Tag Archives: Social Justice

Cooking Up Social Change

Mary’s Pence invited The Kitchen Table, a fall 2015 grantee, to lead a workshop at the Call to Action conference and share the success of their social enterprise. “We made a trip of a lifetime,” says Stephanie Renee Booker-Wynn of … Continue reading

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A Tea Party Legacy

Women in the room are sporting blouses with starched lace collars; feathers perch atop their wide-brimmed hats. Earl Grey tea is served in fine china – cups that have descended to the hostess from her grandmother. Voices hum and rise … Continue reading

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Minnesota Muslim Women Are Showing Up, Taking Charge

“What is holding you back from leadership?” Women ask each other this question a lot. The answers are many and varied. There’s institutional politics, prejudice against capable women, distrust and micro-aggressions towards women who have the ambition to lead. But … Continue reading

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“The desert is hot, but we are the rain”

Svitlana Iukhymovych, St. Joseph Worker, shares her reflections on SOA Watch Convergence-2016 Last month, Mary’s Pence connected with supporters at the annual SOA Watch Vigil and Convergence. In the years past, this event was held at Fort Benning, a combat training … Continue reading

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ESPERA Women Have a Will to Thrive

Gabriela Bandini de Unánue reflects on her first year working with women participating in the ESPERA community lending program as the ESPERA Business Facilitator. Reflecting on the year since I joined the Mary’s Pence team, I would like to share … Continue reading

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Breaking the Cycle of Recidivism Through Advocacy—MAYA Organization

Imagine this: You have been in an abusive relationship for several years. With no experience, you struggled to find a job to support your family so you have been earning your income as a prostitute. You’re a mother and have been battling … Continue reading

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Taylor Says Goodbye

This June marks my last month as a St. Joseph Worker for Mary’s Pence. Since August, I’ve participated in a service program through the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet emphasizing social justice, community, spirituality and leadership. There were twelve … Continue reading

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Grantee Spotlight: Women Workers United

This spring, Mary’s Pence granted to the Workers’ Rights Center (WRC) of Madison, Wisconsin, for the first time. The community center meets with roughly 500 workers a year, most of whom work in food service and other low-wage jobs, in … Continue reading

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Speaking Up Against Racism and Islamophobia

Joan Haan co-facilitates the active nonviolence curriculum Creating a Culture of Peace with Mary’s Pence Executive Director Katherine Wojtan. Last July, Joan and Katherine led a group of local and international Mary’s Pence staff and other local community members through this … Continue reading

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