Justice Rising podcast

Justice Rising Podcast

The Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center presents our new podcast, Justice Rising.

What if conversations had the power to transform society? Justice Rising, a new podcast created by the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center, is setting out to do just that! In each episode, we will highlight people and organizations doing justice work by exploring a central question: How can we bring about healing, liberation, and transformation in our church, our world, ourselves, and our communities?
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Mercy from the Cells with Jennifer Kelly

What does it look like to live out God’s mercy? And, how do we extend that mercy to and from the prison cells? On this week’s episode, Samantha sits down with Jennifer Kelly, the founder and Director of Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative Northwest (JRJINW), a work of Jesuits West Province. JRJI NW brings Ignatian spirituality and methodology to correctional facilities through a variety of programs, as well as engages in education, advocacy and action for social change in the wider community. JRJI NW honors the unique dignity of each person and promotes and advocates for policies and practices that are just, restorative and healing rather than punitive. Jennifer has been a member of the Seattle L ’ Arche community for 38 years, 32 of which she was employed by L ’ Arche—as an Assistant, Board Member, Executive Director and Director of Formation. She is a singer, songwriter, teacher, speaker, spiritual and retreat director. She has extensive experience in mission and vision development, the support and advancement of intentional communities, founding faith-based/non-profits organizations and the creation of support structures. However, her greatest passion may be supporting individuals in discovering their own deepest desires, interior freedom and inestimable worth.


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Love on the Border with Tracey Horan, SP

It seems, at times, that there is no humanity on the border, but Tracey Horan, SP from the Kino Border Initiative, shows everyone that God’s love abounds even in the face of injustice. On this week’s episode, Samantha sits down with Tracey Horan, SP as she discusses Title 42, the cruelty that she has witnessed on the border, and how people of faith can walk with and welcome the stranger. Tracey Horan is a Sister of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana and serves as the Associate Director of Education and Advocacy for the Kino Border Initiative in Nogales, Sonora and Arizona, where she has lived and worked since 2019. Sister Tracey has ministered with Latinx migrant communities in a variety of contexts for over a decade. She previously worked as a teacher and then as a community organizer, focusing on voting access, deportation defense, court accompaniment with migrants, and detangling Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from local law enforcement. Sister Tracey recently celebrated seven years as a religious sister.


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Charity vs Justice with Crystal Cardona

What is the difference between charity and justice? Sometimes, in our earnest attempt to pursue acts of justice, we might lose sight of what accompaniment should look like. On this week’s episode, Samantha sits down with Crystal Cardona, who serves as the Campus Minister for Outreach and Justice and teaches in the department of Women, Gender and Ethnic Studies at Saint Martin’s University, as she shares how she teaches justice work to her students through her experience in years of direct support work. Crystal is originally from California and relocated to the Pacific Northwest to attend Saint Martin’s University. After graduating from Saint Martin’s with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Cultural Anthropology, she completed a year of service as a Jesuit Volunteer in Phoenix, AZ and received a Master of Social Justice from Loyola University of Chicago while working at a mental health agency full-time. One of her roles Saint Martin’s University is to serve as the advisor to the Catholic Relief Services Student Chapter. She had the opportunity to travel with Catholic Relief Services University Delegation in 2019 to Rwanda.


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The Spirituality of Organizing with Michael Alcantara

Community organizer or rabble rouser? Peacebuilder or troublemaker? Community organizer, Michael Alcantara has taken some heat for his organizing efforts, but that hasn’t stopped him from pursuing justice for the sake of restoring human dignity to his Filipino siblings. On this week’s episode Samantha and Michael sit down and discuss how community organizing is inherently spiritual and how people of faith can respond to the crises in the Philippines. Michael is a member of PUSO Seattle (Philippine US Solidarity Organization) and ICHRP (International Coalition for Human for Human Rights in the Philippines). He is a graduate of Seattle University, and recently wrote an article for A Matter of Spirit Summer 2021 issue.


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Finding Our Purpose with Dr. Patrick Reyes

Samantha sits down with Dr. Patrick Reyes to discuss how decentering and disrupting white supremacy culture allows communities of color to find their purpose. Dr. Patrick B. Reyes is the author of the bestselling book The Purpose Gap: Empowering Communities of Color to Find Meaning and Thrive, as well as the award-winning book Nobody Cries When We Die: God, Community, and Surviving to Adulthood. A Chicano educator, administrator, and institutional strategist, he is the Senior Director of Learning Design at the Forum for Theological Exploration, Patrick is the president-elect of the Religious Education Association and serves on several boards in the education and the non-profit sectors supporting the next generation of BIPOC leaders and educators. Patrick holds a Doctorate and Master of Arts from Claremont School of Theology, a Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology, and is a proud graduate of the California State education system, graduating from California State University at Sacramento (Sacramento State). He is also host of the Sound of the Genuine podcast. Sound of the Genuine, a production of the Forum for Theological Exploration, seeks to explore meaning and purpose. You can listen to Sound of the Genuine on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Audible. You can learn more about Patrick at thepurposegap.com.

    We referenced:

  • The Purpose Gap: Empowering Communities of Color to Find Meaning and Thrive
  • Nobody Cries When We Die: God, Community, and Surviving to Adulthood
  • https://fteleaders.org


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Education Equity with Marcos Gonzales

In this episode, Samantha sits down with Marcos Gonzales to discuss how we can achieve education equity in our society. Marcos wrote about teaching through the pandemic in the Spring 2021 issue of A Matter of Spirit. Marcos Gonzales serves as the Director of Trauma-Informed Education at Chicago Jesuit Academy. His pursuit of a faith that does justice has taken him from the islands of Micronesia as a Jesuit Volunteer to the streets of Los Angeles working at Homeboy Industries as a case manager. He received his BA in theology and master’s degree in education from Loyola Marymount University and completed his master’s degree in social work at Loyola University, Chicago.

    We referenced:

  • Resmaa Menakem, My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies
  • Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
  • Dr. Bettina L. Love, We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of the Educational Freedom


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Introduction – Welcome to Justice Rising!

Featuring host and Justice Educator, Samantha Yanity and Executive Director, Will Rutt. On this episode, Samantha and Will share the inspiration behind Justice Rising and what listeners can anticipate in the first season. Listen here on: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Podbean


Please contact the host Samantha Yanity at syanity@ipjc.org, or call 206 223-1138.