American Friends Service Committee
Patrica Watson, Editor
Sara Burke, Assistant Editor
Pat Farren, Founding Editor
2161 Massachusetts Ave.
Peacework has been published monthly since 1972, intended to serve as a source of dependable information to those who strive for peace and justice and are committed to furthering the nonviolent social change necessary to achieve them. Rooted in Quaker values and informed by AFSC experience and initiatives, Peacework offers a forum for organizers, fostering coalition-building and teaching the methods and strategies that work in the global and local community. Peacework seeks to serve as an incubator for social transformation, introducing a younger generation to a deeper analysis of problems and issues, reminding and re-inspiring long-term activists, encouraging the generations to listen to each other, and creating space for the voices of the disenfranchised.
Views expressed are those of the authors, not necessarily of the AFSC.
TIPS FOR SIMPLE GIVING
Buy Nothing Day! 11/26; Refrain from participating in what is supposed to be the biggest shopping day of the year, the Friday after Thanksgiving. In Rhode Island, call Greg at 401/331-0529 for information on an event across from the new Providence Place Mall; for events in other areas or to plan one yourself, contact the Center for a New American Dream, 877/683-7326
Alternatives for Simple Living Fall/Holidays Catalogue;
(these folks are the creators of Consumo!) resources for simplifying
Christmas, & for simplifying living; Alternatives, POB 2857,
Sioux City IA 51106;
The Holiday Season of Conscience, a multi-part campaign to pressure companies to respect human rights & pay a living wage; demonstrations, delegations, & letter-writing campaigns will focus on Wal-Mart & others; for information & materials, contact National Labor Committee, 275 Seventh Ave., 15th Floor, New York NY 10001; 212/242-3002; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.nlcnet.org
Alternative Holiday Fair, 11/20, 1-4 pm; First Congregational Church of Somerville, in Davis Square; resources for planning a simpler, less consumption-driven, more joyful holiday, including alternative gift ideas; Nancy Wood Lyczak, 617/497-7964
New Internationalist Gifts & Publications Catalogue; good holiday gifts!; New Internationalist, POB 1143, Lewiston NY 14092; 800/661-8700
Kwanzaa Materials available from American Bible Society; ask for free set of Kwanzaa leaflets (one on each principle) #106694; American Bible Society, 1865 Broadway, New York NY 10023; 800/32BIBLE; www.americanbible.org
AFSC Has Gifts that Grow, Teach, Oink, Nurture, and Even Warm Cold Feet: Your $250 gift provides bedding and blankets for one Serb or Kosovar family displaced by the war; your $35 gift provides 20 pounds of clover and alfalfa seed to help North Korean farmers develop sustainable agriculture. Many other gifts available at a range of prices; all are received and allocated by AFSC programs with an established, integral presence in the communities they serve. AFSC, Development Office, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia PA 19102; to order by credit card call 888/588-2372 x1
War Resisters League Peace 2000 Desk Calendar, 128 pp, spiral bound; $12, or $44 for 4; artwork by Peter Schumann of Bread & Puppet Theatre; poetry by 20th-century writers who warn of the need to end war & suffering, & to create a new world of environmental justice & human rights; poems by Wendell Berry, Joy Harjo, Kenneth Patchen, Dennis Brutus, & many more; WRL, 339 Lafayette St., New York NY 10012
Interfaith Action Cards for the Holiday Season (and for all seasons!); $10 for set of 10 blank cards, with autumnal forest picture by Noa Hall or town under night sky by Rini Templeton; proceeds benefit the wheelchair accessibility project of Old Cambridge Baptist Church, home to Bread & Jams Spare Change, and Solutions at Work; Interfaith Action, POB 400764, Cambridge MA 02140
Holiday Offer from Peacework
When you give Peacework, you are giving a strong, sane voice for peace and activism throughout the year--and at prices like these, who can afford apathy? Mention our SPECIAL HOLIDAY OFFER on your subscription slip, and order subscriptions for all your friends at just $15 for first class, or $10 for third class. (Lock in these low rates by ordering two-year subscriptions--simply double each price.) We wish you joy and peace this winter!