provides training and consulting on youth involvement in
social justice. Email
or call 360-489-9680 for details!
Freechild theory of change revolves around
the engagement of young people throughout
the world around them, in meaningful,
empowering relationships that bring about
social change. By becoming connected with
organizations committed to social change,
young people acknowledge their
interdependence and build their communities.
Point to Ponder
assessing moral issues, interdependence
shows us that we cannot isolate ourselves
from the harmful or criminal act of
'another,' we cannot pretend the criminal or
the pirate is bad and I am good, because all
of us are to some extent responsible for
this state of affairs." -
The following list of organizations
has been created by Freechild to provide a broad array of opportunities for
young people and their adult allies to join
together in large movements for social
change, affecting individuals, communities,
and the world.
Freechild Youth Activism for Social Justice
Activist Learning Online
Adbusters Media Foundation
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 glossy,
provocative 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."
The AFL-CIO is the largest labor organization in the United
States. Its website includes abundant information on organizing
campaigns, links to member unions, news articles on union
drives, updates on student activism, and sections on union
culture and history.
American Friends Service Committee
This venerable social justice organization has a Mexico-U.S.
Border Program and publishes an assortment of resources. AFSC
also has a Youth and Militarism project that organizes against
JROTC and military presence in public schools. The Cambridge,
Massachusetts AFSC publishes Peacework, a monthly journal
serving movements for nonviolent social change. AFSC also
maintains a film and video library.
Amnesty International USA
AI seeks to promote the human rights included in the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights, focusing especially on prisoners of
conscience, ending the death penalty, and combating torture.
Amnesty's website includes the complete text of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights as well as numerous links to human
rights groups around the world, articles, video clips, reports,
and action opportunities.
Campaign for Labor Rights
Although not the simplest web address to remember, CLR offers an
invaluable e-mail listserv of alerts on sweatshop and solidarity
issues. Their website includes past updates, links, resources,
leaflets, and the like. The site also features a document
library on the Nike campaign, Disney in Haiti, Guess jeans,
child labor issues, Mexico, Central America, farm worker issues,
as well as youth and campus activism. CLR publishes a useful
newsletter ($35 a year) filled with audio-visual resources, fact
sheets and updates on campaigns to support worker organizing
around the world.
Catholic Worker Movement
The Catholic Worker Movement is "grounded in a firm belief in
the God-given dignity of every human person." Since its founding
in 1933 they have protested war, violence and injustice in all
forms. Its journal is The Catholic Worker.
The Center for Commercial-Free Public Education (Unplug)
The Center is the main national organization opposing the
increasing commercialization of public schools. It helps
communities organize against Channel One, cola contracts and
other infiltration of public space by private interests. The
Center publishes the newsletter, Not for Sale! and has
information about their various campaigns available on their
monthly journal of stories about system-changing,
problem-solving initiatives undertaken by social entrepreneurs
from around the world.
Clean Clothes Campaign
A coalition of European groups aiming to improve working
conditions in the global garment industry. Conducts campaigns
and provides information on companies such as Adidas, Benneton,
C & A, Disney, Phillips-Van Heusen, Gap, H & M, Levi-Strauss,
Nike, and Otto.
Coalition for Justice in the
530 Bandera, San Antonio, TX 78228; tel.: 210-732-8957;
A tri-national coalition of religious, environmental, labor,
Latino and women's organizations working to pressure U.S.-based
transnational corporations to adopt socially responsible
practices. Publishes a newsletter and various reports.
Communities Against Rape and Abuse (CARA) CARA creates spaces for people who
are young, of color, queer, incarcerated, poor, and/or have
disabilities to invest in the power of collective action,
critical dialogue, and community organizing to undermine rape,
abuse, and oppression.
Valuable information on sweatshops, consumer boycotts, and
strategies to use "consumer and investor power for social
change." Co-op America is a national nonprofit organization that
helps individuals find businesses that are environmentally
responsible and engage in fair trade, and offers technical
assistance to companies aiming for social and environmental
The Council of Canadians
This independent organization provides analyses on key issues
from a critical and progressive standpoint. Its director, Maude
Barlow, is perhaps the leading critic of schemes to privatize
the world's freshwater supplies.
Indispensable resources and news about globalization and justice
struggles around the world. An online issue library includes
topics such as biotechnology, Globalization 101, grassroots
globalization, sweatshops, the WTO and the IMF/World Bank. Very
extensive links. A similarly valuable but unrelated site is
Cultural Survival sponsors basic research on indigenous peoples,
particularly examining the effects of "development." The results
of this research are published in its Cultural Survival
Quarterly. The website includes an education archive with
curriculum resources offered, including Rainforest Peoples and
Places (grades 6-9), The Chiapas Maya (grades 6-12) and the
Rights of Indigenous Nations.
The David Suzuki Foundation
David Suzuki is one of the world's leading geneticists and
environmentalists. The foundation is especially active in the
area of climate change, focusing on the "urgent need for
practical strategies to reduce global warming caused by human
DATA - Debt, Aids, and Trade in Africa DATA is a new organization which
aims to raise awareness about the crisis swamping Africa:
unpayable DEBTS, uncontrolled spread of AIDS, and unfair TRADE
rules which keep AFRICANS poor.
The Edmonds Institute
The Edmonds Institute focuses on biosafety and enacting
legally-binding international regulation of modern
biotechnologies, as well as on intellectual property rights and
just policies for the maintenance and protection of
biodiversity, including policies that foster recognition and
sustenance of agricultural biodiversity.
Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting
FAIR is a national media watch group that has offered
well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since
1986. FAIR publishes the excellent, classroom-friendly
Extra!, an award-winning magazine of media criticism; and
distributes regular updates, available via their listserv. FAIR
also produces a weekly radio program, CounterSpin. A
vital source to get students thinking critically about media
coverage of world events.
50 Years Is Enough
A coalition of over 200 grassroots, faith-based, policy,
women's, social- and economic-justice, youth, solidarity, labor,
and development organizations dedicated to the profound
transformation of the World Bank and the International Monetary
Fund. Its website features excellent, classroom-ready factsheets
about globalization issues, especially about the consequences of
the Third World debt crisis.
Focus on the Global South
Too often discussions of globalization are dominated by those of
us in the North, however well-intended or well-informed we may
be. Focus on the Global South's website features wonderful,
hard-to-find, in-depth articles from the perspective of activists
and scholars in the global South ÷ the so-called Third World.
See their "publications" section.
Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy
Food First describes itself as "a peoples think tank and
education-for-action center." Over the 25-plus years that this
pioneering organization has been around, it has published some
of the most useful books on food and hunger issues. Through its
publications and activism, it continues to offer leadership to
the struggle for reforming the global food system from the
bottom up. The catalog is online at their website.
Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth is a national environmental organization
dedicated to preserving the health and diversity of the planet.
FOE distributes valuable publications ranging from books on
global warming to the IMF's effects on the environment.
Founded in 1988, Global Exchange is an organization dedicated to
promoting environmental, political, and social justice around
the world. In the late Î90s, Global Exchange was perhaps the
most important organization drawing attention to Nike's
sweatshop abuses. Their expansive website gives a flavor for the
diversity of activities they have initiated, which include
"people to people" projects, such as "reality tours" to Third
World countries, managing "fair trade" stores, and publishing
resources on global justice issues. Global Exchange is one of
the key global justice organizations.
Greenpeace began in 1971 when activists went to "bear witness"
to nuclear weapons testing planned for Amchitka island, off
Alaska. Today Greenpeace is one of the leading organizations
using nonviolent direct action to expose global environmental
problems and to promote solutions that are essential to what the
organization hopes will be a "green and peaceful future." It
sponsors campaigns on global warming, environmental toxics,
destructive fishing, genetic engineering, nuclear power and
weapons, and saving ancient forests. Both websites feature
extensive background materials on these issues, action alerts,
ways to get involved, and numerous links to other organizations.
The Independent Media Center
This is the CNN of the global social justice movement and a
wonderful resource. The Center acts as a clearinghouse of
information and provides up-to-theminute reports, photos, audio,
and video footage of global social justice struggles through its
website. Launched during the Seattle WTO protests of late 1999,
Indymedia is a fascinating, colorful site. Updated regularly.
Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism
The IPCB is organized to assist indigenous peoples in the
protection of their genetic resources, indigenous knowledge, and
cultural and human rights from the negative effects of
A non-partisan national grassroots organization whose purpose is
to stop life-threatening abuses by transnational corporations.
Through the Tobacco Industry Campaign, INFACT is pressuring
Philip Morris to stop addicting new young customers around the
world, and to stop interfering in public policy on issues of
tobacco and health. INFACT promotes a boycott of Philip
Morris-owned Kraft foods and distributes the important video
Making a Killing, exposing Philip Morris's brand of tobacco
imperialism around the world. Articles posted on their website,
like "The Marlboro Man Goes Overseas," could be used with
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy promotes
resilient family farms, rural communities and ecosystems around
the world through research and education, and advocacy. Their
website includes background readings, articles, and forums on
vital issues of agriculture and trade.
Institute for Global Communications (IGC)
"The mission of IGC is to advance the work of progressive
organizations and individuals for peace, justice, economic
opportunity, human rights, democracy and environmental
sustainability through strategic use of online technologies."
IGC is an outstanding resource, with a fabulous search engine
that is linked to social justice networks of all kinds.
Institute for Policy Studies
An important think tank on global issues from a social justice
perspective. IPS has programs on Peace and Security, the Global
Economy, and Paths for the 21st Century, supplemented by several
projects that address specific issues.
International Education and Resource Network (iEARN)
iEARN is a nonprofit organization made up of almost 4,000
schools in over 90 countries. It aims to empower teachers and
young people (K-12) to work together online at low cost through
a global telecommunications network.
International Rivers Network
IRN is an important network that works to support communities
around the world struggling to protect rivers and watersheds.
They see this work as part of a movement for "environmental
integrity, social justice and human rights." IRN's website is a
valuable source of information about global water struggles.
Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
A coalition of 275 Protestant, Roman Catholic and Jewish
institutional investors that organizes corporate campaigns to
press companies to be socially and environmentally responsible.
Publishes the newsletter, The Corporate Examiner.
Interhemispheric Resource Center
A research and policy institute that produces books, reports,
and periodicals on U.S. foreign policy. Publishes annual
Cross-Border Links Directories which lists and annotates
fair-trade networks, labor, and environmental groups. Publishes
the newsletter, Borderlines.
International Forum on Globalization
Begun as an alliance of over 60 scholars, activists and writers,
the IFG has sponsored important conferences to evaluate the
social and environmental impact of globalization. They have
published numerous booklets. Their website features worthwhile
resources on the World Trade Organization, the World Bank and
the International Monetary Fund, among others.
International Labor Organization
The ILO is the UN agency that promotes internationally
recognized human and labor rights. The organization maintains a
searchable website on labor issues of all kinds, such as child
labor, and includes useful articles, links, and reports.
International Labor Rights Fund
The ILRF is a nonprofit organization that takes action on behalf
of working people, and creates innovative programs and
enforcement mechanisms to protect workers' rights. Current
campaigns include child labor, monitoring labor rights in China,
sweatshops, forced labor in Burma, and examining IMF/World Bank
practices. Provides detailed information on the effects of
The International Society for Ecology and Culture
ISEC promotes locally based alternatives to the global consumer
culture. ISEC produced the extraordinarily useful video
Ancient Futures, about the negative effects of the arrival
of "development" in the Himalayan region of Ladakh.
A national campaign, with local affiliates, to organize support
for workers' rights struggles. JwJ's Student Labor Action
Project is an initiative focused on supporting student activism
around issues of workers' rights as well as social and economic
justice. Extensive information on current campaigns at their
Jubilee USA Network
Jubilee USA Network is a coalition of faith-based and activist
organizations who denounce the debt owed by impoverished nations
to the IMF and the World Bank as illegitimate and pledge to
oppose the "debt domination" by wealthy nations. A fine source
for action ideas, links and additional resources on the effects
of the Third World debt crisis and resistance to it. Also
valuable is Jubilee 2000 UK, on the web at
www.jubilee2000uk.org. Jubilee 2000 UK is the British
affiliate of the international movement calling for cancellation
of the unpayable debt of the world's poorest countries under a
fair and transparent process. Its website includes articles,
links and ways for people to get involved in the global movement
for economic justice.
international women's human rights organization that works in
partnership with women's community-based groups in conflict
areas worldwide. Our programs address issues of sustainable
development, community improvement and women's health; violence
and war; discrimination and racism; self-determination and
collective rights; women's leadership development; and human
rights education. MADRE provides resources and training to
enable our sister organizations to meet immediate needs in their
communities and develop long-term solutions to the crises they
Maquiladora Health & Safety Support Network
A volunteer network of occupational health and safety
professionals providing information, technical assistance and
on-site instruction regarding workplace hazards in the over
3,800 "maquiladora" (foreign-owned export-oriented
assembly plants) along the U.S.-Mexico border. Their website
includes excellent resources and links on maquiladora
health and safety issues.
Maquila Solidarity Network
The Maquila Solidarity Network is a Canadian network promoting
solidarity with groups in Mexico, Central America, and Asia
organizing in maquiladora factories and export processing zones
to improve conditions and win a living wage. Their website
includes hard-to-find resources on maquilas by country or
company, and many articles on sweatshop issues. Valuable links
to other Canadian and international organizations concerned with
workers' rights issues.
National Coalition of Education Activists (NCEA)
A network of teacher, parent, and community activists who
organize around social justice issues in schools and
communities. Biannual conferences feature workshops on teaching
strategies for social justice, among other issues. Publishes the
newsletter Action for Better Schools.
National Labor Committee
NLC's goal is to "end labor and human rights violations, ensure
a living wage tied to a basket of needs, and help workers and
their families live and work with dignity" ÷ through education
and activism. The organization, under director Charles Kernaghan,
has been one of the most effective groups in raising awareness
about super-exploitation and horrific conditions in global
sweatshops. The National Labor Committee is the producer of some
valuable videos and reports on sweatshop and labor rights issues
around the world (see, for example, the videos Zoned for
Slavery and Mickey Mouse Goes to Haiti).
Network of Educators on the Americas (NECA)
NECA publishes excellent multicultural, global justice teaching
materials, such as the Caribbean Connection series and
the widely used Beyond Heroes and Holidays. NECA's
Teaching for Change catalog is the single best source for
resources to rethink and teach about globalization.
One World International
One World is "a community of organizations working from a range
of perspectives and backgrounds to promote sustainable
development and human rights." Described as the "global
supersite on sustainable development and human rights," this is
truly an amazing website, filled with photo galleries, news,
special country reports, campaigns, and the like.
Oxfam America is dedicated to creating lasting solutions to
hunger, poverty, and social injustice through long-term
partnerships with poor communities around the world. Their
website features lots of educational materials and links to
other global education sites.
Prison Activist Resource Center
The source for progressive and radical info on prisons and the
criminal prosecution system.
Rainforest Action Network
RAN works to protect the earth's rainforests and support the
rights of their inhabitants through education, grassroots
organizing, and nonviolent direct action. Theirs is a
must-visit, comprehensive website that includes a wealth of
information, including ideas for activities and activism with
students, classroom-friendly fact sheets, and links to
indigenous rainforest groups. RAN has a Beyond Oil Campaign that
should be of interest to students who are responsive to
activities in Rethinking Globalization's chapter on
consumption and the environment.
Resource Center of the Americas
The Resource Center provides information and develops programs
that demonstrate connections between people of Latin America,
the Caribbean, and the United States. Over the years they have
published a great deal of curriculum in this area. Their website
includes an on-line catalog of these and other classroom
materials, along with resources on critical issues about the
Rethinking Schools Its quarterly journal,
Rethinking Schools, is produced largely by classroom
teachers with a focus on social justice and equity. The website
contains this entire resource list with all website addresses
hot-linked, so all you need to do is click on them and you are
taken to each site. The Rethinking Schools website also features
a number of additional articles on teaching about globalization,
including further resources and lesson plans that are mentioned
in this book. Rethinking Schools publishes Rethinking
Columbus and Rethinking Our Classrooms, volumes 1 and 2.
RUGMARK is a global nonprofit organization working to end child
labor and offer educational opportunities to children in India,
Nepal, and Pakistan. It organizes loom and factory monitoring,
sponsors consumer labeling, and runs schools for former child
workers. RUGMARK recruits carpet producers and importers to make
and sell carpets that are free of child labor.
Rural Advancement Foundation International
RAFI is dedicated to the conservation and sustainable
improvement of agricultural biodiversity, and to the socially
responsible development of technologies useful to rural
societies. RAFI deals with issues such as the loss of genetic
diversity ÷ especially in agriculture ÷ and about the impact of
"intellectual property rights" on agriculture and world food
security. Their searchable website is very useful, featuring
articles, publications, and issue updates.
Schools for Chiapas
An organization working in solidarity with the struggles in
Chiapas, Mexico. Mobilizes people and resources to build schools
in Chiapas. The organization also sponsors trips to study
Spanish and Mayan language and culture in Chiapas. The website
features news articles, historical information and other
STITCH is a network of U.S. women working to support women's
organizing for a just wage and fair treatment on the job in
Central America. STITCH has a project to document women's
organizing experiences in export industries in Central America.
The interview with Yesenia Bonilla in Rethinking
Globalization (see p. 142) is excerpted from STITCH's
booklet, "Women Behind the Labels: Worker Testimonies from
Sweatshop Watch is a coalition of labor, community, civil
rights, immigrant rights, women's, religious, and student
organizations committed to eliminating sweatshop conditions in
the global garment industry. Their website provides updates on
current sweatshop issues, links, and reports. Monthly e-mail
action alerts available.
Third World Network
An independent nonprofit international network of organizations
and individuals involved in issues relating to development, the
Third World, and North-South issues. Publishes the valuable
Third World Resurgence magazine. The magazine and website is
an essential resource to learn more about Third World
perspectives on globalization issues.
TransAfrica Forum provides commentary and scholarship on policy
issues related to Africa and the Caribbean. The organization
seeks to educate Americans in general, and African Americans in
particular, on human rights and global economic policy. Reports
on TransAfrica's website deal with issues such as the
Sub-Saharan Africa debt burden, the impact of tourism in the
Caribbean, and landmines.
UNITE (Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees)
UNITE was formed by the merger of two of the nation's oldest
unions, the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU)
and the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU).
UNITE's website offers information on campaigns against
sweatshops, as well as government and organizational links.
United Farm Workers
Affiliated with the AFL-CIO, the UFW is the oldest and most
prominent farm worker union in the United States. Their website
includes links, current news articles, updates, and background
white papers, such as "Fingers to the Bone: United States
Failure to Protect Child Farm Workers," "Fields of Poisons:
California Farm Workers and Pesticides," "Five Cents for
Fairness: The Case for Change in the Strawberry Fields,"
"Trouble on the Farm: Growing Up With Pesticides in Agricultural
Communities," and "Pesticides in Our Food and Water."
United for a Fair Economy
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 graphic-rich
training and curriculum materials, and their website is a
valuable one, including an economics library, research library,
and fact sheets.
UNICEF - United Nations Children's Fund
UNICEF produces educational materials and distributes funds to
children's programs throughout the world. Their annual The
State of the World's Children provides useful statistics.
Women of Color Resource Center
WCRC develops and distributes resources about women of color
that advance social justice movements. WCRC published the
valuable curriculum guide Women's Education in the Global
Economy. Their website includes excellent hard-to-find links
to projects that organize around issues concentrating on women
The Zapatistas, based in the southern-most Mexican state of
Chiapas, have drawn worldwide attention to the plight of
indigenous people in the era of free trade. Their website is
mostly in Spanish, although it does have some English
translations. It's a fascinating site and the links will put
students in touch with indigenous movements around the world.
Z Net is one of the most amazing websites we've found. 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 a tremendous amount here. Z Magazine is available the old fashioned way ÷ in print.
See "Journals for Global Justice," p. 381.