Journeys of justice and peace through the Jubilee Holy Year 2000!

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Grace to you and Peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ! GO TO JUSTPEACE PATHWAYS +++++ In mid-February, the number of men and women in jail or in prison in the United States surpassed 2 million. This is 1/4 of the world's total of 8 million. Two-thirds are imprisoned for non-violent offenses, 1/4 are drug violators who have received little or no drug treatment. Operating expenses are about $40 billion annually. (Source, NY Times). This is a tragic confession of the failure of American government and culture at this beginning of the new millennium to "do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly before God".

+++++ Since the last edition of this webzine, we have started a print publication, the Oklahoma City Catholic Worker, if you'd like to be on its free mailing list send me email with your postal mailing address.

+++++ Our local campaign encouraging Oklahoma Natural Gas corporation to moderate the harshness of their business practices has produced no direct response to us, but it does seem to have provoked a disinformation campaign from the company. The last two month's bills have had inserts in them themed "We don't want to discontinue service to anybody." The content however is less than the headlines promise. Someone without much experience with poverty might think they were being generous and reasonable, when the reality is quite different. We may yet end up with picket signs and icons praying the Rosary outside of their director's various offices (which are scattered from Wichita, Kansas through Oklahoma to Ft. Worth, Texas, so we may be doing some traveling during Lent). Please pray that the directors of ONG/ONEOK will hear the cry of the poor and respond with compassion, thus making their corporation a better corporate citizen and making a significant contribution to the common good..

+++++ There's news from Hazelton, Pennsylvania, about an itinerant, barefoot, robed, devout Catholic "holy man" who is bringing peace, joy, and healing to people of that area. He seems to have a special apostolate to alienated youth. Let us all keep this situation in our prayers. Such sudden outbreaks of grace in a community are very precious.

+++++ We had a nice visitation recently from Sylvia and Andy Tribble of the Columbia (Missouri) Catholic Workers, they were headed home from a week's visit at Casa Juan Diego in Houston. We're going up there for a visit soon -- the Columbia CWers are giving us an old van they don't need, we'll use it in our homeless outreach. They said we didn't have enough non-working appliances (we have only one in the back yard) or empty cardboard boxes on our porch (a few by the back door), but otherwise things looked fine. We talked CW "shop", I asked a lot of questions, and we both shared stories. Any of y'all who happen to be traveling through, please do stop and say howdy. (Schedules are very erratic around here, call to make sure somebody's home, we're at the southeast corner of NW 21st and North McKinley.) "Good food served here." We indeed leave our porch light on for you. Our phone number is 405-557-0436.

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JUSTPEACE PATHWAYS +++ Bookmarks to the news and views departments on this page:
Crossroads Featured news, connections, links. Solidarity Reports, news, views, links, resources, from and about them that's doin'. World Bank/IMF/Corporate Welfare Watch We keep our eye on these global structures of sin.
Spirituality Source of orthopraxis. Disasters and Emergency Relief On-going stuff that usually doesn't change from issue to issue.
Bookstore justice, peace, prudent, frugal, and simple living, community, organizing. When anyone tramples underfoot all the prisoners of the land, when human rights are distorted in the very sight of the Most High, when a crooked claim is pressed, the LORD does not look on uncon-cerned. Lamentations 3, 34-36 Living on the Earth as if people and other living things mattered

Justpeace Crossroads TOP

The century now beginning ought to be a century of solidarity, address of Pope John Paul II to the Vatican diplomatic corps, January 2000.

Power to the people can only mean property to the people, by John Medaille, originally published in New Oxford Review, a presentation of distribution as advocated by G.K. Chesterton, Dorothy Day, and Peter Maurin, as the solution to poverty. John is a regular participant in the Cinjust forum I moderate.

My response to Fr. Neuhaus' attack on the Houston Catholic Workers, the Catholic neo-conservatives seem to think that Catholic Workers are promoting envy, resentment, and class warfare. This is my 5,000 word response last year's First Things attack on CWers, sent this week to Fr. Neuhaus. (One of the interesting things about this controversy is that both Workers and neo-conservatives read Chesterton.) Here is the ten word executive summary: The neo-conservatives need some inductive to go with their deductive.

A Tale of Two Nations, a chapter from Arianna Huffington's new book "How to overthrow the government", on the disparity between rich and poor and why this situation is so dangerous for the nation.

Catholic Information Network, a great resource and meeting place. They graciously host my Cinjust, Cinjustann, and Cinmusic listservs, and are a good place to find recent documents from the Vatican. Lots of resources nicely organized, and a huge number of listserv emailing lists.

At the Threshold of the Great Jubilee 2000: To the Nations of the World and All People of Good Will On Behalf of the Poor, from the Vincentian family. Considering their solidarity with the poor, the size of their movement (more than a million people worldwide collaborating in four major priestly, religious, and lay institutes in the Vincentian charism), and their long and cross-cultural experience with the poor (they have hundreds of years of personal and institutional experience in journeying with the impoverished), we should pay attention to what they have to say to us.

Dissenting opinions of federal judges, relating to "mandatory minimum sentences". Who's Who among those opposed to the present US "war on people who use drugs." The top of the list is noted pro-life leader and conservative Republican congressman Ron Paul of Texas (he is also one of the most consistent voices in favor of peace and against war in the current Congress).

The Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, working to find alternatives to our culture of death reliance on jails and prisons. Has research, chapter and verse.

The abortion debate is over, from Frederica Matthews-Green, of the Orthodox faith, on the transformation of the abortion debate (she predicts victory in the long-run for the pro-life cause).

Justicia y Paz, from Spain, English version,

Solidarity, Orthopraxis, Community Development TOP

Orthopraxis refers to practicing what you preach.

Africa-Europe Faith and Justice Network an association of men and women religious and missionary congregations in Africa that seeks to promote justice in Africa and in relations of European countries towards Africa. Has over 1000 people throughout Africa that provide information and news to the network. Check their link page for some interesting places to visit.

The November Coalition, solidarity site for those affected by mandatory minimum sentencing laws for non-violent offenses.

Peace Brigades International, sends teams of companions and observers from developed countries to places where people are at risk of violence due to their work for peace and justice. Many oppressors do not want their activities to see the light of day, by providing such observer teams, the Peace Brigades non-violently help protect at risk people.

Global Agenda, by William Greider, from the Nation, provocative story documenting the abuses of workers in factories overseas.

The Burger International Revisited, a report on union organizing attempts at MacDonalds restaurants worldwide. From the Left Business Observer.

Income and Poverty, another Left Business Observer article about income statistics. Has a great quote from Alexis de Tocqueville: "I am of the opinion...that the manufacturing aristocracy which is growing up under our eyes is one of the harshest that ever existed.... The friends of democracy should keep their eyes anxiously fixed in this direction; for if a permanent inequality of conditions and aristocracy...penetrates into [America], it may be predicted that this is the gate by which they will enter."

Catholics Against Capital Punishment, information and catechesis.

Fact Sheets, from the National Coalition for the Homeless, great information, organized for easy access.

Homelessness: programs and the people they serve, on-line text of a HUD study.

Mayors group finds rise in food and shelter requests, from the US Conference of Mayors, with emergency food requests up 18% and shelter requests up 12% in the 26 cities served, over last year.

Adaptable strategies for sustainable livelihoods in arid and semi-arid lands, how the poor are coping. (Executive summary: by stretching their margins even further.)

Spirituality TOP

Mother Drexel to be canonized, Katherine Drexel was heir to an enormous banking fortune, and devoted it to service to the impoverished and marginalized, founding a religious order.

The Focolare Movement, founded by Chiara Lubich, integrating spirituality, justice, and daily life.

Homily of Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez, on the 15th anniversary of the martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador.

Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, a Texas headquartered religious order, has a ministry where priests and brothers travel with migrant laborers during their annual journeys.

Liturgy of the Hours, new site with easy access to the daily readings and prayers for the Liturgy of the Hours.

Faith and Practice, personal link page with prayers, readings, and artwork from a visitor to these pages, Christopher Blosser. See also his politics page, which has a nice Chesterton quote and graphic and interesting links.

Peter Maurin 1877 - 1977, article by Dorothy Day recounting her experience with Peter Maurin and describing his charism.

Distributism versus Capitalism, October 1954 article by Dorothy Day calling for worker ownership and quoting the Vatican newspaper's condemnation of capitalism. Discusses Pius XII's 1952 Christmas message.

For each month's prayer intentions of the Holy Father, with complementary readings, see the Catholic Information Network's Apostleship of Prayer.

Virtual Rosary Online
Virtual Rosary Online!

For the sake of profit many sin, and the struggle for wealth blinds the eyes. Sirach 27:1

World Bank/IMF Watch TOP Envy not the lawless man and choose none of his ways. Proverbs 3:31

Subsidy Watch web info plus regular email list about corporate subsidies that harm the environment and the economy. Estimates the global cost to be $1 trillion annually. Sigh.

The WTO: Inside, outside, all around the world, by sustainable economist and author Paul Hawken, non-Catholic and secular, but one of the best analyses of what happened with the anti-WTO riots in Seattle (and truly, I have seen an ocean of cyber-messages about this, having received literally hundreds of messages about it since late last year). The interesting thing about the WTO problem is that the groups getting together under the anti WTO umbrella is quite ecumenical, politically, economically, and religiously. It would seem our corporate rulers are getting worried. They are proposing that the next WTO meeting be held in one of the Persian Gulf sheikdoms, where there won't be any inconvenient Bill of Rights to protect any protestors that manage to find the place. A characteristic of cowards everywhere is that they would rather flee than confront their accusers.

He who oppresses the poor blasphemes his Maker. Proverbs 14:31a

Happy are those who do not follow the counsel of the wicked. Psalm 1:1a

TOP+++ Living on the Earth as if People and Other Living Things Mattered Department

This section now has its own internet publication: Better Times: the Webzine. A new issue is in preparation.

He who oppresses the poor blasphemes his Maker. Proverbs 14:31a

Disasters and Emergency Relief TOP

They ask their mothers, "Where is the cereal?" -- in vain, as they faint away like the wounded in the streets of the city, and breathe their last in their mothers' arms. Lamentations 2:12

ReliefWeb from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Complex Emergencies, information about on-going emergencies and various countries of concern to the humanitarian community. There isn't very much good news here. ReliefNet Home Page non-profit helping humanitarian organizations raise global awareness and encourage support for relief efforts via the Internet. AlertNet, a news and communications service from the Reuter Foundation for the emergency relief community, has press releases from leading relief agencies, expert analyses, reviews of key issues and events, jobs noticeboard. Has a focus page on Kosovo. Direct from the Field, reports from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the world's largest humanitarian network. DisasterRelief.Org, worldwide disaster aid and information via the internet. Some very sad and tragic stories here.

Kosovo Regional Emergency, from Catholic Relief Services; the organization is currently assisting 200,000 refugees in the Balkans, their April 2nd estimate is that 1 million people are now displaced in and around Yugoslavia. Kosovo Humanitarian Aid and Discussion links

Happy are those who do not follow the counsel of the wicked. Psalm 1:1a

Remember the time of hunger in the time of plenty; poverty and want in the day of wealth. Sirach 18:25 TOP

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Even to the death fight for truth, and the Lord your God will battle for you. Sirach 4:28

Independence Day 1999 Let Them Eat Portabello Quesadillas commentary on the 50th anniversary of NATO. 1999 Justpeace Easter Letter
WAR IS THE HEALTH OF THE STATE. Holy Week 1999 and the commencement of the United States war against Serbia. WITH BURNING SORROW, a response to the March 24 statement of the president of the NCCB on the crisis in Kosovo. The Epiphany View from Oakley Street, 1998
Election Day 1998 Special Edition ALL SAINTS DAY 1998 Special Edition A LAMENT Concerning the Foreign Policy of the U.S.A.
A LAMENT for the SUMMER of 1998 Congress, the Presidency, and the Culture of Death President Clinton Should Resign,
Works of Justice and Peace

My son, rob not the poor man of his livelihood, force not the eyes of the needy to turn away.

A hungry man grieve not, a needy man anger not; do not exasperate the downtrodden;

delay not to give to the needy. A beggar in distress do not reject;

avert not your face from the poor. From the needy turn

not your eyes, give no one reason to curse you.

Sirach 4:1-5

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The just have a care for the rights of the poor;

the wicked have no such concern.

Proverbs 29:7

The mystery of the poor is this: that they are Jesus, and what you do for

them you do for Him. It is the only way we have of knowing

and believing in our love. The mystery of poverty

is that by sharing in it, making ourselves poor

in giving to others, we increase our

knowledge of and belief in love.

Dorothy Day of New York,

Confessor and Catholic Worker

What we do here is very little,

but it is like the little boy with a few loaves and fishes. . .

Christ took that little and increased it; He will do the rest.

What we do is so little that we may seem to be constantly failing --

but, then so did He; He met with apparent failure on the Cross. . .

unless the seed fall into the earth and die, there is not a harvest.

And why must we see the results of our giving?

Our work is to sow -- another generation will be reaping the harvest.

Dorothy Day.

O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you.

Avoid profane babbling and the absurdities of so-called knowledge.

By professing it, some people have deviated from the faith.

Grace be with all of you. 1 Timothy 6:20-21

Copyright (c) 1998, 1999, 2000 by Robert Waldrop

This is me (Spring 1999) while working at Catholic Charities in Oklahoma City earlier this year. Note the clean and well-organized desk.