Issue 377 - July-August 2007
The Summer Reading Issue: Literature to Change Lives and Save the World
- Activist Forum: Poetry & Fiction That Changed Our Lives
- Writing for Peace & Justice
- War Resistance Poetry
- Books for Allying Against Racism & Sexism
- Excerpts of Books by Rus Funk, Cynthia Enloe, & Aimee Allison & David Solnit
- Peace & Justice Book Awards
In This Issue
Stories from centuries of Quaker peacemaking have much to offer those of us seeking to practice peace today. I don't know about you, but I need guidance and inspiration for the humble, daily walk of practicing peace. Being preached at doesn't help, nor does being told to suppress my anger and be nice. Nor, in fact, does having peacemaking saints and heroes held up and idealized, because I compare myself to them and feel inadequate.
The Women of Color Resource Center (WCRC) isn't what most experts think of as a site of research on militarization and demilitarization. But that oversight may be due to many militarization experts' narrow views of ''expertise.'' The WCRC is an energetic organization located in downtown Oakland, California, that develops programs for Asian- American, African-American, Native American, and Latina women in the San Francisco Bay Area.
I told her about chanting "Kill the people, burn the village," and how that chant still runs through my veins to this day.
Counter-recruitment organizing is the most practical way to tangibly resist United States policy that, while cutting funding for education, employment, and social programs, promotes war and empire. It exposes the relationship between, and acts to correct, both local and global injustices.
|From the Editor's Desk|
|Woman-Loving Words|| |
Judith Mahoney Pasternak on feminist poetry
|Struggling to Change Perspective||Karen Light on Ani DiFranco|
|Let's Talk|| |
Shaundra Cunningham on India.Arie
|Don't Read this Alone|| |
Paul Lacey on Crime and Punishment and War and Peace
|Drums of... Peace?|| |
Scott Taylor on Walt Whitman
|Unhistoric Acts|| |
David Nurenberg on Middlemarch
|That Radical School|| |
Betty H. Zisk on Native Son
|Learning to Read|| |
Janine Schwab on Erich Fried
|Father Figure|| |
Allison Budschalow on To Kill a Mockingbird
|Crafting Violence into Art|| |
Debka Colson on The Things They Carried
|Violence is a Choice We Can Refuse|| |
Fred Marchant on Herzog
|Siddhartha: Contradictions and Enlightenment|| |
Joe Gerson on Siddhartha
|People Power & Positive Leadership|| |
Naresh Dadhich reviews People Power: Fifty Peacemakers and Their Communities
People Power's artistic storytelling personalizes and universalizes success stories of nonviolent struggle.
|Jane Addams Children's Book Awards|
|Coretta Scott King Book Awards|
|Myers Book Award Celebrates Social Justice|
|Highlights from the AFSC Film & Video Library|| |
Penny Adams is a social worker and a volunteer with the AFSC Film and Video Library, AFSC-NERO.
|Writing to Rescue the World|| |
A staggeringly comprehensive compilation of cases where writing, songs, and speeches made a social impact.
|Liberating the Tools We Need to Write|| |
Open source software can prevent monopolistic companies from controlling how we communicate.
|For Estefani Lora, Third Grade, Who Made Me A Card|| |
I have lived 4 minutes with this word not knowing what it means.
|The US Uses Nuclear Weapons the Way Armed Robbers Use Guns|| |
Paul Joseph, reviews Empire and the Bomb: How the US Uses Nuclear Weapons to Dominate the World Nuclear weapons are different. We need to think differently too.
|Class Act: Challenging "Divide and Conquer" Racism|| |
White elites have long fanned the flames of racism among white workers in order to block multi-racial alliances for change.
|Men: End Men's Violence|| |
Men stand outside hardware stores to solicit donations from other men for local domestic violence shelters.
|Women's Work: Conscientious Objectors During World War II|| |
Tension existed between the CO "girls," who were conscientious objectors in their own right, and church leaders, who utilized them to raise the esprit de corps of male conscientious objectors.
|No Way to Treat a Human Being|| |
He does not deserve to be kidnapped because first and foremost he is a human being.