SOCIAL JUSTICE CALENDAR

How can you join in St. Peter’s Social Justice efforts? Follow our Social Justice Calendar! Each month we highlight specific issues and offer a variety of ways to learn and do more. This calendar is not exhaustive. If there is a monthly observance or specific event you’d like us to include, please email Rev. Sarah [email protected].

June 2022

June highlights several important justice issues. We name them here to offer a wide range of ways people can learn and connect. It is difficult not to feel overwhelmed by the suffering that exists within each of these issues. The call is not to despair, but to discern. Where do you feel energy or curiosity? Focus there.

Reentry Month

Philadelphia Reentry Awareness Month is a celebration of Philadelphians who have returned home from the legal system and the individuals who support them during and after this transition. Philadelphians can head over to the city’s website and check out our calendar for a whole list of events to attend!

On Sunday, June 19, at 11:30 a.m., St. Peter’s welcomes Madelena Rizzo, who works with the federal reentry court in Philadelphia. Come to learn more about this program that is challenging the traditional power structure of our justice system and reducing recidivism for those returning from prison. In-person or on Zoom.

We’ve also compiled a list of other resources around reentry efforts in Philadelphia: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Mb8e0ytMX9eDY1raRhFFZeg2gUZu0nxS/view?usp=sharing

Gun Violence Awareness

Gun violence is a crisis across our country. St. Peter’s is committed to addressing gun violence through education, activism, and helping members access information about effective common sense gun reform possibilities.

For this month, here are some simple ways to get involved:

Attend the event Sanctuary to Street, Lament to Action on Thursday, June 9, 2-4 p.m. – Organized by The Religious Leaders Council of Philadelphia and Heeding God’s Call to End Gun Violence. Learn more here: https://www.interfaithphiladelphia.org/sanctuary-to-street

Map Philadelphia’s Gun Violence Crisis using this real time mapping of non-fatal and fatal gun violence: https://controller.phila.gov/philadelphia-audits/mapping-gun-violence/#/?year=2022

Look at our list of anti-gun violence organizations – Choose one and spend 10 minutes on their website, learning and checking out how they ask community members to get involved: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1eJ0sg1C-8xrBvaTyGK-zKiCCj3EQ62zU/view?usp=sharing

Also going on this month:

  • Juneteenth – Friday, June 19th (observed Monday, June 20th): Juneteenth is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans. There are two major celebrations in Philadelphia: Johnson House Historic Site Juneteenth Festival: https://www.johnsonhouse.org/philadelphia-juneteenth-festival/ in Germantown and Philadelphia Juneteenth Parade & Festival in West Philly https://juneteenthphilly.org/. Intentionally shop and dine at black-owned businesses this month – and then keep doing it year round. Check out this list of 21 Black-Owned Businesses that Do Good
  • World Refugee Day – Monday, June 20: Did you know The Episcopal Church has an office dedicated to refugee ministry? Episcopal Migration Ministries is the refugee resettlement ministry of The Episcopal Church, proudly carrying on a century-old legacy of Episcopal ministries that welcome immigrants and refugees. https://episcopalmigrationministries.org/refugeeresettlement/
  • Pride Month – Raise a flag, a rainbow flag that is, for Pride Month, a month-long celebration of the LGBTQ community, commemorating the anniversary of the New York City Stonewall riots in 1969. Check out the month-log calendar for events happening in Philadelphia: https://www.inquirer.com/philly-tips/pride-events-philadelphia-2022.html

 

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