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  • Peace and Justice Resources
  • National / International Peace and Justice Organizations
  • "Alternative" Gift Sources
  • More Peace and Justice Links

    Peace and Justice Resources

    There are many organizations that provide excellent peace and justice resources. This is a short list--especially for folks in eastern Pennsylvania. This list was originally compiled for a Mennonite Peace and Justice gathering in October 2003.

    One of the responsibilities of the Peace and Justice Committee is to help Mennonite congregations find the resources needed to do Peace and Justice work. (See efpjc.ppjr.org for more information about the Peace and Justice Committee).


    Mennonite Church USA (MCUSA)
    Peace and Justice Network

    The Peace and Justice Support Network (PJSN) was created in 2002 in conjunction with the birth of the Mennonite Church USA. The PJSN is charged with creating and supporting the vision of peace and justice in MC USA.
    Contact Leo Hartshorn, 202 South Ann Street, Lancaster, PA 17602 (717)-399-8353. Email: LeoH@mennonitemission.net
    Susan Mark Landis also works with the PJSN and MCUSA on public policy issues.

    Mennonite Peace Resources: the PJSN website includes resources for worship, reflection, and public policy advocacy on Peace and Justice issues: http://peace.mennolink.org/.


    National Peace Tax Fund

    The National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund, a national non-profit organization located in Washington, D.C., advocates for US federal legislation enabling conscientious objectors to war to have their federal income taxes directed to a special fund which could be used for non-military purposes only. This fund would be called the Peace Tax Fund and the bill we seek to pass is called the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Act.

    National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund / Peace Tax Foundation
    2121 Decatur Place NW, Washington, DC 20008 USA
    Phone: (202) 483-3751; Toll-free: (888) PEACETAX;
    Fax: (202) 986-0667; Email: info@peacetaxfund.org


    Community-Based Peace Resources in Pa.

    In the Lehigh Valley the LEPOCO (Lehigh Pocono Committee of Concern) Peace Center publishes a monthly newsletter and sends out an email calendar of events. Nancy Tate, Director.
    www.lepoco.org lepoco@fast.net; 313 W. 4th Street, Bethlehem 18015 610-691-8730.

    In central Pennsylvania, there is an Email "Peace and Justice Calendar" for the Harrisburg, PA area which includes some events of regional interest. Contact Valerie and Dave Weaver-Zercher, valdave@paonline.com.


    Publications:


    Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)

    MCC maintains more than a dozen offices across North America which offer a variety of resources for peace and justice work. Audio-Visual and Printed Resources: MCC publishes a resource catalog with videos, DVDs, posters, periodicals, etc. which are available for loan or purchase at nominal cost. The catalog is available on the web at www.mcc.org/respub.html or contact the MCC librarian:
    Mennonite Central Committee, 21 South 12th Street
    P.O. Box 500, Akron, PA 17501-0500
    Phone: (717) 859-1151; Fax: (717) 859-2171
    Phone toll-free: (888) 563-4676 Email: mailbox@mcc.org
    Also contact MCC for information about the Damascus Road anti-racism program, and youth, military, and conscientious objector resources.

    MCC Peace Office Newsletter Mennonite Central Committee's Overseas Peace Office addresses and interprets international peace and justice issues from a peace church perspective. The Peace Office promotes discussion of peace issues within the Mennonite and Brethren in Christ constituency and also encourages interchurch peace theology dialogue. The Peace Office produces the Peace Office Newsletter quarterly and distributes Occasional Papers and other statements as the issues arise. http://www.mcc.org/respub/pon

    MCC Washington Office guides MCC's public policy witness:
    110 Maryland Ave. NE, Suite 502, Washington, DC 20002
    (202) 544-6564 Email: mccwash@mcc.org
    Web: www.mcc.org/us/washington
    Bi-monthly newsletter, "Washington Memo" which interprets U.S. national legislation and policy and seeks to reflect biblical concerns for peace and justice. www.mcc.org/respub/washmemo

    Tenth Annual High School Essay Contest
    (Topics for the 2008 competition are TBA. Check with MCC Washington Office)

    Entry deadline is November 30, 2008. First prize is $500 and other prizes are awarded. For contest details, contact MCC at mccwash@mcc.org or the PJC.

    National / International Peace and Justice Organizations

    The national and international organizations listed below have a variety of printed and web-based resources, as well as peacemaking activities and training programs.

    Christian Peacemaker Teams

    Mission Statement: Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) offers an organized, nonviolent alternative to war and other forms of lethal inter-group conflict. CPT provides organizational support to persons committed to faith-based nonviolent alternatives in situations where lethal conflict is an immediate reality or is supported by public policy.
    CPT seeks to enlist the response of the whole church in conscientious objection to war, and the development of nonviolent institutions, skills and training for intervention in conflict situations. CPT projects connect intimately with the spiritual lives of its constituent congregations. Gifts of prayer, money and time from these churches undergird CPT peacemaking ministries.
    Christian Peacemaker Teams is a program of Brethren, Quaker and Mennonite Churches and other Christians that support nonviolence. CPT P. O. Box 6508 Chicago, IL 60680 tel. (773) 277-0253; Fax: (773) 277-0291, E-Mail peacemakers@cpt.org Web: www.cpt.org

    Fellowship of Reconciliation

    Mission Statement: "The Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) seeks to replace violence, war, racism, and economic injustice with nonviolence, peace, and justice. We are an interfaith organization committed to active nonviolence as a transforming way of life and as a means of radical change. We educate, train, build coalitions, and engage in nonviolent and compassionate actions locally, nationally, and globally."

    FOR holds Peacemaker Training Institutes several times a year for young adults (17-25) which teach nonviolence as a way of life and a tool for radical change.
    Fellowship of Reconciliation
    Box 271 (521 N. Broadway), Nyack, NY 10960
    845-358-4601 FAX: 845-358-4924
    Email: FOR@forusa.org Web: www.forusa.org


    American Friends Service Committee

    The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a practical expression of the faith of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Committed to the principles of nonviolence and justice, it seeks in its work and witness to draw on the transforming power of love, human and divine. AFSC provides many resources for peace and justice work.

    American Friends Service Committee
    1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102-1479
    (215) 241-7000 Web: www.afsc.org

    PEACEWORK magazine Peacework is a monthly journal published since 1972 by the New England Regional Office of the AFSC. Originally it covered resistance to military conscription and war tax resistance, but after the war in Southeast Asia it branched out to coverage of other issues, from nuclear power to the freedom movement, from disarmament to economic justice, from simple living to community organizing. Today it covers the full range of "Global Thought and Local Action for Nonviolent Social Change," with a special focus on the northeastern United States. www.peacework.org


    Friends Committee on National Legislation

    The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is a public interest lobby of the Religious Society of Friends. FCNL seeks to bring the concerns, experiences and testimonies of Friends (called Quakers) to bear on policy decisions in the nation's capital. People of many religious backgrounds participate in this work. FCNL''s staff and volunteers work with a nationwide network of thousands of people to advocate social and economic justice, peace, and good government.
    Friends Committee on National Legislation
    FCNL, 245 Second Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002-5795
    phone: (202) 547-6000 Fax: (202) 547-6019
    Email: fcnl@fcnl.org In the U.S. (800) 630-1330
    Web: www.fcnl.org

    Witness for Peace

    Mission Statement: "Witness for Peace (WFP) is a politically independent, grassroots organization. We are people committed to nonviolence and led by faith and conscience. Our mission is to support peace, justice, and sustainable economies in the Americas by changing U.S. policies and corporate practices which contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin America and the Caribbean. We stand with people who seek justice."

    WFP organizes study tours and delegations to Latin America and the Caribbean, and also brings Latin Americans for speaking tours in the U.S.
    Witness for Peace, 1229 15th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005
    (202) 588-1471 FAX: (202) 588-1472
    witness@witnessforpeace.org www.witnessforpeace.org

    Mid-Atlantic region (NJ,DE, MD,PA, DC,NY)
    Ray Torres, 144 W. Durham Street, Philadelphia, PA 19119
    215-753-9022 wfpma@witnessforpeace.org


    Peace Brigades International

    Peace Brigades International (PBI) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) which protects human rights and promotes nonviolent transformation of conflicts.
    When invited, we send teams of volunteers into areas of repression and conflict. The volunteers accompany human rights defenders, their organizations and others threatened by political violence. Perpetrators of human rights abuses usually do not want the world to witness their actions. The presence of volunteers backed by a support network helps to deter violence. We create space for local activists to work for social justice and human rights.
    Currently, we have volunteers protecting human rights activists in Colombia, Indonesia, and Mexico, as well as a project restarting in Guatemala and a joint project with other organizations in Chiapas, Mexico.
    PBI-USA. 428 8th St. SE, 2nd fl, Washington DC 20003
    (202) 544-3765 Fax: 202 544 3766 Email: info@pbiusa.org
    www.peacebrigades.org

    United Nations Association

    The United Nations Association of the United States of America is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that supports the work of the United Nations and encourages active civic participation in the most important social and economic issues facing the world today. As the nation's largest grassroots foreign policy organization and the leading center of policy research on the U.N. and global issues, UNA-USA offers Americans the opportunity to connect with issues confronted by the U.N., from global health and human rights to the spread of democracy, equitable development, and international justice. Through our work, we educate Americans about the work of the United Nations and encourage public support for strong U.S. leadership in the U.N.

    UNA-USA New York Headquarters, 801 Second Avenue
    New York, NY 10017 Web: www.unausa.org
    (212)-907-1300 Fax: (212)-682-9185 unahq@unausa.org

    UNA-USA Washington Office
    1779 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 610, Washington, DC 20036
    202-462-3446 Fax: 202-462-3448
    Email: unadc@unausa.org


    Alternative Online Gift Sources

    by J. V. Connors

    In anticipation of gift buying season in Western Society, here are some links for buying gifts that benefit charities, peace groups and 3rd world indigenous artisan projects instead of corporations. All the links were checked and found operational as of Sept. 2003.

    PEOPLink: Handmade gifts from international grassroots artisans, nonprofit, many items under $15 (They have an announcement that they are changing formats to take you directly to artisan groups, but are still using the old system now. The new format will use the same link.)
    www.peoplink.com/EN

    Novica: Handcrafts and arts from all over the world sold with the philosophy of using the internet to provide better prices to third world artisans. With 1700 artists, selected by region or product
    www.novica.com

    Marketplace Handwork of India: clothing, linen and gifts made by women's cooperatives in ndia-includes stories of the artisans' lives and struggles.
    www.marketplaceindia.com

    Afghan women's crafts, linens, clothing, made in Pakistan by women refugees from Afghanistan-100% of profits go to Afghani women.
    store.feminist.org -- then select "Afgan Crafts."

    Ten Thousand Villages: nonprofit that markets indigenous artisan crafts
    www.tenthousandvillages.com

    Fair Trade Federation: is an association of fair trade wholesalers, retailers, and producers whose members are committed to providing fair wages and good employment opportunities to economically disadvantaged artisans and farmers worldwide.
    www.fairtradefederation.org . Online catalogs-- www.fairtradefederation.org/memol.html

    SERRV International: Nonprofit trade organization that promotes social and economic justice by marketing crafts and products from developing countries in a fair and direct manner. Many inexpensive items.
    www.serrv.org or www.agreatergift.org

    Fellowship of Reconciliation: Gifts for Peace http//www.forusa.org/Catalog/gifts.html . FOR also has books, great holiday cards, calendars, CD's and videos
    www.forusa.org

    UNICEF: cards and gifts, beautiful Christmas cards and ornaments, t-shirts and stationery benefiting international children's relief work. You can also donate to Liberian refugees here.
    www.supportunicef.org

    SEVA Foundation: "gifts of service"- you donate money to fund an operation on a blind person, bring water to a community in Guatemala, etc., in honor of someone
    www.seva.org

    Yayla Tribal Rugs: portion of profits go to refugees and rug weaving peoples. "The Rug and Textile Weaving People of AsiaExploring their life, culture, Art and working toward their well being. These are primary principles and goals toward which Yayla has been dedicated since its inception in 1981. There are three distinct aspects to our operation: The first is Yayla Tribal Rugs a for-profit company founded in 1981. The second is Barakat Inc. a non-profit corporation linked to Yayla. From January 1, 2000 all of the profits from Yayla are channeled into Barakat for the purpose of benefiting refugees and other rug weaving peoples in the countries where we produce carpets as well as environmental work throughout the world. The third is Cultural Survival Inc., a separate non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of endangered peoples and cultures throughout the world. Since 1988 Yayla has run weaving projects through Cultural Survival that benefit Turkmen refugees from Northern Afghanistan and Tibetan refugees living in Nepal and India."
    www.yayla.com

    Return to Tradition: Naturally dyed, handmade rugs and textiles from Turkey and New Zealand
    www.returntotradition.com

    Woven Legends: Naturally dyed, handmade carpets from indigenous, handspun wool. "Woven Legends weaves carpets in over 150 towns and villages scattered throughout eastern Turkey, employing over 10,000 weavers and nearly as many handspinners of woolen yarn. Woven Legends has created a vital dynamic among the craftspeople and artisans they employ in Turkey by re-establishing the ancient traditions of dyeing and wool spinning, thereby employing thousands of people in valuable work formerly done by machines; and by reviving the weaver's central role as interpreter of design, a role which has been missing for nearly a century, as overzealous producers sought to minimize variation, even to mimic the "perfection" of machine-made products.
    www.wovenlegends.com

    Aid to Artisans: (wholesale only) Founded in 1976, Aid To Artisans (ATA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating economic opportunities for crafts people in developing communities around the world.
    www.aidtoartisans.org and www.onenest.com

    Jubilee Project in the lowest income counties of Tennessee we have helped start a cooperative of farmers, many of whom are trying to transition off of tobacco growing but there is no financial help and little good advice for them so we provide some of that. This Appalachian Spring Cooperative has a wonderful holiday gift basket with products from 7 different members in it. You can find out more at
    www.apspringcoop.com



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