Penny Justice is a free bimonthly ezine featuring thoughts, news, resources, and concrete ideas on how to live justice right now, one penny and one moment at a time.
Both the site and the ezine are currently edited by me, Bill Powell. I hope that Penny Justice can be a place where Catholics find out about Distributists, Distributists find out about Permaculturists, Permaculturists find out about Catholics, everyone finds out about Humanure—you get the idea.
I'm especially interested in making it easy for you to understand the Catholic Social Doctrine, which is currently even less beloved than Humanure. Both through selections and through attractively typeset free ebook versions of social encyclicals, I hope you'll find these documents a treasure trove, as I have.
These documents outline a magnificent system of social
justice for our times. But actually living justice day in and day out is
turning out to be not only difficult, but ridiculously complicated.
We have managed to combine an extreme social isolation with an
unprecedented global supply chain. Who sewed the shirt on your back? She could easily
have been paid a wage so low that even her country deems it illegal.
But no one's enforcing that law, and she's on the other side of the world.
It's not like you can walk into a store and look for the tag that reads,
No men, women, or children were harmed in the production
of this merchandise. Or can you?
Meanwhile, we're drowning in obvious wealth, but are often surprisingly poor in friends, economic security, good work, clean food, streets that are beautiful, or even bearable, and the ability to get anywhere interesting without strapping ourselves into a two-ton transport vehicle. What are we supposed to do about any of this?
Read on and see. People are working out answers all over the place. I've been hunting for a few years now, and it finally occured to me to start linking them together in one place. I hope to hear what you've found too.
Oh, and you can visit my personal blog at Bill Powell Is Alive.