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American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization which includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.

  • See the Iraq Resource Guide and download appropriate resources for teachers and families, such as Understanding the U.S.-Iraq Crisis: A Primer by Phyllis Bennis from the Institute for Policy Studies website. See also:
    • Iraq Peace Pledge (PDF)
    • One Million Postcards: This video tells the story of two sisters with an American mother and an Iraqi father who organized a campaign in their grade school in San Pedro, CA to collect and send one million postcards to President Clinton to protest sanctions against Iraq.
    • Greetings from Missile Street: This video tells the story of members of Voices in the Wilderness and their campaign to stop sanctions against Iraq. Committing an act of civil disobedience, they went to live with families in Basra, Iraq and witnessed the hardships that Iraqi families face due to U.S. economic sanctions against Iraq.
  • In the Especially for Teachers section, download the following resources:

Highly recommended resources:

  • The House of Wisdom, by Florence Heide and Judith Heide (Grades 3-8), tells the story of Bagdad's famous library.
  • Sami and the Time of Troubles, by Florence Heide and Judith Heide (Grades 3-8), offers an intimate view of the life of a child (Sami) during the war in Beruit, Lebanon and includes a strong affirmation of universal rights and needs of children.
  • Sitti's Secrets, by Naomi Nye (Grades 1-6), tells the story of an American girl who visits her Palestinian grandmother (sitti) and when she returns home writes a letter to the President calling for peace.
  • Children of Israel, Children of Palestine: Our Own True Stories, edited by Laurel Holliday (Grades 7 and up). Thirty-five Israeli and Palestinian children of all ages speak frankly about the intertwined and separate lives of the two peoples. Part of Children of Conflict series.

Institute for Peace and Justice and its Parenting for Peace and Justice Network is an independent, interfaith nonprofit educational organization, developing resources, programs, and advocacy in response to the realities of war, racism, and global economic injustice.

Children's Defense Fund is an advocacy and educational organization that has resources for talking with children about tragedy and violence as well as advocacy strategies for Leave No Child Behind legislation initiatives.

Amnesty International is a worldwide, voluntary, activist organization that works impartially to prevent violations of people's fundamental human rights, and it offers a special children's section.

  • Browse the Amnesty International USA Children's Human Rights Network that strives to increase awareness of, and response to, violations of children's human rights. This network brings a children's focus to AI campaigns and builds grassroots support for United States ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. And then see the following sites:

For more information contact families @ uua.org.

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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.

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