Religious Action Network NEWS

(No. 6)
by Angelique Bell (editor), Richard Knight (editor), American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
Winter 1999
Publisher: American Committee on Africa
4 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: Zimbabwe, Africa, Ghana, Nigeria
Coverage outside Africa: United States, United Kingdom
Language: English
The newsletter says Human Rights Sunday 1998 highlighted children of Africa in their struggle for economic justice. The newsletter reports that RAN (Religious Action Network) churches across the country paid homage to these children in various ways. It reports that more than 4,000 Christians came from around the world attended the World Council of Churches (WCC) Assembly in December 1998 in Harare, Zimbabwe. There is growing evidence of direct collaboration between U.S. oil companies and government security forces in the killing of environmental protesters in Nigeria's oil fields; the actions of Chevron Oil Company have been particularly disturbing. The newsletter reports that a group of concerned Congressional representatives, including Dennis Kucinich, Maxine Waters and Donald Payne, have called for a Congressional investigation into these issues. The International Secretariat Coordinator of the London-based Jubilee 2000/Africa campaign, Kofi Mawuli Klu, visited with some churches and organizations in the Religious Action Network in February. Photographs depict Rev. Richard Chartier addressing the Fourth Unitarian Society of Westchester County and Rev. Dr. Michael C. Murphy, Pastor and Founder of the United Church of Christ's St. Stephens Community Church of Lansing, Michigan. The newsletter reports that the Cincinnati Diocese of the Episcopal Church, under the leadership of the Rt. Rev Herbert Thompson, circulated the Human Rights Sunday insert to 85 churches. The newsletter mention Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem, NY; Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit, MI; The Riverside Church in New York, NY; Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Seattle, WA; and Second Congressional Church in Westfield, MA. Contents: Human Rights Sunday 1998 Focuses on Africa's Children • Millennium End WCC Assembly Meets at "Foot of Africa's Cross" • An Ecumenical Experience for Young People • Stop the Killings in Nigeria • International Coordinator of Jubilee 2000/Africa Visits with the Network
Used by permission Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root