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July/August 2011
Vol. 36, No. 4


1) Food security and economic justice: A faith-based study guide on poverty and hunger: Published by the National Catholic Rural Life Conference, the three-part study guide serves as a reflection, education and action tool, and looks at global facts as well as scripture to discern action. Available for download or in hard copy.

2) Mind the Gap!: The wealthiest one percent owns 75 percent of the wealth. This and other facts, charts, videos and other tools are available through Mind the Gap!, a new campaign from NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby, about the wealth gap. Take NETWORK's "Who Owns America?" quiz, watch the videos and take advantage of the other resources.

3) Latin America Today podcast: The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) puts out a weekly podcast that looks at in-depth issues with WOLA experts and special guests. Past topics include "Trends in Military Spending," "Humala Wins" and "Citizen Security in Brazil."

4) Budrus: This film tells the story of a Palestinian community organizer who unites Palestinians of all factions with Israelis to save their village from destruction by Israel's Separation barrier. The film aims to generate awareness and support for Palestinians and Israelis working together to end Israeli occupation nonviolently. The website also has resources for hosting and planning a screening event.

5) Food Desert Locator: This interactive map of the United States shows areas of food scarcity. It displays data by county, giving the percentage and number of people with low food access. To qualify as a low access community at least 500 people must live more than one mile from a grocery store for urban areas and 10 miles for rural areas.

6) Rio + 20 resources: Two PowerPoint documents about the Rio + 20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. One looks at the governance for sustainable development and the other gives the background leading to the 2012 earth summit. The documents are available on the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO) page at

7) Spanish language resources from Catholic Coalition on Climate Change: The Spanish edition of the Coalition website has been updated with three newly translated resources. Both the Primer on Catholic Teaching and Climate Change and Climate Change informed by the 7 Principles of Catholic Social Teaching can now be found in Spanish on the Spanish Catholic Teaching-- Enseñanzas Católicas page (scroll down to bottom of page). Additionally the Planning Guide for Taking the St. Francis Pledge is also now translated into Spanish and is now available on the Spanish Resources Recursos page.

8) The FTT for people and the planet – Financing climate justice: This new 12-page paper from CIDSE, the international Catholic development agency, posits that the financial transaction tax (FTT) is a credible mechanism that can generate substantial amounts of money to finance global challenges including action to tackle climate change. Available for download in English and in French from the CIDSE website.

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