Fantastic news from #FicaMaua!

We’re sure you’ll have seen our countdown over on our Twitter and Facebook accounts urging CAFOD supporters to stand in solidarity with a community in São Paulo who have been facing eviction from their homes. 

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237 families were faced with the uncertainty of losing their home, but thanks to the support of CAFOD supporters from across the Archdiocese of Liverpool and further afield, we are thrilled to say that there will be no eviction!

Thanks to the support of CAFOD supporters from across the Archdiocese of Liverpool and further afield, we are thrilled to say that there will be no eviction!

Over three and a half thousand people signed the petition from across England and Wales.

More than one hundred supporters from the North West took a photograph of themselves with a #FicaMaua sign and signed the petition in order to spread the word, and it’s only with the ongoing pressure from CAFOD supporters that the eviction has been overturned.

You can watch a video of our supporters holding their #Ficamaua signs by clicking here

 

CAFOD Liverpool’s campaigns co-ordinator, Emily McIndoe, said: “We’re so pleased with the result of this campaign.  The support from parishioners in the Archdiocese of Liverpool has been astounding.  What great news!”

This success truly is testament to the power of campaigning – well done, and thank you for adding your voice to the petition.

For more information, please click here!

 

Share The Journey

On Wednesday 27 September, Pope Francis demonstrated his special concern for people on the move by launching Share the Journey, a new campaign which supports refugees and migrants.

Share the Journey brings together more than 200 Catholic organisations, including CAFOD and Caritas Social Action in England and Wales, as well as our sister Caritas agencies in every continent. Together, we will call on all our governments and on all people, to play their part in welcoming and protecting people forced to flee their homes due to poverty, war, persecution or natural disaster.

Pope Francis said, “Hope is the desire to share the journey of life, as the Caritas campaign that we inaugurate today reminds us. Brothers and sisters, do not be afraid to share the journey! Do not be afraid to share hope!”

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The Pope’s actions aim to highlight the Church’s commitment to sharing the journey of people on the move. World leaders must be called upon to do the same as they begin to negotiate new UN global agreements on refugees and migration, which are due to be finalised in September 2018.

In 2016, nearly 40,000 CAFOD supporters sent messages of hope to refugees. These messages are being shared with refugees in Europe and all across the globe. In 2018, CAFOD will produce new materials to help Catholic parishes and schools to get involved with the Share the Journey campaign, building up to a week of action in June 2018.

Colette said “we’re really excited to launch Share The Journey in Liverpool. It’s our opportunity to come together in our parishes and schools to show solidarity with our brothers and sisters overseas. If you would like to find out more please do get in touch with us here in the office on 0151 228 4028; we would really love to see as much participation with this as possible”.

We’re asking you to sign our petition to call on the UK government to take a lead in protecting refugees.

Find out more here.

 

 

One World Week Food Taster Event

The Church of the Good Shepherd recently held a One World Food Taster event to celebrate One World Week. Fairtrade products were on sale as well as dishes from around the globe, including food from Thailand, Ireland, Poland and the USA as well as many others. Local MP Stephen Twigg, who is very supportive of the event and of CAFOD, was also in attendance.

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One World Week runs from 22nd – 29th October and includes United Nations Day (24th October), but events are held all year round. Each year thousands of people take part in events organised by volunteers with the common purpose of sharing understanding about some of the global issues that affect us all and to recognise we can all make a difference.

This year’s theme is Good Neighbours: My World Depends on Us. Being a ‘good neighbour’ includes actively looking out for our neighbours to ensure their needs are met and has applications at the personal, local, national and international level. The UN Sustainable Development Goals have identified the needs of our global neighbours and governments around the world, including that of the UK, have pledged to address them. This week especially, we are asked to consider what we need to do to be a good neighbour in a globalised world.

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Colette Byrne said “I really enjoyed the event, a lot of effort went in to creating delicious dishes from around the world! There was an excellent turn out and a great amount of money raised for the Medaille Trust and CAFOD. Thank you to everyone involved, I was really impressed to see all faiths coming together to make this event happen, it’s good to see people working together, and of course, the food was absolutely fantastic!”

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Update about #FicaMaua

22228324_1910300272621361_3294563816574675513_nGood news from Brazil! The planned eviction for the Maua community has been temporarily suspended for thirty days so we are extending the campaign, thank you to everyone who has already got involved across the diocese!

The Maua community currently resides in the Maua building in the centre of Sao Paulo. The building was originally a hotel but was left empty for 17 years, until over 200 families renovated it and moved in in 2007. Since then, they have been desperately trying to win their legal rights to live there and have recently been engaging in negotiations with the authorities. The situation has now become urgent as a shock eviction notice has been givenFM2 to the community, meaning that 237 families, over 1000 people, now face being forced out of their homes by police.

The eviction order was originally set for 22nd October, but it has just been temporarily suspended until 21st November 2017. The leading judge on the case granted the temporary suspension on the grounds of public interest, considering the situation of vulnerability of the families living there, including the almost 200 children, many of whom would lose their school year.

The reprieve is a result of the ongoing campaigning by the families and supporters, as well as meetings with authorities. On Monday, families camped outside the Courts of Justice in FM3Sao Paulo to pressure the judges to stop the eviction. The Municipality is preparing a new offer and negotiations continue to try and reach an agreement with the owners for the purchase of the building.

Neti de Araujo, a community leader within the Maua community who has met with CAFOD supporters in the past has said “We have been given a reprieve. We thank all those who have supported us. The struggle continues. We will continue organising ourselves to demand our rights.”

“I want to thank everyone, first of all to God, a wonderful God that we have, and then to all of you who have stood with us in this struggle. We have managed to secure the temporary suspension of the eviction for another 30 days from the date set for the eviction! From the 22 October we have 30 more days. In parallel, we will continue our struggle for the public purchase of the Mauá building for social housing, so this wave of evictions can finally stop. I want to thank each and every one of you who has embraced this cause in solidarity with us.”FM4

 CAFOD Campaign Volunteer Emily commented that “we’ve had such a strong response to the campaign across the diocese so it’s really encouraging to get some positive feedback from our efforts and I hope this encourages more people to show their support for the Maua community”.

We’re asking you to show your support for the Maua community by signing the petition and taking a photo of yourself holding a #ficamaua sign.

Find out more about the campaign here.

 

Help Support The Maua Community in Brazil #ficamaua

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Colette’s supporting the #Ficamaua campaign, are you?

CAFOD’s Connect2 project in Brazil focuses on the communities in Sao Paulo, Brazil. One of these is the Maua community which resides in the Maua building in the centre of Sao Paulo. The building was originally a hotel, but was left empty for 17 years until over 200 homeless families renovated it and moved in in 2007. Since then, they have been desperately trying to win their legal rights to live there and have recently been engaging in negotiations with the authorities. The situation has now become urgent as a shock eviction notice has been given to the community, meaning that over 200 families now face being forced out of their homes by police on 22nd October 2017.

CAFOD’s partner in Brazil APOIO is currently working with the Maua community to try and defend their right to secure housing, however there is no further legal option to save the community. This means that the only option left to them is for the international Catholic community to put pressure on the authorities to stop the eviction.

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CAFOD supporters in the Archdiocese supporting the #Ficamaua campaign

Neti de Araujo, a community leader within the Maua community who has met with CAFOD supporters in the past has said: “We in the Maua community have spent 10 years living in this building which we have cleaned, looked after and made into a home for 237 families. For years we have been negotiating for the acquisition of this building for social housing with an affordable rent. Now we are at risk of an eviction. We have not been offered an alternative. We will have to leave our homes and live in the street. I am counting on you and your prayers”

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Neti with her #ficamaua sign

Members of the Brazilian Connect2 community visited the Liverpool Volunteer centre several years ago, so this decision is especially difficult for us to hear about in the office. Staff and volunteers in Liverpool have been showing their solidarity with the Maua community.

Ged said “We have been involved with the Maua community for over 10 years and members of the community have visited Liverpool and we are stunned to see that the local authorities are trying to evict people who have improved their accommodation and need it so badly, particularly when it is such a fantastic community. We urge them to reconsider this decision.”

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Ged’s supporting the #ficamaua campaign, are you?

 

Can you sign the petition asking the Brazilian authorities to suspend the eviction and to negotiate a just, permanent solution for the families? Can you print off the petition and ask people in your parish or community to add their signatures? Will you show solidarity with the Maua community by taking a picture of yourself holding a sign saying #ficamaua to share with us on social media?

Read more about the campaign