Archive for May 2020

Spirited Reflection: Calling for an economy of life in a time of pandemic

May 26, 2020

The World Council of Churches (WCC), the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), and the Council for World Mission (CWM) through the joint New International Financial and Economic Architecture (NIFEA) have released a joint urgent…

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It’s time that the Government of Canada empower the CORE and enact mHRDD legislation

May 26, 2020

Allegations of human rights violations and environmental damage accompany the Canadian extractive sector. KAIROS partners substantiate. Forced labor, torture, rape, and the contamination of water sources are just some of the claims made against Canadian companies around the globe by…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Gender Justice, Indigenous Rights

KAIROS joins over 150 organizations to demand a Just Recovery for people and the planet

May 25, 2020

As governments prepare recovery plans amidst the COVID-19 crisis, KAIROS has joined an informal alliance of over 150 national and local civil society groups to demand that these plans move us toward a more equitable and sustainable future. With the release today of six Principles for a…

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May 29: Mining Tailings Dam Collapses in Canada and Brazil: Who Cares?

May 22, 2020

Join us Friday, May 29, 2020 at 2:00PM EDT for a webinar with Judith Marshall and Daniela Campolina. The webinar will focus on three major tailings dam breaches that have occurred in the Americas over the last decade. Together these disasters in Canada and Brazil have caused…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Gender Justice

KAIROS and members sign ecumenical letter calling on Canada to uphold international law and the rights of Palestinians

May 19, 2020

KAIROS has joined several members churches in signing an ecumenical public letter to Foreign Affairs Minister, Francois-Philippe Champagne, expressing grave concern about Canada’s silence regarding the government of Israel’s plans to propose a vote in the Knesset (likely July 1st) on annexing a significant part…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Middle East

KAIROS Signs on to open letter in support of the Shuar Arutam People in Ecuador

May 14, 2020

Over 100 organizations from across the globe have signed an open letter—co-written by KAIROS partner Acción Ecológica, MiningWatch Canada, and others—in solidarity with the Shuar Arutam People (PSHA) in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Letter signatories join the PSHA in condemning the Government of Ecuador for sanctioning the…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Latin America

An act of care: reframing global efforts to contain COVID-19

May 13, 2020

The narrative of war and rallying support for the battle of our lives and those of our fellow citizens excludes anyone who does not conform to a dominant masculine/feminine binary narrative. We are waging war , we are told. We…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Op Eds & Rabble

From disposable to indispensable: providing foreign migrant workers with a pathway to permanent residency

May 11, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic reveals how foreign migrant workers contribute to Canada’s economy and society by doing the jobs that too few Canadians want. Their work ensures that our food industry thrives, that young, elderly, and at-risk Canadians receive proper care,…

Post filed in: Migrant Justice, Op Eds & Rabble

May 14: CNCA Webinar with KAIROS partners and federal MPs

May 10, 2020

On Thursday, May 14th, join KAIROS, KAIROS partners from the Philippines, and other members of the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA), including Development and Peace and the United Church of Canada, for a webinar during the Month of Action for Mining Justice. …

Post filed in: Asia-Pacific, Gender Justice, Latin America

May 19 webinar: COVID-19, migrant & undocumented workers

May 10, 2020

The March 31, April 14 & 28 webinar recordings are now available. How is COVID-19 impacting foreign migrant workers in Canada? KAIROS’ Migrant Justice Coordinator, Connie Sorio, presents updates from some of Canada’s leading migrant justice advocates in a series…

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May 20: Indigenous & newcomer friendship web chat

May 8, 2020

Join us on Earth Day, Wednesday, May 20, from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time, for the second of three Indigenous & newcomer friendship web chats. KAIROS Staff Alfredo Barahona, Chrystal Désilets & Connie Sorio will facilitate the…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Migrant Justice

KAIROS African partners respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 6, 2020

In order to avoid the spread of virus COVID-19, “We must also be particularly aware exactly what we normally do, is what we should not do now, if we want to protect life.” A quote from the Pastoral Message from the South Sudan Council of…

Post filed in: Africa, Gender Justice, Women of Courage

Women peacebuilders respond to COVID-19

May 6, 2020

Advising remote communities on how to protect themselves from COVID-19 and assisting women who are experiencing an increase in gender-based and domestic violence are a few of the ways that KAIROS’ Women of Courage: Women, Peace and Security partners are responding to the…

Post filed in: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Gender Justice, Latin America, Middle East, Women of Courage

Urge Canada to protect all migrant workers with residency status now!

May 5, 2020

With COVID-19 exposing and enhancing the vulnerability of migrant workers, your help is needed now more than ever.    Migrant workers deserve our deepest respect for the work they do. They have a right to be safe and secure both in their workplaces and at home. They…

Post filed in: Migrant Justice

Two poems offered on the National Day of Awareness for #MMIWG

May 5, 2020

The Colour Red  She opened her eyes.  Felt the chill that traveled from toes to chest. She was empty and hollow. To feel, there needed to be awareness, awareness she could not find in a disassociated moment. If red had a feeling…

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Call for the release of vulnerable prisoners in the Philippines

May 4, 2020

KAIROS  joins several Canadian development, human rights, solidarity and ecumenical organizations, churches and trade unions in sending a letter to the Canadian Ambassador to the Philippines urging him to work with his counterparts in the Philippines to ensure the release of the most vulnerable non-violent…

Post filed in: Asia-Pacific

A public letter on Guaranteed Basic Income

May 4, 2020

Forty one Anglican and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada bishops have sent an open letter to the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance calling for a Guaranteed Basic Income. Read the letter

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Letter to the Editor: Granting residency to migrant workers would demonstrate genuine appreciation for their services

May 4, 2020

Re: Alberta Cargill’s Alberta beef plant to reopen next week after COVID-19 outbreak forced closure (April 30): The COVID-19 outbreak at two beef-processing plants in southern Alberta highlights vulnerabilities faced by foreign migrant workers in Canada. It also reveals how much…

Post filed in: Migrant Justice

Large-scale resource extraction exacerbates the threat of COVID-19 across the American hemisphere, especially for Indigenous peoples

May 4, 2020

Across Abya Yala and Turtle Island, territories otherwise known as America, governmental and corporate responses to and amid the spread of the novel coronavirus have put into sharp focus the crisis of the status quo. This is especially true of large-scale resource extraction. The grave threat…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Gender Justice, Indigenous Rights, Op Eds & Rabble

A joint statement: Gender, faith and COVID-19

May 4, 2020

KAIROS supports the World Council of Churches (WCC) and other Global faith-based organizations in their call for gender justice amid COVID-19 response.   “A Joint Statement: Gender, Faith and COVID-19” depicts why the impacts of COVID-19 are being hardest felt by women and girls. The statement reads:  “As…

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