A celebration of hope and justice

On Tuesday October 17, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and the 17th anniversary of the founding of the Hope and Justice group at St. Mary’s Center. The celebration consisted of a ceremony that recognized the Council of Elders here at SMC and the members of the Hope and Justice group. Hope and Justice paves the way for senior advocacy within Oakland and statewide. They travel to Sacramento every year to lobby representatives on bills that aim to help those who are facing homelessness and extreme poverty. The Hope and Justice group is inspiring because when a person’s basic needs are not being met, caring about legislation feels like one of the lowest priorities. Hope and Justice ensures that the most marginalized in our society are being heard even if they can’t always do it themselves.

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty was founded by Fr. Joseph Wresinski who also founded the All Together in Dignity (ATD) Fourth World Movement. St. Mary’s Center has been participating in the Multiple Aspects of Poverty study that was founded by ATD and Oxford University. The final day of the study also fell on Tuesday, October 17 and we had two representatives from the study visiting St. Mary’s Center participate in our ceremony. They both spoke about what ATD is and what the fourth world movement aims to do as well as what the study was. Next week I will talk about participating in the study.

Claire is the 2016-17 XPLOR intern with our Resources for the Third Age program. During her time with us, she will be writing a weekly blog on her experiences with St. Mary's Center including insights into our programming, interviews with clients, and more. To see all of her posts, check out our XPLOR tag

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