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Friday, July 31, 2015

Stop Trafficking! Newsletters June and July 2015

June 2015
Awareness  : Labor Trafficking
  • Exploitation of Female Migrant Domestic Workers in the United Arab Emirates
  • Death Toll Rising Among Qatar's 2022 World Cup Workers
  • Qatar: Neglect of Domestic Workers
  • "Migrant Workers' Rights on Saadiyat Island in the United Arab Emirates: 2015 Progress Report" 
  The report is available at:
  • The Push to Assure Conflict-free Minerals for Electronic Production
Advocacy    :
  • Global Human Rights Advocates Call for Domestic Worker Reforms

Action         :
  • Survivors Speak of Exploitation
  • Trafficking in the Garment Industry
  • The Real Price of a Cup of Tea

July 2015
Awareness  : Dirty Fingers: Our Electronic Gadgets and Human Trafficking
  • Child Trafficking: Forced Labor in Mineral Mining
  • Enough Project: 'Taking Conflict Out of Consumer Gadgets - Company Rankings on Conflict Minerals 2012'
  • Facts and Figures About Child Labor
Advocacy    :
  • Nine Things You Need To Know About Conflict Minerals
  • U.S. Flight Attendants Seek Mandatory Training to Spot Human Trafficking
  • Truckers: Eyes on the Road
  • Vigilance: 75th Anniversary Bike Rally
  • "Does Your Hotel Know?" - a call for hotels and travelers to be aware of sex trafficking
  • Credit Card Companies Sever Ties with
Action         :
  • Nintendo Still Uses Conflict Minerals
  • Book: 'The Witness Wore Red'

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A Cluny Vocation Story

Sister Margaret Nellieakunnel, SJC

   For my parents, out of eight children I take the sixth position. Out of five girls, three became religious in three different congregations. We all had the privilege of studying in a convent school.

   As a child, I had a desire to be a missionary. When I finished school, I wanted to enter religious life but I did not know where to go. I did not want to consult anyone, even my sister who was already a religious, thinking that they would be a block to the path God wanted me to follow. Those days I prayed to God ardently to show me the way. In my prayer I told Him boldly that whomever I met first, I would join that congregation. By the grace of God, the first religious I encountered was a Cluny and I am proud to be a Cluny today!

   As a Cluny, my life was not a bed of roses. There were many obstacles planted along the way, but God helped me to overcome them all.

   Though I wanted to be a missionary, I didn’t know the full implications of being one. Five years after I was asked to go to Africa, seeing God’s Hand behind it, I gave a positive answer. However, I felt the pain so intensely that I shed tears every time I had to say goodbye. I was making a leap into the darkness. When I reached Gambia, West Africa, I was like a fish out of water. It took me one year to surrender myself fully to God. Thirty years later, I am still here.  I consider myself to be more African than Indian, blooming where I am planted.

   As I write these lines, I am in the United States for Mission Appeals. This is my second visit in three years and I am happy to meet so many good, generous people. I am a proud daughter of Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey and part of the Cluny family.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Cluny's Congregational Feastday!

Anne Marie Javouhey, Liberator of Slaves, 
sculpted by Marius Marzetto for the parish church in Cluny, France.

The measure for loving God is to love God without measure.
Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey Letter 665

As we join together in celebrating 
Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey,
may you be inspired to share 
her Charism 
of freedom and liberation
in new and creative ways.
May you do a little good 
God’s Will leads you
so that the joy of the Gospel
may spread,
and all people may one day
love God and others
without measure.