While President Barack Obama has promised to improve relations between the federal government and Native American tribes, his administration’s tepid position in relation to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) shows there is still much to be done. In hopes of addressing past and present injustices against indigenous people worldwide, the … More Obama not all in on indigenous rights
Following Pope Francis’ historic encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care For Our Common Home” issued on June 18, much of the media commentary has focused on the Pope’s affirmation of climate change. Indeed, the leader of the Catholic Church does not mince words when describing the threat that climate change poses to the earth and the human family … More Pope: Free Market Capitalism is Amoral
In the wake of Pope Francis’ historic and welcomed release of Laudato Si’, the Romero Institute, like many spiritually progressive organizations throughout the world, is grateful, inspired and eager to spread the message. The Pope’s beautiful and stirring call for all mankind to faithfully tend to the wonders of creation is imperative in this day and … More Romero Institute calls for Pope to recognize Church’s mistreatment of Indigenous people
On August 18th, 2014, Pope Francis announced that the Papacy was in the process of beatifying Archbishop Óscar Romero. Now at last, 35 years after his assassination, Romero has been beatified. On May 23rd, 2015, Salvadorians held a ceremony in the Plaza Salvador del Mundo to honor the martyred archbishop’s beatification. They paraded the bloodstained shirt which … More Beatification of Óscar Romero
On November 28th, 2014, José Isidro Tendetza Antúnto went to a protest meeting against El Mirador, a $1.4 billion gold and copper mine being carved out of his ancestral homeland in Ecuador. Four days later, his son Jorge found Tendetza’s body in an unmarked grave. Tendetza had been tortured and strangled, and on his body were cuts and … More Indigenous Man Murdered for Protesting
St. Paul, MN- Thousands of people gathered together on June 7th, 2015 to protest the drilling of oil in the Canadian and North Dakota tar sands. The reason behind this protest was that the fracking process utilizes a great amount of fresh water; furthermore, transporting tar sand oils through pipelines is a hazard to the ground … More Indigenous Peoples Fight for Environment
Welcome to the Romero Institute Report! The Romero Institute, a non-profit law and public policy center, is the successor to the famed Christic Institute. We take our name from Óscar Romero, the archbishop of El Salvador who spoke on behalf of the oppressed and who fought for human rights. Today, the Romero Institute honors Óscar Romero’s … More Welcome to the Romero Institute Report!