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What a sight to see. As this issue is going to press, I have been watching the national news reports of Cardinal O'Connor's funeral in New York City. When Cardinal Law mentioned his colleague's support for the "pro-life cause," a spontaneous standing ovation broke out, and the President and Mrs. Clinton actually stood up with the rest of the congregation. Unfortunately, it seemed to me that blood dripped from his presidential hands as he clapped them, and the cries of Iraqi children joined a chorus of people whose lives had been ended by abortion in a mighty shout of protest against the sins against life of the United States government. May he and all who would rule hear their call to justice and repentance!

Some miscellaneous quotes found in my inbox since the last edition of this webzine. . . +++++ "

A British biologist, Roger Coghill, says he expects the depleted uranium (DU) weapons used by U.S. aircraft over Kosovo will cause more than 10,000 fatal cancer cases ... In mid-June scientists at Kozani in northern Greece were reporting that radiation levels were 25% above normal whenever the wind blew from the direction of Kosovo. And Bulgarian researchers reported finding levels eight times higher than usual within Bulgaria itself, and up to 30 times higher in Yugoslavia." --BBC News, "Depleted Uranium 'Threatens Balkan Cancer Epidemic,'." July 30, 1999

+++++++"A [UN-sponsored] truth commission report has concluded that the United States gave money and training to a Guatemalan military that committed 'acts of genocide' against the Mayan people during the most brutal armed conflict in Latin America, Guatemala's 36-year civil war [1960­1996]. The report of the independent Historical Clarification Commission, which was released on Thursday, contradicts years of official denial about the torture, kidnaping and execution of thousands of civilians in a war that the commission estimated killed more than 200,000 Guatemalans." --New York Times, February 26, 1999

+++++++"I spent 33 years in the Marines. Most of my time being a high-class muscle man for Big business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909­1912. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenue in. I helped in the rape of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street." --U.S. Marine Corps Major General Smedley Darlington Butler, in Common Sense, November 1935

+++++++For a free subscription to our print publication, the Oklahoma City Catholic Worker, send me email with your postal mailing address.

+++++ Your webservant now moderates a new CIN list (as of May 8th) -- Caelum et Terra -- which continues the conversation started by the magazine of the same name (published 1992-96), which is to say, Catholic, Chestertonian, agrarian, distributist, personalist; we will explore the topic of Catholic intentional communities rooted in these concepts. Yes, it's true, the OKC Catholic Workers want to start a farm community. You can make a designated donation for the "farm purchase savings account". Send to Oscar Romero Catholic Worker, 1524 NW 21st, Oklahoma City, OK, 73106, designate it for the "farm". We invite everybody to add this to their prayer intentions.

+++++++ Commencing on the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (July 1st), we will be praying a "week of novenas for justice and peace," 63 days of summer prayer ending September 1st (originally offered in the summer of 1998). More information will be forthcoming at this website, via the email listservs, and a special tabloid edition of the OKC Catholic Worker; we'd be happy to send you a bundle to distribute at your local parish, coffee house, Catholic school or wherever. If you don't subscribe to my listservs CINJUST & CINJUSTANN and would like to receive an automatic email notification when a new edition of the Justpeace Front Page is published, send me a blank email with SUBSCRIBE FRONT PAGE in the subject line.

++++++ In other news of the Oscar Romero House, we continue to deliver groceries each month. Our garden is making great progress (this year we're growing tomatoes, peppers, several kinds of squashes, black eyed peas, pole beans, we have huge compost heaps and will be taking some compost during the summer to community gardens.) Our meeting with one of the directors of ONEOK/ONG went well; she seems to think there is enough money for emergency assistance but that people had problems accessing it. ONG has established a task force to consider the justice of their "roommate rule." See ONG letters for the background of this justice issue. My conclusion is that piped in natural gas is an amenity that the very poor can't afford in Oklahoma City. We intend to pay more attention to helping people break free of the ONG gas monopoly. Meanwhile, 3 kids were killed in Oklahoma City last month in a fire caused by candles. The electricity had been cut off, the mother had taken the day off from her low-wage job to look for emergency assistance, she got fired, that evening she had to go to the emergency room of a hospital because of a migraine headache, while at the hospital a candle got knocked over at home and her 3 kids were killed in the resulting fire. Such is the life of the poor in our robust expanding prosperous economy. Like I said, we need a farm as a home place for a community. There's no room for the poor in the globalizing US economy, it's time to start founding alternative communities to provide refuge. If the Hutterites and Amish can do it, so can the Catholics. It's part of the vision of Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin for the Catholic Worker movement.

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. Living on the Earth as if people and other living things mattered

Justpeace Crossroads TOP

The Censoring of Women's History, a March 2000 column by Nat Hentoff in the Jewish World Review, exposes how the pro-life views of early US feminists are ignored or obscured in modern discussions of the history of feminism.

Covenant to Overcome Poverty, from Call to Renewal and Sojourners Magazine, their goal is to get 1 million signatures and change the political and social debate on poverty in the U.S.

Ballot Access News, chronicles the on-going defense of your right to vote for the party of your choice, even if it isn't the Democratic or Republican party. The US likes to claim that we have the freest political system on earth. In fact, we have a highly regulated system cleverly designed to favor two specific parties and to disadvantage everybody else. It's easier for a new party to contest a national election in Russia these days than it is in the United States. The site (which mirrors a monthly printed publication) reports on all non-"major party" political organizing efforts and lawsuits challenging various aspects of our ballot access system. The story of the 20th century was that while the voting franchise was extended nearly universally in the US, the choices we are allowed to vote for have been steadily restricted.

Murrah Federal Building Memorial Opens, on April 19th this year, the national monument at the site of the OKC bombing was dedicated. It is a peaceful place, I've been down there to pray. Having personally seen what the place looked like shortly after the bombing, I'm glad the designers have wrought a bit of architectural redemption of the site of this terrible violence.

Corporate Europe Observatory, a European research and advocacy organization targeting threats to social justice posed by the economic power of corporations.

A Nasty Caricature, a point by point refutation of allegations that Pius XII aided Nazism.

Pro-life, anti-death penalty considers the connection between these two moral positions. From America magazine.

Let the bloody truth be told, a chronology of US imperialism. Includes a list of US military interventions from 1890 - 1999 and information on recent and current US human rights violations. There's a lot of history here that isn't in most US textbooks, nor do we read about this in the newspaper., a trip to the "unexplored lands" of the history of US imperialism. Has great access to Mark Twain's anti-imperialist literature, and access to many 'new century' essays and news reports from the late 1800s, many of which express grave concerns about growing US imperialism. Alas, virtually all of their negative predictions have come true. In particular, see Anti-imperialism in the US, 1898 - 1935. We have seen the Empire, and it is US.

Tax Money Not People, two years ago I floated an idea in cyberspace discussion about a "transaction tax" to replace all current federal taxation. Effectively it is a tax on the velocity of money, the faster it moves the more tax is paid. Because so much money moves around so fast, the rate could be very low, I speculated 1/4 of 1% if it was applied universally. But I lacked the economic information necessary to prove its workability. Well, great minds think alike, I suppose, and this site fell into my inbox last month. They say such a tax could be even lower -- 1/10th of 1%, every time money moves, whether it be for a sale, a loan, a whatever, and the site has the economic data to document the ability of this tax at the rate of 1/10th of 1% to replace all federal and state taxation. When we talk tax policy, we tend to fixate on the rate, and don't notice the bigger question which is "what is being taxed?" The powerful always manage to get much of their economic activity exempt from taxation, which drives up the rate everybody else must pay. This eliminates the possibility of tax shelters and loopholes, because it is universal. Although "flat" in its rate, it is progressive in that business and the wealthy will pay a lot more, because they have a lot more economic activity. The annual tax on a minimum wage at this rate would be $9.60. The Federal Reserve System would pay a lot more, as they should.

Solidarity, Orthopraxis, Community Development TOP

Orthopraxis refers to practicing what you preach.

Africa-Europe Faith and Justice Network, working to promote more just and equitable relationships between Europe and Africa, a network of religious and missionary congregations.

Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns, peace, justice, the integrity of creation.

Azerbaijan Internet Links access to all things Azerbaijani, including human rights information and the Azerbaijani side of the conflict with Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh.

Project Underground, supporting the human rights of communities facing exploiting by oil and mining companies.

Responsible Wealth, a site assisting those who have assets in doing justice in the management of their wealth. Lots of reports about corporate doings. See "Paying a living wage is good for business", their study of the many business advantages of paying employees a just and living wage. Complete text is available on their site.

Payday Loans lure vulnerable customers into spiraling debt, one of the sleaziest aspects of the US financial industry is the "pay day loan", with interest rates in the neighborhood of 650% per annum! This report from Chicago's Woodstock Institute debunks the common defenses of the industry.

Ya Basta! Initiatives against neoliberalism.

Three well-kept secrets about abortion, its racist, post-abortion stress syndrome, and the link with breast cancer.

A poor town gets water. This website is sponsored by the Association of Concerned Guyanese, with a Canadian address, and offers a window into life in a very poor country. Note the articles about increased privatization and the threats of civil disorder. Agitators are blamed. Click on the "Water supply for more city residents" article, which reports that 14 faucets have been installed to serve 5,000 people. People are ordered not to bathe or wash their animals or dishes at the faucets, rather, they should carry the water home. Oh, and the water will only be on twice a day.

The Militarization of the US-Mexico Border, an interview with Maria Jimenez, of the Immigration Law Enforcement Monitoring Project of the American Friends Service Committee.

Spirituality TOP

Jubilee Holy Year, page of the US Catholic Bishops. Access to lots of resources.

Catholic Social Justice Educators Network, from the Social Justice ministry of the archdiocese of Minneapolis-St. Paul.

The Person of Mary: Social Dimension, charts from the University of Dayton showing quotes from Magisterial documents since Vatican II regarding Mary and social justice.

The Community of St. Egidio, organized in Rome in 1968, it now has 30,000 members promoting evangelism, justice, charity, and solidarity in the poor. Site is available in five languages, including English.

Christian peacemaking in the 21st century, from the diaconate page of St. Joseph's Parish, Bristol, Connecticut.

On the Social Apostolate, from the Superior General of the Jesuit Order, to the Jesuits throughout the world.

Monsignor Romero: Inspiration for Human Rights, by the widow of the assassinated director of the El Salvador Human Rights Commission.

Archbishop Romero lives in the song and dance of youth, an interview with the Romero Cantata Ensemble. They wrote and presented throughout El Salvador a cantata on the life of Romero and the martyrs of El Salvador.

Justice and peace meditations on the Roman lectionary readings for the season of Easter.

Dorothy Day's Sainthood Cause Begins, by John Cardinal O'Connor, Archbishop of New York City.

To Christ -- to the Land, by Dorothy Day, NY Catholic Worker, January 1936.

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

Boycott the World Bank! The Bank gets a lot of money from your local banker in the form of bonds and securities. Does your hometown banker have a vested interest in stealing interest payments from the rice bowls of the poorest of the world's poor? Ask him (or her), and if so, consider moving your account elsewhere. From the Center for Economic Justice.

Globalization, Development, Poverty, an on-line e-conference sponsored by the World Bank and the Panos Foundation. I am participating in this forum (it runs for 4 weeks, commencing May 1, 2000), and the reading is interesting and not too overwhelming, the discussion can be read on-line at this page.

Seattle Sequel in DC, The Nation Magazine's take on the April 16th demonstrations at the World Bank/IMF get-together in Washington, D.C., plus a great collection of links relating to the subject.

Global Eyes,, columns from In Motion Magazine discussing the impact of globalization on the poor. Rural America, in conjunction with the Missouri Rural Crisis Center, columns on the deterioration of the family farmer and traditional rural America. In Motion Magazine, a "multicultural on-line US publication about democracy."

Independent Media DC Center, lots of coverage regarding the DC protests and other such events.

Whirled Bank, "Our dream is a world full of poverty." A site that satirizes the World Bank -- but coupled with the satire is some excellent background info on problems the Bank is causing for the poor worldwide.

Economic Justice News, archive of back issues, from the 50 Years is Enough Campaign, the US network for global economic justice.

Talking Anarchy with Chomsky, MIT professor Noam Chomsky explains how the World Bank/IMF system violates capitalism by holding people who did not incur loans responsible for their repayment.

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.

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 notice board. 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.