Exciting new project on social justice to be released

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Watch out this winter for a new project covering the important topic of social justice in light of Catholic teaching from ACTS Evangelism and Worship, and artist Sal Solo.

Known as We Cry Justice!, the DVD and CD project (in partnership with Catholic Relief Services and distributed by HeartBeat Records) is Solo’s most ambitious project since his groundbreaking multimedia Mass, Anno Domini. We Cry Justice! is a comprehensive treatment of social justice, each song covering a different facet:

1. GENESIS
Creation, Cain and Abel, Tower of Babel …. Basically showing how injustice first came into the world.

2. MONEY
About the distribution of wealth and resources on the planet, and the big gap between populations and wealth per head.

3. CRY OF THE POOR
Also known as “Option for the poor” in Catholic social teaching. The rap makes reference to homeless in America.

4. I CHOOSE LIFE
The right to life in every area: stem cell, euthanasia, capital punishment.

5. SILENT SCREAM
Specifically about abortion and teen pregnancy.

6. YEAH LADY
Child brides and female circumcision (FGC or FGM)

7. A.I.D.S. AFRICA
The poorest nations of the world. Why they are poor. That we enslaved them and crippled them with debt.

8. EVIL PROSPERS WHEN GOOD PEOPLE DO NOTHING
Highlighting racism, as in Auschwitz.

9. 50¢ A DAY
Workers rights. Pay discrepancy etc .

10. I SHALL BE RELEASED
9/11 footage in this one – that the number dying each day from hunger is far greater.

11. IF YOU WANNA SEE PEACE, WORK FOR JUSTICE
The world spends more on arms than feeding the poor.

12. ONE HUMAN FAMILY
The relation between our everyday things and the rest of the world.

13. WE CRY JUSTICE
This really sums up the whole thing – wars, child prostitutes, begging…

14. RAINFOREST
This is an instrumental drawing attention to our duty to protect the planet

Preliminary reviews have this to say about We Cry Justice!:

“Truly motivating. It really has the power to touch all people on all different levels”
Rob Kaczmark, Spirit Juice Studios

“Just to watch the trailer was an emotional experience! Leave it to Sal to reach into the heart with music and visuals.”Stephen Schnee, Hands and Hearts, CA

“Innovative, exciting and ground-breaking; a truly new approach to social justice teaching through multi-media. The ’50 cents a day’ idea will inspire many, young and old, to open their hearts to the poor. This is an important new project for the Church.” Susan Bailey, GrapeVine

Through ACTS, Sal Solo conducts youth rallies, retreats and concerts all over the world. In bringing We Cry Justice! to the public, Solo explains, “I will begin to incorporate it into my retreats, including discussion materials to follow it. I have a call and answer thing with the kids which says “We are here to EDUCATE, to MOTIVATE, and to ASK OURSELVES; WHAT CAN I DO?” It is essential to focus on putting the message into action. We have plans for a study guide, which should be a valuable addition. ”

In this interview conducted at the Catholic Marketing Network trade show last spring, Solo explains the project further and how it came to be:

ACTS released a promo which will give you a taste of the project:

Visit ACTS Evangelism and Worship, and artist Sal Solo for booking information and the official release date of We Cry Justice!.

Copyright 2009 Susan Bailey, Grapevine Music News

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Susan Bailey is an writer, speaker and musician. She is the author of River of Grace Creative Passages Through Difficult Times, published by Ave Maria Press, and Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message, part of the Literary Portals to Prayer series published by ACTA Publications. Along with her own blogs Be As One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion), Susan frequently contributes to CatholicMom.com and the Association of Catholic Women Bloggers. She has also contributed to Catholic.net and Catholic Online. Susan writes articles and a monthly column known as Be as One for the Diocese of Worcester newspaper, The Catholic Free Press. Bailey, who works as a marketing/advertising assistant for a local real estate firm, is an associate member of the Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, where previously she served as chair and secretary, helping to organize the biennial “Gather Us In” women’s conference, one of the first major Catholic women’s conferences in the country. As part of her duties she wrote the monthly column for The Catholic Free Press known as “Concerning Women” and appeared on CatholicTV’s “This is the Day” to promote the conference. A professional musician and graphic artist, Bailey released four CDs, performed on EWTN, CatholicTV and World Youth Day 2002, and worked as a cantor in her parish of St. Luke the Evangelist for fifteen years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (with concentrations in US History and Music) from Bridgewater State University. She and her husband, Rich, have two grown children and live in North Grafton, Massachusetts. Susan invites you to join her email list where you will receive updates on exciting professional developments and speaking engagements. Email subscribers also receive special giveaways and previews of new projects. Susan loves a good conversation and looks forward to corresponding with you! Join here.

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