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China signs the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and Russia threatens to veto any UN military action in Kosovo. Amnesty International launches a campaign regarding human rights violations in the United States, and in Indonesia poor people are planting gardens on golf courses and race tracks. The leaders of the G-7 nations plot their latest moves in response to the deepening global economic crisis; the World Bank and IMF meet to count their ill-gotten gains stolen from the rice bowls of the poor, the Heritage Foundation says that poor people really don't have it so bad, and in Washington, D.C., nothing much is getting done about anything. The Vatican denounces world oppression of the poor. In Missouri, the diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph plans to spend $150,000 to touch up the gold on the dome of its Cathedral tower. Meanwhile, me and some friends are learning to make "Buddy Burners", an improvised stove/heater made from tuna fish cans, cardboard, wax, and a large #10 can (that's the institutional size), for distribution to the homeless this winter. Just another week along the journey of justice and peace. Robert Waldrop, Justpeace webservant.

Rights for All - USA Amnesty International has launched a campaign to draw world attention to the human rights abuses prevalent within the U.S. Oops, as they might say in the movies, somebody's noticed some of the more tawdry aspects of life in these United States. Amnesty International home page

Blessed Edith Stein to be canonized Sunday October 11th Edith Stein (1891 - 1942) was a Jewish convert to Roman Catholicism and a noted philosopher, the first women to teach philosophy in a university in Germany. She was a Discalced Carmelite sister and was martyred in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II. This page is my tribute to this holy woman.

The Jubilee and the International Debt Crisis. On the occasion of the annual meetings of the governors of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, an appeal on behalf of the poor from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

International Action Center, founded in 1992 by Ramsey Clark et al., to expose unjust US actions through military and diplomatic adventures. International Days of Action against the Sanctions on Iraq, October 1 to 14. Iraq, Bosnia, Cuba, Haiti, Panama Canal, Palestine. Lots of information, most of it very troubling.

International Buy Nothing Day Campaign a crusade against consumerism, over-consumption, and in favor of human rights, sustainable development, and distributive justice. From the Netherlands, the site is in English and Dutch, offers a list-serv discussion list on the campaign (not sure if that is in Dutch or English).

Thomas Aquinas Institute for Law and Education a self-described "little mom and pop think tank and home school", whose webmaster is a regular participant in the CINJUST forum.

Jakarta Governor says poor can farm city land. In Indonesia, desperate poor people are tearing up horse tracks and golf courses in order to plant food so that they can avoid starvation. An Agence France Presse story from August that has just come to my attention. The city government is trying to limit poor people to 1.2 hectares each (2.96 acres), and they have found 6,000 sites around the city to be cultivated.

City Planners threaten New York gardens with destruction! New York City has a well developed system of community gardens, some of which go back 20 years of consistent cultivation by many poor people who benefit from being able to grow some of their own food. Many of these plots will be destroyed so the city can auction the plots to big developers. A recent city auction of garden plots plus a Hispanic cultural center was disrupted by the release of 10,000 crickets into the hall where the auction was being held. Police officers were rushed to the scene to kill the crickets.

Urban Agriculture Notes, by City Farmer, Canada's Office of Urban Agriculture. This site is so important I'm putting it in the main part of this site, rather than in the Living on the Earth section. Urban farming is a way that poor people can better their lives by making their own bootstraps to pull themselves up with. This page is full of articles and reports about them that's doin'. The world's urban population is growing at twice the rate of total population growth; by 2025 urban population will be 5.34 billion, half of whom will be living in Asian cities. 800 million people today practice urban agriculture, growing 10% of the world's food supply (UN figures). Urban and Periurban small and medium-sized enterprise development for sustainable vegetable production and marketing systems a study of experiences in Vietnam, Laos, and the Philippines.

First Poverty Plunge in Kansas City, Missouri In September, I was an adult small group leader and chaperone for a group of young people from my parish who attended the first Poverty Plunge sponsored by the Bishop Sullivan Center. This links to a post I sent to CINJUST and Sojourners-list about this event, written on the night I returned home, very tired, but very blessed.

Holy Spirit is Source of True Freedom, general audience of Pope John Paul II, September 2, 1998.

Ad limina address, Pope John Paul II to the bishops of California, Nevada, and Hawaii, October 2, 1998, on the importance of a consistent ethic of life.

The political parties within the political parties an article from the Washington Post about the various groups that constitute the Democratic and Republican parties in the US. A very interesting article with important information.

LIVING WAGE LINKS. Access to a municipal movement that encourages city governments to establish a living wage requirement for employees of businesses with contracts with local governments. ... ... ... A study on the results of living wage campaigns.

The World as seen from Rome The Zenit Weekly Report. North Korea, IMF Meeting, Latin American bishops to meet in Cuba, denunciation of Iraq sanctions, Black Catholics in St. Louis, and much more.

JOHN PAUL II'S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR OCTOBER: General prayer intention: "That Christians may identify 'the action of the Holy Spirit', as they discover 'the seeds of the Word' wherever they are." Missionary intention: "That Mission Sunday may be promoted and lived as a moment of spiritual and effective solidarity with the mission of the Church in the whole world." OCTOBER IS ROSARY MONTH. Pray a decade for the intentions of world justice and peace.

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+++ Living on the Earth as if People and Other Living Things Mattered Department+++ October is COOPERATIVE month. Support your local cooperative business enterprise! Buy Farmland products in the grocery store and Ampride gas on the freeways. Justpeace Front Page about Co-ops many links, Catholic connections. Co-op Month Home Page, from the National Cooperative Month Planning Committee, activities, history, and links. Northeast Co-op, a nice site, can refer you to co-ops in the northeast and can help you start your own co-op. Wedge Community Co-op, a Minnesota cooperation. Frontier Natural Products Co-op, a co-op supplying co-ops. Full of Grace, a simple living newsletter with a Catholic perspective. Herbal Salve Recipes, make them yourself in your own kitchen, grow your own herbs. Simple Living big page with piles of links on simplicity, frugal living, environmental issues. SOLAR COOKING LINKS:, numerous plans for solar cookers using cheap materials like cardboard boxes, black paint, and aluminum foil. Solar Chef, a commercially available option ... Solar Oven. And last but definitely not least, Seeds of Simplicity, organizing and educating for voluntary simplicity, tools for children, adults, and community.

On-going. . . CINJUST is a cyberspace discussion group devoted to Catholic justice and peace issues, moderated by Robert Waldrop, Justpeace web servant. To subscribe, click on the link and follow the instructions. Offered through the facilities of the Catholic Information Network. A message archive is available at the CIN site: Catholic Information Network This past week, subjects discussed included servant leadership, Centesimus Annus, the Heritage Foundation's tawdry attack on poor people, justice work in rural areas, buddy burners, the living wage, parties within parties, Democrats and Republicans (pro and con), rich versus poor.

+ Send Email to the Editor. I would enjoy publishing your "Letter to the Editor" with future Justpeace Front Page issues.

+ Roots of the Catholic Worker Movement saints and philosophers who influenced Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin page at the site of Casa Juan Diego Catholic Worker House in Houston, Texas.

+ Sharing Catholic Social Teaching, Challenges and Reflections from the US Catholic Bishops.


Editorial commentary by Robert Waldrop

+ 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

+++ Send email to James Wolfensohn, chairman of the World Bank. Share your concern for his soul due to his bank's cruel persecution of the poor. Read Robert Waldrop's Letter +++ Pray for the conversion of James D. Wolfensohn

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