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In May, residents of Adele, Somalia, received fishing boats with the help of SAACID, the first Somali womens NGO, in response to the December 2004 tsunami. The project, which provided boats and fishing supplies to 46 households and a months supply of food to 100 households, was sponsored by the Mennonite Central Committee in the United States.
Sundays for Darfur
Hundreds gathered at sites around Washington, D.C., in June and July to pray for and demand justice in Darfur, Sudan. The series of public worship services on five consecutive Sundays was organized by Brian McLaren of Cedar Ridge Community Church in Maryland, in conjunction with Sojourners, Africa Action, the Genocide Intervention Fund, and the Religious Action Center of
In June, six Iraqi labor union leader - representatives of three major Iraqi labor organizations - visited the United States to discuss their struggle for equitable labor practices under U.S. occupation. Saddam Hussein issued Law 150 in 1987 to prohibit workers in state-owned enterprises from joining unions. Under Iraqs newly elected government and the U.S. ruling authority, those laws still exist - and are defended as a symbol
The Gregg Gift Company started selling Bible covers in 1971 out of a garage in Southern California. While most of the companys stock tends toward inspirational products, with designs from artists such as Thomas Kinkade and Mary Engelbreit, they also have a hard-core Christian product line aimed at teens.
A Classified View
In May, the Pentagon accidentally released classified sections of a U.S. report on the killing of Italian intelligence officer Nicola Calipari by U.S. forces at a checkpoint along "Route Irish," the highway between the Baghdad airport and the Green Zone. The report, which revealed information about daily life on the front lines, also noted that "the U.S. considers all of Iraq a combat zone." Below are more stats from the report.
- School Work. Seminarians teamed up with security guards in five U.S. cities over the summer to work on issues of low wages and lack of benefits in security work. The 10-week program was sponsored by Interfaith Worker Justice and the AFL-CIO.
- Seeing Black. In May, a broad coalition of African-American leaders launched the Millions More Movement and announced a three-day mobilization to be held in Washington, D.C., Oct. 14 to 16. The event will commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the Million Man March.
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On Capitol Hill in May, faith-based organizations announced the "I Will Not Kill" campaign to educate youth targeted by military recruiters. The campaigns goal is to make youth more aware of their rights regarding military service, educate them about the impact of war, promote a culture of life in targeted communities, and promote conscientious objection to military service as a positive alternative to violence.
In May, Taiwans legislative branch was pressured to revise its Genetic Health Law to require a six-day waiting period, rather than three days, before an abortion. A bipartisan group of women legislators, church groups, and civil society organizations launched the Grand Alliance for Respect of Life and All People at a press conference after addressing the legislature. Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Lin Tai-hua
- 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.
Hope in Fallujah
An Iraqi boy helps with a cleanup project organized in Fallujah, Iraq, by the Muslim Peacemaker Teams. Street cleaning and praying with Sunni Muslims were the teams first public actions. The Muslim Peacemaker Teams, founded in February, grew out of Iraqi Human Rights Watch and works closely with members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams, who have been in Iraq since 2002.
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