The Common Good
March-April 1999

Resources for Study and Action

by Kristine Jensen | March-April 1999

Welfare Watchdogs

Welfare Watchdogs

The Welfare Watchdogs and the American Friends Service Committee have produced a game kit designed to educate churches and community organizations about who really benefits from welfare. As the games reveal, large corporations are the biggest beneficiaries of government assistance. The games are designed to use facts and humor to correct public misperceptions about welfare recipients. The game kit sells for $15 and includes a series of skits and activities with scripts and background information. Contact Welfare Watchdogs, Upper New York State AFSC, 420-1/2 Gifford St., Syracuse, NY 13204; (315) 475-4822.

Peace Calendar

The War Resisters League still has available its 1999 Peace Calendar featuring the words and drawings of children from many countries of what they see and what they'd like to see in the world around them. The 128-page, spiral-bound calendar is 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" and features peace resources and international contacts. The cost is $12 each or 4 for $44. To order the Peace Calendar, contact the War Resisters League at 339 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10012.

Resources for Kids

Viva!, a children's education project of the Mennonite Central Committee, has produced a learning and activity box designed to acquaint North American children with faces, stories, crafts, games, songs, and recipes of children of Bolivia, Brazil, El Salvador, Haiti, and Mexico. Teachers' guides for each country provide ideas adaptable for grades one through seven, for use in Sunday schools, vacation Bible schools, classrooms, and cross-cultural fairs. The guides explore issues vital to children in these countries, such as caring for creation, child labor, debt, and conflict resolution. A map, music cassettes, storybook, and two videos are included.

Several copies of the box are available to be loaned out to schools, churches, and community organizations at no cost. MCC will pay to ship the box to the requesting organization and the organization pays return postage only. Loan periods average six weeks. Contact the Mennonite Central Committee, 21 South 12th St., P.O. Box 500, Akron, PA 17501-0500; (717) 859-1151. In Canada contact MCC Manitoba, 134 Plaza Drive, Winnipeg, MB R3T 5K9; (204) 261-6381.

Faith and Labor

Faithworks is a newsletter published six times a year by the National Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice. The newsletter acts as a resource to educate, organize, and mobilize the religious community in the United States on issues and campaigns concerning wages, benefits, and working conditions for workers, especially low-wage workers. The newsletter includes a network of local interfaith groups that deals with labor issues.

The Committee also produces a Challenging Sweatshops Organizing Guide that includes sermon notes, bulletin inserts, prayers, and other resources to help your congregation, faith body, religious school, or family challenge sweatshops. The organizing guide is available for $5; there is no cost to subscribe to Faithworks, although donations are accepted. Contact the National Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr, 4th floor, Chicago, IL 60660; (773) 728-8400.

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