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This week along the way. I hope everybody had a merry holy day season. On Oakley Street, another house burned under suspicious circumstances (the fourth since mid-November); the slumlord owner of the house next door to me that burned the night before Thanksgiving has not made one move to clean up his property. All 4,000 of the Better Times printed in early December, except for 250 or so, were distributed by Christmas, mostly in Kansas City, although bundles and a bunch of single copies have been sent out of state. So I'm immediately initiating another begging project to raise funds to reprint, as everybody wants more. I'm also hoping to print a second publication (currently in production, with the working title: "Neighborhood Technology"), which is all about how to e.g. build a solar heater that fits in a standard window, greenhouses, methane production, making your own electricity, more on co-ops, community gardens, raising 3 tons of trout in your basement, community canning kitchens, composting, recycling, food circles, and other practical aspects of empowering the poor and building a more just and humane social order from the ground up. "The works inspired by the Gospel must always be sensitive toward those who are most in distress; those who are poor; those suffering from physical, mental, and moral ills that afflict humanity, including hunger, neglect, unemployment, and despair. Pope John Paul II, Homily in New York City, October 1979

The Epiphany View from Oakley Street

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


Crossroads. Our weekly featured news, views, connections, networks, links.

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.

From the Holy Father

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Respect for Human Rights: the secret of true peace, World Peace Day 1999 message of Pope John Paul II.

Urbi et Orbi, Message of Pope John Paul II, December 25, 1998, and his homily at Midnight Mass.

National Summit on the Churches and Welfare Reform, sponsored by Call to Renewal, which is associated Sojourners Magazine, February 1-3, at the 4-H Center in Maryland.

Pax Christi Atlanta, VERY attractive site, "Respect for human life is the starting point for confronting a culture of violence."

International Labor Organization, UN agency concerned with protecting the rights of workers.

The Land is Ours, site celebrating the 350th anniversary of the "Diggers" of England, a movement advocating the land rights of the poor. Has an extensive report, "Defining Rural Sustainability", also, "an Activists Guide to Exploiting the Media", United Kingdom-based, the Diggers manifesto was a pretty pure statement of the "universal destination of all goods."

Literacy Links, from the internet community the Mining Company, great list of places to visit.

National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund, proposes allowing citizens to designate the portion of their taxes that would typically go to the military to a different government fund and used for non-military purposes only. the Environmental Defense Fund has set up a huge interactive site that enables anyone in the US to learn about what pollutants are being released into any community, and by whom. Enter your ZIP code, or click on their maps, to see who is doing what to your air, water and soil. Found in the newsletter of Action Without Borders,

Genuine Progress Indicator, the Gross Domestic Product numbers are inherently flawed when used as an indicator of wealth. They count a lot of things (like the Exxon Valdex incident, or pollution in general) as positives, and don't count a lot of other things that contribute significantly to the common good and the national counts (such as the work of women in the home). This article proposes a Genuine Progress Indicator as an alternative measure. . See also

Child Only Cases Rise on Welfare Rolls a Washington Post article, in some states, half of the welfare caseload are "child only" cases, typically, a child abandoned or abused by a parent, now in the care of a relative. There are those who are saying that providing welfare for such kids is a "perverse incentive" that encourages mothers to be irresponsible. (!!!) Read this and see where the next attack on the poor will be coming from.

Solidarity, Orthopraxis, Community Development TOP

Orthopraxis refers to practicing what you preach.

Community Capacity Building . This is a great site for resources for building community capacity, from the same Extension Service that once saved our bacon back during the Depression.

St. Vincent de Paul Parish, in downtown Portland, Oregon, has a soup kitchen and other social ministries.

Our Kids, a site devoted to support for people raising special children.

Instituto Luzzatti. Access to the Italian Cooperative Movement.

Acteal, web page of the municipality of Chenalho (like a county in the US), in Chiapas, Mexico, with 30,000 residents, which has suffered greatly from violence. Has communiques from the government and the zapatistas, as well as a chronology of events.

US Committee for a Free Lebanon , attractive site with a lot of information about the trials and tribulations of this small country caught between numerous rocks and hard places.

Spirituality TOP

Prayers and Litanies to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, from the National Shrine.

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

Millennium Moment

JOHN PAUL II'S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR DECEMBER: General prayer intention: For childlike confidence in God our Father. That we may confidently open our childlike hearts to God the Father. Missionary Intention: For a world united in faith in God the Father. That men and women unite worldwide, open their hearts to God the Father.

Virtual Rosary Online
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Food Security TOP

Institute for Food and Development Policy, working to eliminate the injustices that cause hunger.

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, some really good articles in its Resource section on globalization and agriculture. The institute is working to create environmentally and economically sustainable communities.

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

The Penguin Star, English language cyber-periodical with an Asian focus, lots of interesting articles about globalization and the effects of Western policies on Asia, plus some recent reports of violence in East Timor, reports on riots in Indonesia.

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.

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+++ Living on the Earth as if People and Other Living Things Mattered Department+++Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, in Occidental, California, an intentional community offering courses in (among other things) sustainable living. Home canning tips (, lots of good information on home preservation. Message Forum at the Frugal Living corner of the Mining Company internet community. Post a question, find an answer ( Kazarie Worm Farm What's a compost heap without red worms? Not much. Recommended to me by a friend. Prices look good. Methane Production, detailed discussion by someone who's done it (that is, produced methane gas from manure and chopped plant matter. Can be a substitute for natural gas or propane ( Making your own fuel alcohol, hydrogen gas, and methane. How to build a solar heater that fits into a standard window.

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

In cooperation with other citizens, you will also want to seek out the structural reasons which cause the poverty in the world and in your own country, so that you can apply the proper remedies. Do not be intimidated or discouraged by oversimplified explanations, which are more ideological than scientific and which try to account for a complex evil by some single cause. But do not recoil before the reforms -- even profound ones -- of attitudes and structures that are necessary to create over and over again the conditions needed by the disadvantaged if they are to have a fresh chance in the hard struggle of life. The poor of the United States and of the world are your brothers and sisters in Christ. Never be content to leave them just the crumbs of the feast. Take of your substance, and not just of your abundance, in order to help them. Treat them like guests at your family table. Homily in New York City, October 1979

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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.

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


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+ 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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