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GET YOUR NEWS
Democracy Now The morning news as it ought to be. On radio and the Web and via e-mail.
antiwar.com Basic source of war news and antiwar news.
Common Dreams A portal to news and (left of center) opinion.
Glenn Greenwald Incomparable, brilliant, in a class by himself.
FAIR provides analysis of media and media bias. It puts out an excellent magazine and a newsletter, a radio program, and a terrific (about three a month) e-mail newsletter with information alerts and well focused action alerts--as well as a trove of info on its website.
Economic Reporting Review A weekly newsletter by Dean Baker which provides analysis of the economic news of the week. Great resource! Baker demystifies economics, and provides an education in the subject by way of regular critiques of articles in the New York Times and Washington Post.
Counterpunch Radical daily webzine.
CORP-FOCUS is a weekly e-mail newsletter that scrutinizes multinational corporations. "Written with a sharp edge..."
The Weekly Spin One can't understand the media and how they affect our lives without understanding how the public relations industry works. This newsletter will keep you up to date. See also the related website: http://www.prwatch.org/ The newsletter authors, John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton, have written outstanding books on the pr industry: Toxic Sludge is Good For You, and Trust Us, We're Experts.
Z Communications Left info center and community
Naomi Klein's website Klein is a foremost political thinker, writer, and activist
The Institute for Public Accuracy seeks to broaden public discourse. With systematic outreach to media professionals, the Institute provides news releases that offer well-documented analysis of current events and underlying issues.
Institute for Policy Studies - Ideas into Action for Peace, Justice, and the Environment. "A think tank for the rest of us."
The New York Times Newsroom Navigator A basic Web resource. If you don't know it, go for a visit.
The Corporation Documentary film. From the review by Corp-Focus: "Scrap the civics curricula in your schools, if they exist. Cancel your cable TV subscriptions. Call your friends, your enemies and your family. Get your hands on a copy of this movie and a copy of this book. Read the book. Discuss it. Dissect it. Rip it apart. Watch the movie. Show it to your children. Show it to your right-wing relatives. Show it to everyone. Organize a party around it. Then organize another." There's a good set of links to informational as well as activist resources here.
Freedom of the press is for those who own one? Not anymore. The blogosphere is an antidote to the pundits who are employed by the megacorporations that own the major media today, and who frame what passes for national debate.
Baghdad Burning Riverbend's brilliant, heartbreaking "Girl Blog from Iraq" has been inactive since October 27. 2007, when she emigrated from Iraq. An honorary spot on the blogroll.
Informed Comment by the incredibly knowledgeable Juan Cole is a basic source of info on Iraq and politics generally.
thismodernworld.com Blog by cartoonist Tom Tommorw, with links to his astonishing weekly cartoons and the cartoon archive.
Firedoglake A basic source, along with Greenwald, on the struggle to restore constitutional government to the United States. Its lawyer-writers provide a sort of CSPAN web coverage of key congressional hearings and trials.
Crooks and Liars A good source on politicians, with good video links.
1. Keep informed. (See left-hand column.)
2. Talk with your friends and acquaintances and your family about war and peace and democracy and social justice.
3. Follow the doings of organizations you respect. You can find some suggestions in the right-hand column. Let us know of others.
4. Go to local rallies and demonstrations.
5. Write thoughtful letters (and send via snailmail) to your members of congress and the president.
6. Write letters to the editor of your local newspaper.
7. Subscribe to Action Alerts from organizations such as FAIR (see left-hand column) or moveon.org or Not in Our Name (see right column), and write letters when this is called for.
8. Make financial contributions to groups whose work you support.
1. Find out what if any good organizations working for peace and justice exist in your area, and contact them to make their acquaintance. Go to one of their meetings.
2. If there are no groups you like in your area, get in touch with like-minded friends and acquaintances, and consider forming one, perhaps a local chapter of one of the groups listed to the right. The Organizers Manual of the War Resisters League which is available for $10 including postage tells how to do this. It covers the ABC's of forming and maintaining an organization, and includes such subjects as holding meetings, publicity, fundraising, leafleting, etc. Contact United For Peace and Justice or Moveon.org or Not in Our Name or the Green World Center or the group of your choice for help and advice.
3. Go to a regional or national conference on peace or social justice. You can find some here and more through groups in the right hand column
4. Make major financial contributions to groups whose work you support.
5. Plan, prepare for, and carry out an act of nonviolent civil disobedience.
6. Use your own special talents: "If you have legal training, help political detainees; if you knit, send hats for children to Iraq; if you act, do street theatre to educate people in your community."
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