The Common Good
November-December 1996

Resources for Study and Action

by Julienne Gage | November-December 1996

Tibetan Aid Project. Manufacturing Consent. Against Forgetting.

Tibetan Aid Project

The Chinese government has sought to destroy the sovereign nation of Tibet and to wipe out its culture, including capturing or forcing into exile Tibet's spiritual leaders. Founded 25 years ago to provide emergency relief to Tibetan refugees exiled in India and Nepal, the Tibetan Aid Project (TAP) also helps restore and preserve the Tibetan culture.

General assistance includes restoring monasteries and schools and sponsoring community, medical, and educational projects, and the preservation of art, literature, and ritual objects, including Buddhist texts and art reproductions. The project also supports Tibetan religious leaders.

Products for sale to support the project include Jataka Tales for children, TAP videos, books on Tibetan refugees and history, and Tibetan cards and calendars. The Tibetan Aid Project also has a program for the monthly sponsorship of monks or nuns. Contact TAP at 2910 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702; 1-800-33-TIBET.

Manufacturing Consent

According to linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky, society sees the media as setting the boundaries of progressive and radical thinking and rarely works outside of those boundaries.

The 166-minute video package Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media reflects on the life of Chomsky as it relates to his critique of the role of the press within U.S. society. Chomsky names the corporate press agencies that set media standards and dominate smaller press through news wires and money. His commentary and life work challenges viewers to question societal structures and our perception of freedom and democracy.

Manufacturing Consent is available for $46.90 (includes shipping and handling) from Zeitgeist Productions, 1-800-343-5540.

Against Forgetting

Monuments to Truth: Against Forgetting is a 22-minute video documenting the courageous struggle of surviving family members of those killed in the Guatemalan military counter-insurgency campaign during the early 1980s. Despite fear of reprisals, survivors organized in 1993 to demand the exhumation of some of the mass graves in the municipality of Rabinal and the right to proper reburial.

The Campaign for Peace and Life in Guatemala has channeled support from solidarity groups and churches in the U.S. and Canada to help survivors commemorate the lives of those who were massacred. Monuments to Truth contains footage of two exhumations, interviews with massacre survivors, and the unveiling and dedication of a "monument to truth."

The Campaign also offers an organizing packet in response to the Intelligence Oversight Board report on U.S. involvement in human rights abuses in Guatemala, released this past spring following the public vigil of Sister Dianna Ortiz (see "Death's Dance Broken," July-August 1996). The packet provides faith-based activists with sample letters to the editor, op-ed pieces, an analysis of the IOB report, and an informational poster.

The video is available for $22.95. To order the video (and accompanying organizing packet) or the IOB packet, contact EPICA, 1470 Irving St., NW, Washington, DC 20010; (202) 332-0292; e-mail

Julienne Gage was formerly news assistant intern at Sojourners.

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