Searching for thoughtful gift ideas? The Church World Service (CWS) and Appalachia Science in the Public Interest (ASPI) have calendars that might fit the bill. While the CWS calender displays extraordinary color photography, capturing the diversity and beauty of the world's cultures in the faces of people from Latin America to Africa, the ASPI calendar features unique black-and-white photography of the Appalachian region and its people. By purchasing these calendars as gifts, you help support two groups committed to peace and justice. The CWS calendar is available for $20 from Church World Service, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515-0968. Order the ASPI calendar for $6 from ASPI Calendar, Rt. 5, Box 423, Livingston, KY 40455; (606) 453-2105.
Other noteworthy calendars available from groups working toward social justice include: The War Resisters League's "With Peace on Our Wings" calendar ($12 each) from War Resisters League, 339 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10012; (212) 228-0450, and Syracuse Cultural Workers' 1995 Peace Calendar ($8.95 each) or their 1995 Women Artists Datebook, In Praise of the Muse ($12.95 each), available from Syracuse Cultural Workers, P.O. Box 6367, Syracuse, NY 13217; (315) 474-1132.
WAR FROM A CHILD'S PERSPECTIVE
If the Mango Tree Could Speak is a moving documentary about how children in Central America have been impacted by war. The video's uniqueness stems from its simple honesty as story after story unfolds from the mouths of the children themselves--voices that often go unheard. Focusing on the countries of Guatemala and El Salvador, the film portrays children, such as Dora, age 12, and Diego, age 14, who have grown up in the midst of war. The documentary goes beyond the larger context of war to depict the issues the children struggle with in everyday life, such as friendships and education.