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[Testimony given at Public Inquiry, National Council of Churches, New York City, Sept. 14, 1976.] DECLARATION BY THE PRIESTS OF THE EASTERN REGION OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 September 1976
[Testimony given at Public Inquiry, National Council of Churches, New York City, Sept. 14, 1976.] DECLARATION BY THE PRIESTS OF THE EASTERN REGION OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC July 1976 The main cause of the misery and marginalization suffered by the majority of our thousand times mistreated people is the problem of the land. The peasant population represents more than 50% of the Dominican Republic's inhabitants. According to those who deal with economic problems, the Dominican economy is eminently agricultural. It has its base in the countryside but the inhabitants of the countryside are the ones who live under the worst conditions. They are slowly dying and their lives are a long, painful struggle. Promises come and go and nothing ever happens. How many times have the authorities of the different Agricultural Departments declared the big extension of State land to supposedly distribute them to the peasants? How many times have those Departments not given the land to the peasants or g...
POLICING the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 September 1976
POLICING the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC by Joseph E. Mulligan, S.J. Reprinted from: The Nation March 1, 1975 Baseball didn't work. As a result, I doscovered recently, while sightseeing in Santo Domingo at the headquarters of the US Agency for International Development, that "foreign aid ,: has provided equipment for a different kind of contest: police cars, paddy wagons, shortwave radios, uniforms, boots, holsters, rifles, shotguns, ammunition, four air contidioners and a freezer for the Dominican National Police. If baseball had served the purpose suggested by James Mark Sullivan, American Minister in the Dominican Republic in 1913, there would have been no need for the heavier counterinsurgency measures which the United States found it necessary to adopt, beginning with the occupation of the country from 1916 to 1924. Sumner Welles, in his detailed history of the Dominican Republic entitled. Naboth 's Vineyard (published in 1928), describes how Sullivan, arriving at Puerto Plata, where th...
SEE, BEAR, SEND FOR . . . [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 September 1976
SEE, BEAR, SEND FOR . . . NEW SLIDE SHOW Pat Hughes of the Dominican Republic Task Force has just completed a new slide show, "Guess Who's Coming to Breakfast" which uses Gulf + Western as an example of a multinational corporation's impact on an underdeveloped country's economy. The slide show was produced for the National Council of Churches and can be obtained from this office, which owns its own copy, or from; William Wipfler, 475 Riverside Drive, 6th floor, Wew York, NY 10027. "SILENT MOVIE" Mel Brooks has produced and starred in a new comedy which is about a conglomerate bearing a striking resemblance to Gulf + Western Industries. In the film the company, "Engulf &amp; Devour", tries to take over an independent movie company. One board scene portrays the Chairman Charles Bluhdorn? frothing at the mouth as he describes his passion to take over the movie outfit. Engulf &amp; Devour's slogan is "We Have Our Fingers in Everything." The movie was produced for Twentie...
CONTENTS [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 October 1976
CONTENTS The View From Here ... (white) The Washington Front , . . (yellow) Comparing the Party Platforms &amp; USCC Positions (blue) (Reprinted from: Origins, NC Documentary Service, Vol. 6, No. 15, September 30, 1976) NETWORK Newsletter, comparison of policies regarding (yellow) food, food stamps, full employment, defense spending and arms control. (Vol. V, Number 1, October 1976) Election Fast (green) The 1976 Presidential Race Statement by the SANE Board; (pink) September 18 1976 CANDIDATES ON TAX REFORM: A DIME'S WORTH OF DIFFERENCE (green) (Reprinted from: Tax Notes 3 Vol.IIsV s #4O, Oct, 4, 1976) HUNGER AND THE ELECTION OF 1976 (white) (Interreligious Taskforce on U.S. Food Policy's Hunger Issue No. 6, published by IMPACT, Sept. *76) "No one is exempt from talking nonsense; the only misfortune is to do it seriously. " Montaigne
THE VIEW FROM HERE... [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 October 1976
THE VIEW FROM HERE... Most people probably have their mind made up long ago. And yet a national election in our hyper-sensitive world takes on such importance that it is still worth reviewing the positions of the major candidates. More important even than their words ori this or that issue is the basic thrust of their policies. In the hopes that this issue might be of some assistance on this important decision, we are here presenting some comparative views from serious and careful organizations who we work with and trust.
THE WASHINGTON FRONT . . . [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 October 1976
THE WASHINGTON FRONT . . . LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP The 94th Congress adjourned last month after passing a new tax bill which, among other things, included an Estate Tax Reform that would ease the estate tax for small family farmers. Another bill, the Ford and Butz supported Food Stamp Bill, which would have cut off 9% of those now eligible for food stamps, was killed; hopes are for a new and more liberal bill to be passed next Congress, as the present Food Stamp Program expires September, 1977. An important bill for farmworkers was passed in the form of an amendment to K.R. 2010 which deals with unemployment compensation. It extended for the first time unemployment coverage to farmworkers, and although it effects only 3% of the farms and just 40% of the farmworkers themselves, the legal precedent has been set that they are entitled to the same type of coverage as other sectors of the labor force. The Congress also scrutinized the Development Assistance Programs, cutting aid to Chile and...
Comparing the Party Platforms & USCC Positions [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 October 1976
Comparing the Party Platforms &amp; USCC Positions Where does the U.S. Catholic Conference stand on positions taken in the Democratic and Republican party platforms? During the Sept. 16 press conference at which the statement on the preceding page was released, another paper was released comparing positions of the U.S. Catholic Conference, the Democratic party platform and the Republican party platform. The issue-by-issue analysis was prepared by U.S. Catholic Conference staff members. It lists positions taken by the U.S. Catholic Conference in official testimony submitted to the party platform committees at the time of the respective Democratic and Republican party conventions. The analysis follows. The Right to Life USCC: Calls abortion violent and wrong. Urges the adoption of a constitutional amendment to correct the tragic errors of the Supreme Court on abortion. The Right to Eat USCC: Hunger and malnutrition continue to affect millions. National food policy should work ...
NETWORK newsletter [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 October 1976
NETWORK newsletter Volume V, Number 1, October 1976 94th Congress FOOD POLICY DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM "Because our country provides food and fiber to all the world, the American farmer is heavily dependent on world markets. These markets must be developed in a way that prevents the wild gyrations of food prices and periodic shortages that have been common under recent Republican Administrations. We pledge significant financial support to the International Fund for Agricultural Development; more effective food aid through further revision of the US Food for Peace program; significant contributions to a multinational world food reserve system, with appropriate safeguards for American farmers; and continuing efforts to promote American food exports." REPUBLICAN PLATFORM "We oppose government-controlled grain reserves We firmly believe that when the nation asks our farmers togo all out to produce as much as possible for worldwide markets, the government should quarantee them unfettered acce...
ELECTION FAST [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 October 1976
ELECTION FAST As election nears the fast of Jim Douglas theologian 3 writer 3 activist and, a few others goes on. They are publicly fasting for a month appealing to the Presidential candidates to renounce the first use of any nuclear weapon under any circumstances. What follows is a letter they wrote us shortly after their fast began. Dear Friends, I've decided to t-jrite this fast journal as a continuous letter to you. It's easier to write to you than to myself, and it's a way of sharing as we go the experience of the fast. "National Rifle Association of America: The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed". Every day in Washington I pass the large and expensivelooking building which has these words emblazoned on it, and alongside them the symbol of a glaring eagle with talons grasping two rifles. The NRA building is on my way to Mass, at St. Matthew's, the Catholic cathedral where the Requiem Mass for John Kennedy was held. As one goes forward to the commu...
The 1976 Presidential Race [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 October 1976
The 1976 Presidential Race Statement by the SANE Board [SANE is a citizen lobby here in Washington working for a more sane nuclear policy. Their viewpoint is mainly from the viewpoint of militarism 3 a key element which reveals many underlying assumptions in the two approaches.] September 18, 1976 Gerald Ford's pursuit of bigger military budgets and increased arms sales abroad, his support of all existing foreign commitments, his desire to use covert operations without congressional restraint, and his fitful performance on arms limitation qualify him as a traditional cold warrior who avoids brinkmanship. The Ford Administration has treated miiitary spending in past as a public works program and, like its predecessors, has failed to plan for conversion of the arms industry to civilian pursuits. In the Middle East, the Administration helped achieve the partial Sinai Agreement in 1975, but there have been no serious diplomatic initiatives for an o erall settlement. In the field of inte...
CANDIDATES ON TAX REFORM: A DIME'S WORTH OF DIFFERENCE [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 October 1976
CANDIDATES ON TAX REFORM: A DIME'S WORTH OF DIFFERENCE Reprinted from: Tax Notes Vol. IV, No. 40 Men. j Oat. 4 3 1976 Although vagueness and platitudes still abound in the wake of the first presidential debate, there appears to be at least a dime's worth of difference between Gerald R. Ford and Jimmy Carter in their attitudes and approaches to tax policy and tax reform. It is obvious that they differ over the basic soundness of the tax system, with Carter calling it a "disgrace" and a "welfare program for the rich." Carter may suffer some repercussions from his statements that were interpreted by some as a recommendation to raise taxes on those above the median income, $15,000. But that same step was proposed as a temporary measure to fight inflation by Ford in 1974 with his 5% surtax plan, although he never seriously fought for it after it met with overwhelming opposition in Congress. Carter has said that all income, including capital gains, should be taxed the same and that the nu...
HUNGER AND THE ELECTION OF 1976 [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 October 1976
HUNGER AND THE ELECTION OF 1976 fj|l||Sß| i|| i ■ B "vnH 1 Jb&gt; • 112 "-'2 - . , 4.j. * £j| '' -- c * -. No. 6 September, 1976 Major decisions affecting the well-being of millions of hungry people at home and abroad will be made by the newly elected President and the 95th Congress when they begin their work in January 1977. Some key policy issues to be decided include the level and character of U.S. international development assistance and food aid, the U.S. response to the demands of the Third World for a new international economic order, programs dealing with domestic poverty and malnutrition, and U.S. farm policy. American voters will have their single most important opportunity for the next four years to influence U.S. food policy on Election Day, November 2, 1976, when they will choose a new President and Vice-President, all 435 members of the House of Representatives, and a third of the hundred U.S. Senators. The policies which emerge for the remainder of the decade ...
Page 8 Advertisements Column 1 [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 October 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 QSE&amp;Sv* Additional copies are available from the Taskforce, 110 Maryland Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002, for lsc 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 (Washington ...
CONTENTS [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 December 1976
CONTENTS The View From Here . . . CAMBRIDGE, MASS, 02133 (white) The Washington Front . . . (yellow) THEOLOGICAL REFLECTIONS ON THE ATOM (green) (by James A. Garrison) NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION (By John J. Berger, NUCLEAR POWER: (pink) The Unviable Option - Ramparts Press, 1976) THE TRIPWAR SCENARIO - (by Edward L. King, Saturday Review, (yellow) April 17, 1976) Nuclear Game Flans At the Pentagon - (by Feter J. Ognibene, (green) Saturday Review 3 April 17, 1976) NUCLEAR AGE . . . (by Sidney Lens 3 National Catholio Reporter (blue) P.O. Box 281 Kansas City, MO 64141 The Challenge For the Church - by James A. Garrison (pink) See, Rear, Send For . . . (white) "For me that silent and motionless clock has been a symbol. The explosion of the first atomic bomb has become a para-historical phenomenon. It is not a memory, it is a perpetual experience, outside history, which does not pass with the ticking of the clock. " Pedro Arrupe, S.J.
THE VIEW FROM HERE . . . [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 December 1976
THE VIEW FROM HERE . . . Three legislative items require your consideration and action within the immediate future: action regarding the B-l Bomber, the moves in Congress concerning the curtailment of the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy (JCAE), and the establishment of the House Select Committee on Nuclear Exports and Nuclear Proliferation. As you know, Congress deferred action on the final decision on the B-l until the new administration took office in January. Carter came out against deployment of the B-l "at this time" during the campaign, but tremendous pressure is being brought to bear by the Pentagon and the aerospace industry to change his mind. If the Air Force and the three giant corporations, Rockwell International, General Electric and Boeing, get their way, we Americans will pay out close to $lOO billion in taxes to pay for what Senator Proxmire calls "a public works project for the aerospace industry, rather than a needed weapon for defense of the United States." When ...
THE WASHINGTON FRONT [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 December 1976
THE WASHINGTON FRONT NEW PRESIDENT . . . NEW CONGRESS For the first time since 1968, we have a President and Congress of the same party. This should mean greater harmony, fewer presidential vetoes and perhaps more substantial social legislation. While we cannot be certain what courses of action the New President and New Congress will take, we can examine the information we do have and make some educated estimates of their directions. President-elect Carter did not receive the overwhelming mandate that was expected ter his nomination. While Democrats outnumber Republicans by almost two to one, Carter barely managed to eke out a narrow electoral victory. Hopefully, this will not dampen Carter's enthusiasm for many Social Ministry priorities which the President-elect seemed to be favoring. Specifically Carter has repeatedly mentioned the human rights issue and the atrocities of terror and torture being perpetrated by repressive governments which the U.S. supports. In the second televis...
THEOLOGICAL REFLECTIONS ON THE ATOM [Newspaper Article] — The Sisyphus Papers — 1 December 1976
THEOLOGICAL REFLECTIONS ON THE ATOM by James A. Garrison Pedro Arrupe begins his book, A Planet To Heal, with a chapter entitled "Hiroshima" in which he details his impressions as a witness of that cataclysmic event. He recollects the nuclear blast in terms of what he remembers of his wall clock that it stopped. The Hiroshima event, he says, did precisely that to the entire historical process: traditional concepts of cyclic time were transcended: "For me that silent and motionless clock has been a symbol. The explosion of the first atomic bomb has become a para-historical phenomenon. It is not a memory, it is a perpetual experience, outside history, which does not pass with the ticking of the clock. The pendulum stopped and Hiroshima has remained engraved on my mind. It has no relation with time. It belongs to motionless eternity." By going beyond the normal cyclic patterns through which the human family is accustomed to living and dying, the atom bomb placed us in an altered state ...