The Common Good
May-June 1996

Resources for Study and Action

by Julienne Gage | May-June 1996

Cook for a Cause. State of the World. Access to Reinvestment. National Green Pages.

COOK FOR A CAUSE

The Cook for a Cause cookbook nourishes persons with AIDS through the sale of its recipes. The Madison Aids Support Network and Madison Urban Ministry have compiled a book of recipes from professors, members of Congress, chefs, coaches, and others.

This 94-page book offers a variety of appetizers, side dishes, entrees, and desserts. Recipes include dishes with a variety of cultural flavors, such as spicy Jamaican jerk sauce, Zapata's Revenge Salsa, Norwegian Lefse, and Wisconsin Apple Cranberry Pie.

The Madison AIDS Support Network serves the Madison, Wisconsin area through giving a voice to people with HIV, education and outreach to prevent HIV transmission, and direct care for those with HIV. The Madison Urban Ministry is a non-profit organization of more than 50 religious and community organizations. The group is currently working to build greater community awareness and involvement in such issues as racism, anti-violence education, affordable housing, and spirituality.

To contribute to the support of AIDS issues through these two groups, and to tap into some great recipes, send $16.95 to Madison Urban Ministries, 1127 University Ave., Madison, WI 53715; (608) 256-0906.

STATE OF THE WORLD

This year the world has been made aware of the environmental hazards caused by Shell Oil in the Ogoniland of Nigeria, where thousands have died due to leaky oil pipes and the destruction of subsistence farming. This is just one example in today's headlines of the urgent need to care for the Earth, and how the destruction of nature relates to the destruction of humanity.

State of the World, published by the Worldwatch Institute, is a must-have for the general public concerned about the state of the world and the state of their own family's health. This book gives updates on population and sustainability, climate change due to emissions and fossil fuel burning, water efficiency, infectious diseases including Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever, bioinvasions like the diversification of species in the Galapagos Islands (Darwin's near-perfect evolutionary specimen), and the connection between environmental justice and human rights.

State of the World explains these issues so that you don't have to be an environmental scientist to understand. The study guide is offered in 27 different languages, including Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, French, and German. In the United States, more than 500 college and university courses use State of the World as a text.

State of the World is available for $14.95 from Worldwatch Institute, 1776 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036; (800) 555-2028.

ACCESS TO REINVESTMENT

The World Hunger Year program (WHY) has published a small guide to identify, develop, and replicate the best grassroots programs and policies aimed at self-reliance. The Reinvesting in America program started in 1990, led by Robin Garr, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. His team of researchers has visited more than 500 grassroots organizations in 50 states.

The model program focuses on connections with funders and with other grassroots groups, replication, replication workshops, media connections, and policy and advocacy work. A database has been compiled on the World Wide Web, with categories including agriculture, community economic development, community organizing, education, health care, homelessness, housing, hunger and nutrition, jobs and job training, and welfare, children, and family support. Summaries of the nation's best programs also can be found on the web. Database entries range from small community-based organizations to statewide networks. For a brochure to find out more about Reinvesting in America, or to be included on the database, contact Reinvesting in America, WHY, 505 Eighth Ave., 21st floor, New York, NY 10018, (800)5-HUNGRY; fax (212) 465-9274; whyria @aol.com, .

NATIONAL GREEN PAGES

Socially responsible businesses can be at your fingertips with Co-op America's National Green Pages: A Directory of Products and Services for People and the Planet.

Co-op America is an organization dedicated to educating people about spending and investing, helping socially responsible businesses emerge and thrive, and pressuring irresponsible companies to adopt socially and environmentally responsible practices.

Included in the Green Pages are advertisements for Checks With a Conscience, offering checks with messages from Greenpeace, Sierra Club, the National Organization for Women, and more; and the Putumayo clothing company, offering stylish clothing with a world beat. Putumayo also sells world music compilations. Proceeds from Putumayo go to a variety of socially concerned charities and organizations, including UNICEF.

The Green Pages is a complete guide for creating socially responsible living in every aspect of life.

Green Pages is $6.95, or free with a Co-op America membership, from Co-op America, 1612 K St. NW, #600, Washington, DC 20006.

Also available free through Co-op America is the Financial Planning Handbook for Responsible Investors. A major focus of the handbook is to alert non-smoker investors of the billions their mutual funds invest in the tobacco industry.

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