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THE NEXT DISTRACTION
Politics and Passions - Winter 1995-96

Part 34
The Seamless Garment Network

Mission Statement

We the undersigned are committed to the protection of life,
which is threatened in today’s world by war, abortion, poverty,
racism, the arms race, the death penalty and euthanasia.

We believe that these issues are linked under a consistent ethic of life.

We challenge those working on all or some of these issues
to maintain a cooperative spirit of peace, reconciliation and respect
in protecting the unprotected.


The Seamless Garment Network is an umbrella organization which unites many organizations that support the consistent ethic of reverence for life, as expressed in our Mission Statement.

Our work is spreading the consistent ethic vision throughout the community, our nation and the world.

A major means of doing this has been the publication of ads in national and local publications. The ads consist simply of the above Mission Statement, followed by the names of the many people committed to peace, justice and life who affirm this vision.

We have been encouraged by the support of many such good people. Recent new supporters include the Irish peace activist and Nobel prize winner, Mairead Corrigan Maguire; the Argentine peace and justice activist and Nobel prize winner, Adolfo Perez Esquivel, prophetic ecologist Wendell Berry, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

What are we trying to do? A revolution in thinking and feeling, an affirmation of peace and nonviolence, an infinite gentleness, a value for the life, the happiness, the welfare of every person.

This revolution is desperately needed. Our society is filled with massive, overwhelming violence, with a soaring death penalty, soaring imprisonments, abortion rates over a million a year, violence by our military in many countries, support by our government of brutal regimes, with no requirement of respect for human rights.

Can we succeed? Yes. Our resources are small, and we need much help. But our message is compelling, hopeful and powerful. Whenever we publish one of our ads, we hear from dozens of people who are overjoyed to hear such views affirmed, and who say they did not know anyone else thought like this.

We are eager to do more in the coming year. We want to run more ads, perhaps have a national conference, and find many new ways to make our message available to the mind of the community.

You can help: we need financial support, we need more peace, justice and life organizations to join us, we need more people to sign the ad. Be with us!

Member Organizations at the Time of This Publication

ACCLAIM, Philippines;
Agape, MA;
Buddhist Vihara Society;
Calcutta Hospice;
New Hope House, Atlanta;
Catholic Peace Fellowship;
Intercommunity Center For Justice & Peace, NYC;
Catholic Charities, Seattle, WA;
Fordham University Campus Ministry;
Center on Conscience and War; Embrace;
Colorado Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty;
The Committee: Witnesses For Reconciliation;
Common Ground of Upstate New York;
Conference of Major Superiors of Men;
Orthodox Peace Fellowship;
Leonard Peltier Defense Fund;
National Catholic Conference for Seafarers;
Evangelicals for Social Action;
Peace Community (Chicago);
Feminism and Nonviolence Studies Association;
Faith and Resistance Community, Piffard, NY;
Peace, Ethics, Animals & Consistent human Rights;
Feminists for Life of America;
Jonah House;
Christians Equipped for Ministry, Vancouver;
Justice and Peace Committee, Kansas City, MO;
Center for Action and Contemplation;
JustLife of Minnesota;
Liberals for Life of Pennsylvania;
Benet Hill Center;
Napa Deanery, Eureka, CA;
Prolife Non-Violent Action Project;
National Council of Catholic Women;
Center For Justice, Buffalo;
SHOW (Students Help Others Worldwide);
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas;
West End Catholic Worker, Australia;
New Covenant Justice and Peace Center, NE;
New Harmony Weavers;
Shiloh International Ministries, Inc.;
Pax Christi USA; The Christophers;
Pro Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians (PLAGAL);
Respect Life Office, MN; Peace On Earth News;
Samaritan House, Denver, CO;
Sea Fog Press;
Jubilee Partners;
Prolifers for Peace, England;
Starthrowers; Consistent Ethic of Life Cleveland;
Catholic Worker Communities: New York City, Houston Worcester, Philadelphia, Waterbury, Los Angeles, Detroit, Columbia, MO and Washington, DC;
Agnostics For Life, NYC; Rayse Creek Foundation;
Sojourners, Washington, DC

In a disintegrating world…

… we see unity.

The member organizations of the Seamless Garment Network have come together to be a witness for the priceless value of human life, and to stand against the many ways it is threatened by war, abortion, poverty, racism, the arms race, the death penalty and euthanasia. We seek to lead others to a consistent valuing of life through such projects as placing endorsement advertisements in national publications, producing a consistent life ethic video, and distributing resource materials.

Won’t you join us as a companion in this work—for justice, for peace, for life?

Seamless Garment Network, Inc.
109 Pickwick Dr.
Rochester, New York 14618
716-442-8497

Yes!

Enter our organization as a member of the Seamless Garment Network, Inc. We want to join in the work of promoting a consistent ethic of life. Our $50 annual contribution is enclosed to aid in this mission.

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Go on to: Part 35: Pro-Life
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We welcome your comments and questions

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