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Giving voice to the concerns and needs of our clients, parishes, interfaith leaders, and community partners on a variety of justice issues

The spirit of our work at Catholic Charities is rooted in Catholic Social Teaching leading us not only to provide direct services for vulnerable people, but also to advocate for them and give voice to their concerns and needs. We provide support for Catholic parishes in their work of service and advocacy and work with community partners and interfaith religious leaders on a variety of justice issues.

Our staff are active in local, state and national advocacy efforts, and share their stories and perspectives on the issues our clients are facing on our blog.

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Recent Blog Posts


Stopping Economic Exploitation

Shared on behalf of Pax Christi USA:

Only two weeks are left to register for the "Stopping Economic Exploitation: Building a World of Peace and an Economy for All" webinar, offered in support of our Bread Not Stones campaign and our 50th anniversary. **The event will be on Thursday, Oct. 6, 7:30 to 9pm ET. **

Panelists include:

  • Tom Cordaro, PCUSA Ambassador of Peace and Bread Not Stones committee member
  • Eric LeCompte, Executive Director, Jubilee USA Network
  • Tamika McGhee, Outreach & Policy Manager, Faith Affairs, Center for Responsible Lending
  • Fr. Fred Thelen, D.Min., PCUSA National Council member and 50th anniversary working group member

Join this discussion on the economic effects on people in the United States and the global South and how to take action with our Bread Not Stones campaign!

Register here:

This event is co-sponsored with Jubilee USA Network and the Center for Responsible Lending.


Indigenous Peoples Day

Indigenous Peoples Day

OCTOBER 10, 2022, All Day

Beginning with a Sunrise Ceremony of Gratitude at Seabreeze Beach 7am and ending with a Sunset Ceremony at Cobbs Hill Reservoir NW 6:15pm, for full details of events:



Child Labor in Agriculture

Webinar: Child Labor in Agriculture
Wed. Oct. 12 @ 2pm ET

Labor laws prevent children from working in factories or offices but allow children as young as 12 to work unlimited hours on farms outside of school with parental permission. Too many children working in agriculture are children of migrant workers, working to supplement their parents’ poverty-level wages.

Want to learn more? Julie Taylor of the National Farm Worker Ministry will be offering a special online presentation on child labor in U.S. agriculture for members and friends of the Catholic Labor Network. Join us to learn about the problem, and what you can do to help.



Protecting Democracy & Voting Rights: A Conversation with Catholic Activists

Shared on behalf of NETWORK:

Faith in Public Life Forum this Friday

On Friday, October 14 at 1:00 PM Eastern, our advocacy partner, Faith in Public Life, will host an online forum, Protecting Democracy & Voting Rights: A Conversation with Catholic Activists. Tune in to hear leaders from Faith in Public Life, Young Latino Network, Edgewood College, and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

The live event will begin at 1:00 PM Eastern this Friday, October 14. Please register to watch here:

Powerful institutions and political leaders rig our politics to try to block all of us from voting and thriving in our country. We know that voter suppression is a sin and silence is complicity.

I hope you can watch on Friday to hear how Catholics concerned about the threats to voters, fair elections, and democratic principles are using faith as a guide to protect our democracy and our freedom to vote.


Electronic Recycling Event in Henrietta

Residents can drop-off and properly dispose of electronic devices free of charge between 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. at Monroe Community College, 1000 E. Henrietta Road, Student Lot M-1.

Saturday, October 15 in Henrietta. The event is FREE but you must register to attend:

Events like this are a great way to safely dispose of old, unwanted electronics and protect our environment at the same time.

Televisions, computers and other electronics contain materials that are not safe to put in landfills and under state law it is illegal to put these items out to the curb with your regular trash.

Sunnking will accept almost all devices that have a circuit board or a cord, including; computers and computer accessories, printers, ink and toner cartridges, monitors, televisions, microwave ovens, copiers and fax machines, telephones, radios, video and audio equipment and most small appliances. Items not accepted include refrigerators, air conditioners, de-humidifiers, and televisions and monitors with broken glass. The company also limits TV’s and monitors to four per vehicle.

Here's a list of acceptable and unacceptable materials:

Space is limited, so register to attend today.


Solutions Not Suspensions Teach-i

Shared on behalf of The Children's Agenda:

Virtual Teach-in session, October 18th at 7:00 pm

Schools should be places where students are welcomed and supported in their learning and development. But across New York, children even very young children lose out on instruction each year because of suspensions, often for normal, youthful behavior.

Learn more about the negative impacts of school suspensions and alternative solutions to support students and teachers at the Solutions Not Suspensions Teach-in on Tuesday, October 18th at 7pm.

To register and receive link:


Suicide Awareness Event

Nazareth College and St. John Fisher are teaming up to bring a mental health advocate and suicide survivor to St. John Fisher Campus. Kevin Hines survived a suicide attempt where he jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge; now he spreads a message of hope and recovery to those struggling with mental health and suicidal thoughts. The event is free and open to the public! You can find more information at this link!

Kevin will share his story of hope during a lecture at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Cleary Family Auditorium in Kearney Hall at St. John Fisher University. The event is free and open to the Fisher and Nazareth communities; seating is first come, first served.


Brave Spaces: 3rd Annual Summit to End Hate

On behalf of Charlsey Bickett, Community Outreach Coordinator at the Levine Center to End Hate:

I would like to invite you and your colleagues to join me at our upcoming event, Brave Spaces: 3rd Annual Summit to End Hate.

This program takes place on Friday, October 21 from 8:00am – 1:00pm at the Memorial Art Gallery and includes continental breakfast and lunch.

Designed to address growing divisions in our community, this event will help participants develop a deeper understanding of what is driving increased expressions of hate and feel empowered to address bias in their spheres of influence. We have invited eight speakers to present on timely, critical topics including:

  • White Supremacism and the Great Replacement Theory
  • Anti-Semitism in the US
  • Transgender and Non-binary Inclusion
  • Achieving Equity in the Workplace

Below is the link learn more about our speakers and to register. Be sure to sign up soon as tickets are limited. I truly hope you will join me at this informative and inspiring event.


White Supremacy and American Christianity

Shared on behalf of NETWORK:

Robert P. Jones and Fr. Bryan Massingale Return to Speak

We are pleased to announce a timely follow-up conversation once again featuring Fr. Bryan Massingale and Robert P. Jones, co-sponsored by the National Black Sisters' Conference.


White Supremacy and American Christianity
How It Harms Our Churches, Politics, and Communities
Saturday, October 29, 2022 | 12:30-2:00 PM Eastern

This event will take place on Zoom.

Please join us online for what is sure to be an engaging and enlightening conversation ahead of this year's midterm elections. Together, we'll continue learning about the intersection of white supremacy and American Christianity, with a focus on our politics.


Book Club - How to be a Rochester Antiracist

How to Be a Rochester Antiracist Book Club

Now starting a new book and welcoming new members!

Next book: James H. Cone, The Cross and the Lynching Tree

  • Winner of the Grawemeyer Award in Religion
  • "One of the Top 11 Religion Books of the Year," The Huffington Post
  • First Place Winner in Theology, Catholic Press Association
  • "No one has explored the spiritual world of African Americans with the depth or breadth of Cone." —Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University

Next discussion: Wednesday, November 2, 8:00 p.m. via Zoom, continuing on the first Wednesday of each month. All are welcome!

If interested, please contact John Kapusta at


Livestreamed Salt & Light Gathering for Leaders under 40


If you are a young adult living in Washington, DC, or another city in the United States, how can you find purpose when politics seem irreconcilably divisive, church leaders seem out of touch, personal and systemic challenges seem insurmountable, and meaningful relationships are hard to come by?

Our first in-person Salt and Light Gathering for leaders under 40 in a long time will focus on questions of work, relationships, faith, and wholeness after the COVID shutdown in these tough times. We are bringing together four remarkable Catholic leaders with differing expertise and experience—a Notre Dame philosophy professor who teaches popular classes on this topic, a Boston College psychology professor who teaches and researches mentoring and youth purpose, a Catholic advocacy director, and a young professional living in Washington, DC—to explore what fulfilling work, relationships, faith, and lives mean today.


Reducing Intimate Partner Violence

We invite you to join us on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 1:00pm – 2:30pm EST to focus on the role of faith and community leaders in reducing Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) as it relates to maternal health.

RSVP here:

The Biden-Harris Administration has come together to bring the whole of government to bear on this crisis through a sustained, multi-year, multi-agency effort to combat maternal mortality and morbidity, and reduce racial disparities nationwide.

Our first webinar, 27 will focus on the role of faith and community leaders in reducing Intimate Partner Violence (IPV).


Religious Leaders' Caucus

Joe Fleming, Faith in Action's Senior advisor, Faith Leadership 
Strategies will be with us via Zoom (link below)

Mr. Joe Fleming inspires interfaith leader's caucuses throughout the nation. We'll hear how Faith in Action's organizing model helps congregations address, at a systemic level, some of the pressures impacting families! He'll address the Role of Faith Leader's Caucus and engage our many questions and comments.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 854 4198 8612 
Passcode: 876150


Hidden Mercy

Pax Christi USA is honored to welcome author Michael J. O'Loughlin, author of Hidden Mercy: AIDS, Catholics, and the Untold Stories of Compassion in the Face of Fear on Wednesday, October 26, 8 to 9 pm ET.

YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER for this event:


Day of Reflection

A Diocesan Day of Reflection is taking place on Saturday, October 29 from 9-3pm at the Pastoral Center. This Day of Reflection is to engage Black Catholics throughout our Diocese in dialogue about their experiences and needs as Black Catholics.

If you are interested in being a part of this day, please register via the following link:
For more information contact Elizabeth Johnston (585) 328-3228 ext. 1278.


Jason Mott, Hell of a Book

Friends of the Rochester Public Library welcomes National Book Award-winning author Jason Mott (Hell of a Book) to Central Library.

Jason Mott reading and book-signing: Kate Gleason Auditorium, Central Library
Wednesday, November 2, 12pm-1pm
Register here:

Mott has said that the novel was inspired by police brutality in recent years and what it means for a black man to keep himself safe in America during this time of renewed prejudice and acts of hate.
“I’d like to dedicate this award to all the other mad kids, to all the outsiders, the weirdos, the bullied, the ones so strange that they had no choice but to be misunderstood by the world and by those around them,” Mott said in his (2021 National Book Award) acceptance speech. "... the ones who, in spite of this, refuse to outgrow their imagination, refuse to abandon their dreams and refuse to deny, diminish their identity or their truth or their loves.”


Welcoming Diversity workshop

posted on behalf of NCBI (National Coalition Building Institute)

Please join us Thursday, November 3
Welcoming Diversity Workshop on Zoom
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm


Authentic relationships form the backbone of creating effective teams, groups, or boards that bring out the best in everyone. Through engagement and interactive exercises, we’ll tap the rich, often unrecognized value that diverse group perspectives can yield, and develop skill sets to create and sustain the “dream team” you envision.


Town Hall

posted on behalf of Network

Join the NETWORK team online for a National Town Hall for Spirit-Filled Voters. NETWORK Executive Director Mary J. Novak will moderate a conversation between Bishop John Stowe, Bishop of the Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky, Jeanné Lewis, interim CEO of Faith in Public Life, and Ivonne Ramirez, NETWORK's 2022 Social Poet Award recipient.

National Town Hall for Spirit-Filled Voters
Thursday, November 3, 2022, Noon Eastern - Online 


Climate Change and Immigration: Intersections of Justice

posted on behalf of NYIC (New York Immigration Coalition)

The reality is that there are already devastating climate disasters happening both locally and globally, and most often it’s low-income communities who will feel its impact first.


Join us for a virtual conversation on Tuesday, November 15 at 6pm between Theodore Moore, Vice President of Policy for the NYIC, and Thanu Yakupitiyage, Associate Director of U.S. Communications for


Climate, Jobs, and Justice Campaign Rally

posted on behalf of Rochester Area Interfaith Climate Action

On Wednesday November 16th from 11:45 am to 12:30 pm, you are invited to join concerned citizens from all over the county at Washington Square Park for the Rochester area Climate, Jobs, and Justice Campaign Rally!

Sign up here.

Rochester and communities across Monroe County are ready to move forward with a green economy that benefits all of us. But three years after the passage of New York’s Landmark Climate Law, New York state still isn’t funding climate and environmental justice. This year we’re fighting to change that!

At the campaign launch we’ll have local legislators, environmental leaders and faith leaders calling on the state to invest in a future that is more liveable and healthy not just for the few, but for the many. We’ll stand with New Yorkers at rallies across the state demanding the state fund the promises of climate and environmental justice made law in 2019. And if this package passes, it could bring real climate investments to Rochester, including good-paying jobs that will help lift people out of poverty even as we transform our energy sector.

Questions? Contact Ruth Marchetti, or 585-267-9583


Faith in Reparations

posted on behalf of Network

Faith in Reparations: An Interfaith Demand for Reparations 
Thursday, November 17, 2022, 7:30 PM Eastern - Online 
Register Now:

After the Election, join NETWORK for Faith in Reparations: An Interfaith Demand for Reparations. This year, our team has worked in coalition with civil and human rights organizations to advocate for a federal reparations study commission executive order. And advocates like you have organized nearly one dozen in-person or online reparations campaigns in Ohio, New York, Texas, and Virginia calling for President Biden to establish the commission, too. I hope you can attend the final reparations action this year which features the presentation of a Sister Letter calling for reparations.


Stop The Violence

posting on behalf of Uniting for Hope:

Stop The Violence Community and Resource Fair:

Saturday, November 19

David Gantt Recreation Center, 700 North St, Rochester, NY 14605

11:30 AM until 3:30 PM


Today's Refugees, Tomorrow's Deportees

posted on behalf of Pax Christi USA


Today's Refugees, Tomorrow's Deportees: When Forced Migration and White Supremacy are Public Policy

Register here