The Common Good
January-February 1999

Resources for Study and Action

by Kristine Jensen | January-February 1999

Architects Building Better Communities

Architects Building Better Communities

Design Corps, in partnership with the Corporation for National Service, announces a new community internship program that will allow architectural students and recent graduates to directly apply their expertise to help low-income families and small communities who do not have other access to designers. Both funding and placement services for the yearlong, full-time, community-based internships will be provided. The program has been established to match the desire of many architecture students to improve the quality of life in communities with the great unmet need for affordable architectural services. Those interested should contact Bryan Bell, Executive Director, Design Corps, 217 East Middle St., Gettysburg, PA 17325; (717) 337-1447; design@cvn.net.

Congregations Against the Death Penalty

Amnesty International USA's Program to Abolish the Death Penalty and its National Field Program have produced a resource to help congregations and other faith groups educate their communities about the death penalty and work to change the laws that keep the death penalty legal. The materials, developed for the National Weekend of Faith in Action, which took place October 8-10, are designed to help congregations develop abolition strategies over the next two years. Amnesty will sponsor similar national actions on the second weekend of each October through 2000, and congregations are encouraged to join the campaign at any time. The goal of the campaign is to develop a national coalition of persons of faith against the death penalty. For more information about the National Weekend of Faith in Action or to order a free organizing packet, call 1-800-AMNESTY, ext. 508, or write The Program to Abolish the Death Penalty, AIUSA, 600 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20003; (202) 544-0200; fax (202) 546-7142; www.amnesty-usa.org.

A Source for Activists

Peacework, a publication of the American Friends Service Committee, is dedicated to linking grassroots work with national and international perspectives. Peacework seeks to further social, economic, and racial justice and peace through nonviolent agitation, education, and organizing. The 24-page monthly is known for its timely, accessible, and inclusive coverage and its detailed listings of progressive resources. Subscriptions are $14 a year by third class mail; $20 a year by first class mail; $7 for students or low-income people; $1 for prisoners; and $30 international; a sample copy is free. Bonus for new subscribers: Request a free copy of the special issue on "Coming of Age in America." Peacework, AFSC, 2161 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02140.

Africa in Debt

The Office on Global Education of Church World Service has produced a six-page study/action resource titled "Africa: In Bondage to Debt." It explores the crushing impact of foreign debt on Africa's poorest nations. Many spend more each year on debt repayment than on primary education and health care combined. Faith groups and other caring persons around the world who have joined in the Jubilee 2000 campaign to forgive the debt are profiled. The resource is 30 cents each; prepayment is requested. CWS, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515-0968. For bulk prices, call 1-800-297-1516.

Web Site on Refugees

The U.S. Committee for Refugees has launched a Web site with the latest news and information on refugee crises around the world. The Web site includes country-by-country reports, statistics on refugee situations, and up-to-date news on the wars, violence, and political climates around the world that have led to refugee crises, as well as first-hand refugee interviews and testimonies. Visit www.refugees.org.

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