No to Genocide!

I received this message in my email inbox from a good friend and thought I’d pass this along to everyone:

Last year it was brought to my attention that Fidelity Investments, the firm that handles the investment of the retirement funds for the priests of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, is one of the major investors in two Chinese petroleum companies that are providing funds for the genocide that is taking place in Darfur in Sudan. The Council of Priests for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles sent a letter to the Chairman of Fidelity Investments asking him to sell these stocks so that our money is not being invested in companies that have so little concern for human rights.

This week I was contacted by the organization, Investors Against Genocide, with some very good news. Thanks to a recent ruling by the Securities and Exchange Commission, for the first time shareholders of many mutual funds will have a voice in whether their savings are invested in genocide. Industry insiders have termed the scope and breadth of this challenge to the mutual fund industry to be “unprecedented.”

Each year all corporations and mutual funds send out ballots for voting on initiatives that affect their corporation or their mutual fund. Most investors simply throw them away; who has time to read all of this? However, this year, I implore you to take a look at the ballot, and please check the box that indicates that you do not want your money invested in companies that support genocide. We can not support the corporate organizations that finance the killing of innocent men, women and children. If you are a mutual fund shareholder, you have a vote in the way your money is managed, just as you have a voice in the presidential race this year.

Please pass this message on to family, friends, and co-workers. And, when you receive your ballot in the mail please check the box indicating NO TO GENOCIDE! And, if you would like to receive more information, please check the website:

As Catholics and as Americans, we have the freedom to make our voices heard, and the responsibility to be “a voice for the voiceless.” So, please watch your mail and vote against genocide!

May the Lord continue to bless us always and in all ways, Father Paul

Father Paul Spellman
Holy Name of Jesus Church
2190 West 31st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90018


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