NOTICE: The recent mass shootings in Atlanta are tragic, horrible occurrences. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the shooting victims, as well as the Atlanta and Boulder communities. While these horrific mass shootings garner headlines, it is important to note that gun violence is an everyday occurrence. More than 100 people die everyday from gun violence. Gun violence includes suicides, domestic violence, street violence. Please check the following links for more information:
Every person has a fundamental right to life and a right to those things required for human decency. While public debate in our nation is often divided between those who focus on personal responsibility and those who focus on social responsibilities, our tradition insists that both are necessary. All people have the right to participate in the decisions that affect their lives. We are committed to work to ensure that all people have their voices heard, and to live out their faith in the public square, working together for justice. Corresponding to those rights are duties and responsibilities to respect the rights of others and work for the common good.
Our parish VOICE members work with other member organizations, collaborating to transform Buffalo through grassroots efforts to address policies and practices that negatively impact the region. Working groups include: Restorative Justice, Work Force Development, Refugee & Immigrant issues, Community Reinvestment & Disability Rights, Voter Registration, Police Reform.
St. Joseph’s Committee against Gun Violence.
This committee began in response to the concern about the number of gun related incidents in our community as well as in the country. Members work to educate the parish about the impact of gun violence in our community by sharing data, and engage in mobilization efforts to reduce the violence.
The University Heights Collaborative
The Collaborative is a community-based group of residents and other interested stakeholders working together to maintain and enhance the quality of life in the University Heights neighborhood. The Collaborative also serves as an umbrella organization for Block Clubs and Neighborhood Watch groups in the community surrounding our parish.