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State Prisoner Locators

As an outgrowth of the ALA GODORT 50-State Agency Database Registry, I have created a page listing databases for locating state prisoners. If you know people trying to find friends and loved ones, please direct them to this page.

Blackwater and Jihad

The August/September 2007 issue of the Catholic Worker had reviews of two books that might be of interest to readers of this site:

Book Review: Blackwater: The rise of the world's most powerful mercenary army. By Jeremy Scahill, Nationa Books, NY 2007 Reviewed by Tom Cornell. - Mostly favorable review of book critical of the use of private security firms in war zones and the lack of accountability that creates. James Scahill spoke about his book to Truthdig and to Democracy Now.

New Sanctuary Movement

People working on immigration matters might want to use The New Sanctuary Movement at as a resource for undocumented residents seeking various kinds of assistance.

US Bishops Labor Day Statement - Unions, Immigration

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has released a five page message for Labor Day that concludes:

Labor Day 2007 is a time to look back, look around, and look ahead. It is a day to celebrate the work and the workers who are at the heart of this holiday. It is a time to recall the powerful and consistent teaching of our Church on the dignity of work and the rights of workers. It is an opportunity to remember when we have fallen short and when we have made a difference. Most of all, like New Year’s Day, it is a time to resolve to do better. For Catholics, Labor Day 2007 is a time to recommit in our own small ways – to our own work, to treat others justly, and to defend the lives, dignity, and rights of workers, especially the most vulnerable. This is a requirement of our faith and a way to advance the promise of our nation.

Books mentioned in June/July 2007 Catholic Worker

The following nine books were cited in the June/July 2007 issue of the Catholic Worker. You can find a hyperlinked version of this list with holding libraries at

WorldCat List of Titles in May 2007 Catholic Worker


For my first blog post to Radical Reference, I wanted to draw people's attention to an Open WorldCat list I created at

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