Adbusters Media Foundation; www.adbusters.org. 1243 West 7th Ave., Vancouver, BC, V6H 1B7, Canada; 604-736-9401;fax: 604-737-6021; e-mail: email@example.com. Adbusters describes itself as ‘a global network of artists, activists, writers, pranksters, students, educators and entrepreneurs who want to advance the new social activist movement of the information age.’ Adbusters publishes a magazine of the same name, sponsors Buy Nothing Day and TV Turnoff Week, produces clever ‘uncommercials’ and seeks to agitate so that folks ‘get mad about corporate disinformation, injustices in the global economy, and any industry that pollutes our physical or mental commons.’
American Federation of Teachers; www.aft.org. 555 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001. 202-879-4400; fax: 202-879-4439. e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org. Resources and information from the national teachers union.
The Applied Research Center; www.arc.org. 3781 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611. 510-653-3415; fax: 510-653-3427;e-mail: email@example.com. ARC is an important public policy, educational and research institute whose work emphasizes issues of race and social change. Publishes the acclaimed ColorLines Magazine ‘ see Periodicals.
Center for Law and Education, www.cleweb.org. 515 Washington Street, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02111. (617) 451-0855;fax: (617) 451-0857. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. See especially News Notes, the Center’s newsletter for up-to-date information on vocational education legislation.
Children’s Defense Fund; 25 E. Street NW, Washington, DC 20001. (202) 628-8787; fax:202-662-3510. e-mail: email@example.com. This Web site offers a great deal of information about the CDF and its positions on critical issues affecting children, especially minorities and the disabled. Also includes position papers and background materials on many topics, and a host of links to other resources on the Web.
Corporate Watch; PO Box 29344 San Francisco, CA 94129. tel: 415-561-6568; fax:415-561-6493. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. A must-visit site for activists who want to keep tabs on the behavior of corporations. Lots of timely news and impressive archives of past corporate misdeeds.
Defence for Children International ‘ North American Affiliate, www.defence-for-children.org.1350 Sycamore Drive, Burlington, Ontario L7M 1H2, Canada, 905-336-7898;fax 905-319-0615. e-mail: email@example.com. Defence for Children international (DCI) is an independent non-governmental organisation set up during the International Year of the Child(1979) to ensure on-going, practical, systematic and concerted international action specially directed towards promoting and protecting the rights of the child.
Designs for Change, www.dfc1.org/dfc.htm. 220 S. State St., Suite 1900, Chicago, IL 60604. 312-922-0317;fax: 312-857-9299. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Detailed reports on Chicago’s site-based reform, the country’s most ambitious governance reform. Materials for parents, teachers.
Economic Policy Institute
The mission of the Economic Policy Institute is to provide high-quality research and education in order to promote a prosperous, fair, and sustainable economy. The Institute stresses real world analysis and a concern for the living standards of working people, and it makes its findings accessible to the general public, the media, and policy makers.
Electronic Policy Network; www.epinet.org.1660 L Street NW, Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20036. 202-775-8810; fax: 202-775-0819. e-mail:email@example.com. A very extensive site dedicated to “providing you with timely information and leading ideas about national policy and politics.” Loaded with links to progressive organizations dealing with a wide variety of social issues. Also includes Idea Central, EPN’s online magazine.
Facing History and Ourselves; www.facing.org. 16 Hurd Road, Brookline, MA 02146. 617-232-1595; fax: 617-232-0281.An education project that targets hatred, prejudice, racism, and indifference by focusing on teaching students about the Holocaust. Resources, workshops, and newsletter.
Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting; www.fair.org. 130 W. 25th Street, New York, NY 10001. 212-633-6700; fax: 212-727-7668;e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. FAIR is a national media watch group that has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986.FAIR publishes the indispensable Extra!, an award-winning magazine of media criticism, and regular updates, available via their listserv. FAIR also produces a weekly radio program, CounterSpin. An excellent source to get students thinking critically about media coverage of world events.
Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy; www.foodfirst.org. 398 60th Street, Oakland, CA 94618. tel: 510-654-4400; fax:510-654-4551; e-mail: email@example.com. Since its founding in 1975, Food First has published some of the most useful books on food and hunger issues. Through their publications and activism they continue to offer leadership to the struggle for reforming the global food system from the bottom up. Their catalog is on-line at their Web site.
Gay, Lesbian, Straight Educators Network (GLSEN); www.glsen.org. 212-727-0135; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org GLSEN is the leading national organization fighting to end anti-gay bias in K-12 schools. The organization offers many useful resources. The GLSEN-initiated student organizing project provides support to young people as they ‘form and lead gay-straight alliances’ helping them to change their own school environments from the inside out.’
Global exchange: www. globalexchange.org; 2017 Mission Street 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94110; 415-255-7296; fax 415-255-7498; email@example.com. Global Exchange is a human rights organization dedicated to promoting environmental, political, and social justice around the world. In the late ‘90s it was perhaps the most impor- tant organization drawing attention to Nike’s sweatshop abuses. Their expansive website will be valuable for students researching just about any important global issue.
International Education and Resource Network (ieARn): www. iearn.org; 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 450, New York, NY 10115; 212-870-2693; fax: 212-870-2672; iearn@ us.iearn.org. iEARN is a non-prof- it organization made up of almost 4,000 schools in over 90 countries. It aims to empower teachers and young people (K-12) to work togeth- er online at low cost through a global telecommunications network.
Media Education Foundation: www.mediaed.org; 60 Masonic Street, Northampton, MA 01060; 800-897-0089; fax: 800-659-6882; firstname.lastname@example.org. The Media Education Foundation is a nonprofit educational organization devoted to media research and production of resources to aid educators and others in fostering analytical media literacy. Their mission: “We believe that a media-literate citizenry is essential to a vibrant democracy in a diverse and complex society.” National Association for the Education of Young Children: www.naeyc.org; 1313 L Street NW, Suite 500 Washington, DC 20005; 800-424-2460; fax: 202-328-1846; email@example.com. Publishes Young Children and other useful materials.
National Association for Multicultural education: www. nameorg.org; 2100 M Street, Suite 170-245, Washington, DC 20037; 202-679-6263; fax: 214-602-4722; firstname.lastname@example.org. Founded in 1990, NAME provides resources and support that help educators pro- mote “a philosophy of inclusion that embraces the basic tenets of cultural pluralism,” and “promoting cultural and ethnic diversity as a national strength.”
National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest): www.fairtest. org; P.O. Box 300204, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; 617-477-9792; email@example.com. The major clearinghouse for information and activism on countering testing injustice. See especially FairTest Examiner, a quarterly news- letter on assessment issues.
National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition: firstname.lastname@example.org; 2011 I Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20006; 800-321-6223; fax: 800-531-9347; email@example.com. News, discussion groups, and resources for educators working with linguistically and culturally diverse students.
National Education Association: www.nea.org; 1201 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036; 202-833-4000; fax: 202-822-7974. The nation’s largest teachers union.
National Labor Committee: www.nlcnet.org; 5 Gateway Center, 6th Floor, Pittsburgh PA 15222; 412-562-2406; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The National Labor Committee is the producer of some of the most valuable videos and reports on sweat- shop and labor rights issues around the world. (See, for example, the videos Zoned for Slavery and Mickey Mouse Goes to Haiti.)
National Women’s History Project: www.nwhp.org; 3440 Airway Drive, Suite F, Santa Rosa, CA 95403; 707-636-2888; fax: 707-636-2909; email@example.com. The proj- ect has a variety of K-12 curriculum materials, and also holds workshops and training seminars.
New Mexico Media Literacy Project: www.nmmlp.org; 6400 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109; 505-828-3129; fax: 505-828-3142; firstname.lastname@example.org. Excellent materials on critical media literacy teaching.
People For the American Way: www.pfaw.org; 2000 M Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036; 800-326-7329; fax: 202-293-2672. A national progressive organization that fights school vouchers and other right-wing policy initiatives.
Rainforest Action Network: www.ran.org; 221 Pine Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104; 415-398-4404; fax: 415-398-2732; email@example.com. RAN works to protect the earth’s rainforests and support the rights of their inhabitants through education, grassroots orga- nizing, and nonviolent direct action. Theirs is a must-visit comprehen- sive website that includes a wealth of information, including ideas for activities and activism with students, classroom-friendly factsheets, and links to indigenous rainforest groups.
Teaching for Change: www. teachingforchange.org; P.O. Box 73038, Washington, DC 20056; 800-763-9131; 202-588-7204; fax: 202-238-0109; e-mail: info@ teachingforchange.org. Publisher of excellent multicultural, social justice teaching materials, such as the widely-used collection Beyond Heroes and Holidays. Excellent source of social justice, multicultural teaching resources through their Busboys and Poets webstore: www.bbpbooks.teaching- forchange.org; or order by calling toll-free at 800-763-9131.
TuRn – Teacher union Reform network: www.turnexchange.net; 30 N. Union Street, Suite 301, Rochester NY 14607. 585-546-2681; fax: 585- 546-4123. Network of progressive AFT and NEA locals engaged in educational reform. Includes contract language of innovative contracts.
united for a Fair economy: www.ufenet.org; 29 Winter Street, Boston, MA 02108; 617-423-2148; fax: 617-423-0191. UFE provides numerous resources to organizations and individuals working to address the widening income and asset gap in the United States and around the world. They publish useful training and curriculum materials, and their website features an economics library, research library, and fact sheets.
Znet / ZMagazine: www. zcommunications.org; 18 Millfield Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543; 508-548-9063; fax: 508-457-0626; firstname.lastname@example.org. Z Net is one of the most amazing websites we know of. Forums, commentaries from around the world, song lyrics for 530 songs- with-a-conscience, courses, analyses on global issues of all kinds. Many pre-college students might find some of the writing a bit hard-going, but there is an awful lot here.