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May-June 2012

Vol. 37, No. 3



Torture in your backyard1) Video: Solitary confinement: Torture in your backyard: In time for June, Torture Awareness Month, this 20-minute video produced by the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) is a resource for churches/communities to learn about the destructive use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons and to engage people of faith in calling for its end in their state. The film could also work well in a college group setting, prayer group, prison ministry or social justice committee, and interfaith groups. NRCAT has prepared discussion guides and promotional materials to use to facilitate a group discussion. Visit NRCAT's website for details.

2) Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) Advocacy Conference: CMEP's annual conference will be held at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. on June 18-19. Advocates, leaders, experts and more will gather to be better informed, equipped and supported in raising our voices for U.S. policies and actions that work for justice and peace in the Holy Land. In addition to plenary lectures and workshops, a lobby training and lobby day will be held so you can take what you've learned directly to your elected officials in Washington.

3) Land Matrix: The Land Matrix is an online public database of large-scale land deals around the world. At this point, it provides a visualization of half of the available land deal records since 2000. The remaining deals are being crosschecked and added, together with new data, on an on-going basis. The site's producers have documented 1,006 deals since the year 2000, amounting to 70,217,083 hectares of land, which equals the size of half of Western Europe. The site answers questions such as: Who are the top investing countries? Who are the top 10 investors? Which countries have the highest or the lowest score in making land acquisition data available? Data can be searched by region or country.

4) Video: The high price of materialism: This five and a half minute film, produced by the Center for a New American Dream and available on YouTube, is a quick and effective tool that explains the downside of excess materialism and points toward solutions that promise a healthier, more just, and more sustainable life.

5) Blessed are the peacemakers: The Pax Christi International Youth Summer Camp, for ages 18-30, will be held July 9-13, 2012 at Casa per la Pace in Florence, Italy. Organizers want this to be a truly international event with representatives from as many Pax Christi sections as possible. For more information contact Fleur at Pax Christi France ( or Matt at Pax Christi UK (

6) Economic justice resources: The New Economics Institute offers a variety of online resources on topics including banking and finance, responsive government, production and consumption, measuring well-being, sharing the commons, among several others.

7) Voices of our world/Voces de nuestro mundo: These weekly public affairs radio programs are sponsored by Maryknoll. They feature shows on social justice, peace projects, environmental concerns, and other critical issues. Check the websites to learn if they are broadcast in your area, or listen to podcasts online: Voices of our or Voces de nuestro Mundo.

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