By leaving this page open, every hour on the hour you will hear the PeacePulse chime and can take a moment to mediate on peace. The vision for PeacePulse is of millions of people with different beliefs, mindsets and attitudes choosing to share silence, hourly, around the world.
A mosaic of "The War President" has been composed by Photo Matt of the photos of the American service men and women who have died in Iraq. No photograph is used more than three times. You can read numbers of reactions to the mosaic and post your own.
The world was not shown the horrific devastation that the massive tons of bombs and missiles caused to Iraqi civilians. The March for Justice, therefore, compiled a gallery pictures from the International media to show the horrible slaughter of Iraqi civilians.
Some Americans would have you think that advocating peace is not patriotic. This is not the case, although there are places where it takes courage to speak out. Click on Patriots for Peace to find out about blue ribbons and read "My Oscar Backlash" by Michael Moore, whose Bowling for Columbine got the 2003 Academy Award for best documentary. The site contains downloadable posters.
Environmentalists Against War is a network of environmental organizations and individuals that oppose the U.S. attack on Iraq. They continue to oppose the social and environmental impacts of war and militarism, in the U.S. and internationally. See this site for Action Alerts and information on how to educate others about the environmental impacts of war. Over 100 environmental organizations have spoken out against the U.S. war on Iraq and the death and destruction that accompanied it. Read their statement: 10 Reasons Environmentalists Oppose the Attack on Iraq (also in Spanish and Japanese). Read 10 Things You Can Do to Help Prevent War
Check out this site for news you won't find on CNN or Fox. You'll find an interesting photograph of the toppling of a statue of Saddam Hussein that was promoted as a massive uprising. According to Robert Fisk of the Indepdent Digital (U.K.), "A statue of Saddam Hussein was pulled down on Wednesday [April 9th], in the most staged photo-opportunity since Iwo Jima."
The IGN was initiated at the International Green Forum in Aoyama, Tokyo on 24 March 2001. The site contains links to an extensive bibliography as well as alternative media resources and progressive websites.
Starhawk is deeply committed to bringing the techniques and creative power of spirituality to political activism. She travels internationally teaching magic, the tools of ritual, and the skills of activism. The site includes personal reports from Palestine.
To see many comments in Japanese on peace, click on Prema (which means "love" in Sanskrit).
Every 3.6 seconds someone in the world dies of hunger. This site helps one visualize the enormity of that tragedy via a map that lights up various countries where someone may have just starved to death. It also gives you a chance to help. All you do is go to the site and click a button (you're allowed one click per day), and somewhere in the world gets fed. The food is paid for by corporate sponsors.
United for a more equitable world, Oxfam International is a confederation of twelve non-governmental organizations working together in over 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty, suffering and injustice. Texts in Spanish and French are also available.
The following are additional peace, human rights, and environmental sites listed alphabetically:
The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization which includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.
The site has a link to The Human Face of War, an alternative information site, focusing on the humanitarian crisis caused by the war on Iraq. The site relies on first-person accounts of the situation from our senior correspondent, Doug Hostetter, based in Amman, Jordan, and other highly reliable sources.
News in English from the Arab point of view including editorials and photos.
Founded by members of the Libertarian Party, Antiwar.com has a large number of articles and editorials gleaned from world daily press coverage of war and updated daily.
Amnesty International works to promote all the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international standards. In particular, Amnesty International campaigns to free all prisoners of conscience; ensure fair and prompt trials for political prisoners; abolish the death penalty, torture and other cruel treatment of prisoners; end political killings and "disappearances;" and oppose human rights abuses by opposition groups.
The group has been organizing anti-war ralleys thru mass resistance and protest in New York city and around the world. A major goal of the organization is to support self-determination for the people of the Middle East. The site includes recent analyses and reports.
AAR was founded as the first Japanese NGO to support refugees in 1979. It has special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (UNECOSO) of the United Nations and it seeks to contribute to international cooperation through supporting refugees. Especially see AAR's Activities on Anti-Personnel Landmines.
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is published by the Educational Foundation for Nuclear Science. This site offers information on the "doomsday clock," which has moved only 17 times in 56 years, most recently on February 27, 2002.
CodePink stages dramatic mock funeral processions to call attention to the killing of innocent people in Iraq. The group sponsors a worldwide vigil every Wednesday, wearing black with the usual pink to symbolize mourning. Future plans include a picket of CNN to stress that "war is not pretty."
In a Support the Troops Supply Drive, suggestions are given as to items needed by men and women fighting in the war. The site inclues the Iraq Body Count, found at the top of this page, and The National [U.S.] Debt Clock. Also, take the Quiz on Iraq developed by the Oregon Center for Public Policy.
The Council for a Livable World, the Center for Arms Control & Non-Proliferation, and PeacePAC are among America's pre-eminent arms control organizations and focus on halting the spread of weapons of mass destruction, opposing a national missile defense system, cutting Pentagon waste, and reducing excessive arms exports. The Council and PeacePAC are also political lobbies which endorse political candidates. The site includes up-to-date articles on military spending, arms control, and elections and voting records.
The Design Action collective, a project of INKWORKS PRESS collective, offers graphic design services to non-profit, grassroots and activist organizations. Free downloadable posters, flyers, and stickers available.
This organization offers assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters and to victims of armed conflict, without discrimination and irrespective of race, religion, creed or political affiliation. Their site offers the latest news on relief efforts.
DOWNWINDERS and LABWATCH have joined to issue the highest alert: Atomic Midnight. "The liklihood that nuclear weapons will be used by the U. S. on innocent civilians in the form of a test, an accident, or a military use, has risen to a near certainty. The arms race is out of control....When the government is out of control 'We the people...' must peacably take control." Numbers of articles on the subject of nuclear weapons are available at this site.
The USA's oldest pacifist group is an interfaith organization that seeks to replace violence, war, racisim, and economic injustice with nonviolence, peace, and justice. The fellowship educates, trains, builds coalitions, and engages in nonviolent and compassionate actions locally, nationally, and globally.
At this site you can find a list of several other sites pertaining to peace and ecology. It was developed by a special interest group of JALT (Japan Association of Language Speakers).
The name says it all. The site gives information on major sources and approximate amounts of Plutonium-238 distributed worldwide.
Greenpeace International has headlines and campaign events dealing with the environment on its homepage. There are links to such issues as Climate, Toxics, Nuclear Waste, Oceans, Forests, and Genetic Engineering.
With the slogans "time to abolish war" and "peace is a human right," the Hague Appeal calls on all nations to abide by treaties and agreements long ago reached that require the elimination of all weapons of mass destruction. In its appeal for peace statement on the outbreak of the war with Iraq, it also states, "The new doctrine of preventive war will do more to prevent the achievement of democracy and justice in the world than to prevent terrorism." It includes links to Music for Peace, CDs that will contribute part of their profits to HAP.
Defending Human Rights Worldwide includes breaking news about defending human rights worldwide in Portuguese, French, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic. Global issues covered include Arms, Children's Rights, Women's Rights, Refugees, International Justice, Prisons, etc.
According to Alison Parker, Acting Director of Refugee Policy (and a personal friend): "Urban refugees may be invisible to most people, but that doesn't mean they forfeit their rights. Kenya and Uganda have done a terrible job protecting these vulnerable people. See Kenya, Uganda: Urban Refugees Abused Ms. Parker also traveled as a Human Rights Watch observer to refugee camps in Pakistan in November, 2001.
This UK=based news source cover conflicts around the world. Subscriptions are free and articles and listed according to country or region. The institute strengthens local journalism in areas of conflict. By training reporters, facilitating dialogue, and providing reliable information, it supports peace, democracy, and development in societies undergoing crisis and change.
A project of the Boston University School of Public Health, this is a national resource for communities working to reduce substance abuse and gun violence.
Formerly 9/11 Peace, this site is a group of more than 600,000 online activitists. They have been sponsoring events opposing war against Iraq, including a TV ad that can be viewed at the site. There is also a focus on the good news, including essays and poems on hope.
Move On sponsored a Global Candlelight Vigil for Peace on Sunday, March 16th. Friends of mine in and others in Sapporo participated.
This is the best clearinghouse in the U.S. for information, counseling, and local contacts for those interested in refusing to pay for war.
The vision of Waging Peace.org is a world at peace, free of the threat of war, and free of weapons of mass destruction. The site has links to several articles, including "Just War -- Or A Just War?" by former President Jimmy Carter (published in The New York Times, March 9, 2003.
This Washington D.C. based lobbying group believes that ordinary people, given the right tools, can change the world. For over 40 years Peace Action has worked for an environment where all are free from violence and war. Becoming a member of one of over 100 chapters is easy to do online.
This site offers articles and resources for classroom teachers including maps, information about Islam and Arabs, war statistics, and protest songs.
Join an effort to send a message to Bush about Iraq: Send food, not bombs, to Iraq, a campaign started by the Rocky Mountain Peace & Justice Center. The site explains how and where to make a statement by sending a package of rice to the White House. Also see the Rice for Peace Links to other organizations promoting peace.
This site contains a collection of links to pages discussing the various rumors to come out of the September 11 terrorist attack on the United States of America. The claims indexed on the page are preceded by colored bullets that identify true statements from rumors, hoaxes, and "urban legends." One is the widely circulated email that I've received around 10 times claiming that sending a petition to the United Nations will help prevent a war between the U.S. and Iraq.
Shundahai is a Newe (Western Shoshone) word meaning "Peace and Harmony with all Creation." The Shundahai Network, formed at the Nevada Nuclear Test Site in 1994, opposes all nuclear weapons research, development, testing and production. It is a nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking the nuclear chain by building alliances with indigenous communities and environmental, peace, and human rights movements. At this site you can read about recent trends in U.S. nuclear policy. Also see the beautifully written Principles of Environmental Justice.
An Amnesty Interational Media Award Winner in 2002, this site keeps an eye on the US Army School of Americas (SOA), based in Fort Benning, Georgia. SOA trains Latin American soldiers in combat, counter-insurgency, and counter-narcotics. Graduates of SOA are responsible for some of the worst human rights abuses in Latin America. Through the site, one can contact SOA Watch prisoners of conscience.
Getting its name from the fact that many biological weapons are rapidly destroyed by bright sunlight, the Sunshine Project works to bring facts about biological weapons to light! Based in Hamburg, Germany and Austin, Texas, the organization works against the hostile use of biotechnology in the post-Cold War era. This project provides research and facts about biological weapons and biotechnology which it publishes to strengthen global consensus against biological warfare and to ensure that international treaties effectively prevent development and use of biological weapons.
- Attack poverty and world hunger as if our life depends on it. It does.
- Champion the rights of every child, woman & man.
- End our obstructionism to the world's treaties.
- Reduce our dependence on oil and lead the world to an age of renewable energy.
- Close the book on the Cold War and ease the nuclear nightmare.
- Renounce Star Wars and the militarization of space.
- Make globalization work for, not against, working people.
- Ensure equal treatment under law for all.
- Get money out of politics.
- Close the gap between rich and poor kids at home.
Anti-war activists have succeeded in coalescing through the Internet. This site is one of the best for learning about events, contacts (by state), and resources for organizing. Materials such as signs, bumper stickers, flyers, songs and chants, and activist toolkits can be downloaded. The site includes a long list, with links, of groups working against war.
There are several links at this site to issues involving children including: children's rights, child labour, manlnutrition, immunization, AIDS, landmines, and children in war. I myself send UNICEF New Year's cards every year to my friends in Japan.
When was the last time the U.S. Bombed Iraq? Daily reports from 3 sources: eyewitnesses (mostly the Iraq Peace Team people in Baghdad), non-Americans (usually from Euro newspapers like the Guardian), and corporate America (Rueters or AP for example). Photos of the wounded or dead included.
Challenging Iraq sanctions, this organization is dedicated to delivering donated food, medical, and public health supplies to Iraqis. Regular updates by Iraqi Peace Team members are posted on the situation in Iraq.
The U.S. Congress failed to listen to the overwhelming number of people who expressed their opposition to a war on Iraq.
If the above are your sentiments, click on the above to register your protest. A scrolling window shows the opinions of those who have already "voted." Although designed for those living in the U.S. (one must enter a state), versions are available in Danish, German, Spanish, French, Japanese, and Portuguese.
Believing war to be a crime against humanity, the War Resisters League, founded in 1923, advocates Gandhian nonviolence as the method for creating a democratic society free of war, racism, sexism, and human exploitation. The site includes downloadable demonstration fliers and suggestions for what one person can do to oppose the war in Iraq.
WILPF was founded in 1915 during World War I, with Jane Addams as its first president. The league works to achieve through peaceful means world disarmament, full rights for women, racial and economic justice, an end to all forms of violence, and to establish those political, social, and psychological conditions which can assure peace,freedom, and justice for all.
The campaigns of the Conservation Action Network include Species At Risk, Global Warming, Forests for Life, Endangered Seas, and Toxic Chemicals. This site gives the latest news as well as actions you can take.
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