Time to act this Saturday

“We’ve had enough of exhortations to be silent!  Cry out with a hundred thousand tongues.  I see that the world is rotten because of silence.”

— St. Catherine of Siena

If you’re sick of the corruption in the Church, if you’re fed up with the Development and Peace scandal, then stand up and be counted this Saturday morning at a peaceful prayer vigil for a pro-abortion priest doing a D&P-sponsored tour of Ottawa churches.

St. Catherine of Siena, pray for us!

Pro-lifers have been respectfully dialoguing with the Archbishop on this matter for several days, and the discussions will continue. However, the Archbishop has chosen to continue with the event, apparently under pressure from advisors in his entourage. Our planned prayer vigil is a last recourse, having exhausted all other options.

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  1. Sorry, you got it wrong (again)

    Center Prodh

    Mexico, D.F., April 2011. Organization description Center Prodh is an organization created by Mexican Jesuits and founded in 1988. Its aim it to defend, promote and to have an impact in the validity and respect for human rights in Mexico. Its work is framed within the universal mission of the Society of Jesus: “faith service and the promotion of justice”. Center Prodh begins its work twenty years ago because of the repression climate by the Mexican State against social activists, religious leaders, political leaders, communities, and organizations that were demanding attention to their social needs. Since its beginning, Center Prodh focalized on its engagement for the defense and promotion of civil and political rights, which is all regarding the respect for life, integrity and personal security. In 2002, Center Prodh incorporated the promotion and defense of the economic, social, cultural, and environmental rights (ESC rights) through the defense of emblematic cases. In September 2001, Center Prodh received the Consultative Status before the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. Also, the institution is recognized as an Accredited Organization before the Organization of American States since 2004. Due to its distinguished trajectory, Center Prodh received many awards such as the Human Rights Watch award and the Roque Dalton medal. On April 7, 2007, Center Prodh was awarded an honorific mention for the Spanish ombudsman and the Alcalá University. In 2008, at the 20th anniversary of Center Prodh, it was awarded with different prices by the Iberoamericana University and the System of Jesuit Universities. Also, in January 2009, it received an honorific mention of the Human Rights Price of the French Republic “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” 2008. In 2010, Center Prodh received the “Emilio Krieger” medal, granted by the National Association of Democrat Lawyers (ANAD) for its work in the defense and promotion of human rights. Center Prodh’s mission: “To defend and promote the human rights of economically or socially marginalized individuals and populations, contributing to the construction of a more just, equal, and democratic society in which human dignity is fully respected.” Center Prodh aims to contribute to a structural change through which society would be able to enjoy and exercise in equity all human rights. Our values are based on the respect for human dignity.
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    Priority groups:
    We focus our work in the option for the poorest and most vulnerable individuals of the
    country: indigenous, migrants, women, and victims of social repression.
    According to the 2010-2012 Strategy Program, the scheme is as follows:
    Center Prodh’s work areas:
     Democratic justice: it includes the criminal justice system, transitional justice,
    citizenry security, militarization, and the support to some aspects of different
    proposals to reform the justice administration system.
     ESC rights: it includes the defense of economic, social, cultural, and environmental
    rights according with the integrality of human rights. Violation of these rights is
    framed within the context of violation to the right to land and territory, right to an
    adequate housing, civil and political rights among other, and they are linked to the
    constructive processes of globalization.
     Promotion: impulse and contributions to a human rights culture have been part of
    the work that Center Prodh has been doing throughout its history. Through this area,
    there is talk of giving continuity to the work done and to consolidate the capacities of
    the different actors of the civil society in order to strengthen the different processes
    that contribute to create better conditions for the respect of these rights.
    The Democratic justice program includes three thematic projects as follows:
    Transitional Justice: it aims the impunity problem and the difficulties to access to
    justice concerning the crimes of the past.
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    Citizenry Security and Human Rights: it implies the reform of the public security institutions and the physical and moral guarantee of individuals. Criminal Justice: through the defense of emblematic cases, we seek to reform the judicial system so it can be based on the highest international standards in order to guarantee a prompt and free of charge justice.
    The framework of our work is national and regional, particularly in the states of the southeast where the more and serious human rights violations have been recorded. Center Prodh is organized in four different areas of specialized knowledge: the integral defense area, the communication and analysis area, the education area, and the international area. Hereby there is a brief description of the main tasks of each of the areas:
     Integral Defense area. Its main objective is to design integral defense strategies that allow taking on the victims of human rights violations in a quick and effective manner.
     Communication and analysis area. It is in charge of the observation and daily documentation of the compliance or non compliance situation of its obligations by the State. This allows the production of thematic and annual reports presenting this situation and to give also bases to the complaints concerning different cases from a human rights perspective.
     Education area. In charge of providing the pedagogical perspective and promoting a social practice with human rights approach by promoting that groups and movements can demand the respect of their human rights and to be able to invoke them before the justice system.
     International area. In charge of diffusing to the international community the situations of human rights violations in Mexico through the reports sent to the UN and the OAS bodies.
    Activities carried out by Center Prodh Center Prodh’s daily activities include:
    a) Defense and assistance in cases of human rights violations, in particular violations against social activists, women, migrants, and indigenous persons and communities.
    b) Monitoring and analysis of the human rights situation in Mexico through direct documentation, media, partner organizations, and other sources of information.
    c) International litigation and advocacy before numerous instances including the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
    d) Education and training programs for civil society and communities in human rights issues.
    e) Media advocacy at both the national and international level.
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    These services are provided free of charge and are aimed at empowering individuals in situations of vulnerability. Center Prodh works through its own methodology built throughout its more than 20-years experience in the defense of cases through what we call “integral defense”. This methodology consists in a joint work of the different areas of Center Prodh. That is how the integral defense area designs and implements the legal strategies of defense, the communication and analysis area circulates the case and makes the promotion campaigns, the international area denounces the situation before international bodies and works jointly with other foreign organizations. The education area monitors all that is related to the current situation of human rights for an adequate diffusion and carries out workshops and trainings on the matter. A fundamental principle of the integral defense methodology is that the beneficiaries of the work, that is to say the individuals affected by human rights violations and their relatives express their explicit consent to start the integral defense of their case. Center Prodh’s experience shows that the participation of victims and relatives is fundamental to carry out a defense process at both national and international level. So, defense strategies are built by consensus with the victims and their relatives and the different proposals are discussed to train their communities in human rights topics.

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