Justice & Peace Scotland

Striving for Social Justice.

The National Commission for Justice and Peace advises the Scottish Bishops' Conference of the Catholic Church in matters relating to social justice, international peace and human rights, and promotes action in these areas.

 

 

Latest News

Image: Mass eviction threat looms in Glasgow - Appeal
19/06/2019
Mass eviction threat looms in Glasgow - Appeal
Serco is planning to evict people at a rate of up to 30 per week, in the full knowledge that there is insufficient alternative shelter or accommodation available in the city to provide safe and secure housing to this vulnerable group.
 
Image: France might ban stores from throwing away unsold clothing
18/06/2019
France might ban stores from throwing away unsold clothing

France has been very progressive in terms of eliminating product waste. Two years ago, they were the first country to pass a law that prevented grocery stores and supermarkets from throwing away food that neared expiration. Now they’re having a same approach to the textile industry that prohibits throwing away unsold clothes. World Economic Forum.

Image: 'Sea Rescues Have Been Criminalized' as Boat Captain Faces 20 Years in Prison For Saving Refugees
18/06/2019
'Sea Rescues Have Been Criminalized' as Boat Captain Faces 20 Years in Prison For Saving Refugees

"We have only followed international law, especially the law of the sea, where the highest priority is to save people from distress." Common Dreams - image seawatch

Image: Britain in 21st Century
14/06/2019
Britain in 21st Century

This week in our blog, Sr Margaret Rose Bradley shares a reflection she has written on the reality of life in Britain today for those struggling to afford the basics.

Image: Serco to restart asylum seeker lock-change evictions
13/06/2019
Serco to restart asylum seeker lock-change evictions


Hundreds of asylum seekers are facing eviction after a housing provider announced it was to restart a lock-changing programme.  BBC.

Image: Archdiocese to consider using church property as safe houses for trafficking victims
12/06/2019
Archdiocese to consider using church property as safe houses for trafficking victims

St Andrews & Edinburgh Archdiocese is to consider using empty Church property as safe houses for victims of human trafficking.  Scottish Catholic Observer.

Image: Dungavel - Scotland's Only Immigration Detention Centre
12/06/2019
Dungavel - Scotland's Only Immigration Detention Centre

Refugees who have been denied asylum in the UK are held at the Dungavel Removal Centre near Strathaven. Our Commissioners Margaret Donnelly and Margaret McGowan tell their story of protesting outside, and visiting those held inside to the Scottish Catholic Observer.

Image: Climate change: UK government to commit to 2050 target
12/06/2019
Climate change: UK government to commit to 2050 target

Greenhouse gas emissions in the UK will be cut to almost zero by 2050, under the terms of a new government plan to tackle climate change.  BBC

Day of Reflection

Justice and Peace Scotland invites you to
A Day of Reflection on Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si Care for ou Common Home

Saturday 21st September 2019
10:00am to 4:30pm
Blythswood Hall, Renfield St Stephens Centre, Bath St, Glasgow
Coffee and Registration from 10:00am

Cost £10 Lunch provided.

To book your place through Eventbrite click here
 

For enquiries contact Tel: 0141 333 0238
Email:
office@justiceandpeacescotland.org.uk

Speakers List

Looking for a speaker for your group?  Take a look here at our list of speakers willing to speak on a variety of different topics!

Care for Creation logo

Pope Francis urges Catholics and all people of good will to take urgent action against climate change and the ecological crisis. His encyclical letter Laudato Si’ is a stirring call to care for our common home.

Justice and Peace Scotland is encouraging our friends and supporters to answer this call. Each month we will look at a different environmental issue and provide some sources of information and ideas for action – for us, our family and our community.

This month’s issue is:  Fashion

Campaign of the Month

Every month, Justice and Peace Scotland highlights a campaign on which you can take action

June 2019 Campaign:  Tell Primark to stop the fear and to support worker safety and rights.

 

Further campaigns are listed on our Get Involved page. Click here to Get Involved!

Last updated: 19 June 2019

Important Resources


Image: Home Affiairs Committee Immigration Detention Report 2019




Image: Bishop Nolan's letter for the Day of Prayer for Peace

In Scotland the Day of Prayer for Peace takes place on Sunday 6th January 2019, The Feast of the Epiphany. The theme of this year's letter for the Day of Prayer for Peace is “political engagement”.



Image: pope Francis Message for the 52nd World Day of Peace

Pope Francis has published his message for the 52nd World Day of Peace which takes place on 1st January 2019.  The theme of this years message is: Good politics is at the service of peace. /Read the letter here. 



Image: Give Me Five Coalition Letter pre-budget 2018

Give Me Five coalition organisations sign a letter to the Scottish Government ahead of their 2018 budget asking for urgency in roling out 'Income Support' for struggling families.  



Image: Catholic Social Teaching Quotes for 2019

The Catholic Social Teaching qoutes for 2019 are now available!  These quotes are linked to the mass themes or significant social justice dates in the calendar.  Please share them widely, perhaps including them in newsletters, bulletins or prayer group reflections etc.