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November-December 2011

Vol. 36, No. 6

 

Resources

1) Advent reflections: Incarnation spirituality in the light of the new universe story: This four week reflection process is presented by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, American Province. Available for free in PDF format, 10 pages.

2) Catholics spending and acting justly: A small group guide to living economic stewardship: Written by Charles K. Wilber, this eight-week resource on economic stewardship explores ongoing questions about how one spends limited human, natural and monetary resources. 96 pages, $5.59. Published by Ave Maria Press; 800-282-1865.

3) Move the Money: American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) offers this new activist toolkit. Includes facts sheets and tips on community-based resolution campaigns; how to communicate with Congress; how to alert the media and advocacy advice. Learn more on AFSC's website or contact AFSC at 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102; 215-241-7000.

4) National Day of Action Against Guantánamo: As the prison at Guantanamo approaches its 10th year, we rise up anew to say no to torture and call for its closure, accountability for the torturers, and justice for the victims of U.S. abuse. Join Witness Against Torture in Washington on January 11, 2012 for a demonstration against U.S. detention policies. Buses will leave from many cities, from Chicago to New York; if you are interested in helping to organize a bus from your hometown, please e-mail jan11@witnesstorture.org for more information. From January 2-14, many will participate in the Fast for Justice. Learn more about the January 2012 activities at www.witnesstorture.org.

5) Home: This full length film tells the history of the planet, the history of civilization, and the impact of modern society on the web of life. Through visually stunning footage from over 50 countries, all shot from an aerial perspective, Yann Arthus–Bertrand shows us a view most of us have never seen. He shares with us his sense of awe about our planet and his concern for its health. With this film, Arthus-Bertrand hopes to provide a stepping-stone to further the call to action to take care of our home. A DVD version is available through Commission on Voluntary Service and Action, 22-19 41st Ave, 2nd Floor; Long Island City, NY 11101; (718) 729-2872. To watch for free online, and to learn more about the film, go to www.home-2009.com.

6) Militarism Watch: A project of the Fellowship of Reconciliation and endorsed by Daniel Ellsberg, Medea Benjamin and other veteran activists, Militarism Watch responds to the need in our movements for skills to research the many aspects of U.S. militarism, to inform our work and choices, make us effective in advocacy and media outreach, and be aware of emerging issues. Militarism Watch produces handouts and brings together resources to help increase skills on research, with digital versions and links to these tools posted on the Militarism Watch web page, which we encourage you to browse. Activities to increase capacity include workshops and webinars or cyber-seminars conducted by project members.

7) Tanzania Encounter, March 16–31, 2012: Sponsored by Friends Across Borders, a program of Maryknoll Lay Missioners, this immersion trip will include visits with Maryknoll lay missioners at their ministries; participation in local liturgical celebrations; and experiencing wildlife in its natural environment on a safari in the Serengeti. Deadline to sign up is January 16, 2012. Group size is between 10-15 persons. The total ground cost is $1,950 + $200 nonrefundable (unless program is cancelled) registration fee per person. Program fees cover all lodging and meals, all transportation within the country (including national air travel), medical insurance with medical evacuation, English-Kiswahili speaking guides, cultural activities, and safari. International airfare, taxes, and visa are not included. To make a reservation, request an application form at www.friendsacrossborders.org or call 914-762-6364 ext. 207.

 

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