- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The War Resisters League affirms that all war is a crime against
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....”
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