Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A Talk with Betita Martinez on Women and Activism

Thursday March 26, 2009 - 6-8pm
Pima Downtown Campus - Amethyst Community Room

Talk with Betita Martinez on Women and Activism.
Rally and sign making for Cesar chavez Marcha

Hosted by
Movimiento Estudiantil Xicano de Aztlan - MEXA and Tierra Y Libertad Organiozation - TYLO host Betita Martinez author of De Colores Means all of us, 500 years of Chicana History and founder of the Multiracial Justice Insitute

Come by and listen to Betita and make make a sign for the March
Nopal Books Fundraising Project will be vending.

Elizabeth “Betita” Martinez has been an author, social justice activist and organizer for over 50 years. She has published six books and countless articles on social justice movements in the Americas. Best known is her acclaimed bilingual volume 500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures—1991, which became the basis for a video she co-directed. Her books include;
Letters from Mississippi: Reports from Civil Rights Volunteer—1964
The Youngest Revoluton: A Personal Report on Cuba.—1969
Viva la Raza!: The struggle of the Mexican American People—1974
De Colores Means All of Us: Latina Views for a Multi-Colored Century—1998
500 Years of Chicana Women’s History—2008


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

From Cynthia Brooke of Interfaith Worker Justice, passed along by Joanne Welter:

Tune in to ABC's Good Morning America tomorrow (Wednesday, March 25) to see Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) Executive Director Kim Bobo interviewed about the national crisis of wage theft that she unmasks in her recent book Wage Theft in America: Why Millions of Working Americans Are Not Getting Paid-And What We Can Do About It.

The segment will air during the program's first hour, sometime between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m. (across the country).

Tomorrow the Government Accounting Office (GAO) will reveal the findings of an undercover investigation into the Labor Department's ability to enforce and investigate violations of our nation's minimum wage, overtime and child labor laws. Those findings will be the subject of a House Education and Labor Committee hearing tomorrow morning.Kim delivered testimony at a July hearing of the House Education and Labor Committee on the failure to protect workers from wage theft. You can watch that testimony here or read it here.

If you can't catch tomorrow's show live, you can find the segment on the ABC News investigative page following the broadcast.

Please help us spread the word by forwarding this message along to friends and colleagues! And if you don't yet have a copy of Kim's book, you can purchase one here.

Wage theft can be stopped, but we need partners like you to make that happen. Support our nation's workers and donate to Interfaith Worker Justice. Together, we can put millions of workers and their families on a more just path.


NOTE: See also this New York Times article posted 3-24-09: Labor Enforcement Agency Is Failing Workers, Report Says


Celebration of Life -- Prayer Service for Archbishop Oscar Romero

Tuesday March 24, 2009
7:30-9:00 pm

Most Holy Trinity Church
1300 N. Greasewood

If you have artifacts commemorating the life of Archbishop Romero, please bring them for an altar display.

Sponsored by Pax Christi Tucson


Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero

Icon by Br. Robert Lentz, OFM

Today we remember Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador who was shot to death by a gunman while he was celebrating Mass on March 24, 1980.

A quote from Archbishop Romero:

Christ founded the church so that he himself could go on being present in the history of humanity precisely through the group of Christians who make up his church. The church is the flesh in which Christ makes present down the ages his own life and his personal mission . . .

Learn more about Oscar Romero at the Claretian's Salt of the Earth website, which has a webpage for the Remembrance of Archbishop Oscar Romero.


Saturday, March 7, 2009

Care for Creation: Attend the Organic Garden Festival

Organic Garden Festival & Plant Sale

DATE: Sunday March 8,2009

TIME: 10:30 to 3:30

LOCATION: St. Mark's Presbyterian Church Grounds
3809 E 3rd Street

-- Visit and dine in the Organic Community Gardens

-- Great lunches plus a Bake Sale
-- Free Organic Gardening Information
-- Organic Gardening Supplies for Sale
-- Earth Friendly Vendors
-- Children's Games & Activities

Admission is Free - Food, activites, and organic gardening solutions start at $1.00

All proceeds benefit Tucson Organic Gardeners, a non-profit organization

For more details, see the Festival Flyer [pdf]

Learn more about: Tucson Organic Gardeners


Friday, March 6, 2009

Pope Benedict: Create justice in our hearts!

“Justice cannot be created in the world solely through good economic models, however necessary those are.

Justice is created only where there are just people.

There cannot be just people without a humble, daily work of conversion of hearts, or creating justice in hearts.”

-- Pope Benedict XVI

A quote from Pope Benedict extracted from John L. Allen Jr.'s latest "All Things Catholic" piece in the National Catholic Reporter online at: