Friday, October 3, 2008

News from the Network, Vol. 1, No. 6

Some interesting things have been happening. Of course, we should always remember the Chinese curse: "May you live in interesting times."
• Matters appear to be moving forward in East St. Louis and the "Metro-East Citizens' Land Cooperative," spearheaded by Laura Zacher. Dale Ahlquist of the American Chesterton Society reports that he raised the subject of a television series on social justice with EWTN, to include what is being done in East St. Louis, and believes they might be interested.

• Joseph Recinos, a member of the Board of Directors of the Union Solidarista Guatemalteca and Central America sent an e-mail out to his network on Tuesday expressing support for the Just Third Way as applied in Capital Homesteading.

• As can be seen from the bottom of this posting, we have figured out how to add a "Donate button" to all postings, which we are slowly doing retroactively. All donations will go directly to the Center for Economic and Social Justice, and are tax deductible in the United States under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. If you are not a U.S. taxpayer, check with your government representative or tax advisor to see if you can get a tax deduction in your own country for contributions made to a qualified non-profit in the United States.

• Just Third Way advocate Walter Fauntroy, former Congressman for the District of Columbia, has been spreading the concept paper and graphics for the Homeowners' Equity Corporation around Capitol Hill. A number of influential people have expressed interest in the idea as a viable way to divest the federal government of the residential properties it will probably soon acquire, but without costing the taxpayer anything, and beginning the process of restoring an asset-backed, instead of debt-backed currency.

• On Thursday, Norman Kurland gave a talk on the Just Third Way before a class at American University. The talk was well received, and Norm was invited back in November to give another talk, this time in the auditorium, where members of more than one class could come and participate in the lively session.

• We've seen steady growth in the number of blog readers. We've had visitors from 27 countries, and 44 states and provinces in the U.S. and Canada. This week's awards for the "Most Time Spent on Blog" (aside from the authors and webmaster) go to (in order) Venezuela, Egypt, and Brazil. The United States ranks fourth, right before the Philippines.

• Of our "Top Ten Postings," 8 deal with the current financial crisis, one with employee ownership (and the financial crisis), and one the "News from the Network" . . . in which we report efforts to bring our proposals to the attention of the powers-that-be. Obviously people are interested in what we have to say about the financial crisis. The problem is how to get the word out. You can help by sending links to the blog in general, and specific postings in particular in order to let people know that there is a viable solution available. They just have to look.
As usual, there are a great many other news items that we haven't heard about because you haven't submitted them. If you're tired of reading about what we're doing, let's hear from you. If you have a SHORT item about how you are advancing the Just Third Way, send us a note about it at mgreaney [at] cesj [dot] org.

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