The Connexions Digest

The Connexions Digest was a project of Connexions, a non-profit organization founded in 1975 to connect individuals and organizations working for social change with each other, with information and ideas, and with the general public. The Connexions Digest was published in print form from 1976 to 1992. Connexions is now primarily Internet-based, although it continues to maintain an extensive archive of physical documents and other materials. Much of the content which appeared in the 54 print issues of the Digest are available on the Connexions website, in addition to thousands of additional documents. Try using the Title and Subject Indexes as well as the Search Connexions feature to find documents from the Connexions Digest.

Connexions now publishes a bi-weekly digest, Other Voices, which is available as an emailed newsletter as well as online on the Connexions website.



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Issues 1 - 54 (Scanned)


#1 - February 1976 - Canadian Information Sharing Service - Pilot Copy

#2 - July 1976 - Canadian Information Sharing Service - Volume 1, Number 2

#3 - September 1976 - Canadian Information Sharing Service - Volume 1, Number 3

#4 - November 1976 - Canadian Information Sharing Service - Volume 1, Number 4

#5 - January 1977 - Canadian Information Sharing Service - Volume 1, Number 5

#6 - March 1977 - Canadian Information Sharing Service - Volume 1, Number 6

- Index to Volume 1 - February 1976 - March 1977

#7 - May 1977 - Canadian Information Sharing Service - Volume 2, Number 1

#8 - July 1977 - Canadian Information Sharing Service - Volume 2, Number 2

#9 - September 1977 - Canadian Information Sharing Service - Volume 2, Number 3

#10 - November 1977 - Canadian Information Sharing Service - Volume 2, Number 4

#11 - December 1977 - Canadian Information Sharing Service - Volume 2, Number 5

- Index to Volume 2 - May 1977 - December 1977

#12 - February 1978 - Canadian Information Sharing Service - Volume 3, Number 1

#13 - April 1978 - Canadian Information Sharing Service - Volume 3, Number 2

#14 - June 1978 - Canadian Information Sharing Service - Volume 3, Number 3

#15 - August 1978 - Canadian Information Sharing Service - Volume 3, Number 4

#16 - September 1978 - Connexions - Volume 3, Number 5

#17 - December 1978 - Connexions - Volume 3, Number 6 - Unemployment/Chomage

- Index to Volume 3 - February to December 1978

#18 - February 1979 - Connexions - Volume 4, Number 1 - National Security/Securite Nationale

#19 - March 1979 - Connexions - Volume 4, Number 2 - Native Rights/Les Droits des Autochtones

#20 - May 1979 - Connexions - Volume 4, Number 3 - Immigration

#21 - September 1979 - Connexions - Volume 4, Number 4 - Food/La Nourriture

#22 - October 1979 - Connexions - Volume 4, Number 5 - Nuclear Energy\Energie Nucleaire

#23 - January 1980 - Connexions - Volume 5, Number 1 - Literacy/Alphabetisation

#24 - May 1980 - Connexions - Volume 5, Number 2 - Women/Femmes

#25 - September 1980 - Connexions - Volume 5, Number 3 - Racism/Racisme

#26 - October 1980 - Connexions - Volume 5, Number 4 - Health/Sante

#27 - January 1981 - Connexions - Volume 5, Number 5 - Militarism/Militarisme

#28 - February 1981 - Connexions - Volume 6, Number 1 - Lesbians/Gay Men/Lesbiennes/Hommes Gais

#29 - April 1981 - Connexions - Volume 6, Number 2 - Urban Core/Milieu Urbain

#30 - September 1981 - Connexions - Volume 6, Number 3 - Atlantic Development/Le Developpement Atlantique

#31 - November 1981 - Connexions - Volume 6, Number 4 - Unorganized Workers/Travailleurs Non-Organises

#32 - January 1982 - Connexions - Volume 6, Number 5 - Children/Enfants

#33 - March 1982 - Connexions - Volume 7, Number 1 -

#34 - May 1982 - Connexions - Volume 7, Number 2 - Canada-Latin America/Le Canada-L'Amerique Latine

#35 - July 1982 - Connexions - Volume 7, Number 3 - Prairie Region/Region des Prairies

#36 - December 1982 - Connexions - Volume 7, Number 4 - Housing

#37 - Spring 1983 - Connexions - Volume 8, Number 1 - Women and Men

#38 - Summer 1983 - Connexions - Volume 8, Number 2 - Toward a New Economy

#39 - Winter 1983/84 - Connexions: A Digest of Resources and Groups for Social Change - Volume 8, Number 3-4 - Native Issues

#40 - Spring 1984 - Connexions: A Digest of Resources and Groups for Social Change - Volume 9, Number 1 - Energy

#41 - Summer 1984 - Connexions: A Digest of Resources and Groups for Social Change - Rights and Liberties

#42 - Fall 1984 - Connexions: A Digest of Resources and Groups for Social Change - Housing

#43 - Spring 1986 - Connexions: A Digest of Resources and Groups for Social Change - The Arts and Social Change

#44 - Winter 1987 - Connexions Directory of Canadian Organizations for Social Justice 1987 - Volume 10, Number 2-3

#45 - Spring 1987 - Connexions: A Digest of Resources and Groups for Social Change - Volume 11, Number 1

#46 - Winter 1988 - Connexions: A Social Change Sourcebook - Volume 11, Number 2

#47 - Fall 1988 - The Connexions Digest: A Social Change Sourcebook - Volume 12, Number 1

#48 - Winter 1988-89 - The Connexions Digest: A Social Change Sourcebook - Volume 12, Number 2 - Issue 48

#49 - October 1989 - Connexions Annual 1989: A Social Change Sourcebook: Information and ideas about social and environmental alternatives

#50 - December 1989 - The Connexions Digest: A Social Change Sourcebook - Issue 50

#51 - May 1990 - The Connexions Digest: A Social Change Sourcebook - Issue 51

#52 - August 1990 - The Connexions Digest: A Social Change Sourcebook - Issue 52

#53 - January 1991 - The Connexions Digest: A Social Change Sourcebook - Issue 53

#54 - February 1992 - The Connexions Digest: A Social Change Sourcebook - Issue 54

#55 - 1994 - Connexions Annual 1994: A Sourcebook of Social and Environmental Alternatives



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Articles, reviews and other resources from previous issues

Collected Items and Indexes

Connexions Digest Collected News Briefs 1989 - 1992
Compiled news summaries published in the Connexions Digest, issues 50 - 54.
(CX4906)

Connexions Digest Collected Network News Items 1987 - 1992
Compiled ‘Network News’ items published in the Connexions Digest, issues 45 - 54.
(CX4905).

A brief history of Connexions

Interview with Connexions Co-ordinator Ulli Diemer - Jeff Orchard interviews Connexions Coordinator Ulli Diemer. Also available in Spanish. (CX5202).

Selected Items from the Connexions Digest

Connexions Digest #54 (February 1992)

We Can Save Social Programs - We can save social programs by removing unwarranted tax subsidies for corporations and wealthy investors. (CX4346).

U.S. Strikes Drop Dramatically - Reaganism has enabled employers to launch war on unions. (CX4347).

Privatization: Fact versus Fiction - Truths and myths about privatization. (CX4348).

Boreal Forests in Crisis - Canada will lose its boreal forests if logging continues at the current rate. (CX4349).

Throw it in the garbage myself - Let us decide for ourselves which books are trash. (CX4350).

Moscow Gangsters - A conversation with Boris Kagarlitsky, a Russian social activist. (CX4351).

Ask yourself...Do You Really Want More Censorship? - Censorship is dangerous and feminists who support it are wrong-headed. (CX4352).

Libel law is dangerous - Libel laws threaten freedom of speech. (CX4353).

Aid Cut - Canada keeps cutting foreign aid while pretending it isn't. (CX4354).

The Junk Food Economy - Young people entering the workforce face a junk food economy. (CX4355).

Roll Over George Orwell, And Give Goebbels the News! We're Winning - Don't Ask Where! - A question/answer period with high ranking U.S. military officials. (CX4356).

Hanging On! Native media are surviving, but for how long? - Native media are struggling to survice. (CX4357).

Reform Party - The Reform Party claims it wants a "new Canada," but their vision for the future looks a lot like the "old" Canada. (CX4358).

News Briefs - Compiled news summaries published in the Connexions Digest #54.

Network News - Connexions Digest #54 - Compiled 'Network News' items published in the Connexions Digest #54.


Connexions Digest #53 (January 1991)

War in the Gulf - Written upon the outbreak of the 1991 Iraq War. (CX4163).

Working together for peace - Although English and French-speaking Canadians are sometimes at odds, the call for peace is universal. It is s language that all can agree on. (CX4164).

Quebec's two solitudes - Quebec's sovereignists find themselves increasingly in confliect with Native Peoples. (CX4165).

The Arab Choice - Arabs are many peoples, cultures, religions, and realities. I cannot put an Arab tyrant, whoever he is, in the same category as a martyr for democracy like Mehdi Ben Barka. (CX4166).

You either believe in freedom or you don't. We believe. - Support independence for East Timor from Indonesian rule. (CX4167).

The free trade disaster: round two - Free trade is a disaster for Canada -- and Mexico. (CX4168)

Globalizing the left - The Canadian trade union movement has to put greater emphasis on using its global ties to prevent multinational companies from shifting their operations to low wage countries.. (CX4169).

Winter of discontent - Whole communities are being plunged into a poverty culture that is very difficult to escape. (CX4170).

No Action on Human Rights - The Mulroney Tories are doing nothing at all about human rights.. (CX4171).

The bureaucracy remains - The government may change but the bureaucracy remains. (CX4172).

Our Transportation Future - The billions of dollars proposed to be spent on roads would be better invested in electrifying the main rail lines in Canada. (CX4173).

The Right to Offend - Humans have a right to offend other humans, especially in presenting dissent from the views with which many people seem to be very content. This includes those views called religious.. (CX4174).

Rafferty-Alameda: The American Connection - There is more, much more, to the Rafferty-Alameda dam project than the government admits. (CX4174A).

Making Changes: The collective decides... - Collective decision making doesn't always work as well in practice as in theory. (CX4174).

Communicating Effectively Through Your Newsletter - An effective newsletter is one that meets your readers' needs and interests. También disponible en español: Como Comunicarse De Manera Efectiva A Través De Un Boletín Informativo. (CX4174C).

News Briefs - Compiled news summaries published in the Connexions Digest #53.

Network News - Connexions Digest #53 - Compiled 'Network News' items published in the Connexions Digest #53.


Connexions Digest #52 (August 1990)

Making Changes: Transforming Apathy and Denial - Thoughts on people, power and participation. (CX3999)

The Case for a Nuclear-Free Canada - Nuclear power will not be the saviour to our power problems, rather, it is only making matters worse. (CX4000).

What's Left?: Environmentalists and Radical Politics - Environmentalist activism as radical practice. (CX4001)

The 1990 Prague Appeal - The peaceful transition of Europe is unthinkable without the full observance of all human and civil rights. (CX4002).

The GST in the Big Tax Picture - The GST is part of the Tory program of making the rich richer. (CX4003).

News Briefs
- Compiled news summaries published in the Connexions Digest #52.

Network News - Connexions Digest #52 - Compiled 'Network News' items published in the Connexions Digest #52.


Connexions Digest #51 (May 1990)

News Briefs - Compiled news summaries published in the Connexions Digest #51.

Network News - Connexions Digest #51 - Compiled 'Network News' items published in the Connexions Digest #51.


Connexions Digest #50 (December 1989)

Looking for Democracy - Democracy in Eastern Europe? Wonderful! But how about some more democracy here? (CX3573)

The Need for Alternative Employment - We must start creating an alternative economy among ourselves. (CX3574)

Grassroots Cells, Devil's Architects Defend Communities - Review of The Householder's Guide to Community Defence Against Bureaucratic Aggression. (CX3575)

The Write Stuff - All you ever wanted to know about letter writing. (CX3576).

For Our Common Future - A proposal for research done on our common future. (CX3815)

Activism Under Attack - Canadian democracy is in danger when activism is attacked. (CX3817)

News Briefs - Compiled news summaries published in the Connexions Digest #50.

Network News - Connexions Digest #50 - Compiled 'Network News' items published in the Connexions Digest #50.


The Connexions Annual 1989 (September 1989 - Digest #49)

Introduction to the Connexions Annual - - Also available in French and Spanish.

Introduction to the Arts, Media, Culture section of the Connexions Annual
Introduction to the Community, Urban, Housing section of the Connexions Annual
Introduction to the Development, International section of the Connexions Annual
Introduction to the Economy, Poverty, Work section of the Connexions Annual
Introduction to the Education, Children section of the Connexions Annual
Introduction to the Environment, Land Use, Rural section of the Connexions Annual
Introduction to the Health section of the Connexions Annual
Introduction to the Human Rights, Civil Liberties section of the Connexions Annual
Introduction to the Lesbians, Gays section of the Connexions Annual
Introduction to the Native Peoples section of the Connexions Annual
Introduction to the Peace section of the Connexions Annual
Introduction to the Women section of the Connexions Annual
Collected Introductions to all sections of the Connexions Annual

Archival index of organizations listed in the Connexions Directory/Connexions Annual, including organizations that are now defunct.


Connexions Digest #48 (Winter 1989)

What Do We Do Now? Building a Social Movement in the aftermath of Free Frade - We have the potential to create a social movement in this country that goes beyond single-issue organizing to work toward an integrated vision of a more just and caring society. Aussi disponible en français: Maintenant qu'est ce qu'on fait? Établir un mouvement social suite aux conséquences du libre échange. También disponible en español: ¿Que hacemos ahora?Construir un Movimiento Social en el Resultado del Libre Tratado. (CX4719).

Amnesty: The Inside Story - How does Amnesty International obtain its information? (CX4720).

A Targeted Approach to Worker Co-op Development - Lessons from Mondragon and Northern Italy. (CX4721)

How You Can Help Make A Difference - Strategies for treading more lightly on the environment. (CX4722).

Voluntary Simplicity - The rewards of leading a simple life. (CX4723).

Network News - Connexions Digest #48 - Compiled 'Network News' items published in the Connexions Digest #48.


Connexions Digest #47 (Volume 12, No. 1)

A Fundraising Success - Fundraising is key to any successful NGO operation: Advice on fundraising strategy. (CX4711).

The Extraodinary Myles Horton - An interview with Myles Horton. (CX4712).

The Raging Grannies - They don't see war and injustice as inevitable. (CX4713).

Setting Up a Nuclear Weapon Free Zone - How to mobilize a community to declare itself a Nuclear Weapon Free Zone. (CX4714).

Little Brother Watches Back - A story about margins, mainstream, and media criticism. (CX4715).

It Ain't the Meeting, It's the Motion - Group process is crucial to our work for social change (CX4716).

One Vote for Democracy - The 'consensus' model of group decision-making rarely works well. The democratic model is better both in principle and in practice (CX4717).

Meetings: Alexandra Devon Responds - How social change collectives can be places where people are nurtured and empowered to do the work they came together to do (CX4718).

Network News - Connexions Digest #47 - Compiled 'Network News' items published in the Connexions Digest #47.


Connexions Digest #46 (Volume 11, No. 2) - Winter 1988

Managing Volunteers, Building Consensus, Nurturing Creativity - (CX4707)

Conflict Resolution in the Classroom - A curriculum project. (CX4708)

Pressing for Press - Creating media buzz and press coverage for your story.. (CX4709).

Overcoming Male Oppression - Group problems to be aware of and challenge. (CX4710).

Network News - Connexions Digest #46 - Compiled 'Network News' items published in the Connexions Digest #46.

Connexions Digest #45 (Volume 11, No. 1) - Spring (April) 1987

The March - An account of a peace march. (CX4702)

Making their Voices Heard - An account of international solidarity work in El Salvador. (CX4703)

Citizens Groups Scores Success in Anti-lead Battle - Citizens fight lead pollution in their neighbourhood. (CX4704).

Our Little Victory - Organizing against Litton in Prince Edward Island.. (CX4705).

Power in Play - We need to reclaim play from childhood memory and made a reality in everyday adult life. (CX4706).

Network News - Connexions Digest #45 - Compiled 'Network News' items published in the Connexions Digest #45.


Connexions Digest #41 (Volume 9, No. 2) - Summer 1984

Rights & Liberties


Connexions Digest #39 (Volume 8, No. 3-4)
- Winter 1983/1984

What Is Consensus? - Consensus allows us to recognize our areas of agreement and act together without coercing one another. (CX4701)


Connexions Digest #38 (Volume 8, No. 2)
- 1983


Connexions Digest #37 (Volume 8, No. 1)
- Spring 1983

Ways and Means - Starting with this issue Connexions will attempt to stimulate practical and theoretical sharing with a new section called Ways and Means. In this section, we hope that our readers will give us, and each other, the benefit of their ideas and experiences on matters ranging from collective process to fundraising, breaking down sex roles in groups to resolving conflicts, decision-making to ways of giving each other mutual support. (CX4728)

Meeting Collectively - The Connexions collective describes its way of holding meetings and recent changes to its meeting process. (CX4729)




Connexions Digest #36 (Volume 7, No. 4)
- December 1982

We're changing - Feedback from our readers leads to changes in Connexions (CX4727)

Connexions Index for March - December 1978

The Canadian Information Sharing Service - Editorial explaining that the Canadian Information Sharing Service has changed the name of its publication to 'Connexions'.


A brief history of Connexions



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The Connexions Digest: Quick Overview and History

The Connexions Digest was published in print form from 1976 to 1992. The contents of the 54 issues of the Digest which appeared during that time are gradually being made available online. New materials are also being added as the Digest assumes a new existence as an electronic resource.

The Connexions Digest was a social change sourcebook which compiled, organized, and distributed information about projects, groups, publications, and useful resources. The core of the Digest through most of its history was a New Resources section which abstracted publications, projects, and other resources. The Digest also included articles about how to work for change, a Network News section about events, projects, and activities across Canada, and a variety of other useful information.

Materials were selected to appear in the Digest based on the following criteria:
- They were based on a grassrots social change perspective, or they contained information of direct value to people working for change.
- They related to Canada, or to international issues of concern to Canadians. Most materials in the Digest originated in Canada; materials published abroad were included if they were of relevance, especially if no comparable Canadian publications existed.

All items appearing in the Digest were numbered and indexed. Each issue contained a Name Index and a Keyword (Subject) Index. Cumulative indexes were also published.

Bibliographic Note: The issues of The >Connexions Digest appeared in print under three names. The initial name of the project and the publication was Canadian Information Sharing Service (CISS). In 1978, the name of the publication was changed to Connexions (ISSN 0708-9422); in early 1979, the name of the publishing collective was also changed to Connexions. Connexions acquired the sub-title "A Digest of Resources and Groups for Social Change" in 1983. In 1989, the masthead and flag were changed to read "The Connexions Digest: A Social Change Sourcebook". With issue #50 (December 1989) the ISSN changed to 0845-874X.

A brief history of Connexions -

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Connexions site index

Connexions home page -

French home page - Français

Dutch home page - Nederlands

Publicity and Media Resources - Getting publicity for your cause

Connexions Links - Selected links & resources

Alternative Media List - Selected alternative media.

Connexions Directory A-Z Index -

Connexions Directory Subject Index -

Connexions Directory Archive - For historical research.

Connexions Digest home page -

Red Menace home page -

Seven News home page -

Israel-Palestine: Resources for Peace, Justice, and Human Rights -

Manifestos, Programs, Visions -

Connexions Library - Chronological List of Online Articles -

Connexions Library - Alphabetical List of Online Articles -

Connexions Catalogue - Title Index -

Connexions Library Catalogue - Author Index -

Connexions Library Catalogue - Format Index -

Connexions Library Catalogue - Subject Index -

Connexions Library Catalogue - Dewey Decimal Index -

Connexions Library Catalogue - Library of Congress Subject Classification Index -

Connexions Library Catalogue - German Subject Index -

Connexions Library Catalogue - French Subject Index -

Connexions Library Catalogue - Spanish Subject Index -

Selected Articles - Organizing -

Selected Articles - Arts, Media, Culture -

Selected Articles - Community, Urban,Housing -

Selected Articles - Development, International -

Selected Articles - Economy, Poverty, Work -

Selected Articles - Education, Children -

Selected Articles - Environment, Land Use, Rural -

Selected Articles - Health -

Selected Articles - Human Rights & Civil Liberties -

Selected Articles - Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual -

Selected Articles - Native Peoples -

Selected Articles - Peace -

Selected Articles - Sexuality -

Selected Articles - Women -

Quick Dictionary and Style Guide - Some specific instances of usage and style for writing for Connexions

Canadian Spellcheck   - Cut and paste this list into your word-processor and run spellcheck to get it to recognize Canadians terms and spelling.

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