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    The Common Good Podcast
    A Production of Jubilee Economics  

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    Why do we produce TCGP? Because as an economy shaped by corporations and capital has gone global, the common good has more often suffered than benefitted. AND because the OneEarth economy we talk about (we often call it jubilee) is irrevocably committed to the common good.

    Begun in 2010, by Lee Van Ham and Ed Lucas, The Common Good Podcast (TCGP) is now directed by Lee Van Ham with Jerry Iversen as producer and co-host.

    Episodes feature conversations with people who are growing in the consciousness of living a OneEarth economy, meaning that they search for choices they can make daily to best fit their lives into the abundance of our one planet home. Interviewees talk about their workplace, congregation, organization, or personal lives.

    We interview people who we believe are contributing substantively to Earth’s full community of life — people who seek to live with sufficient rather than excessive incomes, who believe in democratic distribution of power, who seek right relationships between all species, and who work for healthy, balanced eco-regions. This OneEarth worldview is, we believe, infused with the sacred as expressed in diverse spiritualities.

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    Episode 87 :: Enrique Morones: Advocate for Migrants, Immigrants, and Keeping Borders Humane

    Immigrants are increasing in numbers worldwide. Climate change and wars contribute. Failing economies and unjust trade agreements do too. For many around the world, their country is no longer safe for them. Where shall they go? Who can they trust to help them? They are the focus of racism and nationalism. Families are being torn apart by inhumane deportation practices. This volatile issue is our topic on this podcast.

    Our guest, Enrique Morones, is a leading voice on immigration in the San Diego-Tijuana region. Since 1986, he has dedicated his life to preventing immigrant deaths in the desert between Mexico and the U.S. With this Episode, The Common Good Podcast speaks forceful resistance to white supremacy, nationalistic worship, and any hint that males of European descent have a divine mandate to rule.

    Lee caught up with Enrique in his office in San Diego. Enrique directs Border Angels, an organization he founded. This interview stirs emotions and gives information to help you say better what you believe when the topic of borders and immigration comes up in conversations. With the current U.S. administration, there’s plenty of talking going on. The meanness of the deportations, the white nationalism, the racial profiling, the lies and misinformation—all contribute to a wave of inhumane methods that kill and harm. No wonder our guest today makes an impassioned plea for a change of leadership in Washington. The world allows transnational corporations to roam where they will, but people in danger are not permitted such freedom.

    Enrique’s Photo and Bio

    Enrique’s book Border Angels: The Power of One

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    Episode 86 :: Walter Brueggemann on the Primal Power of Money, part 2

    This episode’s on money and what we own, AND on an understanding of the Bible that shows sacred texts need to be used for the common good. They are not the possession of any one ideology despite the claims ideologies lay to sacred texts. Our guest today has shown consistently, throughout his career, that much of the Bible challenges injustices happening in the events of the day. We’re glad to bring you renowned Biblical scholar Walter Brueggemann discussing his recent book “Money & Possessions.” This is part two of a conversation that began in Ep. 80.

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    Episode 85 :: Lee & Jerry: Actions for a Better World in a Time of Climate Change and U.S. Extremism

    Earth Overshoot Day, Aug. 2

    Alternatives & Resistance: Review of Jan.-June Episodes:

    1. Candace Vanderhoff - water consulting and designing water harvesting systems, sustainable landscapes and water conservation products.

    2. Walter Brueggemann—Primal Power of Money & Possessions in Our Lives: 6 Theses

    3. Learning Resistance and Alternatives from Zapatistas and Jubilee’s Mexico Partners: carving lifeways amid violent systems

    4. Kelly Siefken - Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services; VP for Communications and Marketing

    5. Hazel Henderson: Reforming Economies to Work for the Wellbeing of All Creatures

    6. Patricia St. Onge (Haudenosaune): How Indigenous and non-Indigenous relate to one another to empower change in systems and love for all species


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    Episode 84 :: Patricia St. Onge: Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Peoples Coming Together for OneEarth Living

    Resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota catapulted Indigenous peoples into major news stories. The prayerful, nonviolent actions of the Standing Rock Sioux and thousands who stood with them, First Peoples and others, showed the power of spiritual activism in the face of powerful corporations intent on domination. Our guest on this podcast, Patricia St. Onge, a Haudenosaune and Quebecoise, went to North Dakota and has interpreted the actions there in countless conversations. She is a consultant and coach, with Seven Generations Consulting, a business she and her partner, Wilson Riles, founded. It’s a great treat for us to bring to the Common Good audience this conversation with Patricia St. Onge.


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    Episode 83 :: Hazel Henderson: Reforming Economies to Work for the Wellbeing of All Creatures

    Hazel Henderson is a world renowned futurist, evolutionary economist, a worldwide syndicated columnist, consultant on sustainable development, and author of Beyond Globalization, and seven other books. Her editorials appear in 27 languages and more than 400 newspapers. It’s a treat to hear this interview with her by co-host Jerry Iversen.

    The challenges to the global economy glare at us: ecological breakdown, exaggerated rich-poor disparity, and the use of war to secure resources. Our guest, Hazel Henderson, has spent a lifetime promoting real alternatives. She has pursued economic reforms. She measures an economy’s strength and merit by more criteria than whether or not it’s growing. She created the Green Scoreboard online so we can all follow the trillions of dollars being shifted into the green economy year after year. She’s a great cheerleader for cooperatives. She founded the Ethical Markets TV program where she interviews guests from different parts of the world who tell viewers how ethical markets and economics are working for them. Listen! It’s a feast of encouragement ala Hazel Henderson.

    Visit for details of its programs and Hazel’s bio.

    If you haven’t already subscribed to TCGP, we hope you will now through iTunes or your favorite podcast service.



    Co-host Lee Van Ham’s new book, From Egos to Eden: Our Heroic Journey to Keep Earth Livable, is now available online at Powells, Barnes and Nobles, and other stores in addition to Amazon.
    Episode 77 :: Lee Van Ham: Our Heroic Journey to Keep Earth Livable
    For a review of the book click on “Review.”

    Lee’s May Gigs — Offering “Re-Training Ourselves for OneEarth Living” workshops. Contact Lee at

    OF RELATED INTEREST: Co-Host Jerry Iversen’s Simple Living Works! Website & Podcasts

    On recent Simple Living Works! Podcast, we talk with author, blogger, speaker, coach Susan Vogt about her Lenten discipline “Love your enemy” as she listens to conservatives to try to understand why they would vote for regressive government.

    Simple Living Works! Blog and Podcast

    Episode 83 :: Hazel Henderson: Reforming Economies to Work for the Wellbeing of All Creatures


    Episode 82 :: Kelly Siefken: How Sacramento Food Bank Distributes Food (Where the Food System Fails) and Helps Families Become Self-Sustaining

    Have you visited the food bank in your area recently? If not, you may have an out-of-date picture of what a food bank is. Let Kelly Siefkin bring you up to date on this podcast. You’ll appreciate her enthusiastic, articulate description of the impact Sacramento [CA] Food Bank & Family Services is making in Sacramento County. She’s the VP for Communications and Marketing there and clearly believes in what she’s doing!!

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    Episode 81 :: Learning Resistance and Alternatives from Zapatistas and Jubilee's Mexico Partners

    This podcast describes the changes in Jubilee Economics following the sudden death in December of Mexican co-director Dan Swanson. Lee Van Ham traveled with board member David Funkhouser to visit Jubilee partners in the two Jubilee centers in Mexico—San Mateo in the state of Puebla and San Cristobal in the state of Chiapas. Lee tells of the strong examples of resistance to bad government that serves corporations and wealth at the expense of all who live with little. He speaks of alternatives they saw to an economic system unable and unwilling to seek justice for immigrants, Indigenous peoples, nature and species, all who seek to protect water, and others excluded by systems designed for redistribution upward. He tells about the impact of visiting the “Zapatista University” (CIDECI-UniTierra) and the autonomous community of Oventik.

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