Additional online resources on life in the United States.
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
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
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 of civil rights Legal Information Institute from Columbia University.
The Civil Rights Documentation
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 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
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
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
Civilrights.org is a joint project of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
and the Leadership Conference Education Fund. The goal of civilrights.org 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.
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
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
National Association for the Advancement of Colored
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.
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.
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
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
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 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.
Library of Congress search site for spoken words, sound recordings, still and
moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American
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
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.
ACLU Freedom Network on Gay and
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.
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
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
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
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
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 BehindŽ and 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.
National Council of Churches
of the U.S.A.
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA.
Academic Info: Religion
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.
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.
& Settlement in America
The Amish people in America are an old religious sect, direct descendants of
the Anabaptists of sixteenth-century Europe. This About.com 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.
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
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.
Official Web Site of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Jewish American History on the
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.
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 Adherents.com, 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
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.
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
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.
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
Who Are the Mennonites?
Third Way Cafe, Mennonite Media. Provides background, statistics and news about
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
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
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.
GovBenefits.gov is a partnership of Federal agencies with a shared vision - to
provide improved, personalized access to government assistance programs.
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,
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Resources for Music, Theater, and Dance (Library of Congress)
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 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
Library: Arts and Humanities
Links to sites describing human artistic endeavors throughout the world.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing
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
-- Literary Criticism
-- Music History
-- Music Festivals
Music by Genre
-- Multi-genre Resources
-- Blues and Jazz
-- Early American Music
-- Folk and Country
-- Rap and Hip-Hop
-- Rock and Roll
Foundations and Organizations
Museums and Galleries
- 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.
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.
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
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 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
Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory
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
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
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
NASA is committed to inspiring the next generation of explorers and innovators. This site offers NASA-related information for youth.
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 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.
and Travel Resources
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.
Camping and Budget Accommodations
Travel Service Providers
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
Links to travel and tourism information.
Visa, Customs, and Consular Information Resources
Detailed weather information plus links to travel and tourism information.
The Weather Channel
Detailed weather information plus links to travel and tourism information.