The Common Good
July-August 1999

Resources for Study and Action

by Molly Marsh | July-August 1999

Reshaping Economic Principles

Reshaping Economic Principles

A resource titled The Economic Way of the Cross relates the message of Jesus’ way to the suffering of those who live under the weight of the globalized economy. The report was prepared by the Religious Working Group on the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, the Ecumenical Program on Central America and the Caribbean (EPICA), and Witness for Peace. The bilingual edition names 14 corporate, financial, political, legal, and military institutions that have constructed and administer the economy, and holds these institutions morally accountable.

The resource also includes commentary for group discussion or personal reflection. Copies are available for $6.50, plus $3.50 for postage and handling, from The Religious Working Group on World Bank and IMF, (202) 832-1780; EPICA (202) 332-0292; or Witness for Peace, 1229 15th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 588-1471.

A Source for Workers’ Rights

Jobs with Justice has compiled information on national and international unions, research organizations, Workers’ Rights Boards, and interfaith groups organized around labor issues in its first-ever National Workers’ Rights Resource Directory. The directory also lists other organizations throughout the country, such as civil rights organizations, student groups, and labor artists and musicians, on a state-by-state basis. For more information or to obtain a copy, contact Jobs with Justice, 501 3rd St. NW, Washington DC 20001; (202) 434-1106; jobswjustice@jwj.org; www.jwj. org.

Searching for Solutions

The Fellowship of Reconciliation has issued Toward the Beloved Community, the organization’s statement on racial and economic justice. The brochure outlines solutions to help bring about justice, such as promoting an "Economic Bill of Rights," a national dialogue on economic democracy, and heightening awareness of corporate welfare.

For more information or to obtain copies, contact The Racial and Economic Justice Program, Fellowship of Reconciliation, P.O. Box 271, Nyack, NY 10960; (914) 358-4601; rej@forusa.org; www.nonviolence. org/for. Copies are $1.25 each.

SOA Video

"Crossing the Line" is a 16-minute video documenting the November 1998 nonviolent protest of more than 7,000 students, people of faith, former military personnel, and activists at the U.S. Army School of the Americas at Ft. Benning, Georgia. The protest was the largest since the Vietnam War era. Led by actor Martin Sheen and Sister Jackie Doepker, 2,318 people risked arrest and imprisonment by crossing the line onto the military base.

Narrated by Susan Sarandon, "Crossing the Line" is a companion video to "School of Assassins" (1994) and "An Insider Speaks Out" (1998). Copies are $13. For more information, contact Maryknoll World Productions, P.O. Box 308, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0308; 1-800-227-8523.

References for Global Issues

New Internationalist Publications has issued two alternative reference guides to the countries of our planet. The A-Z of World Development looks at key themes and ideas of global development. Examples of listings include "structural adjustment," "United Nations," and "oral rehydration theory." The World Guide 1999/2000: Millennium Edition provides basic history, politics, economics, and factual information about countries, but it also includes sections on human rights, the environment, indigenous people, militarism, and sexual and racial discrimination. The World Guide is compiled by the Third World Institute in Montevideo, Uruguay; the English language edition is produced by New Internationalist Publications. Both resources are available on CD-ROM. For more information, contact New Internationalist Publications, P.O. Box 1143, Lewiston, NY 14092; 1-800-661-8700, ext. 16; www.newint.org.

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