Dialogue & Discussion
Study Circles Dialogue Guide for Responding to the Crisis
SCRC has put together a guide to help communities organize dialogues regarding the current crisis. The early edition of the guide, Facing the Future: How Should We Respond to the Attacks on Our Nation? is now 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 and graduate student instructors facilitate class discussions on the September 11 tragedy.
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. Engaging in these online discussions can help people reach their own conclusions about what they should do as individuals and what the U.S. should do as a country. People who want to join in the discussions should email Chip Hauss, Director of Policy and Research ().
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. The discussions are open to the public and will be running 24 hours a day.
Resources for Teachers from Workable Peace
The Workable Peace Current Conflicts page focuses on the question, What should the US do now? Their materials help facilitate understanding and effective civic engagement on this question by promoting student learning and discussion about their own and others' perspectives, exploring behaviors that escalate conflict, and promoting practice in ways that help de-escalate conflict and move toward resolutions that consider the needs and concerns of different viewpoints.
Curricular Resources from the Choices Education Project
The Choices Education Project has excellent curricular resources on its website, including informative interviews and a set of alternative policy options designed to promote open dialogue about future policy direction in the aftermath of the attacks.
PBS Program on Islam Re-Broadcasting
PBS is re-broadcasting their excellent three-part series "Islam: Empire Of Faith" on October 5, 12 and 19. Check your local listings for details.
EDC Offers 'Beyond Blame' Curriculum
The Education Development Center has created a mini-curriculum, Beyond Blame: Reacting to the Terrorist Attack. The 3-lesson, 25-page curriculum for middle and high school students focuses on issues of justice, fairness, and mislaid blame. It is available for free on the EDC website.
Help for Arab-American Students
Arab-American students can be referred to the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) for information, consultation, and support. ADC's website also offers lots of information about Arab Americans, educational resources, and more.
NCBE Offers Resources on Middle East, Tolerance & Coping
The Nat'l Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education has compiled a list of resources to assist educators and others in preventing cross-cultural misunderstanding and persecution and promoting healing and respect for differences. Includes an array of resources on the Middle East, Islam and Arab Americans; helping kids cope with violence and death; and challenging stereotypes, intolerance and racism, including lesson plans on community building and respect for diversity.
Lesson Plans & Other Resources for Teachers
The Education and Behavioral Sciences Section of the Assoc. of College and Research Libraries have put together a very useful list of resources which includes lesson plans, background information, activism/helping out, talking with children, and caring for yourself.
Tolerance.org Features Inspiring Testimonials & Resources for Teachers
In addition to details about the racial backlash of the September 11 events, Tolerance.org offers inspiring Testimonials of Tolerance, in which Americans crossed group lines to promote unity, understanding and tolerance. The site also provides articles on such topics as the cultural geography of Central Asia and the Middle East and talking to kids about terrorism.
Christian Aid Shows Afghan Side of Crisis
Info about the crisis that Afghans are facing. Site includes a September 19 joint call for restraint from 14 British NGOs.
Int'l Crisis Group Shows Potential Effects on Central Asian Nations
ICG's briefing paper examines the potentially dangerous effects of the current crisis on each of the five Central Asian nations (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan), while also giving consideration to Russia's role and strategic stake in the region.
Thoughts in the Presence of Fear
This insightful collection of thoughts by Wendell Berry exposes the myths that have powered technology and globalization and offers direction for those who are concerned about civil rights, education, the environment and sustainable economies.
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.
Inspirational Article for Peace-Seekers
"Keep Hope Alive: Believe it or not, you're probably having an effect," by Matt Welch.
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.
Fight Suppression of News Coverage of the War
The American media does not have nearly enough access to the Afghanistan war zone to adequately inform the public. It is essential to the workings of our democracy that we have access to the most accurate and timely information possible, in order to understand and review what is being done in the name of the American people. Urge Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to grant journalists wider access to the Afghanistan war zone.
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 bill H.R. 2459 or check out Kucinich's website for more info.
Help Pass Federal Hate Crimes Act
Should passage of the pending federal hate crimes act be one part of our national response to the September 11 tragedy? It 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."