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From Solomon Northup to Pope Francis’ Abolitionist Movement

It feels like a minor, incidental scene. A slave wanders into a store where the free-born Solomon Northup is shopping with his wife. The slave is quickly followed in by his owner who apologizes for the intrusion and hurries him

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Posted in Catholics and Culture, Equality and Faith, I BLOG, Justice, Uncategorized

From Douglass to Obama: How Far Have We Come?

This guest post is drawn from a presentation by my daughter, Sheela Jane Menon, currently pursuing a Ph.D. in English at the University of Texas, Austin. It begins to examine the question of how much progress has been made in

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Posted in Fighting Poverty, I BLOG, Justice, Race and Art, Race and Economics, Sustainability, Uncategorized

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