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Here are some excellent general Internet resources for Society and Community. We also have more extensive write-ups on the following topics: Domestic ViolenceHunger in AmericaImmigrationIslamReligionSeptember 11


American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence
The Web site for the American Bar Association's Commission on Domestic Violence features many resources and organization links to help both lawyers and victims understand the issue and prevent domestic violence. The site also provides information on cyberstalking and privacy intrusions. Other features include research, statistics, and studies regarding domestic violence.

Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPV)
The Family Violence Prevention Fund is a non-profit organization working to prevent domestic violence from wrecking the lives of women and children. The FVPF Web site provides the latest news concerning domestic violence issues while spotlighting organizational and individual efforts to combat domestic abuse. Other features include a "Take Action" page promoting advocacy and volunteerism, and a list of steps concerned citizens can take in their communities to stop domestic violence.

Have Justice Will Travel
Have Justice Will Travel provides legal services to rural victims of domestic violence. The Have Justice Will Travel Web site details the history and inspiration of Wynona Ward, the woman behind this legal advocacy organization. The "Services" page describes the various legal and support services provided by the organization to victims of domestic violence. The "Domestic Violence" page provides information needed to break the cycle of violence, and is divided into three categories: facts and statistics, signs of abuse, and victim's rights.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)
The non-profit National Coalition Against Domestic Violence seeks to empower battered women and their children in an effort to eliminate domestic violence from society. The NCADV Web site features an overview of the problem of domestic abuse, resources for community organizing, and places victims can find help. Another feature, The Public Policy Office of NCADV, seeks to influence legislation by empowering women through communication, lobbying and activism. Other highlights include "Voices Against Violence," "Remember My Name," and resource links.

National Domestic Violence Hotline
An outgrowth of the Violence Against Women Act, passed by Congress in 1994, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides support and information to abused women. A multi-lingual staff ensures that each women can receive the help she needs. The Web site features other information, such as general domestic violence facts, teens and dating violence facts, stories of domestic violence victims and survivors, and means by which concerned citizens can help.

Office on Violence Against Women
The Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women provides a variety of information concerning domestic violence, including laws pertaining to domestic abuse, community prevention, and lists of state hotlines, coalitions, and advocacy groups. Other Web site options include information regarding trafficking in human persons and sexual assault.

Domestic Violence Coalitions of States and Territories
The Office on Violence Against Women at the U.S. Department of Justice maintains this national directory of organizations dealing with domestic violence issues. The directory gives the name, address, phone number, and Web site address (if applicable) of each organization.


Almanac of Policy Issues
A project of Policy News Publishing, The Almanac of Policy Issues provides comprehensive links and background information on major U.S. public policy issues. The site contains this entry on "Food and Nutrition" as well as links to related sites, issues, and articles.

America's Second Harvest
America's Second Harvest is the nation's largest domestic hunger relief organization. The site includes in-depth fact sheets on hunger in America, a section focusing on childhood hunger, an in-depth treatment of public policy, and information on finding your local food bank or food-rescue program.

Center on Hunger and Poverty
The Center on Hunger and Poverty, part of The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, promotes policies that improve the lives and developmental capacities of low-income children and families in the nation. Center programs fall into two categories: The Food Security Institute, which includes federal and state data, a guide to recent studies, and explanations and definitions of various elements of Food Security Measurement; and the Asset Development Institute, which contains information on events and initiatives, and copies of publications.

Food Security in the United States
The Economic Research Service (ERS) is the main source of economic information and research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, intended to inform and enhance public and private decision making on economic and policy issues related to agriculture, food, natural resources, and rural development. The site provides explanations, complete with graphs and charts, of conditions and trends, measuring food security, household survey tools, community food security. Also available are links to recent reports and recommended reading.

Hunger in the US
This site is from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). FRAC is a nonprofit and nonpartisan research and public policy center that serves as the hub of an anti-hunger network of thousands of individuals and agencies across the country. Sections of the site include: Federal Response to Hunger; Hunger & Poverty; Health Consequences of Hunger; Public Attitudes Toward Hunger; National Statistics; Recent Hunger Studies.

Oregon Food Bank
The Oregon Food Bank provides statistics about hunger in Oregon and related information on income and poverty levels. The site also includes details on the Food Bank's work to make a difference.

World Hunger Notes
Hunger Notes is a quarterly print, and online publication of World Hunger Education Service. The site offers a fairly large catalog of recent articles about hunger issues. Immigration:

American Family Immigration History Center
Explore your family history by searching through passenger records, creating a family scrapbook, or reading about the immigrant experience - and think about what makes an American.

Census Bureau Historical Census Statistics on the Foreign-born Population of the United States: 1850-1990

The Immigration and Naturalization Services Access statistics related to immigration in America.

IN THE MIX The PBS program IN THE MIX presents offers a timeline of the major events in the history of U.S. immigration - elsewhere on the site, an exploration of the present-day immigrant experience through the eyes of five teenagers.

THE NEWSHOUR WITH JIM LEHRER The PBS news program has created a special feature for students on changing immigration policy. View the feature, and link to related resources for teachers and students.

Islam and America:

Muslim Public Affairs Council
Information and news about the Muslim community.

RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY: Cover Story: The American Muslim Vote
The source on religion news and analysis. This episode focused on the political and religious role of Muslims in modern America.

Islamic Society of North America
Comprehensive list of Web sites, resources, and conferences about Islam. The site has a large electronic library of readings on the Quran and Islam.

Study Islam.Net
A resource and study guide to Islam written and supervised by Imam Fawaz Damra.

American Academy of Religion: Study of Islam Section
Post September 11 list of resources from scholars of Islam and the Middle East

Frontline: Saudi Time Bomb
Can America still count on one of its most important allies in the Arab world — Saudi Arabia? Or does an undercurrent of militant Islamic fundamentalism threaten the stability of both Saudi Arabia and the entire region? A special report from FRONTLINE.

Islam: Empire of Faith
Good general history of the faith and the people. Interactive timelines and a extensive list of further reading for students and teachers.

Islamic Texts And Resources MetaPage
Scholarly links about Islamic life and culture. Art history and philosophy are especially well represented.

Jannah.Org — Jannah's Homepage on Islam
Women and Islam — issues and interpretations and discussions hosted by an American Muslim woman.

Research site that collects and organizes statistics on over 4,200 religions worldwide. Draws from official religious organizations, polling organizations (Gallup, American Demographics), the national census and academic bodies.

Religion in Politics
The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life offers a sampling of speeches and interviews by politicians on the topic of religious faith, as well as regularly updated religious news stories.

Politics on Beliefnet, a multi-faith e-community, provides feature articles on politics as they relate to relgion.

Faith and offers faith information, updates on current issues and topics, and multi-media resources, from 70 member faith groups and related organizations.

Richard John Neuhaus is editor-in-chief of FIRST THINGS, published by The Institute on Religion and Public Life, an interreligious, nonpartisan research and education institute whose purpose is to advance a religiously informed public philosophy for the ordering of society.

Religion News Service
Provides updated coverage of religion news stories, features, and commentary from a wide variety of faiths. Updated daily, with searchable archives.

Religion and Ethics Newsweekly
The on-line version of the weekly PBS program, offers features and profiles of the people, trends, values, and spiritual life that exist behind the headlines, including full transcripts of shows and full-text supplemental stories.

Zondervan News Links
Zondervan is an international Christian communications company. Most notably, its site offers links to approximately 100 different religion news services and news wires, including specialized presses, religion pages of mainstream papers, and some religion search engines.

Worldwide Faith News
Worldwide faith news online is a database of full-text official news releases and other documents, including policy statements, from the news offices of national and world faith groups. This collection indexes more than 18,000 documents, including posts in Spanish, French, and German.

After September 11:

The Nonviolence Web
Hosting U.S. peace groups online, featuring their sites and articles.

U.S. Department of Defense
Comprehensive resource on the U.S. Armed Services current news. Resources for the families of service members.

Veterans of Foreign Wars
"Honoring the dead by helping the living." From providing free phone cards to our nation's active-duty military personnel to raising money for the World War II memorial, the VFW is enhancing the lives of millions through its community service programs and special projects.

WarWidows International Peace Alliance
The Widows of War Living Memorial web site is a place where widows of all armed conflicts can record and share their stories with people throughout the world.

World Trade Center and Pentagon Memorial
A web memorial to the victims of the September 11th attacks . Visitors can share thoughts and stories on the discussion boards here.

A New World Trade Center: Design Proposals
In a response to the need for rebuilding at the World Trade Center site, the Max Protetch Gallery in New York City opened an exhibit featuring design proposals from more than 50 architects from around the world. ARCHITECTURAL RECORD and other organizations helped with the planning of the event, which opened on January 17, 2002, and runs through February 17. This site features a selection of 21 of the architects' presentations.

Coping with Death and Grief:

Coping with a National Tragedy
Links offering psychiatric resources and information on post-traumatic anxiety from the American Psychiatric Association.

Therapy and support resources
Links for those dealing with the death of a loved one from the web site of On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying.

Oklahoma City National Memorial
Official commemoration of national tragedy.

September 11 and Grief Resources

Families of September 11
A non-profit organization founded by the families affected by the September 11 tragedy, dedicated to promoting the interests of 9/11 families and supporting public policies associated with the prevention of and response to terrorism. Includes extensive resources for financial aid and emotional support as well as links to other organizations dedicated to helping the victims and families of 9/11.

GriefNet provides resources and links to sites dedicated to responding to the trauma inflicted by the events of the September 11. The site also includes pictures and stories in honor of those whose courage and self-sacrifice unified a nation.

Office of Children's Health Protection
In 1997 the Office of Children's Health Protection (OCHP) was established to implement EPA's commitment to protect children from environmental health hazards. OCHP's mission is to make the protection of children's health a fundamental goal of public health and environmental protection in the United States. The site provides extensive information on children's environments and children's health.

Talking with Kids About Tough Issues: Tips on Terrorism and the Events of September 11, 2001
A renowned expert on parent-child communication, Dominic Capello, relates age-specific guidelines to help parents talk to their children about the recent tragedies. The guidelines include typical questions children ask and suggested answers parents may give to enable their child to feel safe again. Also includes related links and articles relating to effective parent-child communication.

America Responds: PBS Kids Resources for Parents
To help parents in this trying time, PBS offers helpful suggestions from advisors on Mister Rogersā Neighborhood and Sesame Street. Also includes related links such as childrenās thoughts about sending a dollar to the White House for Americaās Fund for Afghan Children.

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