The Common Good
March-April 1998

Resources for Study and Action

by Marian Abrecht | March-April 1998

Poverty and Race

Poverty and Race

Resources are always needed to help guide and sustain a commitment to racial justice. Poverty and Race is a bimonthly journal that includes a multiple-page listing of additional resource materials. A sample copy is available upon request from the Poverty and Race Research Action Council, 1711 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 207, Washington, DC 20009; (202) 387-9887.

Human Rights

The Amnesty International USA Steering Committee has produced 10 Human Rights Resource Notebooks, which are collections of activities and resources on topics including children's rights, the death penalty, race and ethnicity, and conflict resolution. Selected activities for elementary, middle, and high school students are also available. Each resource is $5 from Human Rights USA Resource Center, 310 Fourth Ave. South, Suite 1000, Minneapolis, MN 55415-1012.

"All Too Familiar: Sexual Abuse of Women in U.S. State Prisons," a free guide providing information for advocates of protective legislation, is available from Human Rights Watch, 1522 K St. NW, #910, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 371-6592. "A Community Checklist: Important Steps to End Violence Against Women" suggests actions for people to take in their own town or area to prevent violence against women. It is available from the Violence Against Women Office, U.S. Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Room 5302, Washington, DC 20530; (202) 616-8894.


Many religious and secular organizations continue to join in support of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, winner of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize. Church World Service is coordinating these efforts and has produced a free nine-minute video, Landmines: Overcoming a Lethal Legacy, available from CWS, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515; 1-800-297-1516. The CWS free-loan "Film and Video Library Catalogue" is also available upon request.

Remembering the Middle Passage

A major interfaith pilgrimage scheduled from June 1998 to June 1999 will physically retrace the slavery routes from Africa to the Americas that were used for 400 years. The tour is designed "to transform the thinking that spawned racism" and to "embrace the terrible history of slavery and racial oppression." The land portions will involve up to 15 miles per day of walking. There is no fee, but participants are responsible for personal expenses. Contact Interfaith Pilgrimage of the Middle Passage, First Congregational Church, Room 11, 165 Main St., Amherst, MA 01002; (413) 256-6698.

Money and Politics

The problem of political campaign financing is addressed in the video and Internet project Destination Democracy: A Guide to Money and Politics. This "tool kit" includes videos, a discussion guide, and computer diskettes for $35. The video, Money, Like Water..., presents five possible solutions, and features former U.S. Sens. Paul Simon and Warren Rudman and historian Roger Wilkins. Individual components are also available from The Benton Foundation, 1634 Eye St. NW, 11th floor, Washington, DC 20006; or call David Weiner, (202) 638-5770.

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