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NewsNotes, July-August 2009

1)   Film: “Scenes from a parish”: In 2001, Fr. Paul O’Brien arrived at St. Patrick parish in Lawrence, MA and soon discovered that trying to foster an inclusive community amidst the ethnic tensions of this working-class, multicultural parish would be no mean feat. Older parishioners were resentful of a new generation of immigrants, and other parishioners tried to reach out to those in need but faced cultural entanglements that grew more complicated with the passage of time. Filmed over four years, “Scenes from a parish” explores the personal stories of a Catholic parish struggling to reconcile the ideals of faith with the cultural realities of a globalized United States. See for more information or contact filmmaker James Rutenbeck at

2)   Chart: Where your income tax really goes: Each year, the War Resisters League (WRL) analyzes federal funds outlays of the budget of the U.S. government. WRL’s analysis is based on federal funds, which do not include trust funds — such as Social Security — that are raised separately from income taxes for specific purposes. What you paid (or didn’t pay) by April 15, 2009, goes to the federal funds portion of the budget. To download the chart, go here. If you have questions about ordering, email Copies are available for $.10 each (1-199), $.07 each (200 or more), $.06 each (500+) plus 20 percent postage.

3)   Education and action packet from Jubilee USA: This packet includes basic educational materials such as an overview of the arguments for debt cancellation; a history of the debt crisis, and accessible fact sheets on structural adjustment programs, odious debt, health and the link between debt and global AIDS. It also includes action materials with advice on how to start a Jubilee local group, work with the media, and write letters to elected officials. Available for download or ordering online here. Full color kits cost $5. You can order online or contact Jubilee USA, 212 E. Capitol Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20003; 202-783-3566; Please allow 2-3 weeks for us to process your order.

4)   Blog: Waging Nonviolence: To read current postings about actions and efforts for peace and nonviolence, check out the new blog, Waging Nonviolence; well-known activist Kathy Kelly is a regular contributor. According to its description, Waging Nonviolence “is a community and a resource for news, analysis and discussion on the many ways that ordinary people around the globe are using nonviolence every day, often under the most difficult circumstances. We welcome activists, students, scholars and critics, as well as those just discovering nonviolence, to read and take part.”

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