The Common Good
January-February 1998

Resources for Study and Action

by Marian Abrecht | January-February 1998

TOWARD ENOUGH FOR EVERYONE

TOWARD ENOUGH FOR EVERYONE

Bread for the World has recently released Hunger 1998, an exceptional collection of documented information, providing study materials for churches and organizations in an effort to make the world economy work better for hungry people. It’s available for $18 from the Bread for the World Institute, 1100 Wayne Ave., Suite 1000, Silver Spring, MD 20910; (301) 608-2400; www.bread.org

Co-op America’s National Green Pages is a directory dedicated to the creation of a just and sustainable society by harnessing economic power for positive change, or "buying green." It cites thousands of products and services from "green" businesses and offers hundreds of special discounts. The price is $7.95 (including postage and handling) or free if one becomes a member of Co-op America for $20. The latter includes their quarterly newsletter and other membership services. Contact Co-op America, 1612 K St. NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20006; (202) 872-5307.

WHEN I WAS IN PRISON...

Prison Visitation and Support is a volunteer nationwide alternative ministry to prisoners, sponsored by many religious and peace organizations, and is the only program authorized by the Federal Bureau of Prisons and Department of Defense to visit all federal and military prisons. Two hundred PVS volunteers provide friendship, encouragement, and a listening ear to prisoners who get no, or few, visitors. An excellent 20-minute video filmed in six of the prisons shows PVS in action. It is available on loan or as a gift to contributors of $25 or more. Contact PVS, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102; (215) 241-7117.

A quintet of papers on the social costs of jails and prisons has been published by the Vera Institute of Justice. These costs include the effect upon children in the loss of emotional and economic support when a family member is incarcerated, the intense destructive impact upon youth sent to prison, and how high rates of incarceration damage fragile inner-city neighborhoods. The papers are available upon request from the Vera Institute of Justice, 377 Broadway, New York, NY 10013.

Preventing Gun Violence

The Mennonite Central Committee offers Washington Gun Violence Packet, a 30-page study and advocacy resource with statistics, stories, theological reflections, and action suggestions suitable for Sunday School classes, peace and justice committees, pastors, students, and teachers. An accompanying "Disarmament Pledge" provides a specific opportunity for continuing commitment. Packets are $3 each from MCC, 110 Maryland Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002.

PRAYER LINK

The Methodist Federation for Social Action has established a Social Justice Prayer Network. Interested volunteers are asked to make a prayer commitment in support of social justice and peace issues, which are suggested biweekly via mail or e-mail. At the same time, volunteers may submit individual requests for prayer. There is no cost. To participate, write to MFSA, Attn. George McClain, 76 Clinton Ave., Staten Island, NY 10301; e-mail: gmcclain@igc.org

NOT TOO LATE FOR 1998 CALENDARS

The 1998 Women Artists Datebook is dedicated with love and respect to women artists, past and present, in honor of their creativity, inspiration, and steadfast struggle. Also available is a 1998 Peace Calendar. Both are priced at $12.95 from Syracuse Cultural Workers, Tools for Change, P.O. Box 6367, Syracuse, NY 13217. As a fund-raiser, organizations can receive up to 50 percent off; write for details. The Nicaraguan Cultural Alliance is offering a fine arts calendar featuring a different Nicaraguan card each month. The cost is $7 from NCA, P.O. Box 5051, Hyattsville, MD 20782

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