Newsletter #5

Newsletter #5

July 2014

Dear friends,

The strong economic crisis we are going through does not make the majority of us think of a pleasant holiday, even though it is true that summer is considered to be a period of time to relax, a period of time to forget (to a certain extent) our daily problems. Yet we must remain vigilant so that certain issues are not forgotten during the holidays or after these have come to an end: “We incarnate the duty of hearing the cry of the poor when we are deeply moved by the suffering of others” (Evangelii Gaudium,193).

On Friday 7th and Saturday 8th of March, the General Commission of Justice and Peace of Spain held its annual meeting in the Archbishop’s Palace of Seville. The chosen topic was Dignity at work was the topic chosen, as a continuation of those that were organised last year about the economic crisis and the right to work in Burgos.

Last 7th of May, we met in the Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe de Madrid parish for the second vigil prayer with the motto: “Come together for justice”, organised by a group of Christian cooperation organisations amongst which Caritas, Justice and Peace, United Hands and Redes are part of.

The European Union that arises after the elections of the 25th of May brings up a series of unanswered questions to the citizenship. The most important one is to know if the governments will steal the prominence to the people that have voted. The 2014 European Union needs urgently plumbers that can repair the “water routes” of social cohesion; mechanisms that grease its machinery in the field of foreign policy and of singers that the defend human rights that appear reflected in the Fundamental Treaties of the EU. Will there be a changing direction that restores the dream of the European project from the keys of solidarity and justice?

In the back cover we echo some of the events that have taken place this term: the diffusion of the notebook of arms trade in the region of Sahel, carried out by the group “Peace Culture. No to weapons”; the act of reflection in relation to the European Parliament Elections; the general CatalanBalearic meeting about decent work, held in Badalona and some breaking stories regarding our entity.

Yours sincerely,

 

Isabel Cuenca Anaya

                                     Secretary-General

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