Veteran Community Organizer Named as Jesuits West’s New Provincial Assistant for Social Ministry Organizing
January 9, 2019 — Fr. Scott Santarosa, SJ, Provincial of Jesuits West, has appointed Annie Fox as the Province’s Provincial Assistant for Social Ministry Organizing. Fox, who served most recently as the Lead Organizer and Chief of Staff for LA Voice, an interfaith organization that works for justice and equity for more than 40,000 families in Los Angeles County as part of the Faith in Action network, begins her new role in late January.
In her new position with Jesuits West, Fox will be charged with helping the universities, high schools, parishes and other ministries that comprise the Province’s 10-state region align, organize and advocate more effectively on issues of social justice. She will also advise Fr. Santarosa and the Province leadership team on regional, national and international social justice issues.
During her time with Faith in Action, Fox ran grassroots campaigns focused on housing, homelessness, immigration and mass incarceration and trained hundreds of faith leaders on how to advocate to build more supportive and affordable housing. Prior to her role with LA Voice, Fox served with the Sacramento Area Congregations Together (ACT), PICO California and the Moishe Kavod Jewish Social Justice House.
Fr. Santarosa said, “We are blessed in our Province to have upwards of 80 ministries, and, together, they are a powerful force to raise awareness of the critical justice issues we face today. We are happy to welcome Annie Fox to our team, someone with the experience and leadership skills to take our Province’s advocacy efforts to a new level.”
May 8, 2019 — Working through shareholder activism, in partnership with investors and members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, Jesuits West has helped pass a shareholder resolution to hold GEO Group, one of the largest prison and detention center operators in the country, accountable for human rights and treatment of detainees.
April 22, 2019 — Provincial Scott Santarosa, SJ, assisted by Sacred Heart Jesuit Center Acting Superior Fr. Dick Case, SJ, concelebrant, Fr. Sam Bellino, SJ, and MC, Fr, John Mossi, SJ, celebrated the beginning of Holy Week with the Palm Sunday Liturgy.