Empowering Women: Damini was a 23-year-old physical therapy student, who boarded a public bus in Delhi last month. Six men locked the door, and savagely raped her for hours, including with a metal rod that destroyed her internal organs. They dumped her naked in the street, and after bravely fighting for life, she died last weekend.  Urge Indian Prime Minister Singh and Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde to immediately launch a public education advertising campaign to eradicate sexism and sexual violence in India. (International Action available)

 
Poverty Awareness Month: To learn more about poverty around the world, visit this link or this link. To learn more about poverty in the U.S., visit Poverty USA website. A calendar can be downloaded here.
 
National Migration Week in the U.S.: National Migration Week is January 6 to 12 with the theme of “We are Strangers No Longer: Our Journey of Hope Continues.” This theme commemorates the 10th anniversary of the U.S. and Mexican bishops’ joint pastoral letter, Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope located here. Materials for use in ministry are located here.
 
Human Trafficking: Human trafficking is the third largest crime in the world and one of the fastest growing. January 11-13 is a national weekend of prayer to combat human trafficking. Information and prayer resources can be found here.
 
Louisville: On January 16, 2013, the University of Louisville Belknap Campus will host “Modern Day Slavery: Breaking the Chains.” Speakers will focus on human trafficking and include Theresa Flores and Colleen Clines. The event goes from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Red Barn. Parking is available in the Speed Museum parking garage.Tickets are $15 for general public and students $7.50. Contact the Women’s Center (502.852.8976) for more information.
 
Louisville: On January 19, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Our Lady of Lourdes (508 Breckenridge Lane) will be accepting a variety of recycling items. The complete list of acceptable items is located here (no batteries, light bulbs, ballasts, appliances except a $5 charge on TV’s, LCD and CRT monitors and microwaves (lead disposal value)