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Province Justice Day – 17th April, 2021

Racism, Inequality & Inclusion

The Province’s  Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Commission chose “Racism, Inequality and Inclusion” as the theme for the day, which has just taken place.

Recognising racism is not a one-time exercise but rather, as a complex cultural phenomenon. To fight it we have to be proactively anti-racist. As societies become ever more multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multicultural, we need greater social, political, cultural and economic investment in inclusivity and cohesion. We need to harness the benefits of diversity rather than perceiving it as a threat.

Purpose

To give an opportunity to participants to:

  • critically evaluate self-awareness;
  • care for ourselves and the earth;
  • give a sense of what people can do when included or given a voice.

The speakers included Dr. Kevin Hargaden, Director of the Jesuit Centre for Faith & Justice and Mr. Paul Frecklington, Project Coordinator of ARD Family Resource Centre, Doughiska, Galway with Islammiyah Saudique-Kadejo, Precious Tedeye,and Frank Owusu who shared their experiences with the community there, and  a welcome opportunity for a panel discussion.

Mr. Brian O’Toole, Director of the Presentation Sisters Inter-provincial Justice Desk for Ireland and England, was Event Moderator.

One hundred participants joined us for this valuable opportunity for learning, exchange and discussion with inspiring presentations and sharings on this theme.  Here are just a few immediate ‘sound-bites’ from the day:

“Right speech must be backed up with right action”.

“Paying attention is the beginning of all ethical behaviour”.

“Our brothers and sisters are our responsibility”.

“We don’t love what we tolerant”.

“By our decisions we show that migrants are less important and of less value”.

“Social friendship – a synthesis is required between the political and the personal”.

“Racism is a killer of dreams”.

So many more would have liked to have joined us on the day, if capacity had allowed.  However, the NEP JPIC Commission will be sharing information on the content of the day, and the opportunity to engage with it, in the near future.

Thank you to all who contributed to the success of the day and all who made it possible.  Watch this space for a full report and updates.

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