The Common Good
September-October 1999

Resources for Study and Action

by Molly Marsh | September-October 1999

A Homeless Story

A Homeless Story

Taylor’s Campaign, a documentary by filmmaker Richard Cohen, offers a compelling, intimate view into the lives of homeless people in Santa Monica. The film follows Ron Taylor (at left), a homeless, disabled trucker who runs for a seat on the Santa Monica City Council, in part because of proposed city laws prohibiting food donations to the homeless in public places. The 75-minute documentary, which Cohen directed, co-produced, and edited, is narrated by actor Martin Sheen. Videos are $39 for individuals, public libraries, and high schools, $99 for academic libraries, schools, and organizations. Contact Richard Cohen Films, P.O. Box 1012, Venice, CA 90291; (310) 395-3549;; www.

Celebrating a Nonviolent Decade

Resources for building a decade of nonviolence are available from Fellowship of Reconciliation, the largest and oldest interfaith peace and justice organization in the United States. The "Decade for Nonviolence" resource packet includes FOR resources, suggested curricula on nonviolence, reading and video lists, and people in your area of the country to contact. Packets are $5. Contact FOR, P.O. Box 271, Nyack, NY 10960; (914) 358-4601; pti@forusa. org; Information is also available on FOR’s People’s Campaign for Nonviolence: Summer 2000 event, July 1 to August 9, 2000, in Washington, D.C.

Nonviolence Study Guides

Pace e Bene (a Franciscan center for nonviolence) has developed From Violence to Wholeness, a 10-part study program on the spirituality and practice of active nonviolence. The curriculum includes small group discussions, role-plays, presentations, and readings. Authors include CTsar Chßvez, John Dear, Marie Dennis, and St. Francis of Assisi. The 176-page workbooks are $15 each, plus $3.50 for postage. Contact Pace e Bene Franciscan Nonviolence Center, 1420 W. Bartlett, Las Vegas, NV 89106; (702) 648-2281; paceebene@compuserve. com.

Jubilee Justice

Pax Christi USA has released the first volume of Jubilee Justice: The Times Call Us, a resource designed to help small groups reflect on the Jubilee tradition. Available for $8, the volume focuses on the themes of Sabbath rest, forgiveness, reverence for the Earth, and debt relief. Volume II will be available next fall. To order, contact Pax Christi USA, 532 West 8th St., Erie, PA 16502; (814) 453-4955, ext. 231;;


Break the Chains of Debt

Church World Service has released a "Break the Chains of Debt" lapel chain in support of the Jubilee 2000/USA Campaign, which challenges rich nations to cancel the unpayable debt owed by the most impoverished countries. Lapel chains can be ordered for $2.50 each, with bulk discounts available, from Church World Service, 28606 Phillips St., P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515, specify #ED 9920. For orders of $10 or more, call 800-297-1516, ext. 222. More information is available at www.

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