The stock market and Congress are both getting extremely surreal, so we’ll leave commentary on both to the usual experts who don’t let their lack of knowledge, consistency, or veracity interfere with their opinions. Instead, what we’ll do is look at the latest happenings in the Just Third Way:
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• “Explainer Video.” CESJ has retained a video production company to produce a two-minute explainer video on the Just Third way and prepare a PowerPoint presentation for a popular audience. The video is targeted toward younger people and might draw people in who want to help advance the Just Third Way.
• Relaunch of the CESJ Newsletter. Dan Parker reports that he is now ready for an official call for articles for the newsletter, not to exceed 500 words, and reports of activities and projects, not to exceed 150 words. Dan will draft a letter asking for submissions, giving guidelines, and explaining where and how to submit pieces.
• Puerto Rico. Norman Kurland, CESJ’s president, attended a panel discussion on the situation in Puerto Rico on Wednesday evening. There were six panelists, all of which were well-versed in the problems of the commonwealth, but none of which had any solution other than redistribution. Norm went up to each of them after their presentations and handed them material regarding the Just Third Way and its potential for rebuilding the economy of the island in a way that benefits everyone, not just an economic or political élite; the San Juan Port Authority is the busiest in the Caribbean, and the ownership could be expanded in a way to benefit everyone as well as take greater advantage of the island’s unique position. Joe Recinos said he would send a letter to the mayor of San Juan if the core group would give him some points to cover; he could stress his connection with the Solidarity movement in Central and South America. Myron Wilkerson, a friend of CESJ, said he might have a contact for Puerto Rico, and asked about the possibility of tying together Detroit, St. Louis, and Louisville in a single effort.
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• Past Intern/Fellow Update. CESJ was pleased to hear from Astrid U., a CESJ Fellow from Belgium who has been doing work in Africa. She is considering relocating to Washington, DC and working for an international agency there. She requested we be ready to provide references of her experience and expertise, which is not a problem as she was active in a number of key projects that got to some prime movers in Africa, who were unfortunately unable to take advantage of the potential of the Just Third Way due to the level of corruption and the unstable political situation. Sasha M., CESJ’s most recent intern from Alberta, Canada, is continuing her inputs to social media on behalf of CESJ.
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• Barefoot University. Dawn Brohawn sent a letter about the Just Third Way to Bunker Roy of Barefoot University in India. He is now semi-retired but turned the letter over to another individual who gave a positive response. We can answer the question where to get the money to expand into the world market.
• South Africa. CESJ received a letter from lawyers with the Institute for Law and Economic Transformation in South Africa. They want to use the law for economic change and justice, and want to work with CESJ.
• Publications Progress Report. The manuscript of What Happened to Social Justice is currently in editing. It may be ready as early as the end of October. The first draft of the Ferree Compendium has been completed and has been submitted for review. The rough draft of the book on John Henry Newman and the act of social justice is approximately two-thirds complete and has been posted on the blog. The outline of a book on Institutional Restructuring is expected to be completed by the end of September. A chapter outline is scheduled for the end of December.
• Truth Be Told Newsletter. Mark Gross, O.P., plans to include CESJ material in Truth Be Told, his revived newsletter, if he can find a sponsor. As the newsletter is primarily geared toward Catholic Dominican spirituality and philosophy, CESJ cannot be a sponsor, but Mark wants to include material on the Just Third Way as a continuing feature, his interest being to show its consistency with Catholic social teaching and the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas, possibly the most famous Dominican after St. Dominic, the founder of the Order. Father Edward Krause, C.S.C., Ph.D., is investigating the possibility of having his organization, the Central Bureau of the Catholic Central Union (CCVS) in St. Louis, Missouri, sponsor the newsletter, especially as the official journal of the CCVA, Social Justice Review, has been on hiatus. Mark says that Social Justice Review was the inspiration for Truth Be Told, so it could be a very good fit.
• Shop online and support CESJ’s work! Did you know that by making your purchases through the Amazon Smile program, Amazon will make a contribution to CESJ? Here’s how: First, go to Next, sign in to your Amazon 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..
• Blog Readership. We have had visitors from 32 different countries and 41 states and provinces in the United States and Canada to this blog over the past week. Most visitors are from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, India,, and Australia. The most popular postings this past week in descending order were “(Another) Global Debt Crisis,” “Initial Success,” “News from the Network, Vol. 11, No. 37,” “Just Third Way Podcast, No. 34,” and “Oxford Movement, Guerilla War Phase.”
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.