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Sister Susan Wilcox, Activist-Occupier

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Gary Stamper

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I met Sister Susan Wilcox at the Integral Community Seminar in Colorado last year.  She is a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph/Brentwood. The order, founded in France in 1650, "seeks to promote justice, to live lives of non-violence and to respond to the needs of our time." She entered religious life in 1999, at the age of 40. She currently teaches at St. Joseph's College in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

Sr. Susan is young by current nun standards, and has been engaged in the day-to-day grind of Occupy: scaling the fences of Trinity Church property, being church in the streets, bringing Jesus’ radical message of love and justice to the craven corporations committed to the exact opposite.

Susan is a social justice activist in the best sense of the word and fully walks her talk. She has been outspoken about the catholic hierarchy who has accused nuns of being radical feminists for interest in social justice.

The men who run the Vatican thought they could simply clamp down on what they saw as the wayward activities of American nuns. They didn't realize who they were dealing with.

We’re going to talk to Sr. Susan about what it means to be an activist nun in the 21st century and how it may - or may not ­­- be different from what nuns have always done. We’ll also talk about “Occupy Catholics,” and Strike Debt’s “Rolling Jubilee.”