Many Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) issues are complex and OFS members may hold differing opinions on them. The organizations listed below are not to be considered as necessarily speaking for FVC on each particular issue nor are the organizations necessarily endorsed by FVC; FVC remains silent in this regard as a matter of policy. The organizations are included so that individuals may have access to a wide range of sources to advocate for the causes with which they as individuals agree and believe to be supportive of Gospel & Franciscan values.
The Apparent Project advocates passionately for the adoption of true orphans. They also believe that preventing child abandonment by economically empowering Haitian families is the best way to rescue children. This is why they have created opportunities for impoverished parents to earn an income through their artisan program. They train each parent in a specialized skill, such as jewelry making, bookbinding, sewing, or another craft, building relationships along the way. Through addressing educational needs, homelessness, joblessness, nutritional problems, medical needs, and building emotionally and spiritually enriching relationships, they are trying to bring dignity and wholeness to the whole person, strengthening each to be a support and encouragement to others.
Change.org is a global petition platform, empowering people everywhere to create the change they want to see.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is a Christian organisation working for religious freedom through advocacy and human rights, in the pursuit of justice, lasting culturual, social and political change. CSW also aims to mobilise the general public to pray, protest and provide on behalf of persecuted Christians. By doing so, they provide solidarity and support to those in need.
Their advocacy work is used to influence the legislation, policies, attitudes and behaviours which reinforce religious discrimination and persecution. CSW's evidence-based reports are widely used and cited by the Foreign Office, US State Department, US Commission on International Religious Freedom, UN and others on a regular basis. They regularly brief officials from the European Council, the European Commission, current and future EU presidencies, MEPs, and NGOs on the situations in all of their key countries of focus.
Fair Trade is a a global organization working to secure a better deal for farmers and workers. It's about making principles of fairness and decency mean something in the marketplace.
Fair Trade Vancouver is a non-profit organization that seeks to increase awareness, availability, and sales of Fair Trade products in Metro Vancouver.
Free the Slaves is dedicated to ending slavery worldwide. Slavery flourishes when people cannot meet their basic needs, and lack economic opportunity, education, healthcare and honest government. A holistic approach is required to eradicate slavery forever. See the work they do.
Grist has been providing environmental news and commentary with a wry twist since 1999 — which, to be frank, was way before most people cared about such things. Now that green is in every headline and on every store shelf (bamboo hair gel, anyone?), Grist aims to be the one site you can count on to help you make sense of it all.
Just Coffee® is a volunteer-run project of the British Columbia & Yukon Regional Council of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace. The project was initiated by Development and Peace in the Vancouver Archdiocese in 1998. In promoting or selling Fair Trade products, Just Coffee promotes and exercises key principles of Catholic Social Teaching.
The KAMI Foundation was founded in 2009. Located in Ontario, it operates exclusively in Haiti. Its goal is to foster the use of alternative cooking fuels and support the technology and agriculture this requires. In so doing KAMI aims to foster small business development, improve the quality of life, especially for women, and help protect the environment.
RESULTS Canada is a national network of volunteers committed to creating the political will to end global poverty and needless suffering, and to demonstrate that individuals make a difference when they exercise their political influence.
SumOfUs is a movement of consumers, workers and shareholders speaking with one voice to counterbalance the growing power of large corporations. Join them on their journey as they seek to make the world a better place for themselves, our children and all who share our planet.