The Common Good
July-August 1996

Resources for Study and Action

by Julienne Gage | July-August 1996

Transitions Abroad. Hear Our Voices. 500 Years of Chicano History.

Transitions Abroad

Did you know that there’s a program that invites ecologically responsible women to participate in a 15-day trip into secluded Irian Jaya, New Guinea, to meet with the Kumbai tribe, met by fewer than a dozen outsiders? This opportunity and many more are listed in Transitions Abroad, an alternative travel guide that includes programs and advice for families, students, seniors, and disabled people.

The best part about alternative travel is that it offers so much learning experience. Transitions Abroad dedicates chapters to programs for high school students, language study, and undergraduate study. It also lists a variety of volunteer and teaching opportunities, including many ESL programs. This is a complete guide for anyone itching with the alternative travel bug. For the 1996 Transitions Abroad book, call 1-800-293-0373. Cost is $19.95.

Hear Our Voices

Immigrant women must deal with new, often hostile environments while simultaneously bearing the responsibility of work and family.

Since 70 million of the world’s refugees are women and children, and half of the world’s 30 million migrant workers are women, there is great need to assist and empower these women through economic development, education, training, and legal assistance. The groups listed in Hear Our Voices: A Resource Directory of Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Projects address a wide range of women’s refugee and immigrant issues in the United States and abroad.

Examples include the Muslim Women’s League of Los Angeles, which organizes educational events such as “Islam Beyond the Stereotypes” and “For Women and Children of Bosnia.” Sakhi, a South Asian women’s organization in New York City, is committed to breaking the silence about domestic violence in Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Nepali, and Sri Lankan communities.

Hear Our Voices connects immigrant and migrant women to appropriate community assistance with multicultural respect and understanding. Hear Our Voices is available for $10 through the American Friends Service Committee, 1501 Cherry Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19102, (215) 241-7048.

500 Years of Chicano History

504 years ago, Columbus was discovered in America. Lost and confused, he was introduced to the ancient peoples of the Americas, and managed to far outstay his welcome.

500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures, a revised picture book and video by the SouthWest Organizing Project in Albuquerque, is a tribute to survival and revival among La Raza. Beginning with indigenous history, this book reflects upon the way of life for Aztecs and Mayas, noting their contributions to present society, which include maize and the invention of the zero.

500 Years reflects Chicano history’s greatest figures, such as artist Diego Rivera and United Farm Workers leader César Chávez. From the agricultural fields of California and Washington state to college campuses and clothing factories, the Chicano people have a strong legacy of organizing around justice and resistance.

The 500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures teaching kit, including the book, video, and a teacher’s book, is available for $112.50 from the SouthWest Organizing Project, 211 10th St. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102, (505) 247-8832. Materials are available separately as well. The book is $18; the video is $38.50 for individuals, $53.50 for institutions.

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