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Missouri ACORN’s Catholic Connection

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Posted on July 22 2010 7:30 pm
Lisa Graas has covered politics and religion at her blog LisaGraas.com since 2008. She has served as a crisis pregnancy counselor, youth speaker, mental health advocate and legislative consultant.
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People's Settlement

When former Missouri ACORN “community organizers”, now calling themselves Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE) took a Chase branch bank by storm yesterday, there were reportedly a few dissenting Catholics in attendance. MORE has participated in several such protests at banks in St. Louis as part of People’s Settlement, a collaboration of progressive activist groups who support each other in what they refer to as “direct action activities”.

“The Settlement will build off the popular anger over the lack of change, rightly portraying corporations as the major source of the obstruction. Our goal is to combine political theatre, willful direct action, and popular education with community building, undergirded by the will to generate an inclusive progressive movement in Saint Louis.”

People’s Settlement includes “Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE), the St. Louis Instead of War Coalition (IOW), Show Me No Hate, Transhaven, Literacy for Social Justice Teachers, Catholic Action Network (CAN), and other social justice organizations.” In March, People’s Settlement activists camped out for five days in Poelker Park, directly across from City Hall in Downtown St. Louis, as they staged protests and attempted to recruit passersby to their cause.  The video below shows their assault on Bank of America in which they demanded an “end to unjust foreclosures”.

Catholic Action Network dissents against Catholic teaching on homosexuality, women’s ordination and other issues that are not open for debate according to the Church.  The group seems to have been something of a thorn in the side of the Archdiocese of St. Louis as they’ve staged joint protests with Show Me No Hate at the steps of the Cathedral Basilica. The video below shows a news report on one of these protests.

Catholic Action Network is also joined with St. Louis Justice and Peace Shares, a collaboration of six leftist organizations which work jointly to advance their prospective causes, like the “Gaza Freedom March“, in order to share resources.

For more on the networks of the Left, visit Discover the Networks.

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