Episode 75 :: Jim Goetsch, Friends of the Third World

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Friends of the Third World, digging at the roots of  poverty since 1972, a Fair Trade shop and training center in Fort Wayne, IN.

In addition to job-training for needy people in Fort Wayne, the house of the Friends of the Third World helps sell products made by exceptional enterprising groups in the Third World, including the Bombolulu Workshop for the Handicapped in Mombasa, Kenya, as well as trying to help Nicaraguan Medical Aid.

Friends of the Third World (FOTW) began in 1972 when students and teachers formed a fundraising project to aid the hungry. FOTW currently operates job training programs at its building in Fort Wayne and markets handmade crafts from 80 partner groups in 35 countries. A most recent financial report shows that almost 80% of the sales price of an item goes back in the form of fair trade payments to the producers. Three paid staff supervise volunteers who contributed more than $100,000 worth of donated labor in the past year.

For more information, visit FriendsOfTheThirdWorld.org.


Sharing the Dream in Guatemala // Podcast

Jim and Marion were my hosts on a speaker tour, spring, 2007. Read about my visit at Post #231. 

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  • Episode 74: Glen Gersmehl, Lutheran Peace Fellowship — LPF is a community of believers who support one another in our efforts to bring about God’s Shalom in our lives, congregations, communities, nation and world, responding to the gospel call to be peacemakers and justice seekers.

    For much more information, visit LutheranPeace.org.

    Glen Gersmehl’s efforts for justice and peace were shaped by seven year’s work with older people in NY City’s highest poverty and crime areas. It led to his extensive involvement in organizing and advocacy efforts.  Another focus for Glen has been sharing what he has learned about organizing and social change.  He has led 800 workshops and taught nine college courseson peace and justice concerns; he also directed a university peace studies program, an in-service teacher training program for 60 schools, and the nation’s largest community leadership training center.  Among many widely-admired educational resources he has developed are participatorycomputer-based activities used by a million people.  Such peacemaking skills and experience led to his being chosen as the U.S. delegate to international meetings held in India to plan the UNDecade for Peace, the largest peace education (substitute “such”) program in UN history.

    Articles by Glen or about his work have appeared in scores of publications from The NY Times to thePeace Chronicle, and his numerous media appearances include interviews on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and many TV news programs.  He serves as national coordinator for Lutheran Peace Fellowship and the Peace & Justice Resource Center, and received a community service award for his conflict prevention work with the homeless. Glen has presented testimony or worked as a consultant for 20 government agencies and legislative committees, and has been asked to take on leadership roles in projects ranging from the arms trade (Federation of American Scientists)and nuclear proliferation (United Nations), to chemical weapons (U.S. Senate) and social service policy (a major White House conference).

    MENTIONS: Fellowship of Reconciliation // Pax Christi // The Dandelion Insurrection – love and revolution (Nov 8, 2013) by Rivera Sun // Lutheran Peace Fellowship: Simple Living Resources // Worth Revisiting: Peace Day/Hiroshima Day, Aug.6

  • Episodes 72-73: John Seager, Pres. and CEO of Population Connection // Part 1: the basics of history, philosophy, programs, funding; Part 2: immigration, policies of Mexico, China and India, drastic forms of population control +much more // Since 1968, Population Connection (formerly Zero Population Growth or ZPG) has been America’s voice for population stabilization—the largest grassroots population organization in the United States, with over 40,000 members, and hundreds of thousands more supporters and participating educators! Population Connection advocates for universal, affordable access to birth control, educates tomorrow’s leaders about global population challenges, and mobilizes Americans who care about stabilizing population. They strive to achieve a sustainable balance between people and our planet. // John has been a guest lecturer at more than 50 colleges and has spoken to numerous environmental, religious, and community groups all across the U.S. on the environmental and human costs of rapid population growth. Seager was appointed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by the Clinton Administration and also served as Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative Peter H. Kostmayer (D-PA), a senior member of the House Interior and Foreign Affairs Committee. A veteran of more than 50 political campaigns, Seager has authored numerous op-eds and articles on various aspects of population growth. Seager holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. // World Population Day
  • Episode 71 — Jessie Schiele  // Jerusalem Farm is an intentional community in Kansas City, MO. Built on the four cornerstones of Prayer, Community, Service and Simplicity and guided by the Gospel Message and Catholic Social Teaching, they strive to transform their lives and those around them through service retreat experiences, sustainable living and home repair. Jerusalem Farm on Facebook // Web site // Worth Revisiting: Shane Claiborne of The Simple Way Community, Philadelphia, with his mentor Tony Campolo on Tony & Shane UnCut, SLW! Podcast #20-27. // Fellowship for Intentional Community, #49
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