November's Community page begins by highlighting lots of great resources for dialogue leaders, peace builders, and educators in light of the current crisis. And don't miss our regular news and info for dialogue leaders, below the September 11 Resources. If you feel that something else should be included on this page, please email us ().

We've categorized the links into four topics:

Dialogue & Discussion
Educational Resources

Peace & Conflict Transformation

Things You Can Do

Dialogue & Discussion

Study Circles Dialogue Guide for Responding to the Crisis
SCRC has put together an excellent guide to help communities organize dialogues regarding the current crisis. Facing the Future: How Should We Respond to the Attacks on Our Nation? is available for downloading from their website. Guides are available for one-time 2-hour dialogue sessions, full-day community summits, and multi-session dialogues.

Discussion Guidelines from the Univ. of Michigan
The University of Michigan's Center for Research on Learning and Teaching compiled a very useful set of guidelines to help faculty facilitate class discussions on September 11.

Online Discussions Hosted by Search for Common Ground USA
Search for Common Ground USA is hosting a series of focused online discussions about how people in the U.S. and around the world should react to the events of September 11. People who want to join in the discussions should email .

Online Discussions on the Dialogue Webpage for Conflicts Worldwide
The Japan Center for Preventive Diplomacy's Dialogue Webpage for Conflicts Worldwide is hosting a number of online discussions about the current crisis.

Educational Resources

Free lesson plans and materials for educators:

Anti-Defamation League: Guidelines and Activities for Educators and Parents

American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee: Info on Arab Americans, ed. resources.

Arab American Institute: Info on Arab Americans, the Middle East and Islam, and various educational resources.

Assoc. of College & Research Libraries: Lesson Plans & Other Resources

Choices Education Project: Examining Policy Options

Education Development Center: 'Beyond Blame' Curriculum for Middle & H.S.

Nat'l Clearinghouse for Bilingual Ed.: Resources on Middle East & Tolerance

PBS: Curriculum for Grades 6 to 12 Focuses on Tolerance & Problems with Blaming

Tolerance.org: Inspiring Testimonials & Resources for Teachers

Workable Peace: Curriculum on Responding to Conflict

Resources for Preventing and Responding to Youth Hate Crime:

Community Relations Service: Manual for Preventing Youth Hate Crime

Community Relations Service: Responding to Hate Crimes and Incidents on Campus

U.S. Dept of Ed.: Guide for Schools for Protecting Students from Harassment and Hate

Resources for learning about the current shape of the crisis, the response of aid organizations, and the history that's behind the current situation:

Christian Aid: Info about what Afghans are facing. Includes a call for restraint from NGOs.

Christian Science Monitor: Info on the problems with getting aid into Afghanistan.

Int'l Crisis Group: Examines Potential Effects on Central Asian Nations.

Media Ed. Foundation: Online video "Beyond the Frame" features alternative perspectives.

Revolutionary Assoc. of the Women of Afghanistan: Provides an in-depth look at the conditions that women face under the Taliban, and info about what can be done.

Swiss Peace Foundation's Center for Peacebuilding: An excellent pre-Sept. 11 report on what is needed for reconstruction and peacebuilding in Afghanistan.

Thoughts in the Presence of Fear: Wendell Berry on technology and globalization myths.

United Nations: Great info on Afghan crisis (news releases, maps, statistics, and overview).

Peace & Conflict Transformation

Conflict Resolution Resources on CRInfo Website
The CRInfo page on the terrorism crisis is meant to be a place where people working in the Conflict Resolution field can find and post info relevant info. The page contains both pre-existing and new information on terrorism, key news items, general background information, etc. There is also a WebBoard discussion area for people who would like to discuss the crisis online.

Statements from Nobel Peace Prize Laureates
TheCommunity.com has posted statements from 17 of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates made in the weeks following September 11. Among the statements are words from David Trimble, the Dalai Lama, and a joint letter from Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, and F.W. de Klerk. The statements are brief, and readers can respond to individual Laureates via email.

Conflict Resolution Email Newsletter
Subscribe to CODEP's email newsletters to get info about conflict resolution (conferences and workshops, recent publications/resources, jobs) sent to your inbox every 2 weeks. CODEP is a UK conflict, development and peace network which was founded in 1993.

Eastern Mennonite U. Explores Peaceful Solutions
The Conflict Transformation Program at EMU is exploring ideas about how the U.S. can respond in ways that lead to a sustainable, just peace rather than a continued escalation of conflict and violence. Their series of analytical papers is intended to promote open and creative dialogue about immediate and long-term options in response to the current crisis.

Conflict Prevention Network's Statement on the Terrorist Attacks
Berlin-based CPN's Sept. 19 statement on the terrorist attacks in the U.S.

Things You Can Do

Here are several great ways to let your representatives know how you feel about the current crisis: Congress.org has phone, fax, email, web, mailing, and other info on your reps (search by zip code, state, or name). 9-11peace.org has phone numbers of world leaders and links to contact info on U.S., Canadian, and European reps. The American Friends Service Committee provides a tool for U.S. Americans to email their reps directly (choose from text urging peaceful solutions or compose your own). And Working for Change offers options for emailing your reps about specific topics (pre-written and editable).

9-11peace.org Offers Many Options
A great resource for those wanting to take non-military (peaceful) action in response to the events of September 11. 9-11peace has already sent out a petition to world leaders which was signed by nearly 700,000 people. Examine info on getting involved in peace activism, contacting your representatives, and joining an email list of thousands to stay updated on events/actions which support peace.

Calendar of Anti-War and Anti-Racism Events
Pax.protest.net features listings of anti-war and anti-racism events that are being organized around the world. The site is an info center for political action worldwide.

Help Create a U.S. Department of Peace
On July 11, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) introduced H.R. 2459, a bill to create a Cabinet-level Dept of Peace which embodies a broad-based approach to peaceful, non-violent conflict resolution at both domestic and international levels. Ask your Congressperson to support the bill or check out Kucinich's website for more info.

Help Pass Federal Hate Crimes Act
Passage of the pending federal hate crimes act could be a re-dedication and a clear demonstration to the rest of the world of our nation's deep belief in freedom and individual liberty. Click on the link above for more info, or contact your legislators via one of the sites listed at the beginning of this section and urge them to support Act #8211.

If You're Going to Argue for Peace, Argue Well
Suggested well-informed responses to common pro-war arguments, and links to further info.

Fly U.N. Flag as Symbol of Global Unity & Support for International Law
A portion of the purchase price will support the Revolutionary Assoc. of Women in Afghanistan and other organizations.

Great Resources from Manhattan Alliance for Peace and Justice
Follow links to info on confronting stereotypes, critical analysis of media coverage, sites for youth, historical info, and things you can do. (It's Manhattan, Kansas, by the way.)

Petition for Peace, Justice & Continued Civil Liberties
Sign the petition A Call for Peace and Justice, which demands "that the President maintain the civil liberties of all U.S. residents, protect the human rights of all people at home and abroad, and guarantee that this attempted attack on the principles and freedoms of the United States will not succeed."

Help Ensure that Afghan Refugees Receive Aid
Doctors without Borders has taken a courageous stand to ensure that the Afghan people receive aid. Your donation will help them to provide food and medical aid to the starving and sick in Afghanistan and around the world. For more options, the U.S. Agency for Int'l Development offers a list of relief organizations providing aid in Afghanistan.

PeaceWomen Website Packed with Resources

PeaceWomen.org is an initiative of the Women?’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). The site contains a database of organizations working on issues concerning women, peacebuilding and conflict transformation, as well as lists of articles, useful web links, etc. PeaceWomen.org seeks to nurture communication among a diversity of women's organisations by providing an accessible and accurate information exchange between peace women around the world and the UN system.

New Resource for Civil Rights Activists & Educators

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) announced the online release of info and correspondence from civil rights leaders who were involved in the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project in 1964. Learn about the activities of civil rights workers, their relationships with the local community, and their attempts to promote grassroots support for civil rights among their friends and relatives back home. The Ellin Freedom Summer Collection is one part of the excellent Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive, which provides oral histories, manuscripts and images documenting the history of race relations in Mississippi.

Project Studies How Societies Handle Painful Histories

The Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs has a new project called "History and the Politics of Reconciliation," directed by Elizabeth Cole. The project studies how societies reckon with difficult pasts over generations, and includes the ethical dimensions of how societies select which parts of their history to emphasize, commemorate and teach. For more info, contact Elizabeth Cole at 212-838-4120 ext. 219 or .

New Book on Intergroup Dialogue Published

David Schoem and Sylvia Hurtado have collaborated to produce a valuable book for the intergroup dialogue field. Intergroup Dialogue: Deliberative Democracy in School, College, Community and Workplace is a comprehensive study of intergroup dialogue which showcases 12 in-depth case studies, offers critical perspectives, and explores the foundation of dialogue in democratic theory. Order from the UM Press or from Amazon.com for $19.95 (paperback) or $59.59 (hardcover).

Email Discussion List for Dialogue Leaders

DialogueLeaders, the new email discussion list for organizers, facilitators, and researchers of intergroup dialogue, is now over 125 members strong, and growing every day! For info on how to join the list, which was developed by the Dialogue to Action Initiative to provide a forum for people in the dialogue field to network with one another and share important information, click on the DialogueLeaders icon.

Pax Christi Embraces Anti-Racist Initiative

Pax Christi USA, the "national Catholic peace movement," recently unveiled its long-term anti-racism program called Brothers and Sisters All, a 20-year organization-wide effort to transform the Catholic peace movement into an anti-racist multicultural movement for justice and peace. Pax Christi USA, headquartered in Erie, Pennsylvania, publishes peace education literature and develops ministry programs that promote justice to more than 14,000 members worldwide. It is active in more than 30 countries.

Race Relations on Campus: Meeting the Challenge

Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts will host a regional conference on Nov. 15 and 16 on positive race relations and institution-wide change at colleges and universities. The conference, which consists of a series of thought-provoking panels and plenary sessions, is designed to help colleges and universities create a diverse learning environment that is free of harassment; prevent and respond to incidents of harassment and hate crimes; and promote institution-wide dialogues on race, diversity, and cultural sensitivity.

Conference on Youth Violence this Month

The Center for Social and Emotional Education is hosting a conference on youth violence in New York City November 8-9 called Understanding and Preventing Youth Violence: From Bullies to Bullets. Educators, parents, counselors, and concerned citizens will gather to create long-term solutions to youth violence and a healthy school and home culture. For more info, click on the link above or contact Lauren Hyman at 212-707-8799 or

Peacemaker Training for Young Adults

The Fellowship of Reconciliation's Peacemaker Training Institute is a training for young adults (17-25) who want to learn about nonviolence as a theory and strategy for social change. The next training is in Bangor, Pennsylvania, January 2-8, 2002. Issues workshops on topics such as racism, poverty, and militarism are balanced with skills workshops such as consensus decision making, public speaking, and grassroots organizing. Email or call 763-689-5248 for an application form, sample schedule and ideas for fundraising. The deadline for applications is December 1.

Digital Democracy: Civic Engagement in the 21st Century

The National Civic League will bring together 400 leading innovators from around the country from November 15 to 17 in Washington, DC to examine the impact the Information Revolution has had on every facet of American life. For more info, go to www.ncl.org or call 1-800-864-8622.

NAME Conference to be Held This Month

The 11th Annual National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) Conference will take place November 7-11 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year's theme is High Stakes: Achievement, Assessment and Advocacy Through Multicultural Education. Click here for more info about the conference.

Have Suggestions for the December Community Page?

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