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Swords into Plowshares is the blog of the Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations of the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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April 24, 2012

Taking a stand against land grabbing

Today, I joined the Oakland Institute and other protestors outside of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.  We were outside the hotel because “nearly a thousand representatives of pension funds, university and foundation endowments, private equity firms, hedge funds and other high rollers have gathered together to figure how to make huge returns through grabbing land and water rights in the developing world.”

In our Food and Hunger Working Group statement issued in September 2011, we said:

The world food crisis is decades old, but now it is gravely worsening. Food prices have risen rapidly, reaching historically high ...

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February 22, 2012

Responding to child labor trafficking

What can we do to address human trafficking – particularly child labor trafficking?

The participants in the Central New York Presbytery Partnership Group seminar at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations identified the following ideas to use in their congregations, schools, and communities:

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November 21, 2011

Take opposition to sex slavery and trafficking on the road

TassaTagsLooking for a stocking stuffer?

Consider a TassaTag.

TassaTags are 4"x6" bright, hand-woven cotton luggage tags. TassaTags serve a much larger purpose than simply helping you spot your luggage.

Each purchase of a TassaTag supports ECPAT-USA (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking), a non-profit children's rights organization whose mission is to protect children in the US and abroad from commercial sexual exploitation. ECPAT-USA is a partner of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

TassaTags are fair trade products. Women at The Regina Center in Nongkhai, Thailand make the tags. This project enables women to stay in their villages and ...

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October 5, 2011

Vote Fair Fruit!

Help our sisters and brothers in the RELUFA network in Cameroon obtain a cash prize to support the “Farm to Market” strategy that will help ensure long-term stability and help assure an income stream for Fair Fruit farmers. Voting ends November 9.

How to vote

  1. Visit the Fair Fruit contest page.
  2. Click on the green Stem - vote button (Vote!) button in the middle of the page.
  3. Fill in your e-mail address in the box that appears.
  4. Uncheck the box marked "Meld mij aan voor de nieuwsbrief" unless you have a yen to receive the sponsor's newsletter.
  5. Do the simple math problem (to ...

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July 19, 2011

'Fair trade, not just free trade'

From Ginna Irby, intern, Office of Public Witness

WASHNGTON, D.C. – On July 11, more than 150 U.S. citizens from faith-based, environmental and human rights organizations gathered in front of the White House to protest the pending Colombia Free Trade Agreement. A Presbyterian presence was prominent among them.

 “We are here right now to recognize that we are called to advocate for justice,” said the Rev. J. Herbert Nelson, director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Office of Public Witness. “We believe in fair trade, not just free trade.”

Along with other groups, OPW and the Presbyterian ...

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