Friday, January 2, 2009

News from the Network, Vol. 2, No. 1

Due to the holidays, things have slowed down and news items are few. We expect things to begin moving more swiftly once the new administration takes office. There are, nevertheless, some items of importance.
• CESJ's Just Third Way champion in Illinois, Wyvetter Younge, died on December 26, 2008, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Wyvetter, the leading Democrat in the Illinois House, was the representative for East St. Louis. She was for many years an advocate of R. Buckminster Fuller's vision to revive the community embodied in the "Old Man River City" concept, which also includes the economic empowerment concepts of Louis Kelso. Major advances have been made in East St. Louis, Illinois, to implement a major redevelopment project, including a citizens land cooperative to be owned by all citizens, a CESJ chapter, a Fuller-Kelso World Design Science Center, a $65 million prototype renewable energy power plant and manufacturing complex and a "Homeowners' Equity Corporation."

• Richard Aleman of The Distributist Review, will be posting a notice of our publication of an annotated edition of William Cobbett's The Emigrant's Guide on the Review's web site, and forwarding the press release to members of his organization.

• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 15 different countries and 27 states and provinces in the United States and Canada to this blog over the past two months. While the number of countries and states represented has declined slightly, the amount of time spent on the blog has increased.
If you have an accomplishment that you think should be listed, send us a note about it at mgreaney [at] cesj [dot] org, and we'll see that it gets into the next "issue."

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