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Peace and Justice Web Site Resources
The following Web site resources are organized by fifteen subject categories. The Web site address (URL) follows the title of the group or organization. Please be aware that this is not a comprehensive list and that URLs can change rapidly. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information below is up-to-date. However, readers are asked to use a browser to locate resources if the URLs given here do not connect directly to the desired site. This index is not endorsed by the Diocese of Joliet - Peace and Social Justice Ministry, and may link to material not endorsed by the Catholic Church. It is provided for research value.


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JustFaith Partner Organizations

Catholic Campaign for Human Development

This organization is the domestic anti-poverty, social justice program of the U.S. Catholic bishops. Its mission is to address the root causes of poverty in the United States through promotion and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations and through transformative education. It supports local groups as they create jobs, improve neighborhoods, train adults for employment at a living wage, keep schools safe and enriching for children, and raise leaders for the future.


Catholic Charities USA

Catholic Charities USA is the membership association of one of the nation's largest social service networks. Catholic Charities agencies and institutions nationwide provide vital social services to people in need, regardless of their religious, social, or economic backgrounds. It supports and enhances the work of its membership by providing networking opportunities, national advocacy and media efforts, program development, training and technical assistance, and financial support.

Catholic Relief Services

This is the official overseas relief-and-development agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops working in over eighty countries to alleviate poverty, hunger and suffering, with programs that uphold the dignity of the human person and recognize that all are united in one human family. It reaches out to people in more than 94 countries and territories around the world to alleviate human suffering and promote peace for poor and disadvantaged people.


Capital Punishment

Catholics Against the Death Penalty

This group promotes greater awareness of Catholic Church teachings that characterize capital punishment as unnecessary, inappropriate and unacceptable in today's world.

Death Penalty Focus

This is a large and diverse member-based organization made up of people from all walks of life who come to this issue from many different perspectives -- religious, moral, economic, legal, political, social, and personal but who share a common view that capital punishment is unnecessary and inappropriate in our modern society

Death Penalty Information Center

The Death Penalty Information Center is a non-profit organization serving the media and the public with analysis and information on issues concerning capital punishment. It prepares in-depth reports, issues press releases, conducts briefings for journalists, and serves as a resource to those working on this issue.

National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

This organization is dedicated to the abolition of the death penalty using a multifaceted approach that includes public education, moral challenges, legal advocacy, and grassroots mobilization.



Prisoner Visitation and Support

This volunteer visitation program to federal and military prisoners throughout the United States offers friendship and a listening ear to help prisoners prepare to assume a useful place in society.


Death Penalty Resources from this Office.

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Restorative Jutice is an outreach of the California Catholic Conference offering healing and support to everyone affected by the criminal justice system throughout the U.S. 


This site is made possible by a grant from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development at the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops.

The purpose of is to offer a place of compassion and assistance, resources and services and educational information for anyone who is affected by crime - victims of crime, offenders and their families, corrections staff, chaplains, criminal justice system employees and management, and advocates for restorative justice.

Restorative Justice Resources from this Office

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USCCB Statement on Criminal Justice Reform




Center for Defense Information

This nonpartisan, organization is committed to independent research on the social, economic, environmental, political and military components of global security. Its central aim is to educate the public and inform policymakers about issues of security policy, strategy, operations, weapon systems, and defense budgeting, and to produce creative solutions to the problems of today and tomorrow.

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation initiates and supports worldwide efforts to abolish nuclear weapons, to strengthen international law and institutions, to use technology responsibly and sustainability, and to empower youth to create a more peaceful world.

Peace Action

This organization promotes grassroots activism for nuclear disarmament, an end to weapons trafficking, a just economy, a democratic foreign policy, and an informed electorate.

Ploughshares Fund

The goal of this group is to pool contributions from donors and reinvest these resources in the most practical and effective efforts to stop the spread of weapons of war in a nuclear age; to address the environmental legacy of the nuclear age; and to promote public understanding and participation. Specifically it tries to influence leaders and the public, improve news coverage, and direct resources to lobbyists and to citizen advocacy campaigns.


Domestic Poverty

Catholic Campaign for Human Development

This organization is the domestic anti-poverty, social justice program of the U.S. Catholic bishops. Its mission is to address the root causes of poverty in the United States through promotion and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations and through transformative education. It supports local groups as they create jobs, improve neighborhoods, train adults for employment at a living wage, keep schools safe and enriching for children, and raise leaders for the future.


New from CCHD: Ending Poverty In Community - A Toolkit for Young Advocates

Catholic Charities USA

Catholic Charities USA is the membership association of one of the nation's largest social service networks. Catholic Charities agencies and institutions nationwide provide vital social services to people in need, regardless of their religious, social, or economic backgrounds. Catholic Charities USA supports and enhances the work of its membership by providing networking opportunities, national advocacy and media efforts, program development, training and technical assistance, and financial support.

Glenmary Home Missioners

This Catholic society of priests and brothers along with lay associates and a cooperating community of Glenmary Home Mission Sisters is dedicated to serving the spiritual and material needs of the people throughout Appalachia and the rural South and Southwest.

A Place at the Table

In November 2002 the U.S. Catholic bishops issued a document entitled A Place at the Table, articulating a Catholic recommitment to overcoming poverty and to respecting the dignity of all God's children. Access this web site for materials and aids to address both domestic and international poverty.

Poverty USA



Catholic Coalition on Climate Change

Since its launch in 2006, the Coalition has focused its work on providing a forum to explore the issues and faith implications of climate change through hosted hearings around the country.


Second, the Coalition also works to connect Catholics by staying in touch with state and diocesan leaders who are promoting climate change activities. We also work with other national Catholic partners and assist them in connecting the issue of climate change within their institutions.


Dioceses and Catholic organizations are partnering to work on local climate change issues. The Coalition’s third area of work is to promote participation by linking these efforts to Environmental Justice Program grants through the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Co-op America

This group provides the economic strategies, organizing power, and practical tools for businesses and individuals to address today's social and environmental problems.

Earth Charter

This group's mission is to establish a sound ethical foundation for the emerging global society and to help build a sustainable world based on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace.

Earth Ministry

This group engages individuals and congregations in knowing God more fully through deepening relationships with all of God's creation.

Environmental Defense

This organization offers news items on what is happening to the environment, including company actions. It is an information site for any environmental topic.

Friends of the Earth International

This group campaigns on environmental and social issues and works to promote sustainable practices.


This organization is dedicated to the health and well-being of the native forest of the Central Hardwood region in the United States and its interdependent plant, animal, and human communities. It provides network support to individual activists and member organizations and a supportive structural framework for personal interaction and growth.

National Catholic Rural Life Conference

This organization communicates a Catholic perspective and urges public action on rural life and environmental issues. Its mission is to support and empower rural people and bring hope to rural living.

World Resources Institute

This is an environmental think-tank that provides extensive information about the earth's ecosystems as well as practical solutions to global environmental problems.


Global Solidarity

American Friends Service Committee

This Quaker organization includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service. It focuses on issues related to economic justice, peace-building, demilitarization, social justice, and youth in the United States and other countries.

Catholic Relief Services

This is the official overseas relief-and-development agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, working in over eighty countries to alleviate poverty, hunger and suffering, with programs that uphold the dignity of the human person and recognize that all are united in one human family.

DuPage Global/Local AIDS Action Network


The DuPage Glocal AIDS Action Network (DGAAN) was formed with three purposes:

1.      To build a strong advocate voice in the DuPage area and to expand that voice into local, national and international arenas.

2.      To find ways to network successfully and build an enduring community

3.      To strengthen the lifeline, offering strands of hope to stop the spread of AIDS glocally. The word “glocal,” an amalgam of global and local, is to remind us that our efforts should be as far reaching as the HIV/AIDS pandemic itself.

DGAAN is unusual since it contains different people from different backgrounds, crossing boundaries, crossing lines. DGAAN has members who are Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran, Baptist and Evangelical, Democrat and Republican, black and white, gay and straight, moms, students and executives, HIV positive and HIV negative. It is a broad network, not narrow, crossing social, religious and political barriers, forming bonds among groups and recognizing that their differences can compliment rather than conflict.

Global Issues that Affect Everyone

This web site looks into global issues that affect everyone and shows how most issues are interrelated. Over five thousand links to external articles, web sites, reports and analyses are used to provide credence to the arguments made on this web site. Issues range from trade, poverty and globalization, to human rights, geopolitics, and the environment.

Guatemalan Accompaniment

This group operates in Guatemala City to build cross-border relationships of solidarity by uniting North American activists with Guatemalans seeking peace and social justice.




On these pages you will find a pathway to help you live more simply, sustainably, and in solidarity with the poor



Jubilee USA Network

This network brings together diverse people and organizations to work for a world free of debt for billions of poor people by active solidarity with partners worldwide, targeted and timely advocacy strategies, and educational outreach.

Department of Social Development and World Peace

This department of the US Catholic Conference of Bishops offers resources on national and international justice issues as well as legislative information and action items. It also offers a legislative advocacy network.

Religious Taskforce on Central America and Mexico

This organization is a resource for education, action and faith reflection, serving a broad ecumenical network throughout the United States. It collaborates closely with national religious, human rights, and policy organizations in developing work on the region for the faith community.

School of the Americas Watch

This independent organization seeks to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas, under whatever name it is called, through vigils and fasts, demonstrations, and nonviolent protests, as well as media and legislative work.

Voices in the Wilderness

This group advocates for the people of Iraq by sending nearly fifty delegations to Iraq to be in solidarity with families in this country. Each small delegation represents thousands of people in America and England who want to resist this cruel economic warfare.


Human Rights

Amnesty International

This is a worldwide campaigning movement that works to promote internationally recognized human rights.

Global Exchange

This human rights organization is dedicated to promoting environmental, political, and social justice around the world. It has been striving to increase global awareness among the U.S. public while building international partnerships around the world.

Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch is the largest human rights organization based in the United States. Its researchers conduct fact-finding investigations into human rights abuses in all regions of the world and publish their findings.

Peace Brigades International

This organization protects human rights and promotes nonviolent transformation of conflicts.


This broad-based international civil organization works in partnership with local groups, whenever possible, to provide large-scale nonviolent protective services to people in conflict situations.

Seamless Garment Network

This organization is concerned with protection of life and promoting a consistent ethic of life.

Share Foundation

This group links US communities to communities in El Salvador in order to promote social and economic development and as a means to reclaim basic human rights.

Witness for Peace

This is a grassroots organization committed to nonviolence and promotion of social justice in Latin America and the Caribbean. It works for change in the U.S. and other foreign governments in policies that perpetuate poverty and oppression in Latin America and the Caribbean.



Bread for the World

This nationwide Christian citizen's movement seeks justice for the world's hungry people by lobbying U.S. decision-makers. Its institute engages in research and education on policies related to hunger and development. Bread for the World is supported by over forty denominations

Food First

The Institute for Food and Development Policy, better known as Food First, is a member-supported, nonprofit peoples' think-tank and education-for-action center. Its work highlights root causes of and value-based solutions to hunger and poverty around the world, with a commitment to establishing food as a fundamental human right.

Heifer Project International

This organization provides animals to poor families across the globe. Heifer donors, volunteers, staff and project partners strive daily to build communities, distribute resources fairly, improve access to education and preserve our environment.


Justice Information Sources/Magazines

American Friends Service Committee

The American Friends Service Committee is a practical expression of the faith of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Committed to the principles of nonviolence and justice, it seeks in its work and witness to draw on the transforming power of love, human and divine.

Blueprint for Social Justice

This Jesuit publication contains commentary on the social teachings of the Church and on the application of these teachings to concrete situations in social and economic life.

Center of Concern

This organization offers moral vision and provides effective leadership in the struggle to end hunger, poverty, environmental decline, and injustice in the United States and around the world. Its goal is to provide individuals and organizations with the basic tools needed to address these universal questions: What are the root causes of human suffering in the world today? How can we change the system to increase social justice and offer hope?

Education for Justice

This justice education site is sponsored by The Center of Concern. Membership provides access to the site and weekly updates by email.

8th Day Center for Justice

This organization of religious communities of men and women is grounded in the hope of the Scriptures and Christian faith tradition. It collaborates in the struggle to provide a critical alternative voice to the systems that oppress the human community and environment and to work for the structural changes that will hasten the arrival of a more just world.

Foreign Policy in Focus

This group seeks to make the United States a more responsible global leader and global partner. It is a think- tank without walls that functions as an international network of more than 650 policy analysts and advocates. It is committed to advancing a citizen-based foreign policy agenda fundamentally rooted in citizen initiatives and movements.

Friends Committee on National Legislation

This Quaker lobbying group advocates in the public interest to bring the concerns, experiences and testimonies of the Religious Society of Friends to bear on policy decisions in the nation's capital. It advocates for social and economic justice, peace, and good government. Its online monthly magazine is The Washington Newsletter.

Hill Connections

This unique web site outlines contemplation and social justice, faith and action. Rooted in Servite (Servants of Mary), it provides resources for those who value community, spirituality, compassion, healing, solidarity, and social justice.

Institute for Peace and Justice -

This interfaith center works creatively and collaboratively to teach and advocate for alternatives to violence in public policy and in lifestyles.

Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center

Their group provides materials to deepen and enliven the links between the Catholic tradition and the situation of the world.

National Catholic Reporter <

NCR provides an independent voice within the Church through its publications, which value an open and honest expression of faith and are guided by commitments to justice, peace, and a sustainable world.

National Issues Forum

NIF provides information on many key issues, including teaching tools and study guides. The Campaign for the Classroom 2004 is a complete kit for high school or middle school teachers who want to introduce deliberative discussion of social issues into their classrooms.

Office of Social Justice - Diocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis

This site offers numerous resources on current issues, current legislation, Catholic social teaching, parish tools, and educational resources.

Salt of the Earth -

This site offers information on many current issues as well as links to related social justice sites. It also offers educational resources and Catholic magazines.

Sojourners <

Rooted in the solid ground of prophetic biblical tradition, this site and magazine reflect a progressive Christian voice that preaches not political correctness but compassion, community, and commitment.

Woodstock Business Conference

This center engages in theological and ethical reflection on topics of social, economic, business, scientific, cultural, religious, and political importance. Drawing on the Roman Catholic tradition, it is ecumenically open, multi-disciplinary, and collaborative with, among others, the business community, government, religious groups, universities, other research centers, and the media.


Legislative Action

Catholic Alliance for the Common Good

a non-partisan non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the fullness of the Catholic social tradition in the public square.

CRS Grassroots Action Center

Catholic Relief Services offers a grassroots legislative advocacy center that identifies opportunities to support issues concern with global solidarity.

National Association of State Catholic Conference Directors

This organization is a Church agency representing the dioceses within a state in order to provide for the coordination of the public policy concerns of the Church. Each state conference communicates with state governments, other Church Agencies, non-Catholic churches, and secular agencies, Bishops, priests, religious, and laypersons. This site will link to all states were there is conference activities.


Founded by Catholic sisters, this is an organization in Washington, D.C. created to educate and lobby for federal legislation that promotes the common good, with particular concern for people who are poor, and a vision toward social justice.

Department of Social Development and World Peace

This web site provides invaluable and comprehensive background material for groups interested in legislative advocacy and justice education.




Joliet Diocese Legislative Advocay Network


Of course, don't forget our very own advocacy network! If you are not yet a member, sign up today.




Migrant Workers/Refugees

US Committee for Refugee Voices

This group promotes public understanding of refugees in the United States and facilitates the ability of U.S. citizens to get involved with refugees in their local communities. It defends the rights of all uprooted people.

USCCB: Office of Migration and Refugee Services

This department of US Catholic Conference of Bishops is committed to resettlement, pastoral care, and advocacy roles on behalf of immigrants, migrants and refugees. It offers many resources, publications, and notices at this site.






Catholic Peace Fellowship -

This organization is dedicated to practicing the Peace of Christ, revealed in the teachings of the Catholic Church, through ministry and education. It also educates the Church community about the two options by which a Catholic may address conflict: active pacifism and just war.

Every Church a Peace Church -

This is an organization that encourages churches to commit to a vision of peace and nonviolence.

Fellowship of Reconciliation -

The largest and oldest interfaith peace organization in the United States, FOR seeks to replace violence, war, racism, and economic injustice with nonviolence, peace, and justice. It educates, trains, builds coalitions, and engages in nonviolent and compassionate actions locally, nationally, and globally. It also offers a legislative advocacy network.

Institute for Peace and Justice

This independent, interfaith, nonprofit organization began as a response to the realities of war, racism, and global economic injustice. It is committed to the challenge, If you want peace, work for justice, by helping people find learnable and doable alternatives that incorporate justice and reconciliation into an active quest for peace in everyday life.

Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service

Franciscan-founded Pace e Bene offers workshops, trainings, retreats, and resources in the spirituality and practice of nonviolent peacemaking.

Pax Christi

This group strives to create a world that reflects the peace of Christ by exploring, articulating, and witnessing to the call for Christian nonviolence. It rejects war, preparations for war, and every form of violence and domination. It advocates primacy of conscience, economic and social justice, and respect for creation. It also offers a legislative advocacy network.

Christian Peacemaker Teams

This organization offers an organized, nonviolent alternative to war and other forms of lethal inter-group conflict. It provides organizational support to persons committed to faith-based nonviolent alternatives in situations where lethal conflict is an immediate reality or is supported by public policy.

The Catholic Worker

Over 185 Catholic Worker communities remain committed to nonviolence, voluntary poverty, prayer, and hospitality for the homeless, exiled, hungry, and forsaken. Catholic Workers continue to protest injustice, war, racism, and violence of all forms.

United for Peace and Justice

This is a coalition of more than 800 local and national groups throughout the United States who have joined together to oppose our government's policy of permanent warfare and empire-building. It brings together a broad range of organizations throughout the United States to help coordinate work against a U.S. war on Iraq.



Crossroads Ministry

The mission of this organization is to dismantle systemic racism and build anti-racist multicultural diversity within institutions and communities. It implements this mission primarily by training institutional transformation teams.

Southern Poverty Law Center www. .

This organization combats hate, intolerance, and racism through education and litigation. It provides excellent resources on teaching tolerance for all age groups.

Sojourners Resource Center

This organization is a Christian ministry whose mission is to proclaim and practice the biblical practice the biblical call to integrate spiritual renewal and social justice. This web site offers excellent resources on racism.

National Issues Forum

This is a nationwide network of locally sponsored public forums on public policy issues. This web site offers excellent resources on racism.


Simpler Living/Justice Lifestyle

Alternatives for Simple Living

This organization equips people of faith to challenge consumerism, live justly, and celebrate responsibly by offering resources for study and reflection.

Ministry of Money

This loving, prophetic Christian ministry encourages all people to become free from their attachment to cultural values regarding money and to live out joyfully God's call for their lives and resources. It provides opportunities individuals to explore their relationship to money from a faith perspective.

The Responsible Shopper

At this site viewers investigate hundreds of companies on a range of issues, including sweatshops, pollution, ethics, discrimination, and more. A search can be done using company name or product.

The Simple Living Network

This network offers an interactive catalogue of earth-friendly products, resources, and services to help people live a simple, comfortable, less consumption oriented lifestyle.


Socially Responsible Investing

U.S. Bishops Statement  
Social Investment Forum  
Calvert Group  
Pax World Fund 
Carlisle Social Investments 
DEVCAP Shared Return Fund  
Domini Social Investments  
Good Money 
Co-Op America  


Center for Action and Contemplation

This organization is focused on bridging gaps within the spiritual and justice communities; building a rhythm of contemplative prayer and meditation into our days; and, even more fundamentally, believing that external behavior should be connected to and supported by inner guidance.

Collected Writings on Nonviolence by John Dear

This site contains many of Fr. Dear's speeches, sermons, and prayers. It also has links to other peace and justice web sites that promote nonviolence.

Creighton University Online Ministries

Creighton University provides many reflections, prayers and resources at their online site with links to many other spirituality sites.<

Henri Nouwen

This site offers Henri Nouwen resources, books and tapes as well as a list of events related activities featuring his work.

Nilgiri Press

This site offers information on meditation for all faiths as well as extended information on the life of Gandhi.

Praying the News -

This is a site offered by the Carmelites in Indianapolis. It offers lessons in mindfulness and prayer as well as how to pray the news.

Sacred Space

This is a site offered by Irish Jesuits that has prayers, reflections and music. They offer a daily prayer.


Worker's Rights

Campaign for Labor Rights

This group mobilizes grassroots support throughout the United States to promote economic and social justice by campaigning to end labor rights violations around the world. It provides education and advocates against the underlying causes of the “global sweatshop and offers an action network to effect change. It also offers a citizen action network.

Living Wage Campaigns

This site offers the history of the national living-wage movement, background materials such as ordinance summaries and comparisons, drafting tips, research summaries, talking points, and links to other living-wage-related sites.

National Labor Committee

This group helps defend the human rights of workers in the global economy. It investigates and exposes human and labor rights abuses committed by U.S. companies producing goods in the developing world and undertakes public education that empower U.S. citizens to support the efforts of workers to learn and defend their rights.


This site offers education on sweatshops and information on how consumers can take action and know how to buy sweatshop free items.


Social Security


USCCB Backgrounder on Social Security

Social Security, Catholic Social Teaching, and the Common Good. A parish bulletin insert. (pdf)



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