On August 29, 2013, the Jesuit Social Research Institute held a press conference to mark the eighth anniversary of Katrina Hurricane in which homeowners, assisted by immigrant workers in rebuilding after the storm, called for reform of the broken U.S. immigration system.
On September 2, 2013 the Washington Post published a reflection by Fr. Fred Kammer, SJ on the dignity and right to just wages for fast-food restaurant workers in the United States.
The July 2013 edition of the JustSouth E-newsletter examines the moral imperative of raising the minimum wage, the Supreme Court's ruling on the Voting Rights Act, and reasons to support the Senate's recent comprehensive immigration reform bill.
On June 27, the Senate passed the S.744 immigration reform bill. Though the bill does offer a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants in the U.S., it also contains a number of negative amendments. The bill faces an uphill battle to gain approval in the House.
The May 13th edition of America Magazine included a review by Nathan Schneider of Dr. Alex Mikulich's latest book The Scandal of White Complicity in U.S. Hyper-Incarceration.
The April 2013 edition of the JustSouth E-Newsletter commemorates the 50th anniversary of MLK's Letter from Birmingham Jail, gives an overview of recent efforts at immigration reform, and explores the impact of state Medicaid decisions on people of color.