Friday, May 26, 2006

revolutionaries wanted

Just bought The Revolution: A Field Manual for Changing Your World. It covers 12 different social issues: clean water, gang violence, women's rights, fair trade, war and peace, torture, the environment, human trafficking, poverty, hunger, HIV/AIDS & capital punishment. For each issue, there's an activist writer who gives background info and concrete examples of action (donate, educate, activate & pray).

I thought it would be good reading to prepare for IMPACT(Interfaith Movement Promoting Action by Congregations Together). IMPACT is an organization that will be enabling over 20 churches in the area to come together to find ways of addressing justice issues in the local community.

I've read up through the first chapter and so far so good. I really like this description of injustice
"we know that nearly 150 children die every hour in Africa from complications surrounding lack of clean water and proper sanitation... these stories are not simply tragic. They are the stories of real injustice. A tragedy would be something that we are helpless to stop. This is injustice because we have the ability to help Africans gain access to clean water." - Dan Haseltine, The Revolution, pg. 13

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