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Vocations for Social Change: Promoting a Better Planet

Ray Schwartz shares the history and goals for the organization Vocations for Social Change (VSC), based in California.

| November/December 1970

Vocations for Social Change is more than an idea. It is more than people. VSC is a living, breathing creation of the generation of youth, peace and love aimed at social change.

Some three years ago in Nashville, Tennessee, a few students got together and planned an idea to form a group which would collect and distribute information regarding all the great things people were doing across the nation, in order to change society in some way. That idea and dream is now VSC.

A small number of young men and women dropped out of the middle-class bag and dropped into Canyon, California about one year ago. Canyon is a non-existent village some twenty miles from the Bay area. They rented a seven bedroom wooden bungalow and a smaller office, and with a few dollars—but much good will and love—they setup shop.

Why is VSC so unique? Because it is the only major clearinghouse of all types of jobs, vocations, etc., paying or non-paying, which attempt to change our society and make this a better, happier and healthier place to live. And the service they provide is FREE. These listings are compiled in a newsletter published bi-monthly and made available to anyone at no cost. VSC does not charge anyone for the privilege of listing his or her special thing, either. The free newsletter can be mailed anywhere at your request. Should you know of places or jobs, or people needing help, write VSC.



What types of jobs appear in VSC newsletter? Education/research lists, among others, the Aquarian Research Foundation which is interested in finding ways to alter our society without causing violence or civil war in the streets. The Family Store in Oakland needs help in creating fair businesses, not profit-making, exploitative devices. Resurrection City wants people to help make it a city within a city.

Apprenticeships are offered with the Great Speckled Bird of Atlanta, and underground press, to learn the trade. Friends World College is listed under Education, and is an international community of faculty and students seeking deeper understanding of our changing world community. Institute for the Study of Non-violence is also under education and speaks for itself.






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