Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sisters helping to build a just world

You may have read our mission statement that contains “building a holy and just society”. Have you wondered how?

Wisconsin is in the news these days as protesters lend their voice to the rights of State workers.  For weeks women and men, children and students fill the Capitol in and out. Guess what? We the Sisters are there too.  With no habit (uniform) on, we blend in with the crowd to speak to authority.

Irrespective of political affiliation, when it touches on freedom of the people, we are among those placard holders in the snow, rain or sunshine and sleeping overnight.  Besides physical presence, we write, email, sign petitions, display bumper stickers, and call our reps.  We use social networking like blogging, text messaging, Facebook, Twitter.

We don’t just jump into rallies.  We study the issue to understand the facts; we reflect to make intelligent decisions and take action in line with our Dominican spirituality.

Removing the unions’ rights to collective bargaining stripping the State’s employees’ freedom - the nurses, teachers, fire-fighters, and the police violates human rights. Sisters protest as we are part of the world.  Don’t you think so?

Monica Oboagwina, OP
Madison, Wisconsin

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