I wanted to be in touch to say that despite the uncertainty surrounding us, we continue to be certain about our commitments to justice making. Staff continue to collaborate from their homes and to work together, alongside so many of you, to further critically important work for human rights and ecological justice in Canada and around the globe. We do not know exactly when and how we will return to offices, or when in-person programming will resume, but our core commitments continue.
There is so much to tell you about our shared work, including program development on the KAIROS Blanket Exercise and the vital contributions of global partners, and I encourage you to look at the recent Kairos Times for important updates. In this message I will highlight our efforts to get our voice into the public sphere.
With deep thanks for the insight of the staff writers, KAIROS op-eds recently appeared in the following publications, and are reposted on KAIROS’ website.
The Hill Times, May 13: An act of care: reframing global efforts to contain COVID-19, by Kirsten Van Houten, KAIROS’ Global Partnerships Coordinator and Mayssam D. Zaaroura, a women’s rights knowledge specialist with Oxfam Canada.
The Hill Times, May 11: From disposable to indispensable: providing foreign migrant workers with a pathway to permanent residency, by Connie Sorio, KAIROS’ Migrant Justice Coordinator.
(Note that The Hill Times gave this op-ed a full page, and the Pearson Centre for Progressive Policy asked to repost it). The Globe and Mail printed Connie’s letter, which makes the same points, on May 2).
Rabble.ca, May 4: Large-scale resource extraction exacerbates the threat of COVID-19 across the American hemisphere, especially for Indigenous peoples, by KAIROS’ Chrystal Désilets, Indigenous Rights Program Coordinator, Gabriela Jiménez, Latin America Partnerships Coordinator, and Beth Lorimer, Ecological Justice Program Coordinator.
Thanks also for those who pitch, post and share these important op eds.
With great staff initiative, KAIROS has also produced webinars on pressing issues related to our areas of work, including migrant justice (next webinar: May 19), and continuing an initiative we began in 2017: Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships (next webinar: May 20). We hope you can join these webinars! In addition, there is weekly bible study on Thursday at 3pm Eastern for those for whom exploration of these texts might strengthen justice reflections or sense of community.
On a more personal level, I want to express my hopes and prayers for the sustained health of you and yours. Though we are distant, I do feel the sense of connection, and know of your heart and commitment to support vulnerable people and community in all you do.
We will “close” tomorrow as well as Monday to give staff a little breathing room and return to our common work next Tuesday.
Thank you for all of your support,
Executive Director/ Directrice générale