Bridging the Global Gap: A Handbook to Linking Citizens of the First and Third Worlds

Bridging the Global Gap: A Handbook to Linking Citizens of the First and Third Worlds

Bridging the Global Gap: A Handbook to Linking Citizens of the First and Third Worlds

Bridging the Global Gap: A Handbook to Linking Citizens of the First and Third Worlds

Synopsis

"Bridging the Global Gap" is the first major work on the growing internationalist movement that is focusing national attention on the interdependence of nations and on the connections between local and international struggles.

This political movement is unlike any in United States history. The diversity of supporters alone make this movement unique. Representatives of unions, schools, churches, community groups, and local government have joined to search for non-violent ways to wage world peace and end poverty. They are traveling across the globe to discover concrete ways of supporting their Third World counterparts. And, in the process they are redefining the real "national interest" of the United States.

Excerpt

"During the Spanish Civil War, I remember my parents, both excellent teachers, telling us, their children, how they kept reading the papers every morning, looking anxiously for assistance coming from the governments of the Western democracies. It was a betrayal of the Western world's commitment to democracy, disappointment after disappointment, morning after morning.

"And then something remarkable happened! The Western governments did not want to help, but (and what an important but!) workers, peasants, farmers, professionals, intellectuals, students, and others came from these same countries (and other countries) to help. They frequently came illegally, even against the wishes of those 'democratic' governments. Many were average North Americans representing the best tradition of commitment to liberty and justice that sectors of popular forces have always had."

--Vicente Navarro, Professor of Public Health Johns Hopkins University member of the Spanish anti-fascist underground in the 1950s and 1960s.

Vicente Navarro is referring to the spirit of internationalism, a spirit that moves ordinary citizens to take a stand on international issues. The 1980s have witnessed an extraordinary surge in internationalism in the United States.

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