On Saturday, April 28, 2012 AFJN Executive Director Dominican Father Aniedi Okure and Policy Analyst Bahati Jacques conducted an information session at the Xaverian Missionaries community in Holliston Massachusetts. The session was organized by AFJN Board member and Xaverian Father Rocco Puopolo and attracted over sixty participants from the Boston Metro area.
The session focused on the theme of the Second Synod of Bishop for Africa – The Church at the service of reconciliation, Justice and Peace – and discussed its implications for the Church and the United States. The staff noted that the Church in Africa is concerned about building a just social order, tackling the injustices inflicted on the peoples by its leaders and foreign corporations, good governance, human rights violations, land grab, displacement of local population by either foreign multinationals, wars or natural disasters, the extractive industry, oil spills & environmental pollution, and the dumping of toxic wastes in Africa by foreign corporations.
Participants were called upon to support the Church in Africa’s effort to build a just social order, to engage their elected officials with these issues, to ask them to support just policies towards the peoples of Africa and to hold American companies engaged in exploiting Africa accountable.
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