Resources for Reflection and Action

 Resources for information and actionConnecting with others to learn more and to make your views known, seeing the news from independent and international sources. (updated 3/26/03)

Where to find progressive news
International News Sources
How to get involved
Resources for Conscientious Objection and Resistance

Where to find progressive news is a project of the Independent Media Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening and supporting independent and alternative journalism Breaking news for the progressive community A national news show committed to bringing the voices of the marginalized to the airwaves on issues ranging from the global to the local. Joint project of Voices in the Wilderness and Electronic Intifada. Includes on-the-ground reports from Iraq.  Independent Media Center- a collective of independent media organizations and hundreds of journalists offering grassroots, non-corporate coverage. Regular reports and photo essays from independent journalist Jeremy Scahill. Independent critical news and commentary on world events.


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Cursor's Al Jazeera Link (translated excerpts from Al Jazeera)

The Guardian: the UK's most popular newspaper website

Ha'aretz -- Daily (Israel)

The Independent, international media group which operates primarily in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Le Monde Diplomatique- English version of international left magazine from France.


How to get involved
(alphabetical order)

The American Friends Service Committee

Contact your elected official. Just enter your zipcode and find contact information
Tell Bush your opinion on War in Iraq
202-456-1111 (between 9 and 5 EST)

MoveOn is a catalyst for a new kind of grassroots involvement, supporting busy but concerned citizens in finding their political voice. It's network of more than 600,000 online activists is one of the most effective and responsive outlets for democratic participation available today.

Peace Action
Practical, positive alternatives for Peace.

United for Peace and Justice
A new national campaign that brings together a broad range of organizations throughout the United States to help coordinate work against a U.S. war on Iraq.

If you served in the military since August 2, 1990 you can become a co-signer of the Veterans for Common Sense

Resources on conscientious objection and resistance to serving in a military conflict
A conscientious objector (CO) is someone who has sincere, deeply-held beliefs that make him or her object to fighting in war. By the US military's definition, COs are servicemembers or draftees who have come to believe because of religious or moral reasons that they cannot participate in any war, and thus after meeting several criteria can be exempted from combat service. Other broader definitions include "selective COs," who object only to certain types of war, such as offensive wars or nuclear wars.

The following links offer information on conscientious objection and resistance to the draft, including for those who are already enlisted in the military or reserves.
As part of their religious doctrine, the Quakers (Society of Friends) have a long history of supporting nonviolence and opposing war, so the American Friends Service Committee offers many resources for COs.
The Center on Conscience & War. Scroll to the bottom of the page for their Draft Counselor's Manual, questions for potential COs, and resources on replacement sources of education funding for those who refuse to register for the draft.