Resources for study and action.
By Kristine Jensen
Debt Relief is Hunger Relief
Bread for the World, a grassroots group working to end world hunger, is kicking off its annual Offering of Letters. Each year thousands of people, churches, and community groups write letters to members of Congress on key hunger-fighting legislation. The goal of this years campaign, Proclaim Jubilee: Break the Chains of Debt, is to get Congress to help relieve the debt burden of the poorest countries in a way that will channel the benefits to poor people in those countries. To get a free "Churches Respond to Hunger" packet or to order the 1999 Offering of Letters kit, which includes a six-minute video, contact Bread for the World, 1100 Wayne Ave., Suite 1000, Silver Spring, MD 20910-9767; www. bread.org.
What Are You Doing This Summer?
The National Field Program of Amnesty International (AIUSA) is offering three educational opportunities for activists who want to become human rights leaders. The Patrick Stewart Human Rights Scholarships are for young activists for applied human rights fieldwork. The Human Rights Summer Institute, hosted by AIUSA and American University in Washington, D.C., is for students pursuing careers in human rights or activists who want to deepen their knowledge of the movement. The Human Rights Action Seminar: Abolition Now! is a human rights organizing seminar set for August 13-21. It is designed as a boot camp for death-penalty abolition activists. For information write NFP, 600 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003; (202) 544-0200; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teaching for Change, a project of the nonprofit Network of Educators on the Americas, offers a catalogue of resources for school staff and parents who seek to transform schools. The catalogue materials help educators integrate the experiences of peoples who have been left in the margins of curriculum: African Americans, Latinos, Asians, women, and working-class people of all races. To receive a free catalogue, contact NECA/ Teaching for Change, P.O. Box 73038; (202) 238-2379; email@example.com; www.teachingforchange.org.
International Work Camps
Volunteers for Peace is a Vermont nonprofit membership organization promoting international work camps in 70 countries. Work camps are an affordable way to travel, live, and work abroad while promoting international goodwill through short-term community-service projects. A free newsletter is available by contacting VFP. Members of VFP ($15 per year) receive the newsletter plus the 1999 International Workcamp Directory (212 pp.), which lists more than 1,200 opportunities for travel throughout the world. Contact VFP International Workcamps, 43 Tiffany Road, Belmont, VT 05730; (802) 259-2759; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.vfp.org.
Organizing the Southwest
Voces Unidas is a publication of the SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP), a multiracial, multi-issue, community-based organization whose mission is to empower communities in the Southwest to realize racial, gender, social, and economic justice. Voces Unidas profiles individuals doing good work and discusses problems facing our communities today. Membership in SWOP is $24 per year; members receive Voces Unidas free of charge. Contact the Southwest Organizing Project, 211 10th St. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102-2919; (505) 247-8832; swop@swop. net; www.swop.net.
Compiled by Kristine Jensen