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Resources For Courage

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The American Civil Liberties Union(ACLU) works to preserve the individual rights guaranteed to all Americans by the Constitution. The ACLU web site offers actions to take when civil liberties have been violated, as well as information on civil liberty court cases. www.aclu.org

Center for Constitutional Rights, a non-profit legal and educational organization, is dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights guranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
www.ccr-ny.org, 212/614-6464

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committeedefends the civil rights of Muslim Americans and provides resources on Arab-Americans, the Arab world, and Islam.www.adc.org, 202/244-2990

The Partnership for Civil Justice Legal Defense and Education Fund(PCJ~LDEF) provides legal services for those arrested during demonstrations and other non-violent acts.
www.justiceonline.org, 202/530-5630.

United for Peace & Justiceis a national campaign that provides resources to organize and participate in peaceful demonstrations against war.
www.unitedforpeace.org

Military Families Speak Out (MFSO) organizes people who oppose war in Iraq and who have loved ones in the military. www.mfso.org, 617/522-9323

Protest.net helps locate local anti-war protests and peace events. http://protest.net

US Labor Against the War(USLAW) represents regional and national labor union members who are opposed to the war on Iraq. Website offers information on economic costs of war policies.
www.uslaboragainstwar.org

G.I. Rights is a network of nongovernmental organizations that give advice and information to service members about military discharges, conscientious objection, and complaint procedures.
http://veteransforpeace.org/800/394-9544

Veterans For Peaceprovides resources for veterans who oppose war.
www.veteransforpeace.org, 314/725-6005

Campus Antiwar Network (CAN), a grassroots network of campus/school-based antiwar committees, provides a variety of action and education-related resources. www.campusantiwar.net/

The Ruckus Societyprovides training in nonviolent direct action for activists committed to social change. www.ruckus.org, 510/763-7078.

The Center for Nonviolent Communicationprovides training for communication that uses a language of empathy and honesty. www.cnvc.org, 818/957-9393

The Independent Media Centeris a collection of independent media organizations and journalists offering grassroots, noncorporate news coverage. www.indymedia.org

Common Dreams, a national citizens' organization, publishes progressive news and essays in an effort to use the Internet as a political organizing tool and to create new models for Internet activism. www.commondreams.org

Pacifica Radio Network airs theDemocracy Nowradio program, as well as other progressive radio shows.www.pacifica.org, 202/588-0999

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War of Words: Language, Politics and 9/11, by Sandra Silberstein, unearths the dark side of patriotic rhetoric through an analysis of the construction of political language that surrounded September 11th. Routledge, 2002.

We Will Not Cease, by Archibald Baxter, records the brutal treatment of 14 conscientious objectors in New Zealand during WWI, as well as the courage and strength they used to fight the military. Eddie Tern Press, 1980.

War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning, by Chris Hedges, draws on his experience as a war journalist to unravel why nations are compelled to war, as well as the myths and realities that surround war-time rhetoric and nationalism. Public Affairs, 2002.

The Culture of Fear, by Barry Glassner, decontructs the myths of fear promulgated by the media and suggests that Americans fear the wrong things. Basic Books, 2000.

watch it
Bowling for Columbine, directed by Michael Moore, is a documentary film that asks why American culture is riddled with violence. From Columbine High School to the house of NRA President Charelston Heston, Moore takes a powerful and humerous look at firearms abuse. Moore won an academy award for Best Documentary Film in 2003.

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