many women who have fled Central America for the safety of the United States. Over the summer our government ramped up a program of family detention in response to the many women that were crossing our border from Central America with their young children. The Catholic Church and the US Bishops are fervently opposed to this change in policy and the use of prison like family detention facilities. Detaining women and children who are fleeing persecution and violence demeans the God-given human dignity of these vulnerable people that come seeking our protection. Join Catholics from across our country by sending a message to President Obama that you oppose any expansion to the family detention system and urge him to begin re-implementing effective community-based alternatives to detention.
Oct. 16 (www.ncrlc.org)– the world puts 500 million family farmers in the spotlight in observance of World Food Day 2014. This year’s theme recognizes family farmers around the world as central to solving global hunger and malnutrition. For the U.S. and Canada, the face of family farming remains dynamic. A recent survey of North American family farmers show that farmers are torn between a love for the land and trying to make ends meet. The greatest challenges for family farmers today include the cost of land, labor costs, government policies, climate change and the inherent risk of farming, as well as the disproportionate amount of work required given the financial returns. Read more here.