rn: reader announcements & comments


Jan Slakov

Note from Jan: This posting is composed of several fairly short messages, on
topics ranging from improving the justice system to forgiving "third world"
debt to monetary reform... And I have written a short conclusion at the end.
Date: Tue, 08 Jun 1999 12:14:59 -0400
From: "John V. Wilmerding" <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Invitation to the CERJ List

I would like to invite you or anyone at your organization to join the
global Campaign for Equity-Restorative Justice (CERJ) email distribution
list, which is described below.  If you choose not to respond, you will not
be added to this list.

I'd also like to get the CERJ list known among your own networks;
especially among dedicated, reform-minded people who care about peace,
justice, and conflict resolution -- among activists, advocates and
professionals alike.  This list exists for YOU to co-opt it -- CERJ is an
non-partisan organization dedicated almost exclusively to coalition-building.

There is no charge, fee, or obligation for this non-profit service.
However, the list carries 20-30 messages a week, so be prepared for that

Though it is of modest size at around 700 voluntary subscribers, the CERJ
email distribution list is the tool of a mature network of activists.  In
the field(s) of justice and conflict resolution, it is one of the most
influential email bulletin and distribution networks on the Internet today.

One unusual feature of this manually-maintained international non-profit
email distribution list -- unique to our knowledge -- is that it is
segmented by jurisdiction for organizing purposes.  That is, we can and do
'target' messages to our groups of voluntary email subscribers in any
state, province, or country -- or even globally!  There are currently about
80 states, countries, or other jurisdictions represented on the list,
including over 45 of the United States and all Canadian provinces,
separately 'targetable'.

What about volume?  The CERJ list currently carries about 20-30 plain-text
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or approved (no viruses!), and about evenly divided between (1) publicity
and events about radical justice reform methods and strategies, and (2)
news and alerts about the terrible problems inherent in today's criminal
INjustice system.  We also increasingly 'visit' the subject area of
international and inter-ethnic conflict resolution.

Please visit our web site at <http://www.cerj.org> for more information on
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A major part of CERJ's mission is to elevate the scholarly, intellectual,
and moral levels of the Internet's various public crime and justice policy
colloquia -- we have been engaged for several years in some very effective
Internet-based advocacy for Equity-Restorative Justice.

In our educational efforts, CERJ stresses the fact that vengeance and
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'fabric' of society, and that in order to achieve authentic justice, public
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By the way, if you decide to write and ask to be subscribed, please include
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control -- we are.  That is the strength of civil resistance." -- Mohandas
K. 'Mahatma' Gandhi (paraphrased)

An inCERJent for justice,
John Wilmerding

P.S.: In particular, you may be interested in the CERJ Justice List of
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Date: Fri, 19 Mar 1999 22:54:04 -0600
From: Mark Douglas Whitaker <•••@••.•••>
Subject: (fwd) WWW: United States 'politics watch' site

Dear Friend, 

If you could spend just 5 minutes a week to have a real impact on the
issues you care about, would you? If Not Now is a no-frills,
democracy-in-action web site that lets you do just that. Designed for
busy people who care about human rights, the environment, childcare,
disarmament, and other pressing issues, it is based on content
provided by the Sierra Club, Children's Defense Fund, Common Cause,
and a dozen other top-notch advocacy groups.

With the click of a mouse, you can send a letter to Congress or look
up what your representatives are doing. We think there's a lot going
on in Washington and around the country that you'll want to know
about, and speak up about! Dale Pfeiffer recently became a member, and
thought you might be interested, too. Our strength is in our numbers!

Visit us on the Web at http://www.ifnotnow.com! 

Yours truly, 

Phil Mitchell
Editor and Co-founder
If Not Now 

Date: Thu, 01 Apr 1999 09:13:04 -0800
From: Carol Brouillet <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Re: rn- ANNOUNCING: CDR website upgraded.

Dear Richard,
   I think you should add links to Michel Chossudovsky-  

 Dismantling Yugoslavia, Recolonizing Romania


His is one of the best analyses that i've seen.

   I just returned from the Ecological Equinox film festival.The Film
Festival was great!!! Also met a member of the Canadian Film Board who told
me that they are doing a series on Money and she was interested in what I
was doing and connecting me with whoever is doing the film- hopefully I'll
have some input.  Mark Achbar (my friend who did Manufacturing Consent just
got $100,000 to do a film on Globalization. My talk went well and I had a
great time and made some great new contacts and friends!
   My conference in February went really well! And we're having another in
August, over 20 people have volunteered to be on the organizing
committee!!! I'm also going to a conference in Italy in May on creating
complementary currncies for Eco-villages.  So much is happening!
             Wishing you all the best! Love, Carol

From: "Ib Bang" <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Re.: the other (economic) war.
Date: Sun, 13 Jun 1999 01:04:53 +0200

Dear Ms. Slakov,

The first message 'US Standard of Living' is terminated:
    The cliche that "the rich get richer and poor get poorer" is a definite fact
    in the US, as reported to us by the US government.  One will find similar
    changes on a systemic scale.
Actually it is not rather surprising due to the way the present economical
system is working.

Money itself is neutral, but can be used positively or negatively. Money is
not the root of all evil, but the present monetary system is the root of a
lot of evil.

The positive use of money is to facilitate the exchange og goods and
services. It should act as a lubricant for the society. As a lubricant it
should be plentiful.

The negative use of money is to control people. But if you have got enough
money,  then you cannot be controlled economically. Thus the money has to be

As the money of the society is scarce it means, that the money is used

If it is of no interest to you, I see no reason to write further. But if you
should be further interested, then the situation is explained in detail upon
my homepage. at http://users.cybercity.dk/~ida1561/ . You can also go
directly to the appropriate page on
http://users.cybercity.dk/~ida1561/future/money.htm .

Anything at my homepage may be used freely.

Thank you for your attention.

Ib Bang.
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 1999 15:04:59 -0300
From: •••@••.••• (Laurie or Shannon McGowan)
Subject: Third World Debt

I wanted to let you know that Saturday is also a global day of action for
asking for forgiveness of Third World Debt.  Here's a web site that
explains it : < http://www.jubilee2000uk.org/main.html>.  There's a
petition to the G7 on this site, as well.

Date: Fri, 25 Jun 1999 12:41:41 -0400 (EDT)
From: chatski carl <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Re: rn: follow-up to _Killing Hope_, economic reform

Thanks for sending me the Recomendations of:
> --  John D. Rockefeller IV
> --  Jack Kemp, former Republican vice presidential candidate
> --  Michael J. Novak, American Enterprise Institute
> --  Dee Hock, Founder, President and CEO Emeritus, Visa International
> --  Mary K. Bush, former Alternative Executive Director, IMF
> --  Sam Ayoub, Chief Financial Officer, Coca-Cola Company, Inc.(retired)
> --  Senator Russell B. Long (U.S. Senator, 1949-87)
> --  James D. Wolfensohn, President, The World Bank 
On  "Jeff Gates's new book, The Ownership Solution".

These wonderful people have proven their committment to a healthy and fair

You totally discredit yourselves with such a vile mailing.

If you think that capitalism and ownership can be reformed you are part of
the problem and not the solution, and negate the often very good
information and thoughts you distribute.  Please understand once and for
all, that the agenda of late capitalism is virtual genocide of the working
class and people of color. 

I further do not like to see the excellent historian Bill Blum,
being included in such bad company and thoughtlessness.
 - Carl

Note from Jan: I found Carl's message, above, rather over-stated (!) and I
guess Carl did too, for he wrote later to say that he felt he wnt overboard
a bit and that he felt kind of out of sorts by the enormity of the recent
evils and the promise of more to come.

As for the idea that some of the endorsements for the "ownership solution"
totally discredit it... 

I think not, actually. Back in 1990 or so I decided I wanted to look into
the whole topic of how our economic structures push us to destroy the world.
I went to a book store and found a book that addressed that very topic: _For
the Common Good_ by John Cobb, Jr. & Herman Daly. When I read on the back
cover that Daly was a World Bank economist I thought: "Oh no!!!" but then I
thought I had better read this book to find out what "the enemy" was saying.
Well, it turned out to be an excellent book, one I encouraged many others to
read as well.

As my own experience shows, it is dangerous to be too quick to make
assumptions about the usefulness of other people's work, based on their

Furthermore, I just want to put in a word for all the people I know who
struggle along with their particular "solution" (including ourselves, CDR
(Citizens for a DEmocratic Renaissance:-)!  While sometimes it is tedious to
try to keep up with each idea (be it replacing the GDP index with a more
relevant one, civilian peace initiatives, working to improve the justice
system/to oppose the daeth penalty, etc., supporting those "on the front
lines" (eg. Jabiluka, the Indian fishing people opposed to shrimp farming)
and so on), I am very moved by this work and respectful of those who do it.
In the final analysis, I think this is what creating a vibrant democracy is
all about: people doing what they can on what is of particular interest to
them. I am especially grateful to those people who have a very particular
idea but who are still interested in what others are doing and in making the
connections. That is really what this list is all about, I think, helping
people make the connections and make their own work that much more effective.

all the best, Jan