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Menstuff® has compiled resources on the issue of. war, in an effort to clear up whether we have a Defense Department or a War Department. It reminds us of a speech at the American University in Washington, D.C. that fateful summer some 40 years ago. Kennedy spoke of his new vision for America. "What kind of a peace do I mean and what kind of a peace do we seek? Not a pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. We must reexamine our own attitudes towards the Soviet Union. Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air, we all cherish our children's futures, and we are all mortal." Some facts that seem to have been forgotten in Congress, the Pentagon, the military industrial complex and the White House. In the opening of the movie, JFK, Ella Wheeler Wilcox made a comment that should wake us all up. "To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards out of men."

Here are a few of the many resources to assist in answering the wake-up call. And, if you know of a great web site that should be included, please fill out whatever information you can at Feedback.

American Press Institute and the Journalist's Tool Box
Center for Responsive Politics
Common Dreams
Conspiracies
Democracy Now!
Democracy 21
Direct Action to Stop the War
Eat the State!
FAIR: Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting
FSTV: Free Speech TV
Institute for Public Accuracy
The Justice Project
MoveOn: Democracy in action
Nuclear Threat Reduction Campaign
On Common Ground
Peace.Protest.Net
The Power and Interest News Report
Public Campaign
Resist Inc
The Resource Center of the Americas
The Public i
True Majortiy
United for Peace & Justice
VoteNoWar
Vote to Impeach
YellowTimes
More sites

Other IssuesWar
No Bush - Taking It One Step Further
Baring Witness - You've gotta see this!
We Stand Passively Mute
Madonna's Antiwar Anthem
Women in Combat

Veteran's Services
Other Resources

Books

American Press Institute and the Journalist's Tool Box, an online resource for reporters and editors that features more than 18,000 Web sites helpful to the media and anyone else doing research. Use the pulldown menu or search engine to locate information from a variety of beats and news industry-related topics. The newsletter features search tips, new resources and other news and notes of interest to the journalism, research, academic and online communities. www.journaliststoolbox.com

Center for Responsive Politics The web site of the Center for Responsive Politics. The Center for Responsive Politics is a non-partisan, non-profit research group based in Washington, D.C. that tracks money in politics, and its effect on elections and public policy. The Center conducts computer-based research on campaign finance issues for the news media, academics, activists, and the public at large. The Center’s work is aimed at creating a more educated voter, an involved citizenry, and a more responsive government. www.opensecrets.org

Common Dreams News Center. Common Dreams is a national non-profit citizens' organization working to bring progressive Americans together to promote progressive visions for America's future. Founded in 1997, we are committed to being on the cutting-edge of using the internet as a political organizing tool - and creating new models for internet activism. We are funded exclusively by our members and supporters - no corporate money, no advertising, no hidden agendas. www.commondreams.org


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Conspiracies. Basically a web site centered around conspiracies . www.conspire.com and for the 60 greatest conspiracies of al time.

Democracy Now! Democracy Now! is a national, listener-sponsored public radio and TV show, pioneering the largest community media collaboration in the c ountry. We air Monday-Friday on over 120 stations including Pacifica radio stations, Pacifica affiliates, WBIX.org, public access TV stations, Free Speech TV (DishNetwork Channel 9415), and Shortwave Radio (Radio for Peace International). We are available to all stations. For more information on how you can bring Democracy Now to your community radio or public access cable TV station, www.democracynow.org

Democracy 21, along with its affiliate, Democracy 21 Education Fund, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to making democracy work for all Americans. Democracy 21 works to eliminate the influence of big money in American politics and to ensure the integrity and fairness of our government decisions and elections. We support campaign finance and other political reforms to accomplish these goals. Democracy 21 also pursues ways to use the Internet and other new media to strengthen democracy and involve citizens in government and politics. Check with us for the latest news on money in politics, as well as updates on what's happening in the nation's capital, and on court challenges to the new campaign finance law. democracy21.org

Direct Action to Stop the War: A Call for mass non-violent direct actoin. www.actagainstwar.org

Eat the State! is a shamelessly biased political journal. We want an end to poverty, exploitation, imperialism, militarism, racism, sexism, heterosexism, environmental destruction, television, and large ugly buildings, and we want it now. We are not affiliated with any political group or party. We publish EAT THE STATE! as a not-for-profit way of sharing information, resources, opinions, and hopefully inspiring ACTION in our community. Eat The Airwaves! Hear Eat The State! Saturday mornings from 8:30 to on KEXP 90.3 FM Seattle and on the internet at http://www.kexp.org. You can listen to archived programs here www.eatthestate.org

FAIR: Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting. FAIR, the national media watch group, has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986. We work to invigorate the First Amendment by advocating for greater diversity in the press and by scrutinizing media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints. As an anti-censorship organization, we expose neglected news stories and defend working journalists when they are muzzled. As a progressive group, FAIR believes that structural reform is ultimately needed to break up the dominant media conglomerates, establish independent public broadcasting and promote strong non-profit sources of information. www.fair.org

FSTV: Free Speech TV: Our Mission Working with activists and artists, Free Speech TV uses television to cultivate an informed and active citizenry in order to advance progressive social change. FSTV airs primarily social, political, cultural, and environmental documentaries acquired from independent producers, and we are beginning to produce and commission original content. Our Satellite Channel and Cable Programming Launched in 1995, FSTV currently reaches more than seven million US homes, airing full-time via direct broadcast satellite on DISH Network (Channel 9415) and part-time via a network of community access cable stations across the country www.freespeech.org

Institute for Public Accuracy. As a nationwide consortium of policy researchers, the Institute for Public Accuracy seeks to broaden public discourse by gaining media access for those whose perspectives are commonly drowned out by corporate-backed think tanks and other influential institutions. With systematic outreach to mass media, the Institute promotes the inclusion of outlooks that usually get short shrift. The Institute's news releases provide well-documented analysis that is pegged on fast-breaking events while focusing on fundamental issues. Serving as a consortium for an abundance of diverse expertise, the Institute makes frequent communication possible between hundreds of independent researchers and journalists across the United States. In the process, the Institute is helping to widen the bounds of media discussion. www.accuracy.org

The Justice Project is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to fighting injustice and to creating a more humane and just world. Founders of The Justice Project are men and women who as veterans have been willing to risk our lives fighting injustice. Our military experiences have left us with an understanding of human suffering and a desire to leave a legacy of fairness for future generations. The Justice Project's current programs are the Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, the Nuclear Threat Reduction Campaign and the Artists' Call for Justice. The Justice Project leadership has a track record of success. In 1985 we created the first and only Congressionally chartered organization for Vietnam veterans in America. In 1991, as the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, we co-founded and coordinated the Nobel Prize winning coalition -- the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. justice.policy.net

MoveOn: Democracy in action. MoveOn is working to bring ordinary people back into politics. With a system that today revolves around big money and big media, most citizens are left out. When it becomes clear that our "representatives" don't represent the public, the foundations of democracy are in peril. MoveOn is a catalyst for a new kind of grassroots involvement, supporting busy but concerned citizens in finding their political voice. Our nationwide network of more than 600,000 online activists is one of the most effective and responsive outlets for democratic participation available today. When there is a disconnect between broad public opinion and legislative action, MoveOn builds electronic advocacy groups. Once a group is assembled, MoveOn provides information and tools to help each individual have the greatest possible impact. moveon.org

Nuclear Threat Reduction Campaign. The Nuclear Threat Reduction Campaign (NTRC) educates and mobilizes key constituencies to advance public policy that reduces the threat posed by nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. Our unique approach focuses on galvanizing bi-partisan Congressional as well as grassroots support to implement pragmatic and effective measures that will steadily reduce the threats posed by weapons of mass destruction. nuclearthreatreduction.org/grassroots

On Common Ground is a struggling group of Americans who you are unlikely to know and probably will never meet, has begun a battle. A battle to protect you, all of us from the issueless nonsense of today's political campaigns. Campaigns that strip us of the single most crucial component in our struggle to self-govern - abundant, accurate, relevant information about those who govern or those who wish to replace those that do. Hour after hour, week after week these courageous citizens labor: researching data, interviewing candidates and getting it to you through thousands of sponsoring libraries, our own Vote Smart Web, Hotline and Voter's Self-Defense Manuals. www.vote-smart.org

Peace.Protest.Net Given the coming war we are looking to help inform people about work they can to to help stop it and find peaceful solutions to ending terrorism and acheiving global justice. We are attempting to bring together a listing of peace events around the world. All the listings are added by activists like you, and to achieve anywhere near comprehensive listings we need your help. If you find out about events in your area, please add them. You can also create a calendar for your area or a group you're involved with. pax.protest.net

The Power and Interest News Report (PINR) is a global organization that provides analyses of conflicts and other international events. We are currently independently funded giving us the freedom to analyze objectively. PINR seeks to provide insight into various conflicts, regions and points of interest around the globe. We approach a subject based upon the powers and interests involved, leaving the moral judgments to the reader. PINR seeks to inform rather than persuade. pinr.com

Public Campaign is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to sweeping reform that aims to dramatically reduce the role of special interest money in America's elections and the influence of big contributors in American politics. Public Campaign is laying the foundation for reform by working with various organizations, particularly citizen groups around the country that are fighting for change in their states. Together we are building a network of state-based efforts and create a powerful national force for federal reform. www.publiccampaign.org and www.HowDareThey.org

The Public i The mission of the Center for Public Integrity is to provide the American people with the findings of our investigations and analyses of public service, government accountability and ethics related issues. The Centers books, studies and newsletters combine political science and investigative reporting, unfettered by the usual time and space constraints. Through its hard-earned reputation for "public service journalism," the Center aims to produce high-quality, well-documented, investigative research resulting in a better-informed citizenry that demands a higher level of accountability from its government and elected leaders. www.public-i.org

Resist Inc. began in 1967 with a "call to resist illegitimate authority," in support of draft resistance and in opposition to the Vietnam War. That history sustains us as our movement evolves and as our concerns broaden and deepen. Resist funds activist organizing and education work within movements for social change. As a foundation, Resist is unique because we are part of the movements we fund. We do the work individual donors don't have time to do: reaching out to activist organizations and researching their campaigns and projects. We operate on a national scale and know the big picture; and we challenge grantees to connnect their own issues with the concerns of other activists. Our frequent funding cycle means we can respond to time-sensitive organizing campaigns. Resist is more than a foundation. We're also a resource center, providing grassroots organizations with technical assistance and information about other funding sources. Finding Funding: A Beginner's Guide to Foundation Research gives progressive activists a quick entry-point for grant-writing. Resist also publishes a highly respected Newsletter. www.resistinc.org

The Resource Center of the Americas, the Minneapolis-based nonprofit publisher of Americas.org, is devoted to the notion that every person in this world is entitled to the same fundamental human rights. Our starting point for promoting these rights is learning and teaching about the peoples and countries of the Americas—their history, culture and politics. We focus especially on the global economy, a system in which a minority flourishes while millions of people lack adequate food, shelter and employment. Resource Center programs challenge us to consider the impact of our everyday actions. They give us multicultural insights and connect us with others in the community. They show us the links between local and global issues. Most important, they empower us to work collectively to change government and corporate policies, to promote human rights throughout Latin America and here at home. www.Americas.org

True Majortiy sifts through all the stuff going on in Congress. When your voice counts to create a just and sustainable world, you get an email alert. Then just by clicking one button a fax is sent to your congressperson in your name. It takes about 2 minutes a month and it's free. The TrueMajority campaign was started by Ben Cohen, cofounder of Ben and Jerry's. It is endorsed by: Campus Greens, Peace Action, Co-op America, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Global Exchange, Rainforest Action Network, Greenpeace, Rock the Vote, Infact, Service Employees International Union, The Interfaith Alliance, Sojourners, National Council of La Raza, United for a Fair Economy, National Head Start Association, Women's Action for New Directions. www.truemajority.com

United for Peace & Justice is a resource for anti-war activists. The information and events on this site are not necessarily endorsed by members of United for Peace. Sign up for Anti War alerts, anti war related events, local and national contacts, www.unitedforpeace.org


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VoteNoWar is an educational campaign of International A.N.S.W.E.R. The People's Anti-War Referendum is a component of an ongoing campaign against war and racism and in support of grassroots democracy, including teach-ins, conferences, local and regional events. The VoteNoWar.org campaign does not endorse any political candidates or intervene in political campaigns or take positions on specific pieces of legislation. www.VoteNoWar.org

Vote to Impeach: Votes cast in this campaign will be hand delivered to the Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, and to the ranking Democrat on the Committee. It reviews the Articles of Impeachment and gives reason for impeachment. The statement of impeachment reads: I want my representative in the U.S. House of Representatives to vote to impeach President George W. Bush, Vice President Richard B. Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, and Attorney General John D. Ashcroft for high crimes and misdemeanors, and to have the case prosecuted and tried in the U.S. Senate. www.votetoimpeach.org

YellowTimes offers readers unconventional viewpoints from which to observe current events, and to encourage new thinking about the causes and effects of those events. This window does not offer the only point of view, but it is pointed in such a way as to offer our readers a perspective that cannot be offered by those media organizations whose primary role is to defend the status quo. We attempt to focus our rhetorical cameras upon those events and arguments that explain the world around us in terms offering the greatest measure of satisfaction to critical thinkers. Our aim is to present new ideas, organized in such a way as to hold the reader's attention without insulting his/her intelligence. www.YellowTimes.org

 

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