The Common Good
April 2005

News Bites

by Rose Marie Berger, Mark Betz | April 2005

  • Signing Off.

  • Signing Off. "With Michael Powell's impending departure as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, we urge President Bush to appoint an FCC chairman that will…be a staunch advocate for the public interest, ensuring that all Americans are served by a vibrant and diverse media," said Gloria Tristani, left, of the Office of Communication of the Un Act Up! Fourteen people, ages 16 to 79, were sentenced inited Church of Christ. Tristani is a former FCC commissioner. January to three- to six-month prison terms and $500 to $1,000 fines for their acts of nonviolent civil disobedience in calling for the closing of the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia.

  • Storm Shelter? Service agencies are receiving requests for aid from former combat veterans in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to a National Coalition for Homeless Veterans survey. Veterans make up 33 percent of homeless men and 23 percent of the U.S. homeless population, according to federal data on homelessness.

  • Rock of Ages. After first rejecting it, Rolling Stone magazine decided to run an ad for a new Bible translation, Today's New International Version, published by Zondervan, the largest U.S. Bible publisher. Rolling Stone's decision was announced after some internal controversy about supporting a "religious message."

  • Traffic Stop. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched the Rescue and Restore Victims of Human Trafficking campaign last April. The project is supported by a broad coalition of organizations, including Evangelicals for Social Action, Catholic Charities, YMCA International, and Sojourners.

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