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CONTENTS [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 April 1976
CONTENTS The View From Here . . . (white) The Washington Front . . . (yellow) BICENTENNIAL RUN AGAINST HUNGER - by Dick Gregory (green) + UP-DATE ON THE RUN S.l: A HUNDRED HORRORS - (by Frank Wilkinson - Re-printed from (pink) Christianity and Crisis 3 April 12 y 1976) $ll5 Billion in False Security - Brochure (white) House Schedules Historic Hearings: FEDERAL GRAND JURIES (blue) IMPACT - HUNGER (by Michael Schultheis, S.J J (white) See s Hear&gt; Send For . . . CRIPS: Literature Service - (Brochure attached) "In this era, the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action." - Dag Hammarskjold
THE VIEW FROM HERE . . . . [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 April 1976
THE VIEW FROM HERE . . . . Dick Gregory is off and running. And one of the more novel, yet promising, hunger projects of Jesuit Social Ministries is running with him. He left Los Angeles on April 21, starting his spinejarring 3500-mile Bicentennial Run Against Hunger. He must average nearly 50 miles a day, six days week, in order to arrive in New York City on July 4, as scheduled. On the next few pages of Sisyphus you will find further information about the run, including the planned route. A key to the City of Los Angeles from the mayor, and proclamation of Arizona Run Against Hunger Day by the governor - two honors bestowed upon Gregory early in the run - are nice, but they do not take away all of the boneweariness of a body that doesn't get a chance to recover. When he left Los Angeles, Father Don Merrifield, President of Loyola-Marymount University, offered the invocation before a gathering of 2,000 enthusiastic supporters, among whom were Mayor Tom Bradley and sixty some T.V. a...
THE WASHINGTON FRONT [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 April 1976
THE WASHINGTON FRONT URGE OPPOSITION TO "ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AUTHORITY" THE ISSUE: A bill before the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, as well as the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy, Senate Bill 2532, is a proposal to establish the Energy Independence Authority which would provide $lOO billion over the next decade in federal financing and economic assistance primarily to the nuclear power industry which is presently undergoing rather severe financial difficulties. The bill has strong backing by the Ford Administration, particularly Vice President Rockefeller, as well as a great deal of labor management support; in fact, it is primarily a Rockefeller proposal. BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Nine years ago, Rockefeller tried to sell the same idea of public subsidies to the utility and power industries in the New York legislature, a move which Robert Kennedy, then Senator from the state, denounced as an "uncontrollable monopoly to private power interests." Senator Aiken of Vt...
DICK GREGORY'S BICENTENNIAL FOOD RUN [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 April 1976
DICK GREGORY'S BICENTENNIAL FOOD RUN DATE LOCATION Wed. April 21 -Los Angeles Mon. April 26 -Blythe, Calif. Thurs. April 29 -Phoenix, Ariz. Wed. May 5 -Ariz. &amp; New Mexico Border Tues. May 18 -Dalhart, Tex. Wed. May 19 -Texhoma, Tex. Thurs. May 20 -Tyrone, Okla. Fri. May 21 -Meade, Kansas Sat. May 22 -Meade, Kansas Sun. May 23 -Bucklin, Kansas Mon. May 24 -Pratt, Kansas Tues. May 25 -Garden, Kansas Wed. May 26 -Wichita, Kansas Thurs. May 27 -Rosalie, Kansas Fri. May 28 -Yates Center, Kansas Sat. May 29 -Yates Center, Kansas Sun. May 30 -La Harpe, Kansas Mon. May 31 -Ft. Scott, Kansas Tues. June 1, -El Dorado Springs, MO Wed. June 2 -Preston, Missouri Thurs. June 3 -Lake Ozark, Missouri Fri. June 4 -Vienna, Missouri Sat. June 5 -Vienna, Missouri Sun. June 6 -Jeffriesburg, MO Mon. June 7 -St. Louis, MO Tues. June 8 -Vandalia, 111. DATE LOCATION Wed. June 9 -Greenup, 111. Thurs. June 10 -Terre Haute, Indiana Fri. June 11 -Indianapolis, Indiana Sat. June 12 -Indianapolis, Ind...
BICENTENNIAL RUN AGAINST HUNGER [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 April 1976
BICENTENNIAL RUN AGAINST HUNGER by Dick Gregory I. REASON FOR THE RUN In 1976, all Americans are being asked to join in the celebration of the 200 th anniversary of the United States. As a member of the Black minority in America, I am responding to this request by trying to focus the attention of America on the unfinished business before us of bringing the promise of America to all those people to whom it has been denied for 200 years. To do this, I propose to personally run from coast to coast across the United States, to waken a Sleeping America to the plight of people across the world who remain poorly fed, poorly housed, and poorly clothed - while America basks in its glory of affluence and bounty. As the 1976 Presidential election campaign begins to arouse the political attention of America, I will attempt to stimulate Americans - from the smallest towns in lowa to the largest cities in New York and California - to this electoral process in a manner that will raise the moral is...
S.1 A HUNDRED HORRORS [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 April 1976
S.1 A HUNDRED HORRORS By: Frank Wilkinson Readers of Christianity and Crisis will find it significant to note that the most repressive legislation ever to be considered by Confress, the co-called "Criminal Justice Reform Act" - Senate Bill No. 1 - has provoked the most effective and timely response from concerned laity and clergy. The most irreverent attack on the 799-page legislative legacy of the Nixon Administration came on March 5, 1976 from the Washington Interreligious Staff Council (WISC). Writing on behalf of the score or more denominations affiliated with the WISC Task Force on Criminal Justice, Daniel Sheehan, General Counsel of the Jesuit Conference, Office of Social Ministries, captioned a summary of S.l's most offensive provisions as "The List of the Hundred Horrors." Prior to this latest denunciation of the measure, the official boards 6f both the National Council of Churches and the Union of American Hebrew Congregations had resolved against its gross violations of so...
$115 Billion in False Security [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 April 1976
$115 Billion in False Security President Ford is hoping to pay for expensive new ships, planes, and missiles with jobs, food stamps, milk for poor school children, and health care for the elderly. He has asked Congress to increase military spending to What Have We Bought? slls billion—one-half of the (controllable) federal &amp; budget—while cutting back or eliminating funds for nearly • Distrust and isolation in the world, due to direct U.S. every domestic program serving Americans' basic needs. intervention into Lebanon, Cuba, Dominican Republic, VietMilitary spending has already cost American taxpayers $1.3 nam, Laos, Cambodia, and Korea; and covert CIA intervention Trillion since World War 11, all in the name of "National into Iran, Guatemala, Indonesia, Bolivia, Venezuela, PhilipSecurity." pines, Chile, Italy, Portugal and Angola. Even today, the United States still maintains 460,000 troops in foreign countries. • A 30-year cold war arms race with the Soviet Union, whic...
House schedules historic hearings FEDERAL GRAND JURIES [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 April 1976
House schedules historic hearings FEDERAL GRAND JURIES Early in 1976 a House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee will begin an historic set of hearings, the first Congressional hearings ever held to examine the federal grand jury system. The hearings, most observors would agree, are long overdue . Written into the Bill of Rights in 1791 as a shield to protect American citizens from arbitrary and politically motivated government prosecutions, the grand jury has become instead a rubber stamp for prosecutors. Once prized for its independence, the modern grand jury has become a powerful government tool that prosecutors have often manipulated to press'the very malicious indictments the grand jury was designed to prevent. Is it too late to reverse this perversion of the grand jury process? The concerned citizens and lawyers who formed the Coalition to End Grand Jury Abuse in 1973 don't think so. The Coalition, which now consists of 15 national bar, civil liberties, religious and lab...
HUNGER [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 April 1976
HUNGER No. 4 APRIL 1976 World hunger, itself a critically serious problem, is a symptom of an even deeper malaise: the maldistribution of the world's resources. People are hungry primarily because they are poor; and they are poor primarily because the present international economic order simply does not facilitate the just distribution of even minimally required resources to all. How the economic system can be changed most equitably is now the subject of intense international and national debate. The Inter religious Taskforce on U.S. Food Policy has not yet developed policy recommendations on the key issues of the debate. We offer this paper as our initial effort at clarifying the issues of the debate and solicit the comments of readers as we proceed to formulate policy recommendations based on the analysis reflected here. George A. Chauncey, Chairman Interreligious Taskforce on U.S. Food Policy 110 Maryland Avenue, N.E. Washington, D.C. 20002 THE UNITED STATES AND THE CHANGING INTE...
Page 8 Advertisements Column 1 [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 April 1976
is prepared by the Interreligious Taskforce on U.S. Food Policy, a cooperative effort of national Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish, and ecumenical agencies, and published by DHZH# Additional copies are available from the Taskforce, 110 Maryland Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002, for 15c each; 10 or more, 10c each; 100 or more, 5c each. Persons interested in regularly receiving information and recommendations on U.S. food policy as well as other federal policy issues of concern to the religious community are invited to join the National IMPACT Network by sending their name, address, telephone, denomination or faith group, and the name of their U.S. Representative, along with $5.00, to IMPACT. Persons interested in receiving current information and ecumenically developed recommendations on federal legislation identified by the Taskforce as most critically affecting the hungry at home and abroad are invited to call the Taskforce toll-free at 800-424-7292, effective May 3, 1976 (Wa...
CRIPS LITERATURE SERVICE [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 April 1976
CRIPS LITERATURE SERVICE C"P|OQ gathers, analyzes and circulates \-l\lr O information and educational materials on religion and society. Our perspective is rooted in a commitment to the liberation of the oppressed. Our goal is to help the people of God regain control of their churches and reappropriate scripture and history, by —exposing the many ways in which oppressive forces and structures have penetrated and dominated the churches examining the experiences of forgotten forebears in the liberation current —distributing the reflections of Christians who stand with the oppressed. In addition to the Literature Service, CRIPS monitors U.S. religious affairs, conducts research on selected topics, and in 1976 initiates publication of a bimonthly letter of news and analysis. CRIPS is an affiliate of the Protestant Foundation at Columbia University, through which it can receive tax-deductible contributions. LIBERATION THEOLOGY-EXEGESIS - PRACTICE DOING THEOLOGY IN A REVOLUTIONARY SITUATI...
CONTENTS [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 June 1976
CONTENTS The View From Here . . . (white) The Washington Front . . . JUN 9 4 1976 (yellow) Priestly Vocations for Hispanic Communities in the United States (green) (by Fr. Rutilio J. del Riego - Review for Religious, Vol. 34) POLITICAL RESPONSIBILITY: REFLECTIONS ON AN ELECTION YEAR (A statement of the Administrative Board of the (pink) United States Catholic Conference) THE SIN OF UNCONSCIOUSNESS - by Richard Lmdstrom (blue) (Akwesasne Notes, Winter - 1975) The B-l: A Long Look Before Buying (yellow) (by McGeorge Bundy, Washington Post, Thursday, May 13, 1976) INFORMATION ABOUT THE INTERRELIGIOUS TASKFORCE ON U.S. FOOD POLICY (110 Maryland Ave., N.E., Wash., DC 20002) (white) See, Hear, Send For . . . (blue) "The American War is over, but this is far from the case with the American Revolution. On the contrary y nothing but the first act of the great drama is at a close. " - Benjamin Rush 1787
THE VIEW FROM HERE [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 June 1976
THE VIEW FROM HERE the WASHINGTON POST carried an interview with John Ehrlichman, wherein he commented upon some of the changes wrought since Watergate. He said in part... "the CIA in general has come through this entire period in remarkably good health. They put a couple of the old boys overboard in well-provisioned lifeboats. But the CIA goes on as it did before. The Senate Oversight Committee is a sham. It won't make a particle of difference. The White House is in no better position now to know what's happening within the CIA than it ever has been. So it will be business as usual." That is a scarey assessment. I believe it is accurate. Our failure to come to grips with the CIA is just one small aspect of the coverup that is still going on. Neither government agencies nor the general public have really come to grips with the slide toward Fascism that is present in our country. Probably the main evidence of this can be seen in the utter failure of Congress to come to grips with the...
THE WASHINGTON FRONT [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 June 1976
THE WASHINGTON FRONT LIMITED SUCCESS WITH THE B-l CAMPAIGN It isn't often we have sotsething to celebrate concerning disarmament or military spending. But the opponents of B-l, mostly Church groups and humanitarian organizations, have had a significant victory against the powerful lobbying forces in favor of the B-l Bomber. On May the 20th, the Senate adopted the amendment of Senator Culver by a vote of 44 to 37, approving the request for about $1 billion in initial production money for the B-l Bomber, but with the restriction that none of the funds may be committed prior to February Ist, 1977. Furthermore, they may be spent after that time only if the then President certifies that he has reviewed the test and evaluation data on the B-l Bomber and that he regards procurement to be in the national interest. In other words, we will wait to see what a new Administration wants to do about this program before going ahead with it. But the success is only partial, inasmuch as the House has...
Priestly Vocations for Hispanic Communities in the United States [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 June 1976
Priestly Vocations for Hispanic Communities in the United States by: Father Rutilio J. del Riego The following article s reprinted from Review for Religious, Vol. 34 3 has many insights that are equally valuable in any trans cultural situation. It is particularly important for anyone considering 'forking with minorities." Vocations to the priesthood among the Spanish speaking people of the United States cannot be promoted merely through posters, publicity campaigns, recruitment drives, direct mail, vocational retreats, etc. Not that we,.have done all these things in any serious way; but even when and if we did them, to make such means effective it would be necessary to work on another level. We must work on the attitudes of those priests who, at this time, are ministering to the Hispanic people of the United States. These priests are Hispanic and non-Hispanic. Among the Hispanic priests, some were born in the United States; their attitudes are very important for the emergence and de...
POLITICAL RESPONSIBILITY: REFLECTIONS ON AN ELECTION YEAR [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 June 1976
POLITICAL RESPONSIBILITY: REFLECTIONS ON AN ELECTION YEAR A statement of the Administrative Board of the United States Catholic Conference This year marks the two hundredth anniversary of the founding of our republic with its remarkable system of representative democracy. It is also a year that will test the workings of this democracy. A national election is a time for decisions regarding the future of our nation and the selection of our representatives and political leaders. As pastors and teachers 3 we address this statement on political responsibility to all Americans in hopes that the upcoming elections will provide an opportunity for thoughtful and lively debate on the issues and challenges that face our country as well as decisions on the candidates who seek to lead us. I, Public Responsibility And The Electoral Process We call this year a test of our democratic institutions because increasing numbers of our fellow citizens regard our political institutions and electoral proce...