The Common Good
January 2004

New and Noteworthy

by The Editors | January 2004

Sing for Justice

Sing for Justice

Drop the Debt (or Annulons la Dette for you French speakers) is on the streets to raise awareness of the staggering debt carried by so many Third World countries. The CD features megawatt world music performers Cesaria Evora, Chico Cesar, and Oliver Mtukudzi, and the majority of its 16 songs are original. World Village is releasing the CD worldwide and partnering with international debt cancellation groups to spread the word. The U.S. partner is Jubilee USA.

Costly Discipleship

Briars in the Cotton Patch: The Story of Koinonia Farm, from Cotton Patch Productions, is a riveting look at an intentional community of blacks and whites living together near Americus, Georgia, started by pastor and pacifist Clarence Jordan in 1942. They paid dearly for their integrated Christian community: Members were beaten, the farm’s products were boycotted, and the KKK visited regularly. See also Clarence Jordan: Essential Writings, selected by Joyce Hollyday, from Orbis Books.

Media-Savvy Activism

Making the News: A Guide for Activists and Nonprofits, by Jason Salzman, is a great resource for getting your group’s message out there with little or no cash. Topics include how to worm your way into news organizations (good intentions aren’t enough) and coming up with creative ways to attract journalists and bloggers. Salzman’s tips range from the micro—the most effective way to "street poster"—to macro: Landing on Oprah is no good unless you have an overall communications plan. Westview Press.

All Aboard

This Train, by The Wayfaring Strangers. Who knew riding the Glory Train would be so much fun? These nine musicians cover widely diverse terrain on their second album—bluegrass, gospel, folk, jazz—in tunes that range from funny ("Cluck Old Hen") to penetrating ("Lord Search My Heart"). Watch out for people "whose lives are broken like mine," says the singer in "When You Go Walking After Midnight." Rounder.

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