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  • The American Friends Service Committee's Youth & Militarism  site offers resources for young people concerned about making their way in the world. Here they can find help with understanding the reality behind military recruitment pitches, conscientious objection, and non-military career alternatives.

  • The Center on Conscience & War (CCW) works to defend and extend the rights of conscientious objectors. The Center is committed to supporting all those who question participation in war, whether they are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, documented or undocumented immigrants, or citizens in other countries.
    (202) 483-2220, (800) 379-2679

  • Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors supports and promotes individual and collective resistance to war and preparations for war. CCCO offers extensive information, including the basics for applying for CO status.
    (510) 465-1617, (215) 563-8787

  • Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft (COMD) challenges the military, its effect on society, its budget, its role abroad and at home, and the racism, sexism, and homophobia that are inherent in the armed forces.
    (760) 753-7518, (619) 265-1369

  • Courage To Resist is a group of concerned community members, veterans, and military families that supports military objectors to illegal war and occupation and the policies of empire. They support GI resistance, counter-recruitment, and draft resistance.
    484 Lake Park Ave # 41, Oakland CA 94610

  • GI Rights Hotline  is a network of nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations; it provides information to service members about military discharges, grievance and complaint procedures, and other civil rights.
    (800) 394-9544, (215) 563-4620

  • Iraq Veterans Against the War  welcomes anybody who has served in the military (active duty, national guard, and reservists) since September 11, 2001. (Military members who are currently serving can be guaranteed confidentiality.) The main objectives of IVAW are: 1. Bring the troops home now; 2. Support Iraqi reconstruction in whatever way possible; 3. Support our veterans and our troops now and upon their return home.
    (215) 241-7123

  • Military Families Speak Out  is an organization of people who are opposed to the war in Iraq and who have relatives or loved ones in the military. Membership currently includes over 2,000 military families.
    (617) 983-0710

  • The National Lawyers Guild Military Law Task Force  assists those working on military law issues as well as military law counselors working directly with GIs. It trains and mentors counselors and beginning military law attorneys in all aspects of military law through training materials and direct communication. It updates changes in military law and policy.
    (415) 566-3732, (619) 233-1701

  • National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth (NNOMY)  brings together national, regional, and local organizations to oppose the growing intrusion of the military in young people’s lives. NNOMY can help the nation understand that providing youth with peaceful and viable alternatives for achieving success in life is an important sign of a civilized society.
    (215) 241-7176

  • Project on Youth and Non-Military Opportunities (Project YANO) provides young people with an alternative point of view about military enlistment. “Many of our members are armed forces veterans who believe that high school students are getting a distorted picture of the military and war from recruiting ads and marketing. We are concerned that many low-income students and students of color are being diverted away from higher education and into the military, where they are found in disproportionate numbers. Our goal is to help young people make educated decisions about their future. We encourage them to think critically, search for more information, and then make up their own minds.”

  • Soldier, Say No is the website of Right to Resist, a network of former soldiers and war resisters working to support the war resisters of today. Soldier, Say No provides counseling resources for military personnel considering their options, information on international law and laws of war, testimony from Iraq war veterans, and more.

  • The organization Veterans for Peace (VfP) includes veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, other conflicts, and peacetime veterans. Members believe that U.S. citizens will be secure at home only when there is peace and justice abroad. VfP seeks to abolish war as an instrument of international policy. contact
    (314) 725-6005

  • The War Resisters League affirms that all war is a crime against humanity.

    Peace, SOA Watch, and other Resources

  • Voices for Creative Nonviolence

  • Photojournalist Linda Panetta focuses on cultural, environmental, and human rights, with particular emphasis on conflict zones (some past, some current), including Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico, Colombia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Haiti.

  • SOA Watch (SOAW) works to stand in solidarity with the people of Latin America, to close the SOA/WHINSEC, and to change the oppressive U.S. foreign policy that the SOA represents. Numerous videos, books, a newsletter, and other activist tools are available at their website. National SOA Watch office: (202) 234-3440

  • The Wounded Warrior Call Center is a hotline for injured, wounded, or ill (former and current) Marines, sailors supporting Marine units, and their family members. They offer information, resources, and advocacy for men and women suffering from physical or psychological wounds. 1-877-487-6299

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and pressing 1, you will be connected with round-the-clock access to mental health professionals who focus solely on helping veterans.

  • SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) — This nonprofit's mission is to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, reduce stigma, and serve as a resource for those touched by suicide.
    According to the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), "Suicide is a very real threat for veterans. A recent CBS news investigation found that, in 2005, veterans were twice as likely to commit suicide as non-vets, with 120 veteran suicides each week. Those of us who are between the ages of 20-24 have the highest rate of suicides, between 2–4 times higher than our civilian peers."

  • National Veterans Foundation  is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that gives assistance, information, and resources to veterans from all military branches. 1-888-777-4443

  • Combat Paper Project — “...The goal is to utilize art as a means to help veterans reconcile their personal experiences as well as broaden the traditional narrative surrounding service, honor and the military culture. Through papermaking workshops veterans use their uniforms worn in combat to create cathartic works of art. The uniforms are cut up, beat and formed into sheets of paper. Veterans use the transformative process of papermaking to reclaim their uniform as art and begin to embrace their experiences as a soldier in war....”
    or by postal mail at Green Door Studio, 4 Howard Street, Suite G-1, Burlington, VT 05401; or by phone at 802.316.1124.