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 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

Alternet.org AlterNet.org is a project of the Independent Media Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening and supporting independent and alternative journalism

www.commondreams.org/ Breaking news for the progressive community

Democracynow.org A national news show committed to bringing the voices of the marginalized to the airwaves on issues ranging from the global to the local.

Electroniciraq.net Joint project of Voices in the Wilderness and Electronic Intifada. Includes on-the-ground reports from Iraq.

www.indymedia.org/  Independent Media Center- a collective of independent media organizations and hundreds of journalists offering grassroots, non-corporate coverage.

iraqjournal.org Regular reports and photo essays from independent journalist Jeremy Scahill.

Truthout.org Independent critical news and commentary on world events.

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS
(alphabetical order)

Cursor's Al Jazeera Link (translated excerpts from Al Jazeera)
http://www.cursor.org/aljazeera.htm

The Guardian: the UK's most popular newspaper website
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/

Ha'aretz -- Daily (Israel)
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/

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

Le Monde Diplomatique- English version of international left magazine from France.
http://mondediplo.com

 

How to get involved
(alphabetical order)

The American Friends Service Committee
www.afsc.org

Contact your elected official. Just enter your zipcode and find contact information
congress.org
Tell Bush your opinion on War in Iraq
president@whitehouse.gov
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.
www.moveon.org/

Peace Action
Practical, positive alternatives for Peace.
www.peace-action.org/

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
www.veteransforcommonsense.org/

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.
http://www.afsc.org/youthmil/conscientious-objection/default.htm
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.
www.nisbco.org
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.

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