Friday, April 1, 2016

News from the Network, Vol. 9, No. 13


Yet another week filled with important news and pivotal events for the Just Third Way:
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Mark Your Calendar: Gather with students, grassroots leaders and concerned citizens on Friday, April 22, 2016 in Washington, DC, for the 12th annual demonstration at the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C.  Co-hosted by the Coalition for Capital Homesteading and the Center for Economic and Social Justice, the rally will run from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM, starting on the mall side across the street from the Constitution Ave. entrance of the Federal Reserve Building (between 20th and 21st Streets, NW).

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Amazon Smile program.  To participate in the Amazon Smile program for CESJ, go to https://smile.amazon.com/.  Next, sign in to your account.  (If you don’t have an account with Amazon, you can create one by clicking on the tiny little link below the “Sign in using our secure server” button.)  Once you have signed into your account, you need to select CESJ as your charity — and you have to be careful to do it exactly this way: in the space provided for “Or select your own charitable organization” type “Center for Economic and Social Justice Arlington.”  If you type anything else, you will either get no results or more than you want to sift through.  Once you’ve typed (or copied and pasted) “Center for Economic and Social Justice Arlington” into the space provided, hit “Select” — and you will be taken to the Amazon shopping site, all ready to go.

• The files for Easter Witness: From Broken Dream To A New Vision For Ireland were submitted to the printer late last night.  Prepublication copies should be available from Amazon prior to April 24, 2016, the official release date — and the Centenary of the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916.  The book is a joint project of CESJ and the Colonel John Fitzgerald Division Arlington County No. 1 of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.  While there are many excellent works coming out that deal with the Rising, Easter Witness is unique in that it concludes by offering a proposal by means of which the ideals expressed in the “Easter Proclamation” read from the portico of the General Post Office in Dublin around noon on Easter Monday 1916 can be realized for the benefit of every child, woman, and man in Ireland, and make Ireland a model for the world.

• While there is no connection, within hours of submitting the files for Easter Witness to the printer, we got a call from the new Acquisitions Editor of a major Catholic publisher who is interested in our particular Just Third Way analysis of history, and who would like a list of possible projects as soon as it can be prepared.  CESJ’s approach is, of course, interfaith, but it is consistent with the natural law basis of Catholic social teaching, which accounts for the interest the Just Third Way generates among thoughtful Catholics.  Right off we can think of a number of projects for which the research has already been done, needing only some additional sources, review, and updating (and rewriting. . . .) to create a marketable product.

• Recently we were contacted by a friend of CESJ, Daniel Moorehouse, who edited the old Catholic Men’s Quarterly before moving for a time to Chile.  He has returned, and has started a new magazine for boys, the Downtime Reader.  According to the website, “[t]he Downtime Reader for boys is distributed to every Catholic school in the country.  Each school receives one free copy, and all are invited to visit us here to pre-order additional copies in increments of 50 at prices that make it possible to use them in a variety of ways.  The boys in your school and wider community will enjoy the magazine and look forward to receiving each issue.  And you can rest easy in the knowledge that they are developing a love for reading and research via safe and wholesome material.”

• In an interesting turn of events, the representative of a group that has been somewhat critical of CESJ and the Just Third Way recently appeared to threaten (attorneys can't actually threaten or they could lose their licenses . . . but they can make something sound like a threat to the uninitiated) a media figure, Father Dwight Longenecker, that unless he apologized, there might be Dire Consequences for remarking that the sort of “verbal violence” into which members of the group sometimes lapse can lead to physical violence.  Here is Father Longenecker's "retraction."  In common with CESJ Counselors Father Edward Krause, Father John Trigilio, Father Matthew Habiger, and the late Father John Miller, Father Longenecker has appeared on EWTN, the well-known Catholic media network, concerning which the non-threatening attorney has made a number of non-admiring comments.

• Last evening Dr. Norman Kurland, president of CESJ, had a very good meeting with a number of well-placed academics focusing on the Abraham Federation as a possible solution to the conflicts in the Middle East.  Dr. David Weiner (Vice President for Global Affairs at the University of Connecticut) hosted the meeting, which took place at Marcel’s French/Belgian Restaurant in downtown Washington, DC.  Dr. Zaid Eyadat, who teaches at Georgetown University, the University of Connecticut, and is a Dean at the University of Jordan-Amman, helped set up the meeting and, with Dr. Ebtesam Ketbi, president of the United Arab Emirates Policy Center, was very favorable to the Abraham Federation as a “secular” (“civil” might be more accurate, but the word they used was “secular”) solution to unite the people of the area.  Mr. Roy Kemphausen of the University of Connecticut and Dr. Odeh Aburdene, head of OAI Advisors, also attended.

• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 53 different countries and 51 states and provinces in the United States and Canada to this blog over the past two months. Most visitors are from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, and Australia. The most popular postings this past week in descending order were “Thomas Hobbes on Private Property,” “A Field Guide for Heroes,” “The Crisis That Need Not Be, IV: Rally at the Fed,” “Aristotle on Private Property,” and “The Crisis That Need Not Be, I: A System Designed to Fail.”

Those are the happenings for this week, at least those that we know about.  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.”  If you have a short (250-400 word) comment on a specific posting, please enter your comments in the blog — do not send them to us to post for you.  All comments are moderated, so we’ll see it before it goes up.

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