DAY 2 / Economic Justice, inspired by Fratelli Tutti, Chapter 5: “A Better Kind of Politics” - February 23, 2021
From Loretta Sanchez
Facilitated by Gerald E. Poyo, Ph.D., O’Connor Chair in the History of Hispanic Texas and the Southwest and Professor of History, St. Mary’s University
I. Perspectives on Latino Economic Justice. Starts at: 1 minute 35 seconds
with Lindsey Passenger Wieck, Ph.D., Director of the Public History Graduate Program and Assistant Professor of History, St. Mary’s University; Gerald E. Poyo, Ph.D.; and Noel Andrés Poyo, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic and Community Development, U.S. Department of the Treasury
II. Documenting Latino Economic Development as a Social Justice Practice Starts at: 45 minutes
with Lindsey Passenger Wieck, Ph.D.; Monica Limón, Special Assistant to the Executive Director, NALCAB; Victoria Villaseñor, NALCAB Graduate Fellow and Public History graduate student at St. Mary’s University; and Gerald E. Poyo, Ph.D.
Personal/Spiritual Reflection Questions
Have you ever thought of your spiritual life in light of struggles for economic development and justice?
How has your own and or an acquaintance’s experience with economic marginality affected the way you engage the world?
Have you or your family ever faced the forces of gentrification, the lack of affordable housing, and inability to access needed social services? How did that make you feel? Did these experiences inspire you to think of the root causes or just look for ways to solve the immediate problem? Or both?
Do you think it is a coincidence that Pope Francis’ Fratelli Tutti offers ideas about fighting economic injustice that are reflected in the historical trajectory of Latino civil rights and social justice movements?
What do you think motivated and inspired young Latino activists in the 1960s and 1970s to believe they could transform their communities economically?
What challenges to you think the Latino economic development movements faced as they moved from scrappy, creative, and improvised movements to being fully institutionalized, powerful, and established?Conference on Justice and Social Concerns
The Conference on Justice and Social Concerns provides our campus community with the opportunity to engage with issues of social justice, faith, and personal and communal responsibility to the common good.
The 2021 Conference on Justice and Social Concerns, sponsored by the St. Mary’s University Center for Catholic Studies, is inspired by Fratelli Tutti: Encyclical Letter on Fraternity and Social Friendship by Pope Francis. Pope Francis’ third encyclical is centered on the major themes of service, charity, economic justice and political love, and is framed by his close friendship and experiences with the Grand Imam Ahmad al-Tayyeb of the Islamic university and mosque Al-Azhar in Egypt.
Each day of the Conference will feature pre-recorded presentations and panel discussions centering on the themes presented in Fratelli Tutti and linking them to the Marianist mission and charism. Panels will premiere on the University website each morning and are pre-recorded unless otherwise indicated. The Lin Lecture will be presented in real-time via Zoom and livestream.