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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Journeys of justice & peace during the collapse of the American Empire. Lots of local news this month, including the opening of the Archbishop Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House here in Oklahoma City, and the soon-coming birth of a new Justpeace page: Better Times: the Webzine. The Community Food Security and Living on the Earth sections of this Front Page webzine will be the basis of the new Better Times webzine. We hope to publish one of them each week, putting our webzines on a three week cycle. There has been a huge increase in visitors to the Justpeace pages. Since June 27th, 43,066 visitors found us (from 66 countries); we are currently averaging 767 visitors, viewing 1,955 pages every day (there are now 400 different pages at this site). We invite you to keep this ministry in your prayers. We have made a commemorative poster and some holy cards for this occasion, send us email with your postal mailing address and we will be happy to send you some. Holy Mary, Mother of God, help the helpless, strengthen the fearful, comfort the sorrowful, bring justice to the poor and peace to all nations. Amen. RMW. PS. In response to many requests, I have put a picture of yours truly on this page, but you have to scroll all the way down to find it.
"If you believe that Christ has revealed the Father's love for every person, you cannot fail to strive to contribute to the building of a new world, founded on the power of love and forgiveness, on the struggle against injustice and all physical, moral and spiritual distress, on the orientation of politics, economy, culture and technology to the service of man and his integral development." Pope John Paul II, Message of the Holy Father to the Youth of the World, on the occasion of the 15th World Youth Day in the Jubilee Year 2000
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A Message from God: Those who shut their ears to the cry of the poor will themselves also call and not be heard. Proverbs 21:13
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/Corporate Welfare Watch. We keep our eye on these primary global structures of sin.
Spirituality Source of orthopraxis.
Food Security, a fundamental right, a community duty.
A Message from God.
Y2K Watch. Keeping an eye on this developing worldwide crisis.
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.
Bookstore justice, peace, prudent, frugal, and simple living, community, organizing.
Why boycotting sweat shop merchandise does not hurt the poor. The view from 21st Street, by Robert Waldrop.
United Nations Human Development Report, for 1998, the basic factoids: the income of the 3 richest men on earth is equal to the Gross Domestic Product of the poorest 48 nations.
. . the richest 20% of the world's population consumes 86% of all goods and services, while the poorest 20% just 1.3%, the middle 60% get 12.7%. Of the 4.4 billion people in so-called 'developing countries', nearly three-fifths lack access to safe sewers, a third have no access to clean water, a quarter do not have adequate housing and a fifth have no access to modern health services of any kind. Yet by the year 2050, 8 billion of the world's projected 9.5 billion people -- up from about 6 billion today -- will be living in developing countries. The average African household today consumes 20% less than it did 25 years ago.
Catholic Campaign for Human Development, doing the works of justice and peace with Operation Rice Bowl and a grant/empowerment program (the average contribution per US Catholic to Operation Rice Bowl is about 25 cents.)
Coalition for Human Needs, alliance of national organizations promoting public policies that address the needs of the poor and vulnerable in US society.
Bethlehem.org, from Fr. Labib Kobti, a priest of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, whose Al-bushra site has been featured from time to time in this publication. Open your hearts to the plight of the Palestinians, many of whom are Christian and have been so since the time of Christ, born in Bethlehem.
Dorothy Day, page of interesting links. Not sure what it's relation is to the parent site, Taxpolicy.com, but the parent site has an interesting questionnaire that you answer and then it gives you a tax policy based on your answers.
Caelem et Terra, after the magazine, a cyber-conversation continues. CET was faithful to Catholic teaching and promoted sustainable lifestyles rooted in the social justice teachings of the Church, "orthopraxis in practice," distributist, personalist, agrarian. Located on the Chesterton home page, a "web site for counter cultural Catholics. Library. One of my treasured library possessions is a complete back file of this magazine, 1991-96.
Ecological Catastrophe Lingers in the Wake of Kosovo War, from DisasterRelief.Org, very credible site. Disaster losses on the rise, chapter and verse on the steady increase in the financial costs and the human tragedies caused by disasters.
Preparing for a grave new world, Secretary of Defense Cohen orates on the danger of weapons-of-mass-destruction terrorism in the modern world. Hmmm. . . what role has the US had in creating the international climate where such warnings become necessary?
Alba House - Society of St. Paul, access to the Paulist family, and their Catholic communications materials, including books and videos on social justice issues.
International Institute for Sustainable Development, a Canadian non-profit, offering a database of information.
The Working Poor: A poll, from Silicon Valley News, reports that the working poor are more
willing than the general population to work long hours and sleep less to get ahead; they also
desire to learn more to improve their situation, but are hampered by lack of access to educational
Solidarity, Orthopraxis, Community
Solidarity, Orthopraxis, Community DevelopmentTOP
Orthopraxis refers to practicing what you preach.
Homeless Newspapers, in some cities, there are newspapers "of, by, and for" homeless people. Here's a directory of them. Typically, they are sold by homeless people as a way for them to make money, a basic microenterprise.
The Growing Crisis among Wisconsin's poorest families, an analysis of the results of welfare reform, 1986-1997, from the Institute for Wisconsin's Future.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Los Angeles Council. A beautiful site.
Online Newspapers in Northern and Central Africa, directory listing of English language newspapers.
Eva from Cebu, the complexities and tragedies of the life of a prostitute in the Philippines. This explains -- a lot -- about why transnational corporations can find young women to work so cheaply under such awful conditions in their factories 12 hours a day, 6 days a week. Let us pray for the management and stockholders of these corporations, that they will stop their shameful exploitations of such desperate people, pay them a decent living wage for the area (living wage as defined by the popes and bishops in the social justice teaching of the Church), and do something about the deplorable working conditions and hours in their factories.
Health Profiles of Urban Dwellers, 1997 report, notes health differences between poor and rich areas.
Project Underground defending the aboriginal peoples of Papua-New Guinea against the
depredations of transnational corporations.
Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, official Vatican site. Open Wide the Doors to Christ, Jubilee page from the US Catholic Bishops. Prayer of the Holy Father for the Jubilee Year
Resources for Catholic Educators, mega site with piles of resources and links.
Farming Communes, article by Dorothy Day from the February 1944 Catholic Worker,
Defines personalism as the realization that one "cannot find satisfaction in this life unless he reckons that there is only God and himself." Discusses the difficulties of farming communes and the need to establish the communal aspects of Christianity. Dorothy Day writes, asking a question of Peter Maurin: " 'Do you ever become discouraged when you see our failures?' I asked Peter. 'No, because I know how deep-rooted the evil is. I am a radical and know that we must get down to the roots of the evil.' And the gentle smile he turned on me was as though he said, 'Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight steps and follow peace with all men.' "
The Story of the Lettuce Workers, article by Dorothy Day from the May 1940 Catholic Worker about a speaking/organizing tour of the west coast. Tells of many meetings and talks around San Francisco. Recalls the union busting and violence against lettuce workers near Salinas. Laments the lack of leaders to bring Catholic social teaching to the workers. Wants "fellow travelers with the poor and dispossessed," who will spread the Gospel, recognizing that the poor are "creatures of body and soul."
On Pilgrimage, Dorothy Day's column from the February 1974 Catholic Worker. Reflects on a number of economic themes: the building of churches; problems with the IRS; why they are not tax-exempt; personalist/anarchist writers and projects; Ade Bethune's Community Corporation in Rhode Island. Extols all forms of mutual aid.
Letter on Hospices, by Dorothy Day from the January 1948 Catholic Worker. Describes how Catholic Worker houses are run and the struggles with living the ideal of Christian love. Reflects on reconciling freedom and order. Maintains the primacy of the spiritual. Gives her positions on cooperation, house leadership, handling money, and the relation of the Catholic Worker to the hierarchy. Concludes by emphasizing the little way and voluntary poverty. YES, you too could start a Catholic Worker House. We did.
Ecumenical Rosary, a new devotion that uses Rosary beads, the miracles of Christ, and prayers that both Protestants and Catholics can be comfortable praying.
Comfortable Christianity, don't know the author, but Ezekial might be one of his patron saints.
Pope John Paul II prayer intentions for June: General Intention: That, from generation to generation, the children of God the Father praise and give thanks to the Most High for his great works incessantly done in the history of humanity. Missionary Intention:
That, animated by the `VI Latin American Missionary Congress', the Churches in Latin America grow in true missionary spirit in the service of the New Evangelization.
For each month's intentions, with complementary readings, see the Catholic Information Network's Apostleship of Prayer.
Virtual Rosary Online!
Food Preservation Pages, from Kansas State research and extension. Canning, freezing, pickling, drying, and sweet spreads. Modern science plus the taste of Grandma's table.
Farmer Direct Marketing, from the US Department of Agriculture. Farmer Direct Marketing Publications.. Farmer Direct Marketing Newsletter, June-July 1999,
Consolidation in the Food & Agriculture System, a report to the National Farmer's Union. We've featured this report before, but it is important so here it is again. Details on how giant transnational corporations (six of them, to be exact) are gobbling up the food production system, "rationalizing" it into two large cartels. Sounds almost like a conspiracy theory, except this one has facts, figures, charts and data to support the hypothesis. PS. Cargill is owned by six people.
Food Research and Action Center New data show sharp increase in food insecurity in the US.
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
Cypress Semiconductor Statement Against Corporate Welfare, presented a couple of years ago by Dr. T.J. Rogers, president and CEO. An unusually frank statement on the subject.
United Nations and the Corporate Agenda, from the people-centered development forum at the International Institute for Sustainable Development. Troubling news of moves to institutionalize a global transnational corporation agenda at the UN.
Sports shoes and sweat shops, in solidarity with the exploited workers in sweat shops.
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
Coming next week: BETTER TIMES: THE WEBZINE. We're combining this section and Community Food Security into a new webzine, to be published once every three weeks.
American Radio Relay League, access to all things amateur/ham radio. During emergencies and disasters, ham radio operators serve the common good by providing free communications networks to assist in recovery.
Skillful Means information about straw bale construction and sustainable building practices from an experienced architectural and construction firm. Check out their What's New? page for information about their "mission to Mongolia," where one of the firm's principles is teaching straw bale construction. If you think a strawbale house would look tacky, check out the photos on this page of beautiful strawbale homes.
Veggie Heaven, practical recipes and cooking tips for meatless dining. Veggies Unite, more online information about meatless dining.
Saroj's Cookbook, opening up the diverse worlds of Indian cooking. Check out the "Bachelors' Dishes".
Cob Cottage, information about this low-tech building technology.
Down to earth building bee, building solutions for sustainable communities.
What is cob? Basic info, plus beautiful pictures, of hand sculpted homes.
Natural Building Photo Gallery, beautiful and unusual homes. Strawbale Housing Photo Gallery, photos of historic and contemporary buildings. Strawbale Construction Photo Gallery, from unloading the bales to the roof.
Haybox cooking, how to make a crockpot that doesn't require electricity. From the Center for Alternative Technology in the United Kingdom. Great info here, more tip sheets, access.
Phyllis, a database on the composition of biomass and waste. If you need the details, they are here.
Farmer's Place, a cyber farm that "mirrors" a real working homestead.
Online Forum on Canning and food preservation
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 2:12Kosovo 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.
Government and industry are telling us, "Trust us, everything will be fine, it will be just a little 3 day snow storm." But government and industry seem to be preparing for a 90 day period of serious disruptions. The news has been full of happy talk, but you don't have to push far to find that the happy talk has a pretty flimsy foundation. Due to the exploding quantity of information about this subject, it is getting its own webzine, which will make its appearance sometime soon. These links are a tiny selection of the data we are trying to collate and analyze on this subject. My best advice: rig for stormy weather, and do so now, we are. Americans have a tendency to procrastinate -- ask anybody in the grocery industry and they will tell you people don't buy emergency supplies for a snow storm until it is snowing outside. Now is the time to make preparations to be in solidarity with the poor during this difficult period.
43 high impact federal programs that are not as of this date "y2k ready" (2nd week of August 1999). Most of these are not projecting completion dates until November - December 1999, which is cutting it pretty close to the wire if you ask me. These programs include Medicaid, food stamps, WIC, low income energy assistance, weather service, Federal electrical generation and distribution. This is a PDF document on the website of the United State House of Representatives (Adobe Acrobat reader will be required to view this document.)
Getting ready for y2k, online FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) course for emergency planners.
Building community during a major disaster, by yours truly.
Chemical Safety Board warning, the CSB s a federal government agency which sent a letter in July to all governors warning them to prepare for y2k-related hazardous materials accidents. (Remember Bhopal?)
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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Links to the writings of Dorothy Day on war and pacifism, collected by Jim Allaire.
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
The VIEW from 21st Street
Previous editorial comment by Robert Waldrop written from Oklahoma City
A Justice and Peace meditation for Independence Day
LET THEM EAT PORTABELLO QUESADILLAS, commentary on the events surrounding the 50th anniversary of NATO.
The VIEW from OAKLEY STREET
Previous Editorial commentaries by Robert Waldrop written from Kansas City, Missouri
1999 Justpeace Easter Letter
Holy Week 1999: a Justpeace editorial on the occasion of the commencement of the United States war against Serbia. WAR IS THE HEALTH OF THE STATE
Holy Week 1999: 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.
The Epiphany View from Oakley Street
Election Day 1998 Special Edition
ALL SAINTS DAY 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.
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The just have a care for the rights of the poor;
the wicked have no such concern.
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
Copyright (c) 1998, 1999 by Robert Waldrop
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