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Sept. 2009 book about Don and Lois Booth GI Rights Hotline Summary of sources. Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors


MVPP packet "Think Before You Enlist: A Reality Check "

Boston Area "Alternatives to the Military" booklet. (Huge 15MB) .pdf file, ready to print and distribute. and American Friends Service Committee resources including pamphlets in Spanish. from the Working Assets people Boston UJP effort, and list serve National Network Opposing Militarization of Youth
Cambridge group artticle on possible change to No Child Left Behind.

NEWS Summary of Waxman Report on 237 Misleading Statements by the Bush Administration, Detailed Report with Iraq News Log News Center and commentary Alternative news and commentary, several Middle East links, Amy Goodman's Pacifica Radio news with excellent commentary and links breaking news from Iraq Commentary and compilation of resources from around the globe. News, Commentary and Action by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

West Bank Separation Wall displayed in Andover, November 22, 2003.

Presidential Politics 2004

USA Today/AP maps of how counties voted. 2004 2000
Univ of Michigan interpretive maps of 2004 election.

Peace Action's listing of where the presidential candidates stand.

__Columbia Journalism Review

__Univ. of Penn: Annenberg Center News, Commentary and Action by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

Global Exchange Most Wanted List: Corporate Human Rights violators War Resisters League tax pie chart 2005 for 2006 War Resisters League tax pie chart 2004
            (opens in a separate window so you can compare 2005 budget to 2006.) Lists corporations which profit from war Costs of Iraq War Reliable statistics on civilians killed in Iraq Soldiers killed
Top Ten War Profiteers

"Axis of Logic," new information, insights, commentary, comprehensive coverage
"The Crisis Papers," progressive news and commentary with excellent links
Juan Cole "Informed Comment," re. Middle East, history, and religion Video If America were Iraq...
When laura Bush cancelled her meeting with poets... A think tank without walls Nonviolent options to resolve international conflict Common Sense, a public Interest Journal Forum, alternative news, and commentary USA Patriot Act, a six part commentary series Critical global perspectives on war and terrorism   Flash Movie re. how gov't treats troops Every Church a Peace Church. resources for churches.

Martin Luter King Resources, from Fellowship of Reconciliation Analyzing Spain's tragedy 3-11

Also recommended by Wheels of Justice

see also MVPP pages on Depleted Uranium committee
                                      Nuclear Arms

2004 Bibliography by "Reaching Critical Will"

Dan Fahey, Advocate for veterans, seeking to be objective:
List of articles by and cited by Fahey (can sort by date)

WISE/NIRS Nuclear Monitor: European/American networking website

International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons

Depleted Uranium Education Project, from the International Action Center:

DU damage in new Iraq war San Francisco Bay View 18aug04

Popular New York Paper says look at DU: Sen Hillary Clinton insists.

Christian Science Monitor index of articles on Depleted Uranium. Organization to to study and publisize dangers of DU.
Dr. Dan Bishop spoke here 9/14/03. Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Campaign against Depleted Uranium Global Network against weapons and nuclear power in space

Added 8/2012
Beyond Nuclear
Nuclear Information Resource Service

Institute for Energy & Environmental Research
Citizens Awareness Network
Sign up for Google alerts for "Vermont Yankee"
Fairwinds Energy Education

US Role in Global Warming


People for the Environment,
is a Merrimack Valley organization related to MVPP, and also associated with Clean Water Action, and Alliance For a Healthy Tomorrow Audubon US Audubon MA Conservation Law Foundation, Boston Earth Justice...Earth needs a good Lawyer The Wilderness Society Biogems law group

Delegation to Columbia: To be led by MVPP member, Sean Donahue. June 13-30/04

The National Security Strategy, September 20, 2002 Section V re. the US right to take preemptive military action The Nuclear Posture Review, January 8, 2002 (excerpts) United For Peace and Justice

ORGANIZATIONS American Civil Liberties Union- Massachusetts explanations of rights. American Friends Service Committee Friends Committee on National Legislation Council for a Livable World Project The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions A group of 2,000,000+, organizing campaigns over the web. Peace Action, the merger of SANE and The Freeze.
Voices in the Wilderness NNet, A community of people committed to social change
Grassroots International. Helps local groups

Humanitarian Aid Projects
Voices in the Wilderness Bring Them Home Now Occupation Watch Electronic Iraq
9-11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows Veterans for Peace Veterans for Common Sense
Military Families Speak Out End The Global Exchange Voices for Creative Nonviolence

Local Organizations Reading People for Peace

Hate Has No Home Here1 2   2 separate pages. list of local links 2017 after Charlottesville. Links don't work, but can be copied. Boston Mobilization Cosecha immigrant rights United for Justice with Peace, UJP, regional events. Boston/Cambridge. Mass Anti-Corporate Clearinghouse. New Hampshire group, with a listserve. NH Seacost group Greater Lowell group. Lowell, MA peace web.

northofbostonpeace/ North Shore group. Sean Donahue leads delegations supported by Pat Scanlon of Vets. for Peace

Cosponsors of Helen Caldicott event, 9/23/06: C-10 Research & Education Foundation
Clean Water Action
www. Dominican Sisters of Kentucky (Eastern Region)
Greater Newburyport/Bura Alliance Greater Newburyport WAND (Women's Actions for New Directions)
Hibakusha Peace Project (Jane Bernhardt) magine Studios Jabberwocky Books North Shore Coalition for Peace and Justice Peace Action Maine Pentucket People's Foundation Seacoast Peace Response Seacoast Anti-Pollution League Sierra Club, Essex County Chapter Veterans for Peace Chapter 45


PEACE STUDIES at local universities

Brandeis University, Massachusetts
MA, Co-existence and Conflict

The Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies -
Multidisciplinary educational endeavour of the Five College Consortium of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. News and events, publications, and information for students and faculty.

School for International Training, Vermont
MA, Conflict Transformation

New England Peace Studies Association (NEPSA)

NEPSA Officers:
Gordon Fellman, Co-Chair
Brandeis University

Abbie Jenks Greenfield, Co-Chair
Greenfield Community College

Eric Matez, Secretary
Odyssey School

Dot Walsh, Treasurer
The Peace Abbey

Peace and Conflict Studies Institute
UMass Lowell
Prof. Robert Gamache

University of Massachusetts, Boston
MA Dispute Resolution, with concentrations in International Conflict and Organizational Conflict


University of New Hampshire
Middle Eastern Studies Program


Jeannie Sowers
Assistant Professor of Political Science
310B Horton Social Science Center
Phone: (603) 862-1752
Fax: (603) 862-0178
Core Faculty

Alasdair Drysdale
Professor of Geography
102D Huddleston Hall
Phone: (603) 862-3144
Fax: (603) 862-4362

Svetlana Peshkova
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
315 Huddleston Hall
Phone: (603) 862-1848
Fax: (603) 862-1131

Ruwa Pokorny
Instructor of Arabic
Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Murkland Hall
Phone (603) 862-4005
Fax (603) 862-1690

Jeannie Sowers
Assistant Professor of Political Science
310B Horton Social Science Center
Phone: (603) 862-1752
Fax: (603) 862-0178

Ethel Sara Wolper
Associate Professor of History
A409 Horton Social Science Center
Phone: (603) 862-3884
Fax: (603) 862-1502

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University

Crown Center for Middle East Studies | Brandeis University


Origins of the Peace Symbol

A negative history, disputed elsewhere:


War got you down? You're in good company. Here are links to some funny sites, some individual, some to check in for updates. Most lead to others.

Many links from Working For Change including cartoons, columns, video Oliphant, still drawing since Viet Nam days. Boondocks current day with archives. Doonesbury, one day of many. Tom Toles


BOOKS and other media


Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War (Macmillan, USA, 2010) ISBN 0-8050-9141-6 by Andrew Bacevich.

The Many Sides of Peace. By Brayton Shanley. A handbook for changes in daily living.

Finding My Radical Soul, a Memoir, by Frances Crowe to be published later this year.

Atomic States of America, on nuclear reactor communities is on interlibrary loan. Review. available on-line: . Ruth Canonico reported on the film. It shows people who have been directly affected by radiation leaks, on Long Island and in Pennsylvania, and other places. Ruth highly recommended the film.


By Tom Gale

Jan 31, 2017 opposing nuclear arms

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