Educational Resource Links
The following links are recommended by VFP 56's VEOP Committee as a way to become acquainted with issues facing today's military recruits, soldiers and veterans. Also included are several educational resources for teachers and students.
Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors
CCCO supports and promotes individual and collective resistance to war and preparations for war.
Vietnam Veterans Against the War
VVAW provides a full suite of military counseling services for GI's and vets, maintains email listservs to foster communication between those interested in our efforts, and provides links to other sites that can help.
NEWS, INFORMATION & COMMENTARY
An excellent source for antiwar news, viewpoints and activities.
Axis of Logic
Subtitled "Finding Clarity in the 21st Century Mediaplex." this site contains articles on a wide variety of topics, including U.S. Military.
S. Brian Willson
Essays on the American Way of Life, U.S. Imperialism and Revolutionary Nonviolent Alternatives by Vietnam veteran and renowned peace activist S. Brian Willson.
Articles and other resources designed to prepare citizens for challenging U.S. militarism in the new millennium.
Iraq Veterans Against the War
IVAW is a group of veterans who have served since September 11th, 2001 including Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Committed to saving lives and ending the violence in Iraq, IVAW calls for an immediate withdrawal of all occupying forces, and also believe that the governments that sponsored these wars are indebted to the men and women who were forced to fight them. IVAW welcomes all active duty, national guard, reservists, and recent veterans into their ranks.
Veterans for Common Sense
Formed in 2002, VCS seeks to inject the element of Common Sense into debates over war and national security, believing that, in an age when the majority of public servants have never served in uniform, the perspective of war veterans must play a key role in the public debate over national security issues in order to preserve the liberty veterans have fought and died preserving.
War and Piece
International Commentary by Laura Rozen, a journalist who covers national security and foreign policy issues from Washington, D.C.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
National Lawyers Guild - Los Angeles Chapter
NLGLA is involved in defending against the war on civil liberties and also offers guidance on U.S. citizens' rights to protest war and other injustice.
GI Rights Hotline 877-447-4487
GI Rights Hotline Publications
Helping Out: A Guide to Military Discharges and GI Rights, Advice for Conscientious Objectors in the Armed Forces and Getting Out: A Guide to Military Discharges
Syracuse Cultural Workers
A number of posters, books and videos designed to counter military recruitment are available on this site.
United for Peace and Justice
This webpage on UPJ's Campaign on Counter Recruitment offers an outreach kit and a list of multiple resources for educators and activists.
This DVD, produced by the Depleted Uranium Education Project, is an important educational tool for informing young people about the dangers of depleted uranium exposure. The issues are examined through the personal stories of three Gulf War I veterans. The DVD is available for $20. A Poison DUst Educators' Packet is also available.
OTHER EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES ON WAR & PEACE
Beyond the Fire
This site for teens and educators introduces the real-life stories of 15 teenagers, now living in the U.S., who have survived war in seven war zones. These stories tell of loss, hope, fear, strength and despair-and most of all, resilience.
Addicted to War
Addicted to War: Why the U.S. Can't Kick Militarism, illustrated by Joel Andreas, is an easy-to-read introduction to the history of war and militarism in the United States. A great resource for high school teachers, the book is available in English, Spanish and Japanese.
The Friendship Village
An award-winning documentary by Canadian filmmaker Michelle Mason about an international group of veterans who are building a village in Viet Nam for children with Agent Orange-related disabilities. A testament to the potential for all people to come to terms with the past, heal the wounds of war, and create a better world, the film delivers a strong anti-war message. Note: Containing vivid images of war and physical deformities, the film is most appropriate for high school and college students, and adult audiences.