Welcome to the Tuesday, December 28, 2004 issue of this Peace&Justice action email!

This end-of-the-year email contains a "Joys of the Season" sentiment in three ways.  First of all it is sent as a wish for you, that sometime during the holiday season you will find that sense of joy or some rejuvenating space.  

Secondly it is sent as a note of gratitude.  You will find below a recent success story that has been part of our UWAA concerns.  It is because of people like you, on various lists throughout the world, that influence can be exerted and dynamics changed for the better, whether lives saved or the future made slightly better by environmental decisions being swayed, etc.

Thirdly, it is sent as a reminder that the work must continue and gives a couple of holiday-related considerations. Of course the most immediate reminder of the need for help comes from the monumental tragedy resulting from the recent Tsunami.  This email presumes that by now your local news has given everyone appropriate avenues for assistance.  If you have missed them, then please reply to this email and I will give you a list of the most common relief organizations.

Again, thanks for being a part of this list!



There have been a few UWAAA actions directed at the Amazon rainforest over the past couple of years.  It was heartening to see that recently the Brazilian government has stood up to the powerful forces of illegal loggers and greedy soya and beef barons in the Amazon by creating two massive protective reserves. The total area is two million hectares!!

More info:



Citizens for Global Solutions created a contest for students to use Flash technology to come up a short clip of a global problem and solution.  They were overwhelmed - over 3,000 entries!  I take hope - there are so many young people who are aware, creative and active!  Go to the address below to see the top 10 entries (to view them you need Flash player technology - it is free to get if you need it; although be aware that the entries are 1-4 megabytes in size)

Top Ten Entries:



1.  Electronic goods form a large part of the holiday sales.  You can go to the following address and find out which companies are trying to reduce their toxic chemical imprint, and regardless you can send a form letter to any of a number of companies indicating your desire for a reduction of toxic components in the items you buy.  What I like about this effort, is that you can be also specific, checking-off the products that you have actually purchased (though it is not necessary to do this in order to take action), so they will know it is coming from an actual consumer - it's a much stronger message!

Background Information:     

List and Action:

2.  While I should have thought of this prior to the holiday season, I will nonetheless pass it on now.  I am often asked where to go to buy products that aren't made in sweatshops, etc.  Having watched for the last couple of years while this new market found its feet, I finally am able to point to a site that now has enough stock and variety that you might consider shopping there. They also have some actual retail outlets that you can examine in the 2nd address below:

Web site (see categories on the left side):

Retail Locations (US, Canada, Australia, UK)

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UWAA: This endeavour is being placed under the overall rubric of "Until Well-being is Achieved for All."

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Rod Downing

Surrey BC Canada
(604) 535-6550