Resources for Study and Action

Speak Up!

Started in the U.K. but seeking to expand internationally, SPEAK is a network of mainly students and young people of faith whose vision is "To transform situations of injustice through linking people together to use their voice and pray for change." Their efforts center around bimonthly "Pray and Post" campaigns, which include a prayer card and a campaign post card (often addressed to a government official) aimed at impacting policy on a justice issue. Past campaigns have included East Timor advocacy, Jubilee 2000, the campaign to ban landmines, and garment workers’ rights.

SPEAK also facilitates the formation of small groups to meet regularly for action and prayer and, though based on Christ-centered spirituality, welcomes people of all beliefs to network in their efforts. Contact: SPEAK, The Beacon, 17 Fleet Road, Hampstead, London NW3 2QR, United Kingdom; +44 (0)171 424 0610; speak@speak.org.uk; www.speak.org.uk.

Sewing Justice

Through the Eye of a Needle is a five-week study guide produced by Pax Christi USA to examine consumer culture through the lens of Christian faith and Catholic social teaching. Participants are encouraged to keep a "buying journal" to examine their purchasing habits, and are challenged on themes such as over-consumption, the environment, sweatshops, child labor, and voluntary simplicity. Cost is $5 (plus $1.50 shipping). Contact: Pax Christi USA, West 8th St., Erie, PA 16502- 1343; (814) 453-4955; maryellen@paxchristiusa.org; www.nonviolence.org/pcusa.

Campaign for Cuba

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Sojourners Magazine May-June 2000
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