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JustSouth Monthly

Institute staff and collaborators disseminate their research and analysis and education on Institute core issues and Catholic Social Teaching through a variety of means, including the JustSouth E-newsletter. The E-News has been published in months in which our JustSouth Quarterly is not published, usually six to seven times a year. They usually include articles by the staff, links to news reports and releases from regional and national sources on race, poverty, and migration, upcoming Institute events, and occasional “action alerts” about pressing social policy matters. Back copies of the E-News are available by clicking on the links below.

In October 2013, we have converted the JustSouth E-newsletter to the JustSouth Monthly: JSRI Perspectives on Faith Doing Justice with a single article, notice of upcoming JSRI events, and a report on JSRI activities.

JustSouth Monthly archives

July 2021-- Fr. Kellerman Asks, "What is Real Patriotism?"

June 2021-- Father Kammer asks, “What does it mean to leave JSRI?”

May 2021-- Which U.S. States do you think are best and worst for women?

April 2021-- Dr. Weishar asks, "What evils are we blind to today?"

March 2021-- Father Kammer asks, "How will the Biden Rescue Plan impact low-income families?" 

February 2021-- Will Louisiana ever address its environmental racism problem?

January 2021-- Dr. Kalob asks about our dangerous times

December 2020-- How does a determined woman share her story?

November 2020-- Fr. Ted Penton asks, "What about after the election?"

October 2020-- Fr. Kammer asks, "How should Catholics vote?"

September 2020-- Why are people lying about Black Lives Matter?

August 2020-- Dr. Kalob asks, what are the connections between Covid-19 and Katrina?

July 2020-- What's next for Dreamers?

June 2020-- Dr. Mitchell asks, "Who will watch the watchmen?"

May 2020-- What does solidarity mean during COVID-19?

April 2020-- Father Kammer asks, "How does our faith address this pandemic?"

February 2020-- In this political season, how do we get off the sidelines and bring about change?

  • Dr. Mitchell speaks about advocacy and action.

January 2020-- Dr. Weishar asks, "Are there still prophets?"

  • Dr. Weishar reflects on Cardinal Ramazzini's visit to Mississippi.

December 2019-- Where have we been and where will we go?

  • Dr. Mitchell speaks to our past and future work at JSRI.

November 2019-- Why were the Jesuits killed?

  • Dr. Kalob shares the story of the Jesuit Martyrs.

October 2019-- Fr. Kammer asks, "Why care about refugees?"

  • Fr. Kammer speaks to the history of refugees under the former and current administration.

September 2019-- Dr. Weishar asks, "Why punish immigrant families?"

  • Dr. Weishar reflects on personal stories from immigrants.

August 2019-- What is the point of white terrorism?

  • Dr. Mitchell reminds us of the history of white supremacy.

July 2019-- Where would we be without Medicare and Medicaid?

  • Dr. Kalob reflects on the impact of Medicare and Medicaid.

June 2019-- What about the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow?

  • Dr. Mitchell speaks to the history of racism in the U.S.

May 2019-- Are we making connections today?

  • Fr. Arroyo reflects on the interconnectedness of everything.

April 2019-- Fr. Kammer asks, what's the future of the Jesuits?

  • Fr. Kammer examines the four apostolic universal preferences.

March 2019-- What are Trump's Thyestean Banquets?

  • Dr. Weishar reflects on the Trump Administration's treatment of immigrants.

February 2019-- What is the national Catholic Social Ministry Gathering?

  • Dr. Kalob shares about his experience at the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering.

January 2019-- What about the gender pay gap?

  • Millicent and Dennis challenge the inequality of the gender pay gap.

December 2018-- Fr. Kammer asks, "How hungry are people in Louisiana?"

  • Fr. Fred Kammer reviews the recent Food Insecurity in Louisiana research report.

November 2018-- Dr. Tom Ryan asks, is there a Catholic climate response?

  • Dr. Tom Ryan reflects on the Catholic community's role in addressing climate change.

October 2018-- Are you engaging in brave conversations?

  • Students Addressing Race and Privilege (SARP) challenge us to explore our racial identities.

September 2018-- How can you support a Loyola Dreamer?

  • Dr. Sue Weishar speaks to the ways we can support Dreamers.

August 2018-- Was that racist? Combustible conversations.

  • Dr. Nik Mitchell addresses the language we use to talk about racism.

July 2018-- Welcome, Defend, Promote, Integrate

  • Fr. Fred Kammer reflects on Pope Francis' message regarding immigraton.

June 2018-- Louisiana's EITC Increase

  • Dr. Alí Bustamante praises Louisiana's decision to increase the state's EITC.

May 2018-- Reconciling with Creation

  • Fr. Ted Arroyo shares valuable resources for our mission to reconcile with creation.

April 2018-- Building a Culture on Encounter

  • Dr. Sue Weishar remembers our most recent Ignatian Teach-In on Mass Incarceration.

March 2018-- Arming Teachers

  • Dr. Nicholas Mitchell argues against putting more guns in our nation's schools.

February 2018-- Of Guns, Dreamers, and Politics

  • Fr. Fred Kammer reminds us of the importance of hope and the political process in times of political polarization. 

January 2018-- For the Common Good

  • Dr. Alí Bustamante gives evidence in support of increased minimum wages reducing recidivism rates. 

December 2017-- Choosing Sanctuary

  • Dr. Sue Weishar tells the story Jose Torres, a New Orleans man seeking sanctuary in a local church.

November 2017-- Fighting Invisibility

  • Dr. Ashley Howard writes about her students' recent work with Solitary Watch. 

October 2017-- Get a Sacramental Life, Mr. Limbaugh

  • Dr. Tom Ryan offers his reflections on communion and racism after hearing an interview on the radio.

September 2017-- The New American Dream

  • Dr. Sue Weishar interviews Karla Rosas, a Loyola grad and DACA recipient, about helping Dreamers and the Dream Act of 2017.

August 2017-- The Real Threat of White Supremacy

  • Dr. Nicholas Mitchell addresses the threat of White supremacy in light of the recent riot in Charlottesville, VA.

July 2017-- Shredding the Health Safety Net

  • Fr. Kammer addresses the issues of a senate "repeal and replace" health care bill.

June 2017--Conflict of Interest

  • Dr. Bustamante discusses why protecting retirement is in the Common Good. 

May 2017--The Cruel Consequences of Hyper-Incarceration 

  • Dr. Weishar explores life after prison through the case of Thomas Johnson. 

April 2017--End Capital Punishement Now 

  • Dr. Nik Mitchell expresses support for Louisiana SB 142 and HB 141

March 2017--Wayfaring Spirit: Welcoming the Stranger in Xenophobic Times

  • JSRI Associate, Fr. Ted Arroyo, SJ asks: are we still a nation of immigrants? 

February 2017--Hunger in Louisiana: The SNAP Story Bank Project 

  • Sakeenah Shabazz, a visiting Emerson National Hunger Fellow at JSRI, reflects on The SNAP Story Bank Project

January 2017--Why the Details Matter: They spell justice or injustice

  • Fr. Kammer discusses how the poor and marginalized are at risk of being overlooked by the Trump administration. 

December 2016-- Will Trump be a Voice for Working-Class Americans? 

  • Ms. Donovan connects President-Elect Trump's campaign promises to Gulf South workers. 

November 2016-- A Dream Deferred? 

  • Dr. Weishar writes about conversations about the election of Donald Trump with DREAMERS. 

October 2016-- Election 2016 and the Common Good

  • Fr. Ted Arroyo, SJ, reflects on the 2016 Presidential Election through an Ignatian lens. 

September 2016-- Blood, Floods, and the Future 

  • Dr. Mitchell reflects on the Summer of 2016 in Baton Rouge.

August 2016--Still Separate, Still Unequal

  • Ms. Donovan and Fr. Kammer examine U.S. and Gulf South school systems.

July 2016-- A Slave on the Fourth 

  • JSRI Summer Assocaite, Bill McCormick, SJ, PhD, invites readers to reflect on Frederick Douglas' Fourth of July speech. 

June 2016-- Our Better Angels 

  • Dr. Weishar recounts a recent Louisiana Senate committee that rejected efforts to scapegoat immigrants. 

May 2016-- The Meaning of Social Justice 

  • Ms. Donovan discusses the JustSouth Index

April 2016-- Fair Food Program 

  • Ms. Baudouin provides insight in to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' Wendy's Boycott.

March 2016-- Rhetoric and Reality: Walls, Bridges, and People on the Move

  • Fr. Arroyo discusses Pope Francis' recent trip to the U.S./Mexico Border. 

February 2016-- Faith in Action: Mississippi Catholics and Child Well Being

  • Fr. Kammer reflects on Catholic Day at the Capitol in Jackson, Mississippi. 

January 2016-- From Sea to Shining Sea, We Welcome Thee

  • Dr. Weishar shares about how New Orleans is welcoming Syrian Refugess. 

December 2015-- Give Louisiana Workers The Gift They Truly Deserve: A Raise 

  • Ms. Donovan advocates for Louisiana workers during the Christmas season. 

November 2015-- In Gratitude: What Ignatius had to say

  • Fr. Kammer reflects on St. Ignatius and Thanksgiving. 

October 2015-- Son of Immigrants Provides Hopeful Message on Immigration

  • Dr. Weishar discusses Pope Francis's recent U.S. trip and his message about immigrants. 

September 2015-- Katrina and the Least Among Us - Part 2

  • Fr. Kammer examines public schools, healthcare, and Latino newcombers 10 years after Katrina. 

August 2015--Katrina and the Least Among Us- Part 1

  • Fr. Kammer explores poverty and jobs, housing affordability, and criminal justice 10 years after Katrina. 

July 2015-- Bread or Stones?

  • Mr. Bustamante looks at the Bread or Stones campaign from the Louisiana Interchurch conference.

June 2015-- Get Smart Louisiana 

  • Dr. Mikulich recaps the Louisiana legislative session and what it means for the future of sentencing reform. 

May 2015-- Creating a Culture of Encounter

  • Dr. Weishar asks and discusses how communities create a “culture of encounter” with undocumented immigrants.

April 2015-- Pope Francis and the Environment

  • Fr. Kammer connects Pope Francis, the poor and the environment. 

March 2015-- Oil Prices or Tax Structures? What does the price of oil have to do with cuts to higher education and healthcare? 

  • Mr. Ali R. Bustamante examines what the price of oil has to do with cuts to higher education and healthcare.

February 2015--Honor Our Sacred Obligation: Raise the Minimum Wage

  • Dr. Mikulich explores the demands made during the March on Washington with the fight for an increased minimum wage today. 

January 2015-- Compassion, Gratitude, Solidarity: President Obama's Executive Action on Immigration

  • Dr. Weishar looks at President Obama's executive action as well as past Presidents who also acted on immigration. 

December 2014-- Louisiana's $1 Billion Giveaway: giveaways cost the U.S. taxpayers $50 billion a year

  • Fr. Kammer discusses how Louisiana tax spending benefits special interests and not the common good. 

November 2014-- Out of Control: Pope Denounces Criminal Justice System 

  • Dr. Mikulich examines life and dignity in the Louisiana criminal justice system. 

October 2014-- Is Amnesty a Dirty Word?

  • Dr. Weishar examines Louisiana's amnesia over amnesty.

September 2014-- Refusing To Expand Medicaid: Political Decisions with Deadly Consequences

  • Fr. Kammer discusses the human consequences of Gulf South states not expanding medicaid coverage.

August 2014--My Job Is To Know Their Name: Serving Homeless Guests in Downtown New Orleans

  • Liam Fitzgerald shares about his summers at New Orlean's Rebuild Center.

July 2014--A Last Will and Testament: The Freedom Riders' enduring legacy

  • Dr. Alex Mikulich reflects upon the work of the Freedom Riders fifty years ago.

June 2014--"We Belong To Each Other": Forgetting Our Oneness at a Town Hall Meeting

  • Dr. Sue Weishar remembers the unwelcoming nature of a town hall meeting last summer.

May 2014--The Audacity of Hope: What sustains us in the face of injustice? 

  • Fr. Fred Kammer, S.J. encourages advocates for the "least among us," to hope. 

April 2014-- Dealing for the Devil

  • Dr. Alex Mikulich discusses how legislatures protect a business that preys on the poor. 

March 2014-- When Italians Were "Others"

  • Dr. Sue Weishar educates readers about the 1891 lynching of eleven Italian immigrants in New Orleans.

February 2014-- Raise the Minimum Wage! It's a Matter of Justice

  • Fr. Fred Kammer, S.J. shares why the minimum wage needs to be raised to $10.10. 

January 2014-- Martin Luther King, Jr.: Becoming maladjusted for the beloved community

  • Dr. Alex Mikulich reminds us of Dr. King's call to oppose structural and systemic injustice.

December 2013-- Advent 2013: Called to live the joy of Gospel solidarity 

  • Dr. Alex Mikulich reminds us of the exhortation of Pope Francis to rejoice in the Good News of the Gospel in this Christmas season and throughout the year. 

November 2013--Keep "Thanks" in Thanksgiving

  • Dr. Sue Weishar calls for gratitude for immigrant workers and their contributions to our society as we discuss comprehensive immigration reform.

October 2013-- The Globalization of Indifference: Pope Francis asks, "Who is responsible?" [Start of JustSouth Monthly]

  • Fr. Kammer reflects on Pope Francis' visit to Lampedusa and what it means to be in solidarity with refugees.

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