|Chris Mills' Resources for Peace and Justice|
First of all, my heartfelt thanks to all of you who have called or written to ask me how my friends and family in Chile fared in the terrible earthquake that struck on Saturday. I am relieved to be able to say that almost all are accounted for and are safe, although many are without basic services like electricity, water and gas, and some are unable to return to their homes. (I am hopeful that the one person I still haven't heard from/about is ok - communication has been so difficult in the ensuing chaos that information is just trickling through.)
Many of you have also asked how you can help, so I am attaching a letter with information (for both Canadians and US citizens) on how to donate to support the work of Educación Popular en Salud (EPES) in Concepción. As a member of the founding team that started EPES in 1982, I know that EPES will provide essential leadership in the response to the public health disaster following the geological one. EPES is already on the ground in Concepción, having worked for almost 30 years in some of the poorest areas of the city. I will paste below part of a statement from EPES - you can read more at www.epes.cl.
Thank you again for your support and concern. I know many of you want to tangibly express your support for the Chilean people in its extremity and I hope you will do that by donating to EPES using this donation page at Tides Canada.
The main purpose of this web site is to archive and make accessible the digests of web-based resources I have been sending to fellow peacemongers since late in 2001. For months after September 11, 2001, the media seemed to ignore the existence of the peace movement so I thought it would be useful to share with other peaceables the various bits of information, inspiration and exhortation that came my way.
Some time in 2002, the media discovered the peace movement and it became A Story. After that, there was much more information available in mainstream media. The volume of material available electronically increased dramatically, too, becoming way too much to send piece by piece toward the end of 2002. That's when I started sending a digest of selected URLs. Unfortunately, I didn't think of numbering them until well along the road - those of you inclined to be picky will observe that there are more than 6 digests before #7.
Anyway, this page has been set up for the convenience of folks who want to refer to something I've sent previously - I can't guarantee that you'll find it, but there's a pretty good chance. If your search is fruitless, please contact me and I'll try to get it through an e-mail search - please think of it as your last resort, though!
Please note that I can't update the links, so some URLs may well result in frustrating messages for you. I apologize for the nuisance
My thanks to Michael McCulloch, who gave me permission to use a photo he took of a banner during a march to protest Dubya's visit to Ottawa November 2004. I would like to find out whose banner it was, so I can credit the organization as well - if you recognize it, please let me know.
Especial thanks to Annelies van Oers for designing the site and for helping me through the birth throes! Please visit Annelies' web site at www.annelies.ca.
If you are not receiving my digest and would like to be added to the list, please click here. Digests are sent occasionally, and never more than once a week.
My thanks to all of you for the work you are doing in your own communities for peace and justice. When I get discouraged, it helps to remind myself that I am part of an expanding web of solidarity - you keep me from falling into the void of despair.
One little person, giving all of her time to peace, makes news. Many people, giving some of their time, can make history.
- Peace Pilgrim