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Civil Rights Resources

  • Alliance for Justice
    The Alliance for Justice is a national association of environmental, civil rights, mental health, women's, children's and consumer advocacy organizations. Since its inception in 1979, the Alliance has worked to advance the cause of justice for all Americans, strengthen the public interest community's ability to influence public policy, and foster the next generation of advocates.

  • American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
    ADC is a civil rights organization committed to defending the rights of people of Arab descent and promoting their rich cultural heritage. ADC, which is non-sectarian, non- partisan is the largest Arab-American grassroots organization in the United States. It was founded in 1980 by former Senator James Abourezk and has chapters nationwide. Through its Department of Legal Services, ADC offers counseling in cases of discrimination and defamation and selected impact litigation in the areas of immigration.

  • American Civil Liberties Union
    The nation's foremost advocate of individual rights -- educating the public on a broad array of issues affecting individual freedom in the U.S.

  • Americans for a Society Free from Age Restrictions
    Advocates civil and social rights for teenagers.

  • Americans with Disabilities Act
    Official homepage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It provides links to information on the Act, publications, and other Federal resources.

  • The Association for the Severely Handicapped (TASH)
    Building communities in which no one is segregated and everyone belongs; forging new alliances that embrace diversity; advocating for opportunities and rights; eradicating injustices and inequities; supporting research and disseminating knowledge and information; promoting inclusive education; supporting progressive legislation and litigation; promoting excellence in services.

  • Citizens' Commission on Civil Rights
    The Citizens' Commission on Civil Rights was founded in 1982 in response to governmental action that put into question the basic foundations of civil rights policy as it had operated since the enactment in the 1960s of laws providing basic protections. The Commission is committed to the revitalization of a progressive civil rights agenda at the national level. Its work is grounded in the belief that such an agenda benefits the entire country, not just particular interest groups.

  • Civil Rights: A Chronology
    A brief timeline from 1619 to the present from the social justice network

  • Civil Rights: An Overview
    Overview of civil rights Legal Information Institute from Columbia University.

  • The Civil Rights Documentation Project
    This bibliography contains references to civil rights oral history interviews held in Mississippi college and university archives, state archives, county and city libraries, county historical societies, and some independent archives.

  • Civil Rights Movement Veterans
    Civil rights workers in the Southern Freedom Movement during the 1960s who provide speakers and other resources to groups who want to learn about the Civil Rights Movement.

  • The Civil Rights Project at Harvard
    Harvard University site of resources on civil rights.

  • The Council for Disability Rights (CDR)
    CDR provides public education, information, referrals, counseling, job training, and many other services to the disabled community on national, state, and local levels. It advances the rights of people with disabilities and promotes public policy and legislation, public awareness through education, and provides information and referral services.

    The federal government's one-stop Web site for information of interest to people with disabilities, their families, employers, service providers and many others.

  • Disability Rights Advocates
    Founded in 1993, Disability Rights Advocates is a national and international non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities. Operated by and established for people with disabilities, DRA pursues its mission through research, education, and legal advocacy. DRA's mission is to ensure dignity, equality, and opportunity for people with all types of disabilities throughout the United States and worldwide.

  • The King Papers Project
    The King Papers Project is a major research effort to assemble and disseminate historical information concerning Martin Luther King, Jr. and the social movements in which he participated.

  • GI Rights Network
    Quaker House, with a staff of one, assists and supports military personnel who are conscientious objectors to seek discharge or noncombatant service. In addition, staff counsels and makes referrals for military personnel who are seeking a legal discharge, who feel they have been discriminated against because of race, sexual orientation, gender, or religion, and those who are Absent Without Leave (AWOL) and wish to return for a legal discharge.

  • Human Rights Campaign
    The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against GLBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

  • International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet
    Info on best practices in areas related to disability and accessibility issues, disability-related Internet resources, etc.

  • Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
    Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV/AIDS through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.

  • Leadership Conference on Civil Rights is a joint project of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and the Leadership Conference Education Fund. The goal of is to recruit, educate and mobilize individuals of good conscience in the ongoing struggle for equal opportunity.

  • League of United Latin American Citizens
    With approximately 115,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC is the largest and oldest Hispanic Organization in the United States. LULAC advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 600 LULAC councils nationwide.

  • A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Link to King's Speeches.

  • The King Center
    The King Center is the institutional guardian of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy. It is the official living memorial to his life, work, and philosophy. The King Center, in cooperation with the Estate of Dr. King, has a legal, spiritual, and moral responsibility to maintain the integrity of Dr. King's Legacy by serving as the national and international clearing house for officially sanctioned King programs and products.

  • Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
    The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) protects and promotes the civil rights of Latinos living in the United States.

  • Asian American Justice Center
    Founded in 1991, the Asian American Justice Center (formerly the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium) works to advance the human and civil rights of Asian Americans through advocacy, public policy, public education, and litigation.

  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
    Founded in 1909 in New York City by a group of black and white citizens committed to social justice, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation's largest and strongest civil rights organization. The NAACP's principal objective is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens of United States and eliminate race prejudice. The NAACP seeks removal of all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic processes.

  • National Association of the Deaf
    Founded in 1880, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is the oldest and largest organization representing people with disabilities in the United States. The NAD safeguards the accessibility and civil rights of 28 million deaf and hard of hearing Americans in a variety of areas including education, employment, health care and social services, and telecommunications.

  • National Council of La Raza
    The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization established in 1968 to reduce poverty and discrimination, and improve life opportunities, for Hispanic Americans.

  • National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
    NNIRR member organizations and activists utilize the network as a tool to enhance collaboration, build and develop strategy, and push thinking and analysis "outside the box" of service provision or "quick-fix" legislation. The program aims to involve, support, and empower immigrant communities to address the critical issues in their neighborhoods and workplaces.

  • National Organization for Women
    NOW is dedicated to making legal, political, social and economic change in our society in order to eliminate sexism and end all oppression.

  • Native American Rights Fund
    The Native American Rights Fund (NARF) is a non-profit organization that provides legal representation and technical assistance to Indian tribes, organizations and individuals nationwide. Our mission is: preservation of tribal existence, protection of tribal natural resources, promotion of human rights, accountability of governments, development of Indian law and educating the public about Indian rights, laws, and issues.

  • The Southern Poverty Law Center
    The Southern Poverty Law Center is a non-profit organization that combats hate, intolerance and discrimination through education and litigation. Its programs include Teaching Tolerance and the Intelligence Project, which incorporates Klanwatch and the Militia Task Force. The Center also sponsors the Civil Rights Memorial which celebrates the memory of 40 individuals who died during the Civil Rights Movement.

  • We Shall Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement
    This National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary tells the powerful story of how and where the centuries-long struggle of African Americans to achieve the bright promise of America culminated in the mid-20th century in a heroic campaign we call the modern civil rights movement. Many of the places where these seminal events occurred, the churches, schools, homes, and neighborhoods, are listed in the National Register of Historic Places and are included in this itinerary.

  • The Whole World Was Watching: An Oral History of 1968
    Series of transcripts, audio recordings, and edited stories of a series of interviews conducted about the civil rights movement.

Crime and Justice Resources

  • The Almanac of Policy Issues: Criminal Justice
    This site provides comprehensive background information and links on major U.S. public policy issues. The Almanac is an independent public service not affiliated with any particular issue or cause. Every effort is made to present all sides of each issue, and to do so in an unbiased, journalistic format.

  • Capital Punishment
    Produced by the U.S. Embassy in Germany, this web site contains background and U.S. policy on capital punishment, official statements and documents, and recent studies, books and journal articles.

  • Hate Crimes reported by Victims and Police
    Prepared by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, this site provides information on the number of hate crimes reported to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) and their characteristics.

  • Crime Issues: Self Defense and Gun Control
    National Center for Policy Analysis. Provides links to full-text articles on both sides of the issues.

  • Librarian's Index to the Internet: Crime
    The Crime section of a searchable, annotated subject directory of Internet resources selected and evaluated by librarians for their usefulness to users of public libraries.

  • National Crime Prevention Council
    A national educational nonprofit whose mission is to enable people to create safer and more caring communities by addressing the causes of crime and violence and reducing the opportunities for crime to occur.

  • National Criminal Justice Reference Service
    NCJRS is a federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide.

Culture and History

  • American Folk
    American Folk is an online magazine that highlights popular culture, offers views of the lives of ordinary people across the country. It is a virtual road trip, stopping at the doorsteps of truly interesting individuals.

  • American Folklife Center
    The American Folklife Center aims to be the national center for folklife documentation and research, and this Web site offers a virtual destination for those who cannot visit the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

  • American Memory
    Library of Congress search site for spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.

  • Current eJournalUSA
    The Bureau of International Information Programs of the U.S. Department of State publishes five electronic journals under the eJournal USA logo that examine major issues facing the United States and the international community as well as U.S. society, values, thought, and institutions.

  • Sustaining our Heritage
    The Institute of Museum and Library Services brochure that gives examples of successful conservation and preservation initiatives.

  • Historical Flags of the United States

  • Through the Year: Holidays and Celebrations
    North of Boston Library exchange service with links to special holiday and month-by-month to social, religious, and cultural celebration sites.

  • United States Holidays and Observances
    Yahoo's links to US secular holidays.

Diversity Resources

  • ACLU Freedom Network on Gay and Lesbian  Issues
    Freedom Network provides news items, campaign information and links to organizations dealing with Gay and Lesbian rights.

  • ACLU's National Prison Project
    The ACLU's National Prison Project is the only national litigation program on behalf of prisoners. Since 1972, the NPP has represented more than 100,000 men, women and children.

  • Arab American Institute
    Founded in 1985, the Arab American Institute (AAI) is a nonprofit organization committed to the civic and political empowerment of Americans of Arab descent.

  • Affirmative Action and Diversity Project
    Main website for the Affirmative Action and Diversity Project, which presents diverse opinions regarding affirmative action topics.

  • American Council for the Blind
    The Council strives to improve the well-being of all blind and visually impaired people by: serving as a representative national organization of blind people by elevating the social, economic and cultural levels of blind people and improving educational and rehabilitation facilities and opportunities.

  • A New Century: Immigration and the US
    From the Migration Information Source, providing fresh thought, authoritative data from numerous global organizations and governments, and global analysis of international migration and refugee trends.

  • Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
    The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is a national, nonprofit institution that conducts research on public policy issues of special concerns to black Americans and other minorities. Founded in 1970, the Joint Center provides independent analyses through research, publications and outreach programs.

  • National Congress of American Indians
    The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), is the oldest, largest and most representative national Indian organization serving the needs of a broad membership of American Indian and Alaska Native governments.

  • The National Council of Women's Organizations (NCWO)
    The NCWO is a nonpartisan, nonprofit umbrella organization of almost 200 groups that collectively represent over ten million women across the United States.

  • National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
    NGLTF is the national progressive organization working for the civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people. NGLTF's vision and commitment to social change is building a powerful political movement in the fifty states and the District of Columbia.

  • National Immigration Forum
    The purpose of the National Immigration Forum is to embrace and uphold America's tradition as a nation of immigrants. The Forum advocates and builds public support for public policies that welcome immigrants and refugees and that are fair and supportive to newcomers in our country.

  • The National Women's Law Center
    The official homepage of the National Women's Law Center, which works to protect and advance the progress of women and girls in the United States.

  • Race and Ethnicity Online
    Prepared by the Organized Section on Race, Ethnicity and Politics of the American Political Science Association. Site offers academic resources on issues of race/ethnicity in social theory, public policy, education, law, and political history.

  • National Urban League
    Founded in 1910, the National Urban League is a nonprofit organization that, through its more than 100 affiliates in 34 states and the District of Columbia, provides direct services and functions as an advocate to generate policy reforms that empower African-Americans to achieve economic, academic and racial equality. The mission of the National Urban League is to assist African Americans in the achievement of social and economic equality.

  • Women's Human Rights Net
    WHRnet is a collaborative Information & Communication Technology (ICT) project developed by an international coalition of women's organizations. WHRnet aims to strengthen advocacy for women's human rights through the effective utilization of information and communication technologies.

Family and Children Resources

  • Child and Family Web Guide
    For parents, students and professionals: a directory of sites rated by experts from Tufts University.

  • Children's Defense Fund
    The mission of the Children's Defense Fund is to Leave No Child Behind¡Šand to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. CDF provides a strong, effective voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves.

  • Council on Contemporary Families
    The Council on Contemporary Families was formed in response to the misleading representations of family research that have flooded the media in recent years and influenced the debate over such important issues as welfare reform. In an effort to offset the polarizing effect of these misrepresentations, CCF brings the latest scholarly and clinical findings to the public.

  • Harvard Family Research Project
    Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) strives to promote more effective educational practices, programs, and policies for disadvantaged children and youth by generating, publishing, and disseminating our and others' research.

  • Snapshots of America's Families III: Tracking Change 1997-2002
    Urban Institute. The first findings from the 2002 round of the National Survey of America's Families (NSAF) show how American families have changed since 1997. Snapshots paint a detailed portrait of health insurance coverage and use, marriage and family structure, family environment, child well-being, and participation in government programs.

  • Youth Law Center
    The Youth Law Center is a public interest law firm that works to protect children in the nation's foster care and juvenile justice systems from abuse and neglect, and to ensure that they receive the necessary support and services to become healthy and productive adults.

Religion Resources

  • National Council of Churches of the U.S.A.
    National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA.

  • Academic Info: Religion Gateway
    Independent directory of links to a universe of sites associated with the study and practice of religions. Maintained by Mike Madin, a graduate of the University of Washington Comparative Religion program.

  • American Atheists
    An organization laboring for the civil liberties of Atheists, and the total, absolute separation of government and religion.

  • American Jewish Congress
    The American Jewish Congress is a membership organization with some 50,000 members in all fifty states.

  • American Jewish Historical Society
    The mission of this site is to foster awareness and appreciation of the American Jewish heritage and to serve as a national scholarly resource for research through the collection, preservation and dissemination of materials relating to American Jewish history.

  • Association of Religion Data Archives
    Founded as the American Religion Data Archive in 1997 and going online in 1998, the initial archive was targeted at researchers interested in American religion. The targeted audience and the data collection have both greatly expanded since 1998, now including American and international collections and developing features for educators, journalists, religious congregations, and researchers.

  • Amish History & Settlement in America
    The Amish people in America are an old religious sect, direct descendants of the Anabaptists of sixteenth-century Europe. This site describes their history, religious beliefs and social customs.

  • The American Religious Experience
    University of West Virginia. This site provides links to teaching resources in American religion that include full-text articles, course syllabi, current book reviews, and other materials on a variety of topics closely related to the study of American religion.

  • Anti-Defamation League
    For 90 years, ADL has been combating anti-Semitism and bigotry of all kinds. Its ultimate purpose is to secure justice and fair treatment to all citizens alike and to put an end forever to unjust and unfair discrimination against and ridicule of any sect or body of citizens.

    This site provides access to leading Catholic magazines and newspapers, papal encyclicals, Church documents, and devotional services. Every day, there is the latest Catholic news from around the world, straight from the highly-regarded, Rome-based Zenit News Service.

  • Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
    The Catholic League is the nation's largest Catholic civil rights organization. Motivated by the letter and the spirit of the First Amendment, the Catholic League works to safeguard both the religious freedom rights and the free speech rights of Catholics whenever and wherever they are threatened.

  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    Link to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  • Council on Islamic American Relations
    CAIR was established to promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America, and is dedicated to presenting an Islamic perspective on issues of importance to the American public.

  • Divining America: Religion and the National Culture
    TeacherServe, National Humanities Center. This site contains a collection of full-text essays on issues related to religion in Amercia from the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The site is designed to help teachers of American history bring their students to a greater understanding of the role religion has played in the development of the United States.

  • Freedom from Religion Foundation
    The Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc., is an educational group working for the separation of state and church. Its purposes, as stated in its bylaws, are to promote the constitutional principle of separation of state and church, and to educate the public on matters relating to nontheism.

  • Watchtower
    Official Web Site of Jehovah's Witnesses.

  • Jewish American History on the Web
    Link to Jewish American History on the Web.

  • Insight Meditation Society
    The Insight Meditation Society offers meditation retreats rooted in the Theravada Buddhist teachings of ethics, concentration and wisdom.

  • Introduction to the Theory of Religious Freedom
    American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lecture on the major controversies about interpretation of the free exercise clause of the U.S. Constitution.

  • Largest Religious Groups in America
    Site by, a growing collection of over 43,870 adherent statistics and religious geography citations.

  • Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)
    The MPAC Mission is to establish a vibrant American Muslim community that will enrich American society through promoting the Islamic values of Mercy, Justice, Peace, Human Dignity, Freedom, and Equality for all.

  • The Pluralism Project
    Developed by Dr. Diana L. Eck at Harvard University to study and document the growing religious diversity of the United States, with a special view to its new immigrant religious communities.

  • The Presbyterian Church in America
    Official site of the religion, with news and information about the faith and its administration.

  • Religion and Ethics Newsweekly
    Produced by Public Broadcasting Service Station WNET, this website is an extension of the national TV newsmagazine program devoted entirely to the news of religion and spirituality, and major ethical issues. The Web site features show transcripts, streaming video, an online pressroom with archival information on past program topics, interview transcripts with notable guests, and suggested resource materials and related Internet links.

  • The Religious Movements Page
    This page provides profiles of more than 200 Religious Movements at the University of Virginia. Each Profile offers basic demographic and background information, a summary of beliefs, discussion of controversial issues (when appropriate), links to important web sites about each group, and select print bibliographies.

  • The Religious Society of Friends
    This page provides many links to a wide variety of facts, historical documents and current issues regarding the Quakers.

  • American Civil Liberties Union: Religion & Belief
    Legal Bulletin from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on the U.S. Constitution's first amendment.

  • Shambhala
    The Shambhala community draws on a wide variety of contemplative traditions. The core practice is mindfulness-awareness meditation.

  • Unitarian Universalist Association
    Official site of the religion, with news and information about the faith and its administration.

  • Who Are the Mennonites?
    Third Way Cafe, Mennonite Media. Provides background, statistics and news about the religion.

Social Welfare Resources

  • American Association of Retired Persons
    AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association dedicated to shaping and enriching the experience of aging for our members and for all Americans. It is the nation's largest organization of midlife and older persons, with more than 30 million members.

  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
    HUD's mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination.

  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
    Veterans' Affairs goal is to provide excellence in patient care, veterans' benefits and customer satisfaction.

  • U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency
    FEMA's mission is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program.

  • is a partnership of Federal agencies with a shared vision - to provide improved, personalized access to government assistance programs.

  • Gray Panthers
    Gray Panthers is an intergenerational advocacy organization working on issues such as universal health care, jobs with a living wage and the right to organize, preservation of Social Security, affordable housing, access to quality education, economic justice, environment, peace and challenging ageism, sexism, racism.

  • Healthfinder
    The portal site for access to health related information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Homeless
    This site was prepared to help homeless people and those that assist them locate programs within the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and in other federal agencies. The programs are managed by local organizations that provide a range of services, including shelter, food, counseling, and jobs skills programs.

  • U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness
    The primary activity of the Council is the development of a comprehensive Federal approach to end homelessness. The Committee understands that homelessness is affected by factors that cut across Federal agencies, including housing costs, job readiness, education, substance abuse and mental health.

  • Public Agenda Issue Guides: Social Security
    Public Agenda is a non-partisan opinion research and civic engagement organization helping Americans explore and understand critical issues since 1975.

  • Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture
    Published by the School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany (NY), this journal provides access to full-text articles, essays and reviews.

  • Martin on Social Security
    Legal Information Institute, Cornell University. This novel reference work was written to organize a comprehensive library of Social Security material, and be surrounded by and linked to the primary law material. Issue by issue it provides immediate, "point and click" access to the relevant portions of the Social Security Act, Code of Federal Regulations, Hallex, and POMS as well as all important cases and rulings.

  • National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
    The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) is a national network of community-based service providers and local, state and federal agencies that provide emergency and supportive housing, food, health services, job training and placement assistance, legal aid and case management support for hundreds of thousands of homeless veterans each year.

  • National Coalition for the Homeless
    The National Coalition for the Homeless, founded in 1984, is a national network of people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, activists and advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, and others whose mission is to end homelessness.

  • National Council on Aging
    NCOA is the nation's first association of organizations and professionals dedicated to promoting the dignity, self-determination, well being, and contributions of older persons.

  • National Fair Housing Alliance
    The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) is the voice of fair housing. NFHA works to eliminate housing discrimination and to ensure equal housing opportunity for all people through leadership, education and outreach, membership services, public policy initiatives, advocacy and enforcement.

  • National Health Care for the Homeless Council
    The mission of the National Council is to help bring about reform of the health care system to best serve the needs of people who are homeless, to work in alliance with others whose broader purpose is to eliminate homelessness, and to provide support to Council members.

  • U.S. National Institutes of Health
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH), as part of the Public Health Service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, supports biomedical and behavioral research domestically and abroad, conducts research in its own laboratories and clinics, trains promising young researchers, and promotes acquisition and distribution of medical knowledge.

  • Social Security Project
    Cato Institute. The objective of the project is to formulate a viable blueprint allowing individuals the opportunity of owning their own retirement account.

Selected Non-Governmental Organizations

  • The National Bar Association
    Begun during the first quarter of the 20th century by twelve African American pioneers, the purpose of the National Bar Association is to advance the science of jurisprudence, uphold the honor of the legal profession, promote social intercourse among the members of the bar, and protect the civil and political rights of all citizens of the several states of the United States.

  • National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy (NARPA)
    NARPA is dedicated to promoting those policies and pursuing those strategies that represent the preferred options of people who have been labeled mentally disabled. NARPA is committed to advocating the abolishing of all forced treatment laws and believes the recipients of mental health services are capable of and entitled to make their own choices, and that they are, above all, equal citizens under the law.

  • National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA)
    NAPWA advocates on behalf of all people living with HIV and AIDS in order to end the pandemic and the human suffering caused by HIV/AIDS.

  • National Federation of the Blind
    Founded in 1940, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is the nation's largest and most influential membership organization of blind persons. With fifty thousand members, the NFB has affiliates in all fifty states plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, and over seven hundred local chapters. As a consumer and advocacy organization, the NFB is considered the leading force in the blindness field today.

  • American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
    The official homepage of the AFL-CIO, a voluntary federation of 53 national and international labor unions.

  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
    The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees is the nation's largest and fastest growing public service employees union, and it organizes for social and economic justice in the workplace and through political action and legislative advocacy.

  • Service Employees International Union
    The official homepage of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), an organization focused on uniting workers in four sectors: hospital systems, long-term care, property services, and public services.

Arts and Entertainment

Overview of the American Arts Scene

  • Internet Resources for Music, Theater, and Dance (Library of Congress)

  • Americans for the Arts
    Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. With 45 years of service, we are dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.

  • Arts Journal
    Arts Journal is a daily digest of arts, culture and ideas.

    Artnet is the place to buy, sell and research fine art online, with over 1,200 galleries in over 250 cities worldwide, more than 100,000 works by over 25,000 artists from around the globe.

  • ARTSEDGE: The National Arts and Education Information Network
    ARTSEDGE supports the placement of the arts at the center of the curriculum and advocates creative use of technology to enhance the K-12 educational experience.

  • Internet Public Library: Arts and Humanities  
    Links to sites describing human artistic endeavors throughout the world.

  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
    The Kennedy Center, established by the National Cultural Center Act, includes four basic components: it authorizes the Center's construction, spells out an artistic mandate to present a wide variety of both classical and contemporary performances, specifies an educational mission for the Center, and states that the Center is an independent facility, self-sustaining and privately funded.

  • State and Regional Arts Organizations
    List and links to state & regional partners of the National Endowment for the Arts.

  • World Wide Arts Resources
    The largest site for contemporary art, art news, art history, contemporary artist and gallery portfolios.

History of the Arts






-- American Literature

-- Booksellers

-- Literary Criticism


-- Music History

-- Composition

-- Music Festivals

Music by Genre

-- Multi-genre Resources

-- Blues and Jazz

-- Classical

-- Early American Music

-- Folk and Country

-- Gospel

-- Opera

-- Rap and Hip-Hop

-- Rock and Roll

Visual Art

Foundations and Organizations

Museums and Galleries

Arts Training

Science Resources


  • Human Genome Project Information
    Provides information about the Human Genome Project which was started in 1990 and was to last 15 years, but rapid technological advances accelerated the completion date to 2003.

Energy Resources

  • U.S. Department of Energy
    The Department of Energy's overarching mission is to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission; and to ensure the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.

  • U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
    The Commission formulates policies, develops regulations governing nuclear reactor and nuclear material safety, issues orders to licensees, and adjudicates legal matters.


  • Global Climate Change Briefing Book
    Congressional Research Service's compilation of Congressional and Executive Branch documents on climate change.

  • U.S. Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance
    The Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance provides national and regional leadership and direction to coordinate and develop environmental policy and program evaluation, and a coordinated and unified approach and response to environmental issues.

  • Envirolink
    EnviroLink is a non-profit grassroots online community that unites hundreds of organizations and volunteers around the world with millions of people in more than 150 countries, providing comprehensive, up-to-date environmental information and news.

  • U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
    The Bureau of Oceans, Environment, and Science (OES) promotes transformational diplomacy through advancing environmental stewardship, encouraging economic growth, and promoting social development around the globe to foster a safer, more secure and hopeful world.

  • U.S. Geological Survey
    The USGS serves the U.S. by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.

Computer Science Resources

Information Technology Resources

  • American National Standards Institute
    The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) coordinates the development and use of voluntary consensus standards in the United States and represents the needs and views of U.S. stakeholders in standardization forums around the globe.

  • The Center for Democracy and Technology
    The official homepage of the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), an organization that works to promote democratic values and constitutional liberties in the digital age. With expertise in law, technology, and policy, CDT seeks practical solutions to enhance free expression and privacy in global communications technologies.

  • Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee
    The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee is a diverse group of public interest, nonprofit and industry groups working to educate the Congress and the public about important Internet-related policy issues.

  • Corporation for National Research Initiatives
    The official homepage of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives, organization that undertakes, fosters, and promotes research in the public interest. Its activities center around strategic development of network-based information technologies, providing leadership and funding for research and development of the National Information Infrastructure.

  • Electronic Frontier Foundation
    The Electronic Frontier Foundation is a nonprofit organization that advocates for free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights on the Internet.

  • Internet Education Foundation
    Links to a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public and policymakers about the potential of a decentralized global Internet to promote democracy, communications, and commerce.

  • Global Information Infrastructure Commission
    The Global Information Infrastructure Commission is a confederation of chief executives and other officers of business firms engaged in the development, manufacture, deployment, operation, modernization, financing, and use of services and products based upon information and communications technologies.

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT): Program on Internet and Telecoms Convergence
    Links to MIT: program on Internet and telecoms convergence.

  • U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration
    The official homepage of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the President's principal adviser on telecommunications and information policy issues.

  • Pew Internet & American Life Project
    Links to a research institute explores the impact of the Internet on children, families, communities, the work place, schools, health care and civic/political life.

  • Science & Technology: Information Technology
    Resources and links on Information Technology from the U.S. Embassy in Germany.

  • U.S. Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI)
    The USTTI is a non-profit joint venture between leading US based communications and IT corporations and leaders of the Federal government who together provide tuition-free management, policy and technical training for talented professionals from the developing world.

Information Technology Magazines

Science News

Space Exploration

  • NASA's Educator Astronaut Program
    NASA is committed to inspiring the next generation of explorers and innovators. This site offers NASA-related information for youth.

  • NASA's Educator Astronaut Program: Earth Crew News
    Earth Crew News highlights astronaut training, NASA careers, and NASA research and missions. The newscast also features Earth Crew teams and teachers involved in space-related activities that take place in classrooms across America.

  • Basics of Spaceflight
    Basics of Space Flight is a NASA tutorial designed primarily to help operations people identify the range of concepts associated with deep space missions, and grasp the relationships among them.

  • NASA Quest
    NASA Quest Challenges are free web-based, interactive explorations designed to engage students in authentic scientific and engineering processes. The solutions relate to issues encountered daily by NASA personnel.

  • Astrogeology Program (US Geological Survey)
    The Astrogeology Research Program establishes and maintains geoscientific and technical expertise in planetary science and remote sensing to scientifically study and map extraterrestrial bodies, plan and conduct planetary exploration missions, and explore and develop new technologies in data processing and analysis, archiving, and distribution.

  • NASA Human Space Flight
    In-depth information for educators and students at the secondary, university and post-graduate levels on all aspects of NASA's work on humans and human activities in space.

  • U.S. Registry of Space Objects Launched into Outer Space
    The United States, as a party to the Registration Convention, maintains an official US Registry of Space Objects Launched into Outer Space and provides quarterly updates to the UN Secretary-General on each space object carried on the US Registry.

Geography and Travel Resources


Map Resources

  • Mapquest
    Maps to the street level of anywhere in the US, plus travel and tourism information about the destination.

  • Tiger Mapping Service
    Provides online street maps of every locality included in the U.S. census that can be downloaded and printed at no cost.

Mail Resources

Camping and Budget Accommodations

Travel Service Providers

Travel Guides

  • USA Tourist
    Links to practical travel information as well as reservations in multiple languages.

  • The USA CityLink Project
    Site with comprehensive information on travel, tourism, and relocation in the 50 states.

  • Virtual Tourist
    Links to travel and tourism information.

Travel Magazines

Visa, Customs, and Consular Information Resources

Weather Information

    Detailed weather information plus links to travel and tourism information.

  • The Weather Channel
    Detailed weather information plus links to travel and tourism information.


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