The thrones of the arrogant God overturns and establishes the lowly in their place; the roots of the proud God plucks up, to plant the humble in their place. Sirach 10:14

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Advent 1998 and a wreath of blessed candles.

This week along the way. Two interesting anniversaries this week: the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the 100th anniversary of the signing of the peace treaty ending the Spanish-American War, under whose terms the United States "acquired" Puerto Rico, Guam, the Philippines and Cuba. This birth of the overseas US Military Empire provoked much domestic discussion at the time, some of which we access this week. Returning to the present in our newly acquired Way-Back Machine, we find that during Advent 1998 CHILD workers making the popular "Furbies" earn 24 cents an hour, working 14 hours a day under appalling conditions, even for China. This factoid is worth a repeat of last week's tag line from the Pope: A given culture reveals its overall understanding of life through the choices it makes in production and consumption. Pope John Paul II, Centesimus Annus, 1991

A Prayer for the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Here's what God says about the poor and justice.

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Disasters and Emergency Relief. The primary sites are updated daily.

Living on the Earth as if people and other living things mattered. Simple, prudent, and frugal living.

Solidarity, Orthopraxis, Community Development. Reports, news, views, links, resources, from and about them that's doin'.

World Bank/IMF Watch. We keep our eye on these primary global structures of sin.

Spirituality Source of orthopraxis.

Food Security, a fundamental right, a community duty..

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted December 10, 1948 by the General Assembly of the United nations. Comment on the 50th Anniversary, various news stories from the Zenit News Service.

50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, presented by the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute.

Vatican Justice and Peace News from the Zenit News Service.

Emphasis on Person not Profit to Overcome Unemployment Crisis article about recent letter of Pope John Paul II to the Rome diocese.

Mark Twain's Anti-Imperialist Writings, a guide to online resources. The creation of the US overseas military empire in 1898 provoked a tremendous amount of domestic discussion concerning the wisdom of this projection of American "power". Mark Twain quickly became a leading spokesman for the movement. His anti-imperialist views go back to his opposition to US adventurism in Hawaii and the Caribbean in the 1860s.

Anti-Imperialism in the United States, 1898-1935 extensive bibliography of on-line resources (10 printed pages) of anti-imperialism writings. Covers all the major controversies of the era, including the Philippines, US militarism, the "white man's burden" and its critics, essays, speeches, newspaper editorials, platforms, and petitions. Very nice find.

Adbusters great spoofs of corporate advertising. Features "Joe Chemo", a look-alike for Joe Camel, in a hospital bed receiving chemotherapy for cancer.

Center for Media and Democracy on-line access to PR Watch, institute study of corporate public relations campaigns, exposes manipulative and misleading PR practices. "Toxic sludge is good for you."

Living with the Land: Interdisciplinary research for adaptive decision making, the 10th international conference of the Society for Human Ecology, to be held May 27-30, 1999 in Montreal. Deadline for paper abstracts (student papers encouraged) is January 15, 1999.

America's Maginot Line with the increasing military sophistication of East Asia, US forward bases in Japan, South Korea, and Guam become sitting ducks for incoming missiles.

Solidarity, Orthopraxis, Community Development TOP

Orthopraxis refers to practicing what you preach.

Homelessness, Hitchhiking, Panhandling, and Homeless Programs a site rich in information and resources, homeless people speaking with their own voices, lists of shelters and soups kitchens. On any given night, more than 700,000 Americans will be homeless, two million Americans will be homeless sometime during the year. Since 1990, the number of single men among the homeless has decreased, and the number of single women with children in shelters has greatly increased. The webmaster of this site knows what he speaks of.

Jakarta Status and News front line reports from an Australian living in Jakarta. Most recent update was December 5th.

Peace and Tolerance Directory, focus on Palestinian-Israeli issues.

UK Aid Policy and Practice, 1974-90, an analysis of the poverty-focus, gender-consciousness, and environmental sensitivity of British Official Aid, online doctoral thesis submitted at the University of Liverpool,. Concludes that aid during this period was "characterized by a continuity dictated by the exigencies of the export lobby, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Treasury, and the Foreign Office."

The Prison-Industrial complex nearly TWO MILLION Americans are behind bars, the majority of them non-violent offenders. Windfall profits for corporations in the corrections business. Which politicians do these guys support? What crime policies do the politicians they support enact as law? Hmmm. . . what can this mean?

Human Rights Watch, world report 1999.

Spirituality TOP

Advent to
Epiphany:  Celebrating The Christmas Cycle

Daily Scripture Readings, from the website of the United States Catholic Bishops.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas, her feast day is December 12th.

JOHN PAUL II'S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR DECEMBER: General prayer intention: That the Spirit of Christ, who was poor and humble, may bring about in the Church more effective solidarity with the distressed and underprivileged. Mission Intention: That governments and international organizations may protect human life and may act with great decisiveness against violence against children

Advent pages from St. Mary of the Visitation Parish, by whose courtesy I have the Advent Wreath candle graphics.

Virtual Rosary Online
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Food Security TOP

Home Canning Forum networking, questions, answers, discussion forum.

To receive a free copy of the just-published Kansas City edition of Better Times, a cookbook and almanac of useful information for poor people, by Justpeace webservant Robert Waldrop, send a large envelope (at least 9" x 12" in size) with $1.43 US postage on it to Better Times Cookbook, 1406 Oakley, Kansas City, MO 64127. (International airmail is generally about US$5.00, international surface mail is generally about $1.63.)

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

Noam Chomsky Archive on-line access to writings, articles, and books by one of the most radical critics of the United States world military and economic empire. Books by Noam Chomsky

Corporate Watch, exposing sweatshops at home and abroad, IMF and World Bank shenanigans. Notes that the "price" of Brazil's recent "rescue" package from the IMF was $84 billion of cuts in domestic spending.

Sleepless in Seattle, What Happened to Boeing? Another transnational company announces layoffs and cries globalization. But this PR campaign may conceal other unsavory reasons for this destruction of jobs.

One Trillion Six Hundred Billion Dollars is the current estimate of pre-January 2000 spending by governments and businesses world wide to repair computer systems and processes to eliminate millennium bug risks.

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

Recovery for Nicaragua and Honduras, an Oxfam International Briefing Paper.

Catholic Relief Services is organizing relief shipments and delivery in the regions affected by Hurricane Mitch and needs financial donations to support this effort.

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.

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+++ Living on the Earth as if People and Other Living Things Mattered Department+++New Pioneer Hardware private catalog company offering tools of interest for simple and frugal lifestyles. Christmas Recipes from one of those most useful places you find on the internet, the Southern US Cuisine pages at the Mining Company. Millennium Salons an on-line library of practical information concerning what to do about this problem. Non-crazy, creating resilient communities. Real Food for Real People lots of recipes, practical stuff. Frugal Family Network information, a newsletter, some good links. Frugal Living On-Line, on-line monthly e-zine. The Frugal Life, are you working to live or living to work? Has on-line newsletter. My Frugal Page interesting links. The Underground Railroad to Financial Freedom 19 page report on frugal living as a substitute for "double income" families. The Dollar Stretcher, "living better for less", a weekly resource for simple living.

Remember the time of hunger in the time of plenty; poverty and want in the day of wealth. Sirach 18:25 American Catholic
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From the Holy Father. . . TOP

Leo XIII is repeating an elementary principle of sound political organization, namely, the more that individuals are defenseless within a given society, the more they require the care and concern of others, and in particular the intervention of governmental authority. In this way what we nowadays call the principle of solidarity. . . . is clearly seen to be one of the fundamental principles of the Christian view of social and political organization. Centesimus Annus 11

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+ 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.

Everyday Christianity: To Hunger and Thirst for Justice, a Pastoral Reflection on Lay Discipleship for Justice in a New Millennium, from the United States Catholic Bishops. Invites all Catholics to make a justice commitment for the new millennium. Due to its importance, I am reproducing it here in full:

Jubilee Pledge for Charity, Justice, and Peace A Catholic Commitment for the New Millennium As disciples of Jesus in the new Millennium, I (or we) pledge to: PRAY regularly for greater justice and peace. LEARN more about Catholic social teaching and its call to protect human life, stand with the poor, and care for creation. REACH across boundaries of religion, race, ethnicity, gender, and disabling conditions. LIVE justly in family life, school, work, the marketplace, and the political arena. SERVE those who are poor and vulnerable, sharing more time and talent. GIVE more generously to those in need at home and abroad. ADVOCATE public policies that protect human life, promote human dignity, preserve God's creation, and build peace. ENCOURAGE others to work for greater charity, justice, and peace.

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

The VIEW from OAKLEY STREET:

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ALL SAINTS DAY FRONT PAGE 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

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 Wolfensohn

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 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

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