North American Justice Promoters Meet to Revisit
Dominican Call to Action and Update Agenda
ADRIAN, MI July 24, 2006 --The North American Justice Promoters
met here this week to revisit the Dominican Call to Action document
and to set the agenda for the next three years. Over 28 congregations
and provinces attended including representatives from Mexico, Santa
Sabina and the United Nations. The meeting was particularly poignant
during a visit by three Iraqi Dominicans who are living in Adrian.
They spoke to the group about their experience in Iraq.
Dusty Farnan, (Adrian) and Phillippe LeBlanc, OP (Canada) Co-Promoters
for North America organized the meeting.
The group heard updates on issues included in the present Dominican
Call to Action including immigration, human trafficking and
global warming. A theme that ran through the agenda of the meeting
was how to integrate the work of the International Dominican Commission
for Peace and Justice, which met in France in May. Prakash Lohale,
OP, International CoPromoter for Justice attended the meeting
and offered suggestions on how to connect globally with the Dominican
Miquel Concha, OP, Promoter of Justice in Latin America spoke on
the issues of immigration in Latin America. His talk was translated
by Marta Inez Toro, OP (Presentation).
Attracta Kelly, OP (Adrian) who works as an immigration attorney
for the North Carolina Justice Center spoke about the complexities
involved in legal immigration to the United States. She described
the most significant problem is the time it takes migrate legally
and offered data that demonstrated tht for some Mexican people,
attempts to secure a visa for family members dates back 16 years.
“The whole backlog of processing visas is outrageous,”
Kelly was even handed in her criticism of Congress for their lack
of meaningful immigration law reform, "It's not like if we
get Democrats in, we'll have great immigration reform, she said.”
A moving presentation by three Dominican Sisters from Iraq brought
home to the group the devastation and despair in that country,
although the sisters expressed an almost unbelievable hope for
"The city of Bahdad is a city of death," said Sr. Diana
Momeko. The sisters described the streets as covered in blood,
bodies everywhere. Electricity is only available for two hours
out of seven. "People are dying everywhere, all we pray for
now, is peace," she said.
The three sisters are living in Adrian with the community there.
They described their own experience of living through a bomb blast
at the Motherhouse and said that even the US soldiers believed
it was a miracle that no one was injured in the attack. The community
hopes to build a hospital outside of the city of Baghdad where
it may be safer.
Sister Chris Matthews (Adrian) takes notes
on a brainstorming session.
photo by Erik Gable
Read a newspaper version of this story: Daily
The Dominican Call to Action document was not yet complete
in time for posting. DomLife.org will publish it in our next update
on August 16.
photo top to bottom:
Chris Matthias and Dusty Farnan, OP confer during the meeting
Marta Inez Toro, OP (Presentation) translates
questions for Miguel Concha, OP (Mexico) aftrer his presentation
on immigration and labor issues in Latin America.
Attracta Kelly, OP (Adrian) spoke on immigration
law in the US.
Members listen to Maria Riley explain the
complexities of economic trade agreements related to the Millenium
story and photos: Anne Lythgoe, OP