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CONTENTS [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 June 1975
CONTENTS The View From Here • • . (white) The Washington Front . • . (yellow) The CIA and the Press (Leslie H. Gelb) (green) Preaching / the Dilemmas (Avery Dulles, S.J.) (pink) Feeding the Hungary (U. S. Catholic Conference) (blue) Native American Apostolate (Minnesota Catholic Conference) (yellow) "Arise, Ye Prisoners of Extinction" (George Wald) (white) See, Hear, Send For • . . (blue) "To be complacent in the face of the world's need is to be guilty of practical heresy." 4th Assembly, WCC, Uppsala, Sweden
THE VIEW FROM HERE . . . . [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 June 1975
THE VIEW FROM HERE . . . . People who have been deeply involved in social problems over the recent years find few surprises in the current scandals surrounding the CIA and other government "law enforcement" agencies. This is particularly true of those who worked actively to oppose the war in S.E. Asia. The dirty tricks, wiretappings, illegal entries, and general harrassment are familiar turf to them. They have felt the effects. And those who have their eyes open overseas see much of the same pattern. Covert action is the gentle general title given to a whole category of U.S. involvement. The reality it masks is somewhat more sordid: bribery, blackmail, murder, and manipulation. Roger Morris, a former Kissinger staff aide, sums up his article on CIA interventions ( Society , March/April 1975) with the following sobering thought: " One searches in vain for any evidence that the Agency has intervened anywhere in two decades on behalf of human rights ." I have personally witnessed the a...
THE WASHINGTON FRONT.... [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 June 1975
THE WASHINGTON FRONT.... Voting Rights Act One of the most important bills to come along this Session is H.R. 6219. The Voting Rights Act was originally passed in 1965 and extended in 197 0. This landmark Bill struck down literacy tests and other voter registration devices designed to exclude blacks from the electoral process. It also provided for the appointment of federal voting examiners to supervise registration in certain areas, mostly in the deep south. During the past ten years significant progress has been made toward reducing voter discrimination against blacks. However, there is ample evidence to show that we are far from our goal, especially with regard to Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans and Native Americans. The old Voting Rights Bill is about to expire and it is important that it be renewed this time for a ten-year period, so that it will extend past the 1980 Census and redistricting, allowing for less manipulation at that time. In many ways, the new Bill would be a...
THE CIA AND THE PRESS [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 June 1975
THE CIA AND THE PRESS by Leslie H, Gelb A study of how the press reacted to Seymour Hersh's expose of CIA domestic spying. Reprinted from New Republic., March 22, 1975. Gelb is national security correspondent for the NEW YORK TIMES. Having disposed of the "special case" of Richard M. Nixon, through a year's worth of wild and wooly news stories and congressional investigations, many people in Washington are becoming judicious again. Precedents for wrongdoing serve once again as grounds for forgiveness. Firm lines between right and wrong have given way to familiar and comfortable gray areas It's almost as if everyone's a lawyer and everything's a quibble. Witness the case of Seymour Hersh versus the CIA et al. On December 22, 1974 Hersh dropped a bombshell. Citing well placed government sources, Hersh stated that the CIA " conducted a massive, illegal domestic intelligence operation during the Nixon Administration." Director of Central Intelligence William Colby spent a good deal of t...
PREACHING/THE DILEMMAS [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 June 1975
PREACHING/THE DILEMMAS CHURCH &amp; WORLD The church has a role to-play in the promotion of world justice. But, more specifically 9 what role do homilists have in the promotion of world justice? Father Avery Dulles, SJ s discussed that question in an address April 16 to a workshop on preaching and social justice sponsored by the Archdiocesan Holy Year Office in Washington, D.C. Ordinarily a homilist should abstain "from imposing any one solution to a controversial question as the only one that a Christian can legitimately endorse Father Dulles said• Also s homilists should "be on guard against fanning the flames of the materialism so rampant in our culture," by making it seem as if those who have not received justice in this world have "missed the goal for which they were created." However, there are situations in which homilists can take very specific positions on issues. The following pages are excerpts from Father Dulles ' text, as published by ORIGINS. All of you in this...
FEEDING T H E HUNGRY [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 June 1975
FEEDING T H E HUNGRY (Toward a 1).5 % Domestic ; Food Policy) i. ■ United States Catholic Conference April 16, 197 5 The following statement is from the United States Catholic Conference Department of Social Development and World Peace* It is part of their ongoing activity on food policies and provides a basis for further action and Congressional testimony. « . The Department of Social Development and World Peace of the United States Catholic Conference takes the occasion of"Food Day," April 17 9 197 5, to urge Catholics to deepen their understanding of the food crisis and commit themselves to continued reflection and action to feed the hungry both here and abroad. The Church has a particular responsibility with regard to the food crisis since Jesus identified himself with the poor and hungry. We recognize with the 1974 Synod of Bishops the "right to eat" as a fundamental right which flows from the basic and inalienable right to life itself# It is for this reason that we look upon f...
NATIVE AMERICAN APOSTOLATE [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 June 1975
NATIVE AMERICAN APOSTOLATE "A New Beginning 11 The following paper was prepared by the Social Action Department of the Minnesota Catholic Conference, including Fr. Ted Zuern, S.J. The statement was reviewed and approved by the nine bishops of Minnesota. At certain times in history, a new springtime r a fresh spirit of life gives hope to us as persons and communities. The Catholic Church has again experienced such a renewal since the Vatican Council 11. The American Indian communities in Minnesota are also today very conscious of the life-giving breath of the Spirit. Since the Spirit is one, as our life and hope are one, we believe that the time has come for dialogue and reconciliation, for mutual encouragement and cooperation in realizing the goals our Creator has given us to accomplish as a people. We, the Catholic Bishops of Minnesota, wish to share with the Catholic faithful our understanding of the relationship of the Catholic Church with Native American people. We call on all C...
"ARISE, YE PRISONERS OF EXTINCTION" [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 June 1975
"ARISE, YE PRISONERS OF EXTINCTION" No. 255 Following are excerpts from an address by George Wald delivered in Tokyo on Aug. 2 at the 20th World Conference Against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs. Dr. Wald, Higgins Professor of Biology at Harvard, won the Nohel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in J 967. By George Wald I have come halfway across the world to speak what I believe to be the truth. It is a dreadful truth, hard to live with, but if we do not live with it, we shall die by it. I speak here as an American, but even more as a fellow human being, a scientist concerned with life, a teacher deeply troubled for my students, a parent fearing for my children and for their children. Human life is now threatened as never before, not by one but by many perils, each in itself capable of destroying us, but all interrelated, and all coming upon us together. I am one of those scientists who does not see how to bring the human race much past the year 2000. And if we perish, as seems more and mor...
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SEEa HEAR3 SEND FOR . . . . [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 June 1975
SEE a HEAR 3 SEND FOR . . . . CIA STUDY PACKET At the Center for National Security Studies, a group of dedicated men and women are trying to eliminate the abusive activities carried out by the CIA and other intelligence agencies in the name of "■ national security ♦ " For detailed information, they have put together a study packet which includes reprints of key articles and a copy of the book by Marks and Marchetti The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence. The packet price is $3.00. Send to the Center for National Security Studies, 122 Maryland Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002. TAX ALTERNATIVE The World Peace Tax Fund Act (H.R. 4897) was introduced in Congress March 13 by Rep. Dellums of California, with 17 co-spon-sors. It now has 2 0 sponsors. Request a copy of the bill from your Representative (and urge support for the WPTF Act). The WPTF Office, 2111 Florida Avenue., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008, has more details. HANDGUNS The National Coalition to Ban Handguns, of which the Off...
Masthead [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 July 1975
THE SISYPHUS PAPERS July, 1975 Vol. 111, No. 7 Publication of the Office of Social Ministries Jesuit Conference, 1717 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., #*+o2, Washington, D. C. 20036 The Political Animal ■ THE EVENING BALTIMORE, TUESDAY, JUNE 3, 1975
CONTENTS [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 July 1975
CONTENTS CAV»° n The View From Here • . • (white) The Washington Front • . • (yellow) The State Politic: The Jesuit Connection (The Political Animal) (green) Catholic Religious Orders Watching TheirInvestments (Sharon Dickman, The Evemng Sun) (pink) Conversion (Professor Lloyd B. Dumas) (blue) Baltimore's St » Ambrose Housing Aid Center (Vincent P. Quayle, S.J.) (green) The United States 9 Blockade of Cuba (Washington Office on Latin America) (white) The Kissinger Team for Africa (Edgar Lockwood) (yellow) See, Hear, Send For . . . (white) - Alternatives: (An Alternative Lifestyle Newsletter) "Every man has a right to a decent life before any individual has a surplus above his needs." -- Julius Nyere
THE VIEW FROM HERE .... [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 July 1975
THE VIEW FROM HERE .... Although the California legislature has recently guaranteed California farmworkers the right to secret ballot elections in the choice of union representation, the United Farmworkers have decided to continue applying pressure on growers and Ernesto and Julio Gallo through the boycott of lettuce, grapes, and Gallo wines. This decision of the UFW is a wise one, for although California's new Agricultural Labor Relations Act is a significant victory for the UFW, it is still only one step toward guaranteeing strong contracts which protect the just rights of farmworkers. The new Act, which takes effect on August 28, 197 5, means that farmworkers can now determine their own union representation through secret ballot elections beginning this coming fall. After that time, no grower may sign a contract with a union unless that union has been certified as being representative of farmworkers. In order to gain the needed certification, the union must win the majority of vo...
THE WASHINGTON FRONT . . . . [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 July 1975
THE WASHINGTON FRONT . . . . According to President Ford's economic theory, this country must choose to accept either a high level of unemployment or a high level of inflation. The Ford Administration's policy is to keep the level of unemployment up in the hope of reducing the level of inflation. Unfortunately, the net result of the Administration's policy has been not only a high level of unemployment, but a high level of inflation as well. (Professor Lloyd B. Dumas 1 speech delivered last April in Chicago and reprinted in this issue of Sisyphus Papers gives some insight as to how the present problem is closely related to this country's heavy emphasis on military spending and defense technology,) Two bills now progressing through the Congressional machinery address themselves to the issues of unemployment and the need to boost up one of this nation's major civilian industries, housing construction. The two bills have been introduced at a time when unemployment has been officially s...
THE STATE POLITIC: The Jesuit Connection [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 July 1975
THE STATE POLITIC: The Jesuit Connection Special Sample Issue "Restless and energetic," says columnist Nick Thimmesch about Jerry Brown, "this heretical young man is the most exciting governor in the republic at this point." Columnist Joseph Kraft, after a fivehour encounter - a word Brown relishes and" uses like a spear - called him "the most interesting political figure in America today." Closer to home, the reviews are more mixed. The public loves Jerry Brown, according to a recent California Poll and gives him high marks for the first 100 days. But the press is another matter. The Sacramento Bee, in a recent "Reflections on the New Man" piece by the pa per 1 staff, said, "It irks the new governor but there's increasing talk about similarities between his administration and that of his predecessor."And the Los Angeles Times, in its Sacramento copy, has taken to mentioning more prominently phrases like "the 36-year old former Jesuit seminarian" near the lead. So the psyching out o...
Catholic Religious Orders Watching Their Investments For Moral Impact [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 July 1975
Catholic Religious Orders Watching Their Investments For Moral Impact By Sharon Dickman One revelation of Vietnam was learning who owned the stocks of the corporations that made the bombs that killed people. Universities did, and so did churches. In the wake of that information, some institutions began divesting themselves of shares in corporations holding an excessive number of defense contracts. Now with the war ended, many churches have been freed of the pressure to define what a socially responsible stand is and into what areas it reaches. Emerging, though, is an awareness that the multi-national corporations govern the world community in their own style and someone has to react to the solitary guiding light of maximum profitability. The Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus is probably one of the few Catholic religious orders in America to assign an adviser full time to investigate what stocks it owns, whether or not it should vote its proxies and how to tell a corporation ...
CONVERSION [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 July 1975
CONVERSION The following talk was presented at a national Conference which had many co-sponsors, Among them were Father Gerald G» Grants S.J., and the Office of Social Ministries. NATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR A DRASTIC CUTBACK IN MILITARY SPENDING LaSalle Hotel Chicago, Illinois April 5*6, 1975 Presented by Professor Lloyd B. Dumas Dept. of Engineering and Technology Columbia University In order to understand the conversion problem, you have to understand first of all the difficulties that are caused by military spending, the economic impact of military spending. To keep the main emphasis of this discussion focused on the problem of conversion, I'll just very briefly talk about the economic impact of military spending. It will be brief and it will be incomplete but I think it will give you the general idea. But X will focus most of the discussion on the - particulars of how you go about, or rather what considerations you look at in converting from military production to civilian producti...
BALTIMORE'S ST. AMBROSE HOUSING AID CENTER OR: HOW A JESUIT WITH A REAL ESTATE LICENSE WENT TO BAT FOR THE POOR. [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 July 1975
BALTIMORE 'S ST. AMBROSE HOUSING AID CENTER OR: HOW A JESUIT WITH A REAL ESTATE LICENSE WENT TO BAT FOR THE POOR. by Rev. Vincent P. Quayle, S.J. Modeled after SHAC &gt; the Shelter Housing Aid Center of London t the St» Ambrose Housing Aid Center is a consumer-protection agency for would-be home-buyers. Jack Carr, the director of planning for the Archdiocese, first introduced me to SHAC. "You ought togo to London 3 " he said, " and see how Father Paul Byrne houses poor families ." It seemed like a good idea at the time. I had just sold my fortieth house as a real estate agent and concluded that something more was necessary to solve the housing problems of Baltimore's racially changing neighborhoods. A year before, the thought of getting a real estate license and selling to low income families had seemed like a good idea. Of course, anything seemed good then. I had just watched eighty families and two community organizations get clobbered in the federal court for trying to c...