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PRAY FOR PEACE WITH JUSTICE IN KOSOVO AND SERBIA + Snapshots of life during the collapse of the American Empire. Still the war continues in Serbia (and Iraq, and a number of other places too). With the escalation into terror attacks on the civilian population, gasoline for the harvest will not be available, famine is on the horizon. Civilian deaths are rising steadily, electricity supplies are disrupted, and hundreds of thousands of people are out of work because their jobs have been destroyed by bombs. The refugees flee into the arms of an indifferent and apathetic West, NATO continues its policy of dehumanizing all concerned, the Russians are rattling their nuclear saber and talking about a Tripartite Alliance of India, China, and Russia. In other news, the light at the end of the Y2K tunnel may be an on-rushing train, see the new Y2K Watch department below. Pray for the rich and powerful, that they will forsake their oppressions of the poor. Pray for the poor and powerless, that they will be protected from the wickedness of the rich. A repeat from the last issue, but it bears repeating: "Nothing is lost by peace. Everything can be lost with war. " John Paul II, March 24, Easter 1999
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Bookmarks to the news and views departments on this page:
Crossroads. Our 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, plus this is where we put our corporate watch stuff.
Spirituality Source of orthopraxis.
Food Security, a fundamental right, a community duty.
A Message from God.
Y2K Watch. There is more to this than many people think. This department will keep an eye on this developing worldwide crisis. The light at the end of this tunnel may be an on-rushing train.
On-going, stuff that usually doesn't change from issue to issue, including what this publication is
about, how to contact me, some inspirational quotes, some links.
Kosovo organizing resources, from Sojourners Magazine. http://www.sojourners.com/kosovo/kosovo.html
Kosovo Page, from Pax Christi USA. http://www.nonviolence.org/pcusa/kosovo0399b.htm
Franciscans and Dominicans, cooperating together at the UN in Geneva for human rights. Excellent new website.
Balkans: War criminals on all sides. Milosevic may not be the only war criminal currently active in the Balkans.
Trends jumping off the charts, fascinating survey of facts and figures of the modern world. . . 2.5 million people died of AIDS last year and there were 6 million new infections with HIV. . . projections of the world population in the year 2050 have been reduced by 500 million, in part due to rising death rates. . . worldwide damages due to storms were a record $92 billion, up 55% since 1996, 300 million people were displaced by natural disasters last year. . . From the World Watch institute. See also Matters of Scale: food for thought for more interesting info bytes.
A Moment of Silence for Peace in Kosovo
East-West Women on Kosovo, reports from Pristina, Belgrade, and Croatia by women "on the ground".
25 Most Under-reported News Stories of 1998, from PeaceNet. There is one anti-Catholic choice, or perhaps it could be read as an under-reported piece of good news (although I don't think that's what the authors intended). It is about the growth of Catholic hospitals, and how this has the effect of "reducing access" to abortion and assisted suicide. Unfortunately, there is only a short synopsis and bibliographical information for each article, no links to the stories themselves.
CharityVillage, on-line supersite for Canada's non-profits. http://www.charityvillage.com/charityvillage/main.html On-line publications for the non-profit community, http://www.charityvillage.com/charityvillage/ires2.html
Inequalities in Education, an extensive on-line Oxfam report. http://www.caa.org.au/oxfam/advocacy/education/report/chapter3.html
Island of Freedom, access to theologians, composers, poets, philosophers. Nice place. Currently featuring Confucius . http://www.island-of-freedom.com/
Philanthropy Search, sophisticated search engine of special importance to charities and non profits. http://www.philanthropysearch.com/
New and Recent Conflicts in the World, from "the History Guy," several of the listings have links to further resources about the particular conflict. Some will hardly be known by people whose primary news source is the US media.
Covenant House, a place for kids and people who care about kids. http://covenanthouse.org/
Policy Debate on Inequality, access to primary sources and commentary on the causes of the increase in wealth inequality.
Why the US will Lose the War in Serbia, an analysis of the "Clinton Doctrine."
Nuclear Futures: Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and US Policy, from the British
American Security Information Council. Read Appendix 2 first.
Solidarity, Orthopraxis, Community
Solidarity, Orthopraxis, Community DevelopmentTOP
Orthopraxis refers to practicing what you preach.
Ashoka: Innovators for the public. US-based organization that searches for, and then supports, "social entrepreneurs" -- people whose creativity and drive open up new possibilities for helping the poor and creating a better life. Very innovative organization doing good work. Named after an ancient Indian emperor who abandoned war because of the suffering it caused. http://www.ashoka.org/ .
Changemakers, on line journal, an initiative of Ashoka, currently reporting innovative approaches to the problems of street children in South Africa. http://www.changemakers.net/
The Penguin Star, keep up with all things Asian, in a voice that we don't often hear in the US. This is an on-line e-zine with editorial offices in Vietnam, and correspondents throughout Asia. The current issue says that a de facto civil war has begun in East Timor.
Students Sharing, non-profit in the Baltimore area connecting students with service and justice. http://www.studentssharing.org/
Volunteerism and Community Engagement Resources, access to many projects, including Virtual Volunteering. http://www.serviceleader.org/
Information Technology Resources for Non-Profits, from the United Kingdom. Access to a lot of info for the non-profit sector, including year 2000 issues.
Tech Supports for Non-Profits searchable database of resources. http://www.ncexchange.org/techsupports/
Community Wealth, exploring the possibilities of "doing well and doing good." http://www.communitywealth.org/
The Yemen Times, on line presence of a major newspaper in Yemen. Access to all things Yemenese.
Bougainville: the Peace Process and Beyond, a report from another land not well known to most westerners.
Hope Now, a Christian "emergency rescue team" for at risk gang youth with criminal records. Promotes reconciliation through caring relationships, education, and employment.
Low Income Networking and Communications Project -- bringing together people working on issues surrounding the shredding of the safety net. Just added the fourth edition of their Director of Low Income Organizations Working on Welfare Issues.
Inequality.Org, exploring all aspects of the growing gap in income and assets between the very
rich and the poor and the working class and the middle class.
Message of Pope John Paul II for Mission Sunday, given on Pentecost 1999, structured as an examination of the Lord's Prayer.
World wide Rosary Campaign, to encourage praying the Rosary for peace on the 13th day of each month.
Proclaiming the Biblical Jubilee, text of a speech by Dr. Maria Harris to the US Bishops subcommittee on the Jubilee, outlining the Biblical themes appropriate to the Jubilee Year.
Matthew 25 service and prayer, Roman Catholic. http://home.earthlink.net/~lm555/matthew25.html
The Market as God, from the Atlantic Monthly, a curious look at free market economics as a religion. http://www3.theatlantic.com/issues/99mar/marketgod.htm
Catholic Social Justice, a colorful website which includes Catholic Worker access.
The Neighborhood Council at Work, by Dorothy Day, from the Catholic Worker of Sept. 1933. Discusses the rescue of a woman being evicted by her landlord.
Pope John Paul II prayer intentions for June: General Intention: That in this year dedicated to God the Father there be an increase in the desire and the commitment to overcome division and to be reconciled with God and with our brothers and sisters. Missionary Intention: That the Church in Macao intensify its missionary service to the Chinese people. For each month's intentions, with complementary readings, see the Catholic Information Network's Apostleship of Prayer.
A Message from God:
Virtual Rosary Online!
A Message from God:TOP
"Look at the guilt of your sister Sodom: she was proud, sated with food, complacent in its
prosperity, and they gave no help to the poor and needy. Rather, they became haughty and
committed abominable crimes in my presence; then, as you have seen, I removed them." Ezekial
Self Help and Resource Exchange or SHARE, an international network of local community organizations engaged in self-help food distribution systems.
Bread for the World, see their Action Alert for this month.
Food Circle, we've featured this site before, but it keeps getting better.
To receive a free copy of the 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, 1521
NW 21st Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73106. (International airmail is generally about US$5.00,
international surface mail is generally about $1.63.) Since the current edition is about gone, in
the spirit of St. Francis, I invite donations to defray the cost of a new edition.
For the sake of profit many sin, and the struggle for wealth blinds the eyes. Sirach 27:1
World Bank/IMF Watch
World Bank/IMF WatchTOP Envy not the lawless man and choose none of his ways. Proverbs 3:31
"Market-Assisted" Land Reform: An indecent proposal, frontline critique from the Philippines about a World Bank initiative.
The IMF Deconstructed, two guys analyze a typical IMF document, from Eastern Europe. http://www.enp.cz/99/1/cl5_economics.html
Natural Investing, a "natural investor" is a person who brings his or her values to the marketplace and intends to operate in the marketplace on the basis of good values.
Rojas Databank, excellent academic gateway to studies regarding globalization, poverty, and hunger. http://www.rrojasdatabank.free-online.co.uk/
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
Country Home Magazine simple living and homesteading. http://www.countryhomemag.com/
Running around in circles, life in debt, and the importance of getting out of debt. http://pages.ivillage.com/re/gennica/index.html
Communications for a Sustainable Future, a great page of links relating to all aspect of sustainable living.
Ian Purdie's Amateur Radio Pages great source for beginners exploring amateur radio.
Farmer Direct Marketing online newsletter, from the US Department of Agriculture. http://www.ams.usda.gov/directmarketing/news_04_99.htm
USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning, print it on your computer printer for free, learn to preserve your own foods.
Economic Development Links, non-profits, sustainable living, many categories.
Preparedness Nuggets, another Justpeace sister-site, "A cyberbook of practical wisdom.". This is a compilation of piles of info about preparing for Y2K (and for living a simple, frugal, and just lifestyle that can survive the collapse of the American Empire). The information is gleaned from the internet, and organized into pages with bookmarks allowing easy access to the information. If you want to know how to store cheese without refrigeration, build a compost heap, raise worms, purify water, dehydrate veggies or hamburger, this is the place.
He who oppresses the poor blasphemes his Maker. Proverbs 14:31a
Disasters and Emergency Relief
Disasters and Emergency ReliefTOP
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
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
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.
Why I am concerned about Y2K, a letter from yours truly about why I am increasing my reporting and advocacy regarding Y2K issues and their justice and peace impacts. Ten things to do now to respond to the risks and to be in solidarity with the poor.
The Case for Non-Violent Responses to Y2K, by Peter Ediger, a staff member of the Pace e Bene Franciscan Nonviolence Center. Some people say "buy guns". Peter has a better answer.
Big Companies falling behind in Year 2000 repairs. 22% report that they won't finish their repairs to mission critical systems by January 1, 2000, up from 16% last November and 12% last August. 72% report having already experienced y2k-related failures and problems.
Two-thirds of Russian and Baltic businesses likely to fail due to Y2K-related problems. A Latvian considers the results of a recent Gartner Group study.
Africans Declare Y2K Emergency, leading government officials responsible for technical issues from 45 countries in Africa declared an "emergency" on May 15th. Representing countries with few excess financial resources, and often using older computer equipment and software that is particularly vulnerable to Y2K issues, there is little time and not much money to make necessary repairs. Among other issues, flights to African airports may be embargoed in late December due to safety concerns, electrical power and water supplies in cities, business continuity.
Venezuela in Serious Trouble, the government reports that they are just now starting their Y2K repair program, and that the nation's electrical system (and its oil production industry) are in trouble. The US imports half of its oil requirements, and Venezuela is a major supplier.
Y2K Compliance Claims Shattered, an excellent article that wraps up the news of the past two weeks or so that is shattering the general politically correct claim that progress towards resolving y2k issues is "moving smoothly towards completion."
Y2K and Civil Society, a sister-site to Justpeace, discusses the impact of Y2K on civil society. Has lots of links to primary documents if you remain doubtful about the extent of the problems we may face in January 2000.
Strengthening the Community, a Justpeace essay that I wrote last year about the call of the justice and peace teachings of the Church to strengthen our communities.
Ways to strengthen your community, originally written last year.
Justpeace Simple Living Page, links about sustainable living.
Parish preparedness page, a Justpeace page discussing how to increase the resiliency and build the community capacity of your parish.
Y2K QUOTE: "The federal government's GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE has warned
Congress that the Y2K situation is so bad in Washington, DC that the nation's capital may be
unable to effectively ensure public safety, collect revenue, educate students or provide health-care services." 60 Minutes, May 23, 1999
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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
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Letter from the United States cardinal archbishops to Presidents Milosevec and Clinton.
Links to the writings of Dorothy Day on war and pacifism, collected by Jim Allaire.
1999 Justpeace Easter Letter
Holy Week Justpeace editorials about the crisis in Yugoslavia
WAR IS THE HEALTH OF THE STATE, a Justpeace editorial on the occasion of the commencement of the United States war against Serbia.
WITH BURNING SORROW, a response to the statement of March 24th of the Most Reverend Joseph Fiorenza, president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, on the crisis in Kosovo.
LET THEM EAT PORTABELLO QUESADILLAS, commentary on the events surrounding the 50th anniversary of NATO.
Holy Week Home Page . . . . . Justpeace Lenten Pages
Iraq Crisis Justpeace Index Page. Send Email to President Clinton
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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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.
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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
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.
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