With millions upon millions of pages on the web,
it's not possible to list 'em all or even to know
where to start. We thought this list might help
organizations who are basically trying to do
Whenever possible, we've listed websites by
their own descriptions (indicated by the use of opening
and closing quotes). Links verified: 10/24/2003.
Civil Liberties Union
Lots of information -- and the opportunity to take action -- on civil
liberties from the ACLU's "Freedom Net". Information on a host
of issues ranging from Criminal Justice and the Death Penalty to Racial
Equality and Workplace Rights.
Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
"AFSC is a Quaker organization, founded in 1917 to provide conscientious
objectors with an opportunity to aid civilian victims during World
War I. Today the AFSC has programs that focus on issues related to
economic justice, peace-building and demilitarization, social justice, and
youth, in the United States, and in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and
the Middle East." Actively helps workers and citizens in struggles
for justice (in Mexico, for example).
"Amnesty International is a worldwide campaigning movement that
works to promote all the human rights ... 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."
AI's work has saved many lives.
for America's Future
Launched primarily as an on-line progressive speakers bureau, the site
also includes "Talking Points" "Future Watch"
"At a Glance (charts, graphs and stats)" and
"Issue Stuff". Here's their description: "Over 100 prominent
Americans - citizen activists concerned about our country and our
planet - have joined together to launch and build a new organization for
progressive change. We are committed to sparking a robust national debate
about America's future. You can bring this debate to your community
with our online directory of speakers, New Voices. " Check it out!
for Labor Rights
"Campaign for Labor Rights is a bridge between local activists
and many of the major organizations initiating campaigns for labor rights
around the world and here at home. We are building a base of support for:
UNITE (campaign to end sweatshops); National Labor Committee (Wal-Mart
and Haiti campaigns); Press for Change (NIKE campaign); Support Committee
for Maquiladora Workers (campaign for a living wage); several groups
working on the Burma boycott; and a number of other organizations with
important campaigns in support of the rights of working people."
for Democratic Renewal
"Founded in 1979 as the National Anti-Klan Network, the Center
for Democratic Renewal is a multi-racial organization that advances the
vision of a democratic, diverse and just society free of racism and bigotry.
It helps communities combat groups, movements and government practices
that promote hatred and bigotry and is committed to public policies
based on equity and justice."
for New Community
The Center for New Community, in its own words, "is a faith-based,
rural-urban initiative whose mission is to revitalize congregations
and community for genuine social, economic and political democracy."
Among the various worthwhile projects they are involved in is the "Building
Democracy Initiative" which is aimed at "developing
a lasting commitment, particularly within the religious community, to
counter far-right, anti-democratic movements in the Midwest." The
Building Democracy project produced an excellent report on white supremacists
on the Internet, for example.
for Science in the Public Interest
The politics of nutrition and food safety are covered at this site;
includes useful information and tips on nutrition. CSPI bills itself as
an "education and advocacy organization ... focusing on improving the
safety and nutrition of our food supply and reducing the carnage caused
by alcoholic beverages."
Founded in 1973, "The Children's Defense Fund exists to provide
a strong and effective voice for all the children of America, who cannot
vote, lobby, or speak for themselves. We pay particular attention to the
needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities. Our
goal is to educate ... and encourage preventive investment in children before
they get sick, drop out of school, suffer family breakdown, or get
for Independent Public Broadcasting
"Citizens for Independent Public Broadcasting is a national membership
organization dedicated to putting the PUBLIC back into public broadcasting
so that we can all join in the debate about our nation's future."
for Tax Justice
"Citizens for Tax Justice is a research and advocacy organization
dedicated to fair taxation at the federal, state and local levels. We're
for: Fair taxes for middle- and low-income families; Requiring the wealthy
to pay their fair share; Closing Corporate Tax Loopholes; Adequately
funding important government services ..."
"Connect for Kids, an award-winning multimedia project of the Benton
foundation, helps adults make their communities better places for
families and children. The Web site offers a place on the Internet for adultsparents,
grandparents, educators, policymakers and otherswho
want to become more active citizens, from volunteering to voting
with kids in mind."
Clearinghouse for information on the blockade of Cuba -- with a special
emphasis on the blockade-induced medical crisis in Cuba. Links to additional
Socialists of America
Homepage of DSA, includes a strong page of "Left Links". "The
Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is the largest socialist
organization in the United States, and the principal U.S. affiliate of
the Socialist International"
"Families USA, a national nonprofit organization, advocates high-quality,
affordable health and long term care for all Americans."
Bill themselves as "the Consumer Voice for Health Care" and have
been very active in trying to get progressive health care reform on
the political agenda. This site also offers a Medicaid Clearinghouse and
a large set of links.
'An international youth movement, dedicated to establishing programs
and activities that will reduce the poverty and exploitation of children
throughout the world, especially those in bonded, hazardous, and exploitative
child labour.' Heartbreaking stories ... resources ... more.
Law Center for Economic and Social Justice
National non-profit organization that provides direct legal advice and
assistance to workers and union across the country on the WARN Act, environmental
justice issues, and fighting corporate welfare. The Center
is a project of the National Lawyers Guild.
"HateWatch is a web based organization that monitors the growing
and evolving threat of hate group activity on the Internet. Started in
1996, HateWatch provides an online resource for concerned individuals,
academics, activists and the media to keep abreast of and to combat online
bigotry." A lot of links; a lot of information.
"Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights
of people around the world ... works to end a broad range of abuses, including
summary executions, torture, arbitrary detention, restrictions on
the freedom of expression, association, assembly and religion, violations
of due process, and discrimination on racial, gender, ethnic and religious
grounds." Also addresses war-related issues. Founded in 1978.
An organization whose goal is the sustainable end to world hunger: "The
end of world hunger an accomplishment once considered impossible
is now within our grasp. We are facing a time when humanity
can and must achieve the final milestone for the end of hunger. The
end of world hunger will unquestionably be humanity's greatest achievement.
This website is an invitation to you to participate in this great endeavor."
Workers of the World (IWW)
With news alerts, links to interesting web sites and, of course, the
preamble to the IWW constitution, here's the home page of the Industrial
Workers of the World, the oldest radical union in the USA.
for Global Communications
Qualify to be listed as the "really good guys." IGC not only
hosts PeaceNet, EcoNet, WomensNet, and Anti-Racism Net, but also provides
internet resources to a host of labor unions and progressive organizations.
This is I.G.C.'s "front page."
"Jobs With Justice is a national labor, community and religious
coalition dedicated to fight for the rights of working people. More than
two dozen local Jobs With Justice coalitions around the country have mobilized
hundreds of thousands of working people around the right to family-wage
jobs, health care, civil and workplace rights." UE is member
of, and has played an active role in, Jobs with Justice.
"The Labor / Community Strategy Center is a multiracial anticorporate
"think-tank/act-tank" committed to building democratic
internationalist social movements. The Strategy Center's work encompasses
all aspects of urban life: it emphasizes rebuilding the labor movement,
fighting for environmental justice, truly mass transit, and immigrant
rights, as well as actively opposing the growing criminalization, racialization,
and feminization of poverty."
America Working Group
"LAWG is a coalition of over sixty religious, human rights, policy,
grassroots and development organizations. Since 1983, the coalition
has been striving for U.S. policies that promote peace, justice and sustainable
development in the region.
"LIF addresses public policy issues from the perspective of how
they will affect the social and economic future of the Latino community.
To accomplish our mission of empowering Latinos to participate more fully
and effectively in public policy issues, we provide the following: Policy
Analysis & Development; Coalition Building; Community Education
& Training; Media Resources; (and) Advocacy."
"Media Access Project is the only freestanding public interest
law firm which is primarily devoted to representing the public's interest
on electronic media issues. According to the National Journal, MAP is
"considered by some...dollar for dollar the best run public interest
group in Washington." MAP's ongoing scrutiny of the FCC's activities
over a quarter of a century has earned it influence and widespread
respect among policy makers in thepublic and private sectors and considerable
influence in the public debate over telecommunications matters."
Home page of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored
People. Includes issue alerts, press releases and lots of information about
Whew! Gotta tell 'ya, this takes some time to load -- but, when done,
you'll see an interesting (hi-browser-tech) site. "The National Farmers
Union is a (95 year old) federation of state and regional Farmers
Union organizations, is a general farm organization whose members join
together to map out and work for a comprehensive program for rural America."
Made up of about 300,000 farm families from every U.S. state.
This group has been highly successful in forcing some large retailers
and manufacturers to change their sweatshop ways: the GAP, Liz Claiborne,
and Raph Loren to name a few. Their latest target is Disney and is worldwide
empire of sweatshops. Check it out - and help!
Organization for Women (NOW)
From issues to actions, information and news, you'll find a lot of information
at NOW's home page. Includes a search feature and information
on local chapters.
Partnership for Women & Families
"The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit,
nonpartisan organization that uses public education and advocacy to
promote fairness in the workplace, quality health care, and policies that
help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family [Formerly
the Women's Legal Defense Fund]."
Partnership Resouce Site
Resource center for Family and Medical Leave Act and other family employment
related legal information.
The NPP provides excellent analysis of the anti-worker impact of the
federal budget decisions made by Congress. In the words of NPP: "National
Priorities Project reports on our cities and states including our
latest national report, Are You Winning or Losing? (Mar.98), and, just
published on our website, state versions of the Winners & Losers report
(Apr.98), as well as our At-a-Glance State Stories (Fall 97) outlining
federal spending tradeoffs between military and social programs."
"Through PeaceNet, explore information and work for positive social
change in the areas of peace, social and economic justice, human rights
and the struggle against racism." One of I.G.C.'s five progressive
"Founded by Ralph Nader in 1971, Public Citizen is the consumer's
eyes and ears in Washington. With the support of more than 150,000 people
like you, we fight for safer drugs and medical devices, cleaner and
safer energy sources, a cleaner environment, and a more open and democratic
government. ... Public Citizen is respected and effective ... because
we accept no government or corporate support ..."
Interest Research Groups
PIRGS are watchdog groups geared toward good government, consumer protection
and protecting the environment. Major site selections include:
"Protecting Our Environment", "Fighting For Consumers",
"Taking Back Government", and "Empowering Students."
Good list of consumer links, too.
Homepage of the National Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. Information about,
and services provided by, the Coalition.
Center of the Americas
"Welcome to the Resource Center of The Americas, a Minnesota-based
nonprofit organization that enables U.S. citizens to join the struggle
for peace, justice and human rights across the hemisphere." Group
publishes periodicals, has excellent labor/education workshops and resources
(pertaining to the global economy) and more. Good resource on this
of the Americas Watch
"SOA Watch is an independent organization that seeks to close the
US Army School of the Americas through vigils and fasts, demonstrations
and nonviolent protest, as well as media and legislative work."
The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (formerly the
US Army School of the Americas), "based in Fort Benning, Georgia,
trains Latin American soldiers in combat, counter-insurgency, and counter-narcotics.
Graduates of the SOA have been responsible for some of the
worst human rights abuses in Latin America."
the Wealth/United For a Fair Economy
"United for a Fair Economy is part of a broad social movement of
people concerned that the concentration of wealth is hurting our nation.
Its goal is to revitalize America through a more fair distribution of
wealth. We are an independent, non-partisan organization. United for a
Fair Economy was first formed in 1994 by community organizers from the labor,
women's, civil rights, and anti-poverty movements. These organizers
came together to reframe their organizing efforts in the context of the
dramatic shift in wealth and power that has occurred in the last 15 years."
Lots of info on wealth, inequality. Tax the rich! Publishers
of the newsletter: Too Much!
Poverty Law Center
"Located in Montgomery,Alabama, the Center is known for its years
of courtroom accomplishments, legal victories against white supremacist
groups, monitoring of hate activity across the country, national tolerance
education and the Civil Rights Memorial." Includes KlanWatch.
"Stand For Children is a national organization that encourages
individuals to improve children's lives. Our mission is to identify, train,
and connect local children's activists engaging in advocacy, awareness-raising,
and service initiatives on an ongoing basis as part of Children's
Action Teams (Cats). A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization in its
structure, Stand For Children is a movement in its mission -- a movement
to Leave No Child Behind and to give every child a Healthy Start, Head
Start, Safe Start, Fair Start, and Moral Start in life."
The Global Economy hits home: "Sweatshops today have returned to
America. Today, many apparel and other workers labor in exploitative conditions
unseen since the turn of the century: long hours, sub-minimum
wages, unsafe workplaces, sexual harassment, child labor, even virtual slavery."
Help put an end to sweatshops in the USA; find our more about
this campaign from UNITE!
" Welcome to the Thomas Merton Center's website! This site has
been developed to serve two primary purposes: First, to deliver online resources
to the peace and social justice community in Pittsburgh, western
Pennsylvania and nationwide. Second, to educate and inform members and
non-members about the work of the Thomas Merton Center. " Lots of
Peace and Justice information, including info on the Citizen's'Budget Campaign.
for a Fair Economy
"United for a Fair Economy [supports those] who work to address
the widening income and asset gap in our country. Our work is grounded
in the belief that our country would be a far more democratic, prosperous,
and caring community if we narrowed the vast gap between the very wealthy
and everyone else. Our constituency is broad and deep and includes
both those directly hurt by economic disparity and those who benefit from
Veterans of America
"To provide an interactive, on-line forum for Vietnam Veterans
and their families and friends to exchange information, stories, poems,
songs, art, pictures, and experiences in any publishable form."
"ZNet is a community of people concerned about social change and
eager to learn from, enjoy, and work with one another. ... ZNet includes
robust educational offerings, socially responsible internet guides, audio
and publishing functionality and archives, socializing facilities,
Z Magazine article archives and search engines, activism updates and campaigns,
research tools, and especially interactive forums including, among
their regular participants, Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, Michael
Albert, Katha Pollitt, and Howard Zinn." Check it Out!
"Adbusters offers incisive philosophical articles as well as activist
commentary from around the world addressing issues ranging from genetically
modified foods to media concentration. In addition, our annual
social marketing campaigns like Buy Nothing Day and TV Turnoff Week have
made us an important activist networking group."
Launched in November 1987 by the Independent Media Institute (IMI),
AlterNet.org is an online magazine, information source and community that
combines quality journalism, public-interest content, interactivity, passionate
advocacy and links to useful resources. AlterNet.org is an alternative
to the corporate conglomerates that dominate the media marketplace.
The overwhelming commercial goals of corporate media outlets leave
large gaps in delivering useful news and information the public needs ...
Civil Liberties Union
Lots of information -- and the opportunity to take action -- on civil
liberties from the ACLU's "Freedom Net". Information on a host
of issues ranging from Criminal Justice and the Death Penalty to Racial
Equality and Workplace Rights.
for Radio Diversity
"The mission of the non-profit Americans for Radio Diversity organization
is to promote community- oriented commercial and public radio
broadcasting. The scarce radio spectrum must include quality programming
that is of, for and by the community. In order to promote local competition
and local programming, we must reverse the destructive trend toward
the anti-competitive, concentrated radio ownership in mega-media corporations.
As radio listeners, our voices must be heard."
"The Blue Collar Review is a quarterly journal of poetry and prose
published by Partisan Press. Our mission is to expand and promote a
progressive working class vision of culture that inspires us and that moves
us forward as a class. The work presented is a sampling from the magazine."
"Common Dreams Newscenter - Breaking news and views for the progressive
community" ... offers breaking news, links to hundreds of
wires, newspapers and periodicals and quick links to dozens of commentaries
(such as Jim Hightower, Molly Ivins, Jessse Jackson, Michael Moore,
Barbara Ehrenreich ...). Good source of news and views ...
"CounterPunch is the bi-weekly muckraking newsletter edited by
Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair. Twice a month we bring our readers
the stories that the corporate press never prints. We aren't side-line
journalists here at CounterPunch. Ours is muckraking with a radical
& Sense Magazine
"Do economic half-truths make your head ache? Lies give you a migraine?
If they do, there's a hazard to your health in the media today.
Politicians and pundits -- the same ones who rush out on a limb with an
answer for everything -- are giving out the wrong answers. It's hard enough
for professional economists to separate fact from fiction when it comes
to the deficit, poverty programs and international trade. But when
most of us are confronted with leading questions and evasive responses,
we need a straightforward source to help sort out the truth." Dollars
and Sense tries: "the only progressive economics magazine in the
country written for a popular audience." Lots of resources and info.
& Accuracy in Reporting
From the publisher's of Extra!, "the award-winning bimonthly magazine
of media criticism" and the folks who produce the "Counterspin"
radio show: "FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting)
is the national media watch group offering well-documented criticism
... to correct media bias and imbalance. FAIR focuses public awareness
on the narrow corporate ownership of the press, the media's allegiance
to official agendas, and their insensitivity to women, labor, minorities,
and other public interest constituencies. FAIR seeks to invigorate the
First Amendment by advocating for greater media pluralism and the inclusion
of public interest voices in national debates."
"Free Speech Internet Television is the first audio/video hub on
the web created and defined by the people who use it. ... attempting to
respond to the interests of that majority of the people whose voices are
excluded or distorted in the corporate media. ... "
"In These Times is an independent political newsmagazine. Our purpose
is to challenge the ideological conformity of the corporate media,
and to make sense of the news bites and disembodied stories we are fed
in the daily press and on television. As a not-for-profit publication supported
entirely by our readers, we are free from the need to conform to
advertisers or from the dictates of corporate headquarters. Instead, we
report on events as our writers see and understand them. In These Times
gives you news and views you can't find anywhere else."
Innovative and exciting, the Independent Media Center is exploring the
electronic frontier of grassroots news reporting and communications,
offering a rapidly growing alternative to mainstream news. Even better:
local, regional and even national IMC's are popping up all over the globe,
bringing together an amazing synergy of activists and media formats.
With its roots in the WTO protests in Seattle, here's how the IMC describes
itself: "Indymedia is a collective of independent media organizations
and hundreds of journalists offering grassroots, non-corporate [news]
coverage. Indymedia is a democratic media outlet for the creation of
radical, accurate, and passionate tellings of truth."
A non-profit organization's web site, based in South Bronx, NY, which
"covers community reinvestment (which requires banks to lend in low-
and moderate-income neighborhoods), environmental justice, insurance
and telecommunications redlining, the Federal Reserve, and more."
Leftist and 'Progressive' Alternative Media Links
Because you might miss this link on the main site, we've included another
part of Jay's links here -- a long list of alternative media outlets,
ranging from newspapers, bookstores and e-zines to radio, tv and film
Labor Beat is a Chicago-based non-profit organization which produces
and distributes progressive television, radio, video, and computer communications
on labor and social issues. (More than three hundred Labor Beat
television programs and Labor Express radio programs have now been produced
and are listed at this site along with lots of rank-and-file
links and labor media information.) Check it out!
"Since 1979, Labor Notes has been the voice of union activists
who want to "put the movement back in the labor movement" through
rank and file democracy. As an organization, Labor Notes works to bring
activists together by publishing a monthly magazine, books, and pamphlets
as well as holding schools and conferences. Labor Notes is a place
to learn about the struggles, strategies, and solutions within the labor
movement today." Site includes: Labor Notes Magazine articles, publications,
info about conferences, forum, and more!
Clear and concise political and economic news from an alternative perspective:
"Left Business Observer is an 8-page more-or-less monthly
newsletter on economics and politics in the U.S. and the world at large.
A list of recent back issues is on this web site. LBO, founded in 1986,
is edited by Doug Henwood. Henwood is also a contributing editor of The
Nation and does a weekly program on WBAI radio (New York)."
"MediaChannel is a media issues supersite, featuring criticism,
breaking news, and investigative reporting from hundreds of organizations
worldwide. As the media watch the world, we watch the media. ... [Visitors]
willhave access to hundreds of media issues organizations from all
points on the globe. These include media watch groups, university journalism
departments, professional organizations, anti-censorship monitors,
and trade publications. This supersite is a reading room, a research center,
and a meeting place ..."
Jones Magazine/MoJo Wire
"Daily News and Resources for the Skeptical Citizen ... the MoJo
Wire is the online cousin of Mother Jones magazine, the first general-interest
magazine on the Web. The ... site includes award-winning databases,
in-depth newsstories, and special projects. We're covering issues in
depth that the magazine can only touch on."
The (The Nation)
"Established in 1865 by a group of abolitionists, The Nation is
America's oldest weekly magazine and one of its premier journals of opinion.
Throughout 130 years of commentary on politics, culture, books and
the arts, The Nation has remained true to its original mandate to be the
independent voice in American journalism." Complete with an on-line
directory covering dozens of categories ...
"Like most of our readers, we are acutely aware of the injustices
and unnecessary suffering in the world. Our aim is to bear witness to
this injustice and to help people shed whatever light they can on it. But
we don't see injustice and suffering as somehow 'belonging' to just one
part of the world: they can be found everywhere. That's why we carry
features about the way people are disempowered and marginalised in the "developed" as well as the "developing" world."
The (The Progressive)
"Each month, the magazine brings you some of the best writers and
most incisive thinkers of our day. In the past few years, it has run
articles by Helen Caldicott, Noam Chomsky, Alexander Cockburn, Barbara Ehrenreich,
June Jordan, Jonathan Kozol, Adolph Reed, Jr., Edward Said, Gore
Vidal, and Howard Zinn. It also runs fascinating monthly interviews
with political figures like Paul Wellstone, Jim Hightower, and Jesse Jackson;
feminists like Gloria Steinem, Susan Faludi, and Katha Pollitt; writers
like Edward Albee, Alice Walker, Salman Rushdie, Dorothy Allison,
and Barbara Kingsolver; Nobel Peace Prize winners like Aung San Suu Kyi
and Desmond Tutu; and singers like Patti Smith and the Indigo Girls."
"The Primary Objective of Project Censored is to explore and publicize
the extent of censorship in our society by locating stories about
significant issues of which the public should be aware, but is not, for
one reason or another." Weekly headlines, newsletters and an online
resource guide ...
"The airwaves nominally belong to the people, but the reality is
most of the media outlets worldwide are owned by a steadily smaller number
of large corporations who use them to expand their wealth and power.
Even the so-called "public stations" increasingly take corporate
money or emulate corporate paradigms. This means communities and individuals
are increasingly shut out of the process of determining what information
they receive." Radio 4All lists independent radio stations
and programs from around the world.
"Founded in 1984 by Eric Utne, UTNE READER reprints the best articles
from over 2,000 alternative media sources bringing you the latest
ideas and trends emerging in our culture... Provocative writing from diverse
perspectives... Insightful analysis of art and media... Down-to-earth
news and resources you can use... In-depth coverage of compelling people
and issues that affect your life... The best of the alternative media."
Independent News Service (WINS)
"Workers Independent News Service (WINS) gathers news by and about
working people and creates programs and feature stories for commercial,
public, community and college radio stations throughout the United States."
On the internet, WINS provides a daily three minute Labor News
Headlines feed (link available on our UE News
Headlines page). "WINS also offers training and assistance to
unions and community-based organizations in the technical aspects of reporting,
radio production and media relations."
Z Magazine online is part of Z-Net
(perhaps a better place to start) ... "ZNet intends to
become a community of mutually supportive actors in the struggle to make
the world a better place for human beings and other living things. It
focuses largely, though not exclusively, on issues of class, race, gender,
political power, ecology, and international relations as they affect
people throughout the world and mainly in the U.S. ZNet presents analyses,
but also vision. It provides diagnosis but also prescription."
"Reader's Guide to the Underground Press ... We're excited about
the potential of the free press, and we want to tell you everything we
know about it -- which zines are terrific (and which aren't); how you can
find underground books, papers, videos and websites on exactly the topics
you're interested in; and the latest news of people being threatened,
sued, expelled from school, or jailed for what they've said or written."
Provides excerpts from their printed publication and a long list
of links ...
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