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- Music Man. Elmer Maas, 69, a musician, philosopher, civil rights worker, and one of the founders of the Plowshares anti-nuclear movement, died May 7 in Connecticut.
Check Your Gun at the (Church) Door
Brazilian churches have taken on that countrys handgun epidemic by organizing their parishes and community centers to host drop-off sites for weapons - no questions asked. "Christian churches have adopted an active and committed position with civil society in the struggle against the weapons
- Always Low. The Wal-Mart clan-America's wealthiest family with $84 billion-joined forces with 65 other "high-wealth families" organized by the Policy and Taxation Group in Santa Ana, California, to seek a permanent repeal of the estate tax.
- Abolish Me. The New York State Assembly's Codes Committee defeated a bill to reinstate New York's death penalty. Out of 170 witnesses who testified at five public hearings, 148 opposed the death penalty, nine argued for it, and five supported it with changes.
- About Time.
Armed with Pens
War veterans, families with relatives in the military, peace activists, and others met in Washington, D.C., in March to publicly sign a statement of support for U.S. soldiers in Iraq who are refusing orders to fight for reasons of conscience. Signers could be charged with violating U.S. Code 18-2387, which
What Would Jesus Say
Talking Bible Dolls has released its newest product - a huggable, washable, and talking Jesus plush doll. With his fuzzy dreadlocks and satiny beard, Talking Jesus recites seven "actual scripture verses to introduce children of all ages to the wisdom of the Bible." When you squeeze his red heart,
Three hundred Israeli high-school students signed a letter refusing to participate in the occupation of the Palestinian territories, according to a letter they sent to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in March. The students believe that the occupation leads to inhumanity, infringes on the right to life,
Fair Trade Towns
Manchester and Salford, England, jointly became the 100th Fairtrade Towns in March, ushering fairly traded coffees, teas, and chocolates into local cafés and achieving a landmark victory for the growing trade justice movement in Great Britain. "The towns raise awareness and sales of fair trade, which
Binding the Strong Man
All Lawyered Up
More than 70 Christian bankruptcy attorneys issued an open letter to religious leaders, urging them to take action against Senate Bill 256. The bill would overhaul U.S. bankruptcy law - ostensibly to address fraud and corruption but in reality making
Painting the Kingdom Green
The Church of England is painting the kingdom green. The general synod, the largest gathering of the church in the U.K., met in Februaryone day after the Kyoto Protocol on global climate change went into force - to unveil a new report on ecological justice titled "Sharing Gods Planet: A