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January-February 2012

Vol. 37, No. 1


DVD: Leaps and Bounds, the dance of exodus in an age of growth: A filmed version of the one-woman performance piece by the same name, "Leaps and Bounds" reanimates the themes of Sabbath and ecological economics and creation spirituality. Moving beyond the limits of live theater, the film skillfully layers storytelling, song, dance, music and ritual. It is a journey that moves from the beginning of time and space, through the biblical narratives about our relationship with Earth, and connects the earliest errors of human society to the hazardous principles that drive economic growth. Payment on a sliding scale, $10-30. Order at Affording Hope Project website.

Learning for Global Democracy toolkit: Produced by Building Global Democracy, this free online toolkit is available here. The toolkit describes many creative ways that people can become informed and mobilized on global affairs. The compact illustrated guide will be inspirational for NGOs, social movements, students and their teachers, and anyone interested in global problems. The previous toolkit on Conceptualizing Global Democracy is also available on the website; a third toolkit, Including the Excluded in Global Politics, is expected in March 2012.

DVD: Cite Soleil: Sun, Dust and Hope: This new DVD from Pax Christi USA gives a taste of the incredible circumstances Haiti finds itself in and how Pax Christi Port-au-Prince is responding in creative and unexpected ways. "Cite Soleil: Sun, Dust, and Hope" tells a story about SAKALA, a peace education program started in 2007 by Pax Christi Port-au-Prince. It is a story of optimism and faith in the face of extreme poverty and hardship, and challenges the way we see Haiti and Haitians see themselves. This 22-minute video, compiled from footage taken when Pax Christi USA staff visited the program in 2011, is a great way to connect to our brothers and sisters in Haiti who are promoting active nonviolence in one of the most marginalized neighborhoods in the Western hemisphere. Proceeds will go to support the collaborative work between Pax Christi Port-au-Prince and Pax Christi USA. To order, contact Pax Christi USA's sales office at 814-520-6245 or check the website.

Stop S-Comm Toolkit: With the help of several members of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, this toolkit equips congregations to form interfaith teams to advocate for changes in how their communities respond to "detainer requests" (per the Secure Communities program, also known as S-comm) from the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement agency.

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