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Resources I am personally connected with and also local/Washington state ones are listed first, then national, international and internet-only ones.

My response to 9/11/01 and then to the invasion/occupation of Iraq and Afganistan - a webpage I started soon after September 11, 2001 with my own responses and opinions, and with links to articles and resources. http://www.gabiclayton.com/911stuff.htm

Women Share Experiences, Insights, and Wisdom About Peace and Justice Organizing - from Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR). Holly Gwinn Graham, Gabi Clayton, Bourtai Hargrove, and Ruth Lipow share their experiences, insights, and wisdom about peace and justice organizing. Experiences include those prior to World War II to the present. Filmed on Jun 22, 2012. 59:59 minutes.

ACTION Northwest - works to increase solidarity between local social activist groups interested in peace, women's reproductive rights, labor issues, racial profiling as well as marriage equality, lgbt rights and socio-economic justice by providing them with a network of support on their various platforms. ACTION Northwest will provide quarterly training and workshops, supplying volunteers, support and sponsor events and give out grants so each organization can better achieve there objectives. http://www.actionnw.net and http://www.myspace.com/actionnw

American Civil Liberties Union of Washington - (ACLU of WA) - takes on major law reform through litigation and legislative action. They provide assistance and advocacy for individuals and community groups, lobbying on bills in the state legislature and local councils. They offer speakers, pamphlets and education materials to schools and community groups throughout the state. Members work with a staff of lawyers, advocates, and organizers to respond to civil liberties challenges. http://www.aclu-wa.org  (National ACLU listed below.)  Just in case you head down to an Occupy event or any other public demonstration, here are ACLU-WA's guides on street speech and dealing with police.

Basic Rights Oregon (BRO) - working to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in Oregon. Contributions in the courtroom and on the local level have helped keep Oregon on the cutting edge of civil rights protections in the United States. http://www.basicrights.org

Coffee Strong - Lakewood, WA - a veteran-owned, veteran-operated GI coffeehouse that provides a safe place for soldiers to share the effects of disastrous wars, within 300 meters of the gates at Fort Lewis. They have resources for G.I.s and veterans, including GI rights counseling and veterans benefits, free legal and educational resources. 15109 Union ave SW.  http://www.coffeestrong.org/

Crime Victims Advocacy Network - This network of advocates offers free and confidential services for victims of crime. They work with crime victims in Mason, Thurston, Lewis, Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties, protecting their rights and dignity by providing them with support, referrals and advocacy in a compassionate, proactive and empowering manner. The website includes resources by county, a crimes glossary and more. http://www.cvan11.org

Discrimination Free Washington - a statewide coalition of LGBT and allied organizations urging the passage of HB 1809, the Washington State Civil Rights bill. http://www.seattlelgbt.org/dfw.html

The Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County - values empowering people to resolve their disputes by providing conflict resolution services and by training community members in conflict resolution skills. http://www.mediatethurston.org 

Equal Rights Washington (ERW) - a statewide political advocacy organization for the LGBT community with the primary mission of ending discrimination of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-gendered persons in every corner of the state. ERW is focusing on voter registration and outreach, research and education of LGBT public policy issues, lobbying public officials on legislation affecting LGBT people, and electing pro-LGBT political leaders.  http://www.equalrightswashington.org

Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) - Olympia chapter - seeks to replace violence, war, racism, intolerance, and economic and social injustice with nonviolence, peace and justice. FOR is are an organization of many faiths committed to active nonviolence as a transformative way of life and as a means of profound social change. FOR publishes Southwest Washington's a comprehensive peace and social justice newsletter; produces TV programs; every Wednesday noon hour - rain or shine - they literally "stand up for peace and justice" in Sylvester Park at the corner of Legion and Capitol Way in downtown Olympia; they sponsor special events and special vigils; have information booths at community events; and provide information and referral. http://www.olyfor.org 

Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) - http://www.wwfor.org/

The Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) - national office of this interfaith organization committed to active nonviolence as a transforming way of life and as a means of radical change.  http://www.forusa.org

FOR's Peacemaker Training Institute - developing youth leadership for peace and justice. Young people around the globe hold a vision of a more just and peaceful society. Deeply concerned about pervasive violence and injustice, many youth are seeking to create nonviolent alternatives and take an active part in positive social change. The Peacemaker Training Institute helps them become more effective peace and justice activists. http://www.forusa.org/programs/pti/default.html

The Freechild Project - a program of CommonAction based in Olympia, WA - seeks to advocate, inform, and celebrate social change led by and with young people around the world, particularly those who have been historically denied the right to participate. They encourage young people to seek empowered roles in their schools and communities. They believe it is completely unethical to exclude young people from participating in the actions that affect them most. Consequently, the work to engage young people in critical democratic action centered on growing community, culture, and society. http://www.freechild.org 

Issues addressed by young people through social change - this Freechild Project page on Youth media issues addressed by young people is excellent. Things on it include: Youth media, Illegal child labor, Sex education, Students rights in schools, Ephebiphobia (the fear of youth), Youth activism,  Adultism, Anti-war and nonviolence, Youth liberation and much more. http://www.freechild.org/issues.htm 

YoungerWorld - this blog is written by Adam Fletcher, the founder and director of Freechild Project. http://freechildproject.blogspot.com 

Free to Disagree - Olympia, WA - organization dedicated to strengthening the voice of pro-peace and democracy through billboard "advertising". http://www.freetodisagree.org 

From Gay Marriage to Domestic Violence to Hate Crimes: What You Need to Know About the Cases Coming to Your Court - The Washington Courts Judges' Benchguide on Sexual Orientation and the Law - prepared at Seattle University School of Law for the Washington State Gender and Justice Commission, September 21, 2004, 47th Washington Judicial Conference.  http://www.law.seattleu.edu/news/archive/2005/benchguide.pdf (pdf format)

Fuse - a Washington state-based online advocacy group working to provide a cutting edge online organizing and communications hub, focused primarily on securing major advances in progressive public policy for Washington State, using innovative, internet-based organizing and communications to expand active public support for progressive causes and leaders. http://www.fusewashington.org/

The Giraffe Heroes Project - based in Langley WA, founded by Ann Medlock - a wonderful international celebration of people who stick their necks out for the common good, pushing back against apathy and fear, rallying people to act on the problems that test our time, and giving them the tools to succeed. Giraffes are young and old, near and far, rich and poor, and every skin color. And they're working on every issue under the sun. To be named a Giraffe, a nominee must have taken a significant risk for the common good, alleviating suffering, rectifying injustice or advancing goals such as peace or a healthy environment. They don't have to be saints, but they honor no one who advocates violence, hatred, racial prejudice, abridgement of civil or human rights or ecologically destructive practices. A Giraffe's actions must be of benefit to a significant number of people, either as beneficiaries of the action or as people who may be inspired to emulate the Giraffe. There are giraffe stories, programs for schools and young people including cool Giraffe curriculum ("The Giraffe Heroes Program is a comprehensive character education curriculum that assumes that within every human being there's a brave, caring person who can emerge and move into compassionate action."), Stan & Bea's Tall Tales of how the giraffe got its long neck (and more for kids only). John Graham (US diplomat for 15 years) is the Project's President and principal speaker/workshop leader.  http://www.giraffe.org

Grethe Cammermeyer - she challenged the military's anti-gay policy, which is told in her autobiography, Serving in Silence. Grethe ran for Congress in Washington state in 1998, and then hosted an excellent internet radio talk show for a couple of years. She writes on her homepage: I have learned that "If I am uncomfortable, it is where I need to be." It is only by challenging others with our humanity that we will become human in their eyes. I will continue to speak out and I hope you do too. http://www.cammermeyer.com

Inlaws & Outlaws - a powerful and exquisite 2005 film by writer, director, filmmaker Drew Emery of Seattle, WA and the True Stories Project - As the gay marriage debate rages on, this film goes beyond the rhetoric to explore just what it means to be married. It gets past all the rhetoric to capture the heart of the matter: it's about love. Everybody has a story to tell about meeting their mate, deciding to commit and struggling with the ups and downs of a long-term (or not-so-long-term) relationship. By weaving together a series of refreshingly honest interviews, Inlaws & Outlaws takes a humorous and wide-angled look at real relationships of all shapes and sizes. Whether straight or gay, young or old, coupled or single, by the end, you'll be rooting for them all ... and falling in love with love. It's marriage from the inside. And out. http://www.inlawsandoutlawsfilm.com

Felicia Loud - based in Seattle - Drew Emery called the film Inlaws & Outlaws a musical comedy during a talkback in Olympia on February 27, 2007. It was very funny at times, and the luscious, mellow jazz and blues songs in it were sung by Felicia Loud. http://www.felicialoud.com

Justice Works - when its principals are not compromised - based in Lake Stevens Washington - undoing racism in the criminal justice system as experienced by African Americans. http://www.justiceworks.info/

  Legal Voice  "Women's rights. Nothing less." - Seattle, WA - Founded in 1978 as the Northwest Women's Law Center, Legal Voice has been the vanguard organization bringing groundbreaking litigation and fighting for landmark legislation to ensure justice for women in the Pacific Northwest for more than 30 years, securing and protecting women's legal rights. "Our drive for justice improves the lives of mothers, daughters, aunts, sisters, nieces & grandmothers in our region. A vital, active force in the community, we make substantive, lasting changes through legislation, self-help resources and litigation with a far-reaching public impact." As an action-oriented, diverse organization, Legal Voice is committed to securing and protecting the rights of all women.  http://www.legalvoice.org/

Move To Amend: Olympia - "We support the 80% of Americans united in opposing corporations having the Constitutional rights of living people, and work toward abolishing corporate personhood (the rights of corporations to use Constitutional amendment rights." http://www.movetoamendolympia.org/

My response to 9/11/01 and then to the invasion of Iraq - http://www.youth-guard.org/gabi/911stuff.htm

Northwest Activism - a small group of citizen activists living throughout the Pacific Northwest not officially connected to any political parties. Northwest Activism pledges to make common cause with the people of the world to bring about justice, freedom, and peace. "Another world is possible. And we pledge to make it real." ~ animal and environmental ~ corporate ethics ~ governmental affairs ~ human and civil rights ~ peace and more.  http://www.nwactivism.com 

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) - advances the legal rights and dignity of low-income immigrants in Washington State by pursuing and preserving their legal status through legal representation, education and public policy. In the 1980s, NWIRP began to address the legal needs of Central American refugees and those who were able to legalize their status under Amnesty programs. Since then it has grown significantly in scope and now serves all nationalities, including low-income immigrants from Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern and Western Europe and Africa.  http://www.nwirp.org

The Northwest Social Forum (NWSF) - building relationships of mutual support among activists, organizations, and communities in the Northwest as we share our visions of a just and sustainable world and find collective solutions to the daunting social and environmental challenges of our time. Bringing together activists, organizers, and citizens from Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington who are working on issues of social justice, economic inequality, and environmental degradation. http://www.nwsocialforum.org 

The Office of Crime Victims Advocacy (OCVA) - serves as a voice within government for the needs of crime victims in Washington State. OCVA provides advice to local and state governments on practices and policies that impact crime victims and provides funding, training, and consultation to help communities develop programs to serve crime victims. This activity also includes advocacy for victims who encounter difficulty accessing services or who believe their statutory or constitutional rights have been denied. http://www.commerce.wa.gov/site/244/default.aspx

"No one will find the way out of hate and violence unless we do. Go without hate, but not without rage. Heal the world." ~ Paul Monette

Olympia Movement for Justice & Peace (OMJP) - A broad coalition of educators, students, activists, and community members coalesced to oppose war, as well as the existing and morally indefensible social, political, and economic structures and inequities that breed terrorist ideologies, and are destructive toward peoples and the environment. OMJP is committed to building a mass movement to further justice and peace. We believe that the issues of justice and peace cannot be separated, and that by furthering economic and social justice we create the conditions for a peaceful world. Our long term goal is to build a society that meets the needs of all people, not one based on profit and economic values. http://www.omjp.org

Olympia Port Militarization Resistance (OPMR) - organized to end our community's participation in the illegal occupation of Iraq by stopping the U.S. Military's use of the Port of Olympia. "We, the members of Port Militarization Resistance (PMR), believe that non-violent social change is a means for people to discover their own power through the peaceful resolution of conflicts, the creation of democratic structures, and the realization of justice - not mere victory." They work to achieve that goal through public education, targeted communication with key public officials , non-violent civil resistance to delay and prevent military equipment designed for use in Iraq from reaching the Port of Olympia and to prevent military equipment that has reached the Port of Olympia from being loaded onto a ship for transport to Iraq, and an organized presence at the Port Plaza from the time all military equipment arrives at the Port of Olympia until such time as the ship carrying that equipment leaves the Port Marine terminal. http://www.olypmr.org/

The Olympia-Rafah Sister City Project (ORSCP) - working to form lasting friendships between people in Olympia, WA, and Rafah, Palestine. Through mutual concern, respect and understanding all obstacles can be overcome. The Olympia-Rafah Sister City Project finds its origins in the aspirations of Rachel Corrie (see more below) a young human rights activist from Olympia who was killed while attempting to protect a family's home from demolition in the Gazan city of Rafah on March 16, 2003. http://orscp.org

OUTfront Seattle - promotes human rights standards at the local, national and international level that bar discrimination and protect the basic human rights of LGBT people ~ educates people and increase public awareness of human rights abuses based on sexual orientation and gender identity ~ mobilizes people in the Seattle to take action on specific cases of human rights abuses against LGBT people ~ and works in coalition with LGBT, religious, youth and other groups to develop community-based responses to human rights issues facing the LGBT community today. OUTfront Seattle works and is supported by actions and research from Amnesty International's Campaign on LGBT rights. http://www.outfrontseattle.org/

Puget Sound OLOC (Old Lesbians Organizing for Change) - a chapter of the national organization below. "Connecting old lesbians in the Puget Sound area to form community, and to encourage participation in activities and causes that improve our lives and increase our visibility. ... Our Goals: 1. Promote the visibility of old lesbians among themselves, to the LGBTQ communities, and to service agencies around the Puget Sound. 2. Provide an organizational structure that supports group interaction, individual actions, and the flow of pertinent information. 3. Collect and preserve the herstories of old lesbians. We have fun too!" http://www.psoloc.org/

Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC) - "A  national network of old lesbians over age 60 working to confront ageism in our communities and our country. We use education and public discourse as our primary tools. Old Lesbians Organizing for Change is a national organization for Old Lesbians age 60 and over, and will: Promote Old Lesbian Pride. Educate, support and empower Old Lesbians. Challenge ageism in our society and educate the general public about the effects of ageism and oppression. Celebrate our strengths, our talents, our experiences, and document our lives. Convene national gatherings of Old Lesbians. Encourage, establish, and support local chapters and regional events." http://www.oloc.org/
QLaw Foundation (The GLBT Bar Association Foundation of Washington) - an association of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) legal professionals and their friends in Washington State. QLaw serves as a voice for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender lawyers in the state of Washington on issues relating to diversity and equality in the legal profession, in the courts, and under the law. http://www.q-law.org/

The GLBT Legal Clinic - King County, WA - This project of The GLBT Bar Association Foundation of Washington (QLaw Foundation) is a legal clinic specifically designed to address the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and couples. The clinic is free of charge to the public. At the clinic, an attorney will meet with you for 30 minutes and provide you with individualized legal advice and information. Clinic attorneys will answer questions and provide information in a variety of areas including family law, debt and bankruptcy, divorce and dissolution, employment discrimination, and transgender legal issues. The clinic is open to everyone regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. http://www.q-law.org/legalclinic

Rachel Corrie ~ In Memoriam ~ 1979-2003 ~ Rachel Corrie was volunteer with the International Solidarity Movement in the Occupied Territories. She died while trying to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home in the Rafah refugee camp at the southern tip of Gaza. An Israeli army bulldozer ran her over, crushing her to death. http://www.rachelcorrie.org 

Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice ~  Olympia, WA - founded by Cindy and Craig Corrie, Rachel's parents, is devoted to seeking a just peace in Palestine and Israel. The foundation works to conduct and support programs that foster connections between people, that build understanding, respect, and appreciation for differences, and that promote cooperation within and between local and global communities. It encourages and supports grassroots efforts in pursuit of human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.  http://www.rachelcorriefoundation.org 

  Real Change - Seattle - exists to create opportunity and a voice for low-income people while taking action to end homelessness and poverty. Real Change's groundbreaking advocacy and organizing work is building a cross-class movement of homeless people and their allies that can deliver real wins for those who need change the most. The Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project has many faces including a newspaper, an advocacy group, a homeless speakers bureau, and literary workshops and more. http://www.realchangenews.org

The Real Change Newspaper - Each month, more than 250 homeless and vulnerably housed vendors get a hand up to helping themselves by selling the Real Change weekly newspaper, a Seattle weekly activist publication with an ear to the street. The publication is sold by Seattle's homeless, and helps them earn the money they need to get ahead. The Real Change readers are educated, socially-concerned, and loyal. They respect and depend upon the newspaper's award-winning journalism for information about their community and how they can get involved and make a difference. The publication strives to create fairness, opportunity and community by covering issues that socially conscious people want to know about, from topics surrounding poor and homelessness, to stories about labor, the environment, public health and civil liberties (to name a few).. http://www.realchangenews.org

Out of the Margins is a project developed in partnership between Real Change and the Seattle Public Library. This ongoing series of literary arts workshops aims to empower and build confidence through offering the underserved public access to educational and creative opportunities at the Seattle Public Library. Volunteers from the local arts community lead weekly workshops around activities from poetry and short stories to bookarts and drama. These workshops, while aimed at being safe and inviting for homeless and low-income individuals, are open to the entire Seattle Public Library community, thus creating a unique and inclusive space for dialogue and expression across unnecessarily divisive social boundaries. http://www.realchangenews.org/otm.html

Watch these great Real Change videos: http://www.realchangenews.org/donations.html
Changes Them...Changes You
and Real Change in Seattle (from a NW Cable News report).

Seatte Young Peoples Project (SYPP) - a youth-led, adult supported organization that empowers youth (ages 13-18) to express themselves and to take action on the issues that affect their lives. Youth are on the forefront of every social and political movement for justice. Youth have the powerful ideas and skills needed to make social change. SYPP supports youth in turning their ideas into action. SYPP provides a youth owned organization with resources, office space, and organizing training so youth can work to change the system and be the leaders of our movement for social justice! http://www.sypp.org

Sound Nonviolent Opponents of War (SNOW) - a Puget Sound Washington coalition working for peace and justice around the world. http://www.snowcoalition.org

SeattleActivism.org - information on upcoming protests, events, actions, and meetings and links to organizations and resources related to progressive activist issues in the Seattle area. http://www.seattleactivism.org  

TC Pro-Net  (The Thurston County Progressive Network) - created to help connect groups with other progressives in order to accomplish more. Action alerts, a calendar and more for: anti-war, human rights, peace, politics and elections, social and economic justice, spirituality and other progressive interests. http://www.tcpronet.org

United 4 Peace - Thurston County - a coalition of concerned citizens and organizations that formed in order to better communicate, organize, and mobilize local residents against the war on Iraq and toward greater peace and justice. http://www.united4peacetc.org

The Voices in Wartime Education Project - based in Seattle - creates opportunities for mutual appreciation and understanding across cultures through the arts, education and deepening communication skills. Times change, but the ravages of war continue to be with us. Voices in Wartime seeks to challenge our common humanity to think differently about conflict and elevate our voices to a new level of concern and resolution. Voices in Wartime creates hands-on educational tools for use in classrooms and at public forums. They distribute Voices in Wartime, an independently produced documentary that sharply etches the experience of war through powerful images and the words of poets—unknown and world-famous. The curricula modules in this Education Project build on the poetry and themes introduced in the film. "Voices in Wartime strives to enable adults and children through compassionate experience to recognize the interconnected nature of our world and understand that personal responsibility and global responsibility are inseparable. Voices in Wartime is committed to inspiring people and communities around the world to achieve better understanding of different and diverse cultural perspectives. Our educational approach is to consider a wide diversity of voices. We do not take partisan positions. Our views do not necessarily support those of our affiliates or program partners but we take care to collaborate with organizations that support humanitarian outreach, aid, and development." The Voices in Wartime Education Project consists of four primary components: the film: Voices in Wartime; the book: Voices in Wartime Anthology; the curriculum: ten modules that use poetry, prose, and other art forms to teach about the legacy of conflict and war; and the workshops: community and teacher skill-enhancement and curriculum-based workshops. Both the curriculum and workshop offerings support an understanding of the relationship between the self and the world, and provide techniques and processes which help support personal involvement in community building and responsibility. http://www.voicesinwartime.org/

Washington CAN! - a statewide, grassroots lobbying organization that works on a range of issues with the broad aim of bringing about greater economic justice in our state and the country. The mission of Washington CAN! is to achieve economic fairness in order to establish a democratic society characterized by racial and social justice, with respect for diversity, and a decent quality of life for those who reside in Washington State. http://www.washingtoncan.org/

Washington Public Campaigns - works to promote the passage of legislation establishing public financing of campaigns and of other measures reforming campaign laws and enhancing democracy, convinced of the value of public financing of campaigns as a way to liberate politicians, give power back to the average citizen and invigorate democracy. http://www.washclean.org/

The WAnet Network - a commons for social change activists in Washington. A virtual town square where participating organizations post their actions and events, promote targeted eletters, petitions or national boycotts, create online fundraisers; and, to achieve common goals, gather allies and build issue based cooperative relationships with other organizations across the state and across state lines. The WAnet network is part of a larger commons of 40 networks, the Peace Justice and Environment Project, that serves all 50 states. http://www.wanet.org/

The Washington Network for Civil Justice and Accountability (WNCJA) - more than 100,000 Americans die each year due to preventable medical injuries. WNCJA believes legislative solutions are available that would not take away the rights of the people of Washington - solutions that improve patient safety and help good doctors obtain malpractice insurance at a reasonable cost are possible. http://www.wncja.org

The Washington State Human Rights Commission - works to eliminate and prevent discrimination through the fair application of the law, the efficient use of resources, and the establishment of productive partnerships in the community. The Commission enforces the Law Against Discrimination (RCW 49.60). The Commission works to prevent and eliminate discrimination by investigating human rights complaints and providing education and training opportunities throughout the state. http://www.hum.wa.gov


Washington Won't Discriminate
- a statewide coalition of individuals, businesses, nonprofit, religious and community-based organizations who have come together to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Washingtonians. 
http://washingtonwontdiscriminate.org 

Youth Democracy - created by Caleb Hayes of Olympia, WA - "If you are under 18 you can have a voice too. Youth Democracy is that voice. Alone, youth in politics are powerless, but there is power in numbers. Together we can be incredibly strong. Youth Democracy is not just for kids. It is for anyone who is concerned about the future of our nation." http://www.youthdemocracy.net/

Active Voice - is a team of strategic communication specialists who put powerful media to work for personal and institutional change in communities, workplaces, and campuses across America. Through practical guides, hands-on workshops, compelling personal stories and perspectives seldom found in mainstream media,and more they offer an outlet to people across America to speak out, listen up, and take the initiative for positive change. http://www.activevoice.net   

The Albert Einstein Institution - founded in 1983 by Dr. Gene Sharp, The Albert Einstein Institution is dedicated to advancing the study and use of strategic nonviolent action in conflicts throughout the world. The Institution is committed to: defending democratic freedoms and institutions; opposing oppression, dictatorship, and genocide; and reducing reliance on violence as an instrument of policy. This mission is pursued by: encouraging research and policy studies on the methods of nonviolent action and their past use in diverse conflicts; sharing the results of this research with the public through publications, conferences, and the media; and consulting with groups in conflict about the strategic potential of nonviolent action. http://www.aeinstein.org/

Gene Sharp: A dictator's worst nightmare - by Mairi Mackay, CNN, June 25, 2012. http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/23/world/gene-sharp-revolutionary/

The Alliance for Justice (AFJ) - a national association of environmental, civil rights, mental health, women's, children's and consumer advocacy organizations. The Alliance has a Judicial Selection Project; the Nonprofit Advocacy Project which gives tax-exempt organizations a better understanding of the laws that govern their participation in the policy process; the Student Action Campaign and Co/Motion - a national program that helps organizations build capacity to foster youth leadership in the design, implementation, and evaluation of action strategies addressing community problems. AFJ does this by partnering with organizations, provide training and technical assistance to young adults 15 to 25 in advocacy and organizing skills. http://www.allianceforjustice.org and http://www.afj.org

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - works in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights and federal law. The website has a great Lesbian and Gay Rights issue focus page, and tons of other issues too. http://www.aclu.org

Get Busy. Get Equal. - a project of the ACLU Lesbian and Gay Rights Project - Tools to reach out to your neighbors, schools, employers, and elected officials and help them understand that fairness for LGBT people is the right thing for America. There is also information on how to protect your relationship and family and how to share your experiences to illustrate the real harm of discrimination. The information, helpful hints, step-by-step instructions, and resources can be used right now to protect LGBT people and our rights.  http://www.aclu.org/getequal 

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) - founded by the Religious Society of Friends (the Quakers) in 1917 to provide conscientious objectors with an opportunity to aid civilian war victims. AFSC carries out service, development, social justice, and peace programs throughout the world  based on the Quaker belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. The organization attracts the support and partnership of people of many races, religions, and cultures. http://www.afsc.org 

AFSC's LGB&T Rights & Recognition Programs - http://www.afsc.org/lgbt and the AFSC Seattle GLBTQ youth program is on my Youth Resources page. 

Amnesty International is a worldwide campaigning movement that 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.  http://www.amnesty.org

Get on the Bus for Human Rights (GOTB) - an annual day of human rights activism and education organized by Amnesty International Group 133 of Somerville, MA and a dedicated team of volunteer community organizers. In its fourteenth year in 2009, GOTB brings activists from through out the Northeast – riding buses, commuter trains and in carpools – down to New York City to take peaceful action in front of embassies, consulates and corporate headquarters in support of human rights. http://www.gotb.org/

International LGBT Network (ILGBT) of Amnesty International - "In many parts of the world, being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered is not seen as a right, but as a wrong." ILGBT works to inform and promote focus on LGBT human rights violations; helps facilitate national networks to share materials, skills or experiences with each other;  helps facilitate network growth and education about LGBT human rights issues in all AI regions and more.  http://www.ai-lgbt.org

OUTfront! Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Human Rights - around the world, the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people are violated daily. Amnesty International USA's actions, news, reports, success stories, historic human rights dates, an activist toolkit, laws around the world, action to end police abuse, and more. http://www.amnestyusa.org/outfront/

Stonewalled: Police abuse and misconduct against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the US - A report by Amnesty International documenting serious patterns of police abuse, including incidents amounting to torture and ill-treatment. Nearly four decades after Stonewall, and despite significant progress in the recognition of the human rights of LGBT people, the targeting of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals for police abuse and misconduct remains a persistent and widespread problem in the US. http://www.amnestyusa.org/outfront/stonewalled/

Another Mother for Peace (AMP) - founded in 1967 by a group of women strongly opposed to the war in Vietnam. Their mission was and is  "to educate women to take an active role in eliminating war as a means of solving disputes between nations, people and ideologies." AMP is dedicated to the principle that war is obsolete. They encourage people to do Peace Homework by writing to elected government officials to express their desire for peace. AMP created the 1968 poster: "War is Not Healthy for Children and Other Living Things" with the sunflower design (still available through their website.)  http://www.anothermother.org

The Bilerico Project - daily experiments in LGBTQ. A diverse group of LGBT activists, writers, bloggers and authors join forces to blog about LGBTQ politics, hate crimes and culture plus cartoons, an advice column and video bloggers. http://www.bilerico.com/

Boycott for Equality asks all GLBT Americans and their Straight Allies to "drop out" of the United States economy for one day in October to demonstrate that we are vital and important members of our communities with significant economic presence. http://www.boycottforequality.org 

Brazilian resolution falters - In April 2003 the Brazilian delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Commission introduced a resolution forbidding discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Here is the January 2004 Johannesburg statement from the All Africa Rights Initiative when the resolution failed to pass.  http://www.mask.org.za/article.php?cat=&id=77

Bringing the Message Home - one of PFLAG's missions as advocacy, and this is a resource to assist in efforts of PFLAG members who are meeting with legislators between Mother's Day and Father's Day to discuss issues and influence federal legislation about issues that matter to our families.  http://www.pflag.org/BTMH_2006.html 

Campus Antiwar Network (CAN) - an leading independent, democratic, grassroots network of students opposing the occupation of Iraq and military recruiters in schools at campuses all over the country. Their goal is to unite all antiwar students on colleges and high schools alike to democratically build a broad antiwar and counter-recruitment movement to help bring the troops home now. CAN helped to spearhead the counter-recruitment movement on campuses, directly challenging the military in its diminishing ability to carry out the immoral and illegal occupation of Iraq. They have lead walkouts of hundreds of students & kicked military recruiters off of many campuses. http://www.campusantiwar.net

Civilrights.org - created by Leadership Conference on Civil Rights / Leadership Conference Education Fund, Civilrights.org's mission is to empower the civil rights community to lead the fight for equality and social justice in the emerging digital society through the establish of an online social justice network.  http://www.civilrights.org

CODEPINK - a women-initiated grassroots movement working to end the war in Iraq, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into healthcare, education and other life-affirming activities. CODEPINK is a worldwide network of women and men committed to working for peace and social justice.   http://www.codepink4peace.org

ColorOfChange.org - exists to strengthen Black America's political voice, to empower members - Black Americans and allies - to make government more responsive to the concerns of Black Americans and to bring about positive political and social change for everyone. ColorOfChange.org is comprised of Black folks from every economic class, as well as those of every color who seek to help our voices be heard. They are united behind a simple, powerful pledge: to do all they can to make sure all Americans are represented, served, and protected regardless of race or class. They use the Internet to speak in unison with an amplified political voice, give ways to act lobby elected representatives, hold coordinated events in different parts of the country, run advertisements, demand that the news media cover Black America's issues. They also work with other online efforts and organizations to magnify their impact. http://www.colorofchange.org

Combatants for Peace - a group of Israeli and Palestinian individuals who were actively involved in the cycle of violence in our area. The Israelis served as combat soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces and the Palestinians were involved in acts of violence in the name of Palestinian liberation.
We all used weapons against one another, and looked at each other only through weapon sights; however today we cooperate.
We no longer believe that the conflict can be resolved through violence. http://www.combatantsforpeace.org

Courage to Resist - concerned community members, veterans and military families that supports military objectors to illegal war and occupation and the policies of empire. Courage to Resist's people power strategy weakens the pillars that maintain war and occupation in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere by supporting GI resistance, counter-recruitment and draft resistance, which cuts off the supply of troops. The organization's activities include: reaching out to troops, supporting individual resisters, building national and international support networks, promoting people power anti-war strategies, and organizing visibility and resistance in streets and public places.  http://www.couragetoresist.org

The Crosspoint - a huge collection of links to international resources for Human Rights, Anti-Racism, Refugees, Women's Rights, Antifascism, Shoah, Indigenous People, Disability, Gay & Lesbian issues and more, maintained by the Magenta foundation in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.  http://www.magenta.nl/crosspoint

The Declaration of Montreal on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Human Rights - a document adopted in Montreal on July 29, 2006 by the International Conference on LGBT Human Rights. See more information on Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Declaration_of_Montreal

Deeply Embarrassed White People Talk Awkwardly About Race - Please Dont Stop Reading This Story About Race Just Because Youre Not Racist - by Jen Graves, August 30, 2011, The Stranger. http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/deeply-embarrassed-white-people-talk-awkwardly-about-race/Content?oid=9747101

Democracy for America (DFA) - a political action committee dedicated to supporting fiscally responsible, socially progressive candidates at all levels of government -- from school board to the presidency. DFA fights against the influence of the far right-wing and their radical, divisive policies and the selfish special interests that for too long have dominated our politics. DFA's long-term goal is to rebuild the Democratic Party from the bottom up. http://democracyforamerica.com/ and Blog for America - turning words into actions. http://www.blogforamerica.com/

Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) - an independent international medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters, or exclusion from health care in more than 70 countries. http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org

Done by Law - Melbourne, Australia -a grassroots radio for social justice on community radio station 3CR and available online through podcast. The station has been on the air since 1980, giving listeners thier unique and irreverent take on current legal news. Presented by the Federation of Community Legal Centres and a team of legal and non-legal presenters, they make sense of everything from new graffiti laws to refugee law. http://www.donebylaw.org/

The Drum Major Institute for Public Policy (DMI)- a non-partisan organization dedicated to challenging the tired orthodoxies of both the right and the left. The goal: progressive public policy for social and economic fairness. DMI seeks to change policy by conducting research into overlooked, but important social and economic issues, by leveraging strategic relationships to engage policymakers and opinion leaders, and by offering platforms to amplify the ideas of those who are working for social and economic fairness. http://drummajorinstitute.org

DMI on the 2007 State of the Union - There was little for current and aspiring middle-class Americans in the 1/23/07 State of the Union Address. On the domestic front, which is the concern of this report, President Bush wavered between promoting ideologically driven experiments to fix our most pressing problems and offering such detailed proposals that the larger challenges were obscured. Read DMI's rapid response to the President's proposals in the economy, budget, health care, immigration, and education. http://drummajorinstitute.org/sotu2007/

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights - documents, exposes, and challenges human rights abuses within the United States criminal justice system, combining policy reform, media advocacy, public education, grassroots organizing, direct-action mobilizing, cultural activism, new technology and legal services to accomplish its mission. EBC has a four-pronged approach: (1) provide legal services to survivors of abuse by law enforcement agencies, (2) spearhead campaigns for police reform and alternatives to incarceration, (3) initiate action committees and organizations in key communities, and (4) build broad public consensus in favor of a human rights agenda for the 21st century.  http://www.ellabakercenter.org

EBC's  Human Rights Advocacy Project (H-RAP) works to build "people's power" in communities most negatively impacted by the twin issues of unaccountable policing and prison expansion. Through H-RAP, EBC supports membership-led organizations that can win real changes in people's lives. H-RAP now supports the following organizations: Let's Get Free - Hip-hop activists for the new century, Transaction - Transgender activists and allies standing up to abusive gender-policing, and Fierce - LGBTSTQ youth building community power in New York City.

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) - works to protect our fundamental rights regardless of technology; to educate the press, policymakers and the general public about civil liberties issues related to technology; and to act as a defender of those liberties. http://www.eff.org.

Engender - South Africa - devoted to strategic interventions about the issues of genders and sexualities, human rights and conflict resolution in order to bring about a better future in South Africa, and a model for other parts of the world. Research and capacity building for communities of people on genders and sexualities, human rights, justice & peace. Working on genders and sexualities * gender-based violence * HIV/AIDS * human rights * justice, conflict resolution and peace http://www.engender.org.za

Faces Of Us - a photo campaign created with the purpose of bringing the fight for LGBT rights to the National spotlight by showing the faces and identities of members of the LGBT community and allies who care about these issues. "The fight will not be won unless every legislator in the United States sees that these are their constituents and that the LGBT community deserves FULL EQUAL RIGHTS under the law. ... You and I know that there are members of the LGBT community in EVERY state and marriage is not the only rights issue that we care about. The premise of FACES OF US is that if you show the faces of people who call themselves LGBT or an ally, and give them an opportunity to voice an opinion, then you will be likely to change minds." http://www.facesofus.blogspot.com/ 

Federal Gender Non-Conformity Cases - publication from National Center for Lesbian Rights on federal cases recognizing that discrimination on the basis of gender non-conformity and/or transgender status is a form of discrimination on the basis of sex. http://www.nclrights.org/publications/nonconform.htm

Free Hugs Campaign - Inspired by Juan Mann - Sometimes, a hug is all what we need. Juan Mann is man whose sole mission has been to reach out and hug a stranger to brighten up their lives. In this age of social disconnectivity and lack of human contact, the effects of the Free Hugs campaign became phenomenal. http://www.freehugscampaign.org/

Free the San Francisco Eight! - eight former Black Panthers were arrested January 23, 2008 in California, New York and Florida on charges related to the 1971 killing of a San Francisco police officer. Similar charges were thrown out after it was revealed that police used torture to extract confessions when some of these same men were arrested in New Orleans in 1973. Learn more about these men and how to support them, and about The Committee for Defense of Human Rights, working to draw attention to human rights abuses perpetrated by the government of the United States and law enforcement authorities which were carried out in an effort to destroy progressive organizations and individuals. http://www.freethesf8.org/

Legacy of Torture: The War Against The Black Liberation Movement - an excellent powerful and disturbing 28 minute film about what happened to the San Francisco Eight! - directed, produced, and edited by Andres Alegría, Claude Marks & The Freedom Archives. You can view it online and order a copy of the DVD.  http://freedomarchives.org/BPP/torture.html

Video Discussion about SF 8 - on "My Country" from SF Cable Channel 76 with host Howard Vicini and guests Kiilu Nyasha of Committee for the Defense of Human Rights, and Michael Lyon of the San Francisco Gray Panthers. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6997300850891496746

The Freedom Archives - This is an amazing archive that contains over 8000 hours of audio and video tapes, recordings dating from the late-60s to the mid-90s and chronicling the progressive history of the Bay Area, the United States, and international solidarity movements. The collection includes weekly news/ poetry/ music programs broadcast on several educational radio stations; in-depth interviews and reports on social and cultural issues; diverse activist voices; original and recorded music, poetry, original sound collages; and an extensive La Raza collection. These materials constitute a compelling record of 40 years of recorded sound, images and cultural diversity. The music/poetry mixes, production techniques, and sound collages represent an innovative contribution to the art of radio and the cultural ambiance of "the 60s" and subsequent decades. Selected highlights are now available on a CD sampler, Roots of Resistance, to provide an example of the vast range of materials in the archive and to further promote the restoration work. While the preservation of the Freedom Archives is of immediate concern, future educational audio programs are envisioned for school use and radio broadcast. This historical treasure, preserved and made widely accessible, brings to life the stirring sounds and images of these tumultuous times. Just a few highlights include: dramatic recordings of Fannie Lou Hamer, Paul Robeson, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, James Baldwin, and Angela Davis; Mario Savio, Jane Fonda, Tom Hayden, Abbie Hoffman, and Ramsey Clark during the war in Vietnam; prison interviews with Lolita Lebron, Assata Shakur, and George Jackson. The archives contains much exclusive material on the civil rights, student, antiwar, prison, women's, and gay/lesbian movements along with an extensive La Raza collection and in-depth reports on key events from San Francisco to South Africa. The collection brings together the sounds and speeches of local and national leaders and protests, and the works of hundreds of poets, activists, and musicians. http://www.freedomarchives.org/

The Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute - works to ensure that LGBT Americans are not excluded from the electoral process by offering nonpartisan trainings on the ins and outs of campaigns. Helps openly gay and lesbian officeholders develop professionally through its collaboration with the International Network of Lesbian and Gay Officials (INLGO) and co-sponsorship of the annual Gay & Lesbian Leadership Conference. Educates the American people on the contributions and challenges of openly LGBT public servants and candidates, through its presentation of "Out & Elected in the U.S.A.," a traveling photo and text exhibit on openly gay and lesbian officeholders. And more. http://www.victoryinstitute.org

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund - committed to increasing the number of openly LGBT public officials at federal, state and local levels of government. The Victory Fund prepares lesbian and gay leaders to enter civic life and participate at the table of public policy. They provides strategic, technical and financial support to openly LGBT candidates and officials.  http://www.victoryfund.org

GayLawNet - dedicated to providing general information and resources concerning the law as it affects the global gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual and intersex (GLBTI) community and the simplest access to a gay or lesbian (or gay or lesbian-friendly) lawyer.  http://www.gaylawnet.com

Gray Panthers - In August of 1970, Maggie Kuhn convened a group of five friends, all of whom were retiring from national religious and social work organizations. This first "Network" of friends gathered to look at the common problems faced by retirees — loss of income, loss of contact with associates and loss of one of our society's most distinguishing social roles, one's job. They also discovered a new kind of freedom in their retirement — the freedom to speak personally and passionately about what they believed in, such as their collective opposition to the Vietnam War. Today there are approximately 20,000 Gray Panthers. The focus is broad and diverse — this intergenerational organization that works for peace and for social, economic and environmental justice. The Gray Panthers challenge ageism directed against any group. http://www.graypanthers.org

Heterosexuals for Gay Rights - a group for straight gay rights activists, their GLBTIQ friends, and "gender indiscriminate" individuals. They believe that love transcends all boundaries, including race, creed, ethnicity, and gender. "As people, we just can't sit by and let discrimination against GLBTIQ people reign in any country. http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/heterosexuals_for_gay_rights

Hip Hop Caucus - politics for a new generation. Hip Hop Caucus is a national organization that empowers the Hip Hop generation to participate in the decision making processes that impact our communities and the planet. The Hip Hop Caucus engages the Hip Hop generation, those born after 1964, through issue campaigns, events, and voter education. Issues of poverty, inequality and opportunity are at the center of the Hip Hop Caucus' campaigns and programs. The Hip Hop Caucus is challenging the demonization of a generation and culture by creating a space for young people to speak up – to discuss and debate a new vision of a society and a government that works for all of us. http://www.hiphopcaucus.org/

Hope for Peace & Justice (H4PJ) - equipping progressive people of faith to be champions for peace and justice. H4PJ seeks to give voice to principles such as: the creation of a culture of peace rather than war ~ the value of people over profits ~ equal rights for all people not just the majority ~ the protection of the environment before the corporate bottom line ~ health care as a civil right for all people not just the wealthy ~ adequate education as a means of societal transformation rather than economic separation ~ the same quality of justice for the poor as for the rich. http://www.h4pj.org

The H4PJ Blog - providing another outlet for informing the community and the world about issues and events that affect us as progressive people of faith who are fighting for peace and justice. H4PJ staff and board members are posting, and you are invited to join the conversation. www.h4pj.org/blog

Human Rights 101 - this website created by Thirteen/WNET in New York which encourages students to explore human rights issues and the impact that one person or group of people in the Metropolitan New York area can make in the international quest for human rights. http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/hr101/ 

Human Rights Campaign envisions an America where lesbian and gay people are ensured of their basic equal rights - and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work, and in the community. http://www.hrc.org

Human Rights Watch - "We stand with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice. We investigate and expose human rights violations and hold abusers accountable. We challenge governments and those who hold power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law. We enlist the public and the international community to support the cause of human rights for all." http://www.hrw.org

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: Briefing to the 60th Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights. January 2004.   http://hrw.org/english/docs/2004/02/02/global7249.htm

Immigration Equality - a national organization fighting for equality under U.S. immigration law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV-positive individuals. http://www.immigrationequality.org/

IndictBushNow.org - (and other high officials) - a project of ImpeachBush. http://www.impeachbush.org

The Institute for Gay and Lesbian Strategic Studies (IGLSS) - an independent think tank answering questions that affect the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities, IGLSS confronts tough issues -- using credible methodology to assure reliable answers. With a mix of scholarly study and rapid-response data on pressing topics, IGLSS fulfills some of the most vital research needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities, and provides leadership within the movement through informed critical analysis. http://www.iglss.org 

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) - one of two bodies in the inter-American system for the promotion and protection of human rights, an autonomous organ of the Organization of American States (OAS). The inter-American human rights system was born with the adoption of the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man in Bogota, Colombia in April of 1948. The American Convention on Human Rights was adopted in 1969. The Convention entered into force in 1978. As of August of 1997, it has been ratified by 25 countries. http://www.cidh.org

The International Lesbian and Gay Association a world-wide network of national and local groups dedicated to achieving equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people everywhere. ILGA has more than 400 member organizations on every continent and around 90 countries are represented. ILGA member groups range from small collectives to national groups and entire cities. http://www.ilga.org

Is Opposing the War An LGBT Issue? - an American Friends Service Committee LGBT Issue Brief, produced in partnership with National Youth Advocacy Coalition - "the grief we continue to feel for those who were killed and whose lives were shattered on September 11, 2001, also extends to those who have been harmed by U.S. military violence and economic sanctions." http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/LGBTAntiWar.pdf (pdf format)

"Our own commitment to human rights, not only to LGBT civil rights, compels us to speak out against the violence of the "War on Terror" and the repressive policies that accompany it. We speak not only for ourselves but in unity with people throughout the United States and the world who experience the daily terror of interpersonal, structural, and military violence, including poverty, hunger, homelessness, lack of adequate and appropriate health care, dispossession, and disenfranchisement.

LGBT people fight daily for our dignity, wellbeing, rights, and sometimes even our lives, within families, schools, faith communities, and society as a whole. LGBT people know all too well what it feels like to be singled out for hatred and violent treatment, made scapegoats, and declared expendable by others. These experiences should help shape our responses whenever violence directed against some demonized "other" is justified by public authorities and accepted without challenge by the majority."

Jurisdictions with Laws Prohibiting Gender Identity-Based Discrimination - from Illinois Gender Advocates with information about laws across the United States.  http://www.genderadvocates.org/policy/Jurisdictions%20List.pdf

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission - IGLHRC's mission is to secure the full enjoyment of the human rights of all people and communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual orientation or expression, gender identity or expression, and/or HIV status. A US-based non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO), IGLHRC effects this mission through advocacy, documentation, coalition building, public education, and technical assistance. http://www.iglhrc.org/  

The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) - a world-wide network of national and local groups dedicated to achieving equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people everywhere. ILGA has more than 400 member organizations on every continent and around 90 countries are represented. ILGA member groups range from small collectives to national groups and entire cities. http://www.ilga.org

Jewish Voice for Peace - provides a voice for Jews and allies who believe that peace in the Middle East will be achieved through justice and full equality for both Palestinians and Israelis. With offices in New York and California, 100,000 online activists, chapters across the country and an Advisory Board comprised of numerous prominent Jewish thinkers and artists, JVP supports nonviolent efforts here and in Israel-Palestine to end Israels Occupation, expand human and civil rights, and implement a US policy based on international law and democracy. http://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/

Just The Facts On Gay Rights - this comprehensive nonpartisan guide by Public Agenda Online analyzes, tracks public views on adoption, marriage, benefits rights, discrimination, gays in the military and other concerns. The Understanding the Issue section lays out the facts and policy alternatives, while the Public Opinion section offers a detailed profile of public thinking about the issue. http://www.publicagenda.org/issues/frontdoor.cfm?issue_type=gay_rights

Queen's Human Rights Office - Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario - provides advice, support and resources on Policy & Procedure, Anti-Racism, Sexual Harassment, Anti-Heterosexism, Stop It Program (e-mail harassment), Positive Space Program (for LGBTQ individuals), Transgender/Transsexual Policy Group, The End To Hate Project, and more. http://www.queensu.ca/humanrights

Queer Legal Resources - by Queer Resources Directory.  http://www.qrd.org/qrd/www/legal

Queers United - an activist blog uniting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersexual, & asexual communities in an effort of education and activism on issues of importance to sexual/gender minorities. "We believe in the vision and greatness of former civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King J.R., Mahatmas Gandhi, and those who seek to topple oppression through activism and non-violence. The blog will seek to put out action alerts to hold those who have a homophobic, transphobic, or deal unfairly with the LGBTQAI community responsible for their unfair and discriminatory actions. It is our belief that through a united voice of all sexual/gender minorities that we can be a powerful force to lobby with and to bring equality to all." http://queersunited.blogspot.com/

Queeruption - an international/multilingual organization and website "where alternative/radical/disenfranchised queers can exchange information, network, organise, inspire and be inspired, self represent, challenge ourselves and each other, and learn about DIY ideas and ethics. We hope this site will convey the diversity of queer life, identity, and politics; provide visibility for a definition of queer that confounds and contradicts the limited representation of the "normal"/consumerist model; and be an active tool for building community that recognises the differences in queerness globally."  http://www.queeruption.org   (The Queer Mutiny North defines DYI as "non-commercial, non-profit come and participate help and create don't just consume!")

Radical Women (RW) - a socialist feminist, grassroots activist organization that provides a radical voice within the feminist movement, a feminist voice within the Left, and trains women to be leaders in the movements for social and economic justice. Radical Women emerged in Seattle, Washington from a “Free University” class on Women and Society conducted by Gloria Martin, a lifelong communist and civil rights champion. As a result of that class Martin teamed up with Clara Fraser and Melba Windoffer (initiators of the Freedom Socialist Party) and Susan Stern (a prominent figure in the local Students for a Democratic Society) to launch Radical Women in 1967. It has branches in numerous United States cities; and Melbourne, Australia. http://www.radicalwomen.org/

  Rock the Vote - engages and builds the political power of young people in order to achieve progressive change in our country. Rock the Vote uses music, popular culture and new technologies to engage and incite young people to register and vote in every election, and gives young people the tools to identify, learn about, and take action on the issues that affect their lives, and leverage their power in the political process. http://www.rockthevote.com/

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund - national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, the transgendered, and people with HIV or AIDS through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.. http://www.lambdalegal.org

Out, Safe & Respected - a national campaign to give LGBT high school students critical information about their rights at school and how to enforce them. The campaign, which is designed to run through the 2004 school year, builds on expertise that Lambda Legal has developed over a decade of litigating lawsuits on behalf of LGBT students who have been harassed, prohibited from exercising their free speech rights, and barred from forming student groups that are legally protected.  http://www.lambdalegal.org/cgi-bin/iowa/youthpsa/index.html?page=youth_index 

The Lambda Letters Project - a California organization working to promote the social, economic, and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex individuals, couples, and families; people affected by HIV/AIDS; people of color; women; and people of low economic status. We urge elected officials to enact and support legislation that accomplishes this goal. http://www.lambdaletters.org/

The League of Young Voters - the mission of the League is to engage pissed off 17-35 year olds in the democratic process to build a progressive governing majority in our lifetime. Their goals are to create social support to strengthen families ~ to foster a spirit of shared responsibility and community ~ to bring all voices into the public dialogue ~ to protect our right to privacy and our freedom of choice ~ to make real opportunities available to all ~ to use government to invest in the public good ~ and to be respected and respectful citizens of the world. Resources include a Voter Organizing Toolkit, and book, movies and online sites they recommend. http://www.indyvoter.org 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights: A Human Rights Perspective - part of the Human Rights Education Series is published by the Human Rights Resource Center at the University of Minnesota. http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/edumat/hreduseries/TB3/toc.html

LGBT Rights & Recognition - from American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) http://www.afsc.org/lgbt/

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) - founded by the Religious Society of Friends (the Quakers) in 1917 to provide conscientious objectors with an opportunity to aid civilian war victims. AFSC carries out service, development, social justice, and peace programs throughout the world  based on the Quaker belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. The organization attracts the support and partnership of people of many races, religions, and cultures. http://www.afsc.org and AFSC's LGB&T Rights & Recognition Programs - http://www.afsc.org/lgbt 

The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk - Randy Shilts's acclaimed 1988 story of Harvey Milk, the man whose personal life, public career, and tragic assassination mirrored the dramatic and unprecedented emergence of the gay community in America during the 1970s. His is a story of personal tragedies and political intrigues, assassination in City Hall and massive riots in the streets, the miscarriage of justice and the consolidation of gay power and gay hope. Preview and more information here: http://books.google.com/books?id=kW4hkULCkxwC

THE LIST - John Aravosis has mailing list for updates on gay rights and politics. Subscribe at http://www.gayadvocacy.com/subscribe.html 

Martin Luther King's Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech - on the occasion of the award in Oslo, Norway ~ December 10, 1964 http://nobelprize.org/peace/laureates/1964/king-acceptance.html

Military Community Services Network (MCSN) - working to create social support structure for gay troops and their families, to get LGBT troops the help they need when they are denied by the military, and to increase the effectiveness and impact of organizations and people whi provide social services to LGBT military service members, their partners and families. http://www.mcsnfamilies.org 

National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards - crime victim compensation programs can help victims of violent crimes and their families to pay for some of the unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses such as medical treatment, mental health counseling, funerals and more. For a directory of these programs for US states and territories see: http://www.nacvcb.org/progdir.html 

National Black Justice Coalition - an ad hoc coalition of black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered leaders who have come together to fight against discrimination. They are are working to build black support for marriage equality and to educate the community on the dangers of the proposal to amend the U.S. Constitution to discriminate against gays and lesbians. http://www.nbjcoalition.org 

National Center for Human Rights Education - working to build a human rights movement in the United States by training community leaders and student activists to apply human rights standards to issues of injustice. http://www.nchre.org 

The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty - includes lawyers, activists, researchers, and homeless and formerly homeless people. The mission of the Law Center is to prevent and end homelessness by serving as the legal arm of the nationwide movement to end homelessness. To achieve its mission, the Law Center pursues three main strategies: impact litigation, policy advocacy, and public education. http://www.nlchp.org

The National Lawyers Guild - dedicated to the need for basic and progressive change in the structure of our political and economic system. Through its members--lawyers, law students, jailhouse lawyers and legal workers united in chapters and committees, the Guild works locally, nationally and internationally as an effective political and social force in the service of the people. http://www.nlg.org/

National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) - national legal resource center with a primary commitment to advancing the rights and safety of lesbians and their families through a program of litigation, public policy advocacy, free legal advice and counseling, and public education. NCLR also provides representation and resources to gay men, and bisexual and transgender individuals on key issues that also significantly advance lesbian rights. http://www.nclrights.org

Publications from NCLR on families, parenting, marriage, partner protection, lgbt youth, transgender rights, and employment. http://www.nclrights.org/publications/index.htm

Transgendered Persons and Marriage: The Importance of Legal Planning -  by Shannon Minter, Senior Staff Attorney, National Center for Lesbian Rights. http://nclrights.org/publications/tgmarriage.htm 

National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) - a network of people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, activists and advocates, service providers and others committed to ending homelessness. NCH engages in public education, policy advocacy, and grassroots organizing in these areas: housing justice, economic justice, health care justice, and civil rights. People who are currently experiencing homelessness or have formerly experienced homelessness are actively involved in all of the Coalition's work. http://www.nationalhomeless.org

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) - A leading progressive civil rights organization that has supported grassroots organizing and advocacy since 1973. Since its inception, NGLTF has been at the forefront of every major initiative for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. In all its efforts, NGLTF helps to strengthen the gay and lesbian movement at the state and local level while connecting these activities to a national vision of change. http://www.ngltf.org

The Online Policy Group (OPG) - dedicated to online policy research, outreach, and action on issues such as access, privacy, digital defamation, and the digital divide. OPG focuses on Internet participants' civil liberties and human rights, like access, privacy, safety, and serving schools, libraries, disabled, elderly, youth, women, and sexual, gender, and ethnic minorities. http://www.onlinepolicy.org

OnTheIssues - provides non-partisan information for voters in the Presidential election - with information from newspapers, speeches, press releases, and the Internet - so that votes can be based on issues rather than on personalities and popularity. http://www.ontheissues.org/

OutRage! - a queer rights direct action group in the UK with a witty, imaginative, daring, and irreverent style of nonviolent civil disobedience that has elevated activism into an art form: protest as performance. They are unapologetic and provocative, rejecting the assimilationist and conformist politics of the mainstream lesbian and gay rights movement. OutRage! pioneered a critical, skeptical attitude towards the values, laws, and institutions of straight society. They believe that equality is important but is not enough, since equal rights alone inevitably means equality on straight terms. http://outrage.nabumedia.com 

Pax Christi USA - this national Catholic peace movement rejects war, preparations for war, and every form of violence and domination. It advocates primacy of conscience, economic and social justice, and respect for creation. http://www.paxchristiusa.org/

People For the American Way - Organizes and mobilizes Americans to fight for fairness, justice, civil rights and the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution. PFAW lobbies for progressive legislation and helps to build communities of activists. http://www.pfaw.org

Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide - based in Atlanta, Georgia - a leadership development organization based in the US South creating spaces for movement building. We work with communities pushed forward by the struggle to strengthen leadership and provide popular political & economic education for personal & social transformation. We build relationships with organizations and networks across the US and global South to inform our local work and to engage in bottom-up movement building for social & economic justice. http://www.projectsouth.org

The Public Eye - the website of Political Research Associates, which is an independent, nonprofit research center that studies antidemocratic, authoritarian, and other oppressive movements, institutions, and trends. "PRA is based on progressive values, and is committed to advancing an open, democratic, and pluralistic society.  PRA provides accurate, reliable research and analysis to activists, journalists, educators, policy makers, and the public at large." Their website has articles, directories of Groups Building Equality & Democracy, Anti-democracy & Right-wing Groups, and more. http://www.publiceye.org

Realizing the Dream - continues the humanitarian and liberating work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King; it promotes and embodies justice, equality, and the ‘beloved' community through specific sustainable initiatives in economic development, non-violence and conflict resolution training, and targeted leadership development for youth. Dr. King wrote in 1956 when conducting bus boycotts, that the Beloved Community is, “the end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the Beloved Community." Programs encompass health, education, employment, housing, economic development, leadership, community capacity, conflict resolution, nonviolence and peace initiatives. http://www.realizingthedream.org/
 

Rock the Vote was founded in 1990 in response to a wave of attacks on freedom of speech and artistic expression. and engages youth in the political process by incorporating the entertainment community and youth culture into its activities. Rock the Vote mobilizes young people to create positive social and political change in their lives and communities.  http://www.rockthevote.com 

School of Unity & Liberation (SOUL) - working to lay the groundwork for a powerful liberation movement by supporting the development of a new generation of young organizers - especially young women, young people of color, queer youth and working-class young people. In order for young organizers to build an effective movement for fundamental social change they need support to develop the nuts-and-bolts organizing skills they need to mobilize their communities and to deepen their political analysis and their visions for fundamental social change. SOUL is a training center designed to support the growing youth sector of the social justice movement. They run political education and organizing skills training programs, designed specifically to meet the particular needs of our generation of emerging movement leaders. http://www.youthec.org/soul/

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) is dedicated to ending witch hunts, death threats, imprisonment, lesbian-baiting, discharges and other discriminatory actions against men and women in the military harmed by 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Pursue, Don't Harass,' and related policies, through direct legal assistance, watchdog activities, policy work, outreach and education, and litigation support.  http://www.sldn.org

Sodomy Laws - information on sodomy laws in the United States and worldwide, related news and editorials, legal cases, history, strategies, research, advocates and more. http://www.sodomylaws.org

Soldier's Heart - this wonderful healing project, dedicated to our veterans' successful return, addresses the emotional and spiritual needs of veterans, their families and communities. Soldier's Heart promotes and guides community-based efforts to heal the effects of war. Dr. Edward Tick, the founder of  Soldier's Heart, is a practicing psychotherapist specializing in veterans with PTSD. The work is based on strategies presented in his book, "War and the Soul - Healing Our Nation's Veterans from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder". http://www.soldiersheart.net/

I attended War and the Soul: Healing Post-traumatic Stress Disorder  - a professional workshop which was presented and facilitated by Ed Tick at Antioch College in Seattle in February 2008. It was a powerful experience, and I recommend his workshops if you are able to go to one. It was done as the beginning of his Soldier's Heart Veterans' Return Retreat - Healing Our Veterans and Country from War - also held in Seattle. He leads those in other places and times. He leads those in other places and times. See the Soldier's Heart events page here.

Stop the Hate - a sermon by Dr. Ed Tick, given at the Annual Interfaith Service of The College of Saint Rose, Albany, New York on November 27, 2006. "How do we stop the hate? Tonight we ask this question together -- profound and necessary for the health of our planet and all its inhabitants." I think these are important words although they do not address LGBTQ specific hate and the issues around it which is my usual focus. It is an inquiry into and a longing for forgiveness and respect; a plea for the difficult but critical and complex task of meeting hate with love. http://www.soldiersheart.net/Home/soldiersheart/stop_the_hate.pdf (pdf format)

Soldier's Heart has The Voices in Wartime Curricula available, which is distributed in connection with the film Voices in Wartime, a 74-minute, feature-length documentary that sharply etches the experience of war through powerful images and the words of poets – unknown and world-famous. Soldiers, journalists, historians and experts on combat interviewed in Voices in Wartime add diverse perspectives on war's effects on soldiers, civilians and society. In Voices in Wartime, poets around the world, from the United States and Colombia to Britain and Nigeria to Iraq and India, share their views and experiences of war that extend beyond national borders and into the depth of the human soul. I have the organization Voices in Wartime - which is based in Seattle - listed above in the local section of this page.

standingwomen. - a global Mothers' Day action - "Over the last year a number of us have felt that women everywhere we traveled are just weary about where the world is moving and, more importantly, that women everyone are ready to stand up and do something about it. We also know that many men are ready to stand up, also." Standing for five minutes of silence in a local park, school yard, gathering place, or any place deemed appropriate.  http://www.standingwomen.org

Sylvia Rivera Law Project - a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice. Therefore, we seek to increase the political voice and visibility of low-income people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming. SRLP works to improve access to respectful and affirming social, health, and legal services for our communities. We believe that in order to create meaningful political participation and leadership, we must have access to basic means of survival and safety from violence. http://www.srlp.org

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project's testimony to the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission - regarding the high incidence of rape and sexual assault that transgender, intersex, and gender non-conforming prisoners face. http://www.srlp.org/documents/NPREC_testimony_Spade.pdf  (pdf format)

Sylvia Rivera, 1951 to 2002 - a civil rights pioneer Sylvia Rivera was a veteran of the 1969 Stonewall uprising. Sylvia was a tireless advocate for all those who have been marginalized as the "gay rights" movement has mainstreamed. She fought hard against the exclusion of transgender people from the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act in New York, and was a loud and persistent voice for the rights of people of color and low-income queers and trans people. More: http://www.srlp.org/index.php?sec=10&page=riverabio

Tell-Three.org - "Coming Out Isn't Enough" - Join the Impact partnered with other national LGBT groups to develop this web based public education campaign to encourage LGBT people and their supporters to have three conversations with friends and family to help build support for LGBT equality. There are resources for those who want to learn more about the issues affecting LGBT people but the website notes that the most important thing is for people to have personal conversations. The website encourages LGBT people to talk about their relationships, about growing up, and about how being LGBT has made them feel different from others in some respects and the same in others. Visitors to the website can find information on who to talk with and how to start these important conversations. http://www.tell-three.org/
 

Thank You Lt. Watada - On June 22, 2006, U.S. Army 1st Lieutenant Ehren K. Watada stepped forward as the first commissioned officer to publicly refuse deployment to the Iraq War and occupation. In support of his courageous action, the Lt. Ehren Watada Campaign works to educate and broaden the dialog on constitutional rights while mobilizing grassroots action to insure that our government upholds Lt. Watada's right to speak out and refuse to participate in illegal military action in Iraq. http://www.thankyoult.org

The Transgender Law & Policy Institute tracks current developments in legal and public policy issues affecting transgender people and their families and provides legal, medical, and social science resources to attorneys and others advocating on behalf of transgender individuals. http://www.transgenderlaw.org

The Transgender Law Center (TLC) in California is a legal civil rights organization that connects transgender people to technically sound and culturally competent legal services. TLC's three-pronged approach is: direct legal services, public policy advocacy, and education. http://www.transgenderlawcenter.org

Nation's First Transgender Law Center Opens in San Francisco - 5-19-2003 article about The Transgender Law Center from American Lawyer Media's law.com  http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1052440746678

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLFEF) - committed to ending discrimination based upon gender identity and expression and to achieving equality for transgender people through public education, test-case litigation, direct legal services, community organizing and public policy efforts. Access to Health Care Program; Fair Employment Project; Educational Equity Program; Housing and Shelter Project, The Name Change Project; the Transgender Health Initiative of New York (THINY); and more. http://www.transgenderlegal.org/

Trans Issues in Electoral Politics - by Dana Beyer in July/August 2010 Tikkun Magazine. http://www.tikkun.org/article.php/july2010beyer

TurnOut - a project of The Gill Foundation - seeks to inform Americans about the inequalities faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in their everyday lives; providing the resources and information necessary to form educated opinions and motivate fair-minded people to take action and vote. http://www.turnout.org 

United for Peace and Justice - a coalition of local and national groups throughout the United States who have joined together to protest the immoral and disastrous Iraq War and oppose the government's policy of permanent warfare and empire-building. http://www.unitedforpeace.org

The United Nations - works to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war; to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small; to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom. http://www.un.org

UNICEF - The United Nations Children's Fund - a program of the United Nations. It upholds the Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is involved in creating protective environments for children, present to relieve suffering during emergencies, and wherever children are threatened, because no child should be exposed to violence, abuse or exploitation. UNICEF works in 191 countries. http://www.unicef.org 

The Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) is a global network that disseminates information about the Convention on the Rights of the Child and child rights amongst non-governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, inter-governmental organisation (IGOs), educational institutions, and other child rights experts. The Coordinating Unit is based in London, UK. http://www.crin.org

Universal Declaration of Human Rights - On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  http://www.unhchr.ch/udhr

Human Rights In Action - the United Nations Cyberschoolhouse program was created in 1996 as the online interactive education component of the Global Teaching and Learning Project. The curriculum on Human Rights here:  http://www.un.org/cyberschoolbus/humanrights

VETERANS FOR PEACE - Veterans Working Together for Peace & Justice Through Non-violence. Wage Peace!  http://www.veteransforpeace.org

Voices of Civil Rights - both a living memorial to those who were a part of the civil rights experience and a tribute to the quest for equality that continues today, this is a joint project of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) who have teamed up to collect and preserve personal accounts of America's struggle to fulfill the promise of equality for all.  http://www.voicesofcivilrights.org

War Resisters League (WRL) - rejects the use of violence for national defense or for revolutionary change, committed not only to eliminating war, but the causes of war-causes intricately linked to the violence that pervades our society -  the suffering of homelessness, hunger, lack of medical care, and poverty. They search for an answer to the violence in our society not in the building of more prisons, but in programs that bring help to those in need, working for peace within a framework of social justice. "We know that all social change involves pain, suffering, and often tragedy. The pacifist does not deny conflict exists, but we believe nonviolence achieves social change with the least injustice and suffering because we focus on the evil of institutions rather than seeing individuals as evil." http://www.warresisters.org

The Williams Institute - advancing critical thought in the field of sexual orientation law and public policy through rigorous, independent research and scholarship, and disseminates it to judges, legislators, policymakers, media and the public. A national think tank at UCLA Law, the Williams Institute produces high quality research with real-world relevance. By providing new ideas and reliable information, the Williams Institute makes a difference. Experts at the Williams Institute have authored dozens of public policy studies and law review articles, filed amicus briefs in key court cases, provided expert testimony at legislative hearings, been widely cited in the national media, and trained thousands of lawyers, judges and members of the public.  http://www.law.ucla.edu/williamsinstitute/

Women in Black (WiB) - a world-wide network of women committed to peace with justice and actively opposed to injustice, war, militarism and other forms of violence. WiB actions are generally women only. Their actions often take the form of women wearing black, standing in a public place in silent, non-violent vigils at regular times and intervals, carrying placards and handing out leaflets. http://www.womeninblack.org

Women in Black Art Project - Eight photographs by Colleen Young. http://www.artwomen.org/wib/

World Can't Wait - organizing people living in the United States to take responsibility to stop the whole disastrous course led by the Bush administration.  They seek to create a political situation where the Bush administration's program is repudiated, where Bush himself is driven from office, and where the whole direction he has been taking U.S. society is reversed. They seek to mobilize millions to express their outrage, to speak the truth, to act with urgency and form an organized political resistance. "Silence in a Time of Torture is Complicity"  http://www.worldcantwait.net

 

2003-2012 Gabi Clayton

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