Re:Action: Resources for Getting Involved
In the Garden of Armageddon
Dr. Mahdi Obeidi and Kurt Pitzer offer a glimpse into Saddam Hussein's nuclear program in The Bomb in My Garden: The Secrets of Saddam's Nuclear Mastermind (John Wiley & Sons, 2004). For an insider account written by an Iraqi scientist now accused of hyping the wmd threat, see Khidhir Hamza's Saddam's Bombmaker: The Terrifying Inside Story of the Iraqi Nuclear and Biological Weapons Agenda (Scribner, 2000). Don't let its name scare you off: The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists provides accessible information on the state of the world's nukes. You can help Baghdad University's science programs get back on their feet by donating desperately needed equipment and publications; their wish list is on the website of the British newspaper the Guardian.
The Million Mom March is opposing proposed federal legislation that would protect the gun industry from liability suits; add your name to its petition at millionmommarch.org. The Legal Community Against Violence provides free legal advice to advocates and community leaders looking for ways to curb gun crime. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which is assisting the New York City lawsuit, collects information about past and current cases against the industry. Find links to groups fighting gun violence in your area at the Boston University School of Public Health's jointogether.org. Carol X. Vinzant's Lawyers, Guns and Money: One Man's Battle With the Gun Industry (Palgrave Macmillon, 2005) follows an attorney who survived the 1993 Long Island Railroad shooting and is now waging his own legal crusade against gun makers.
Stay up to date on the latest twists and turns in Cobell v. Norton at Elouise Cobell's offcial website, indiantrust.com. SmartMoney.com's special report "Fraud in New Mexico" exposes how energy companies paid suspiciously low rents for Navajo lands. Stuart Banner explores Indians' transformation from landowners to occupants in How the Indians Lost Their Land(Harvard University Press, 2005). The Blackfeet: Raiders on the Northwestern Plains(University of Oklahoma Press, 1983) remains one of the best sources on Blackfeet history and culture short of visiting the rez.
In Darfur: The Ambiguous Genocide (Cornell University Press, 2005), French journalist Gérard Prunier looks at the crisis' origins and why so little has been done to stop it. The International Crisis Group provides current information on the situation. You can donate to relief efforts through the Save Darfur Coalition. A campaign to get institutional investors to pull out of Sudan is picking up steam; there's more info at DivestSudan.org. Learn more about activist Nate Wright's campaign to pressure the United States to help end the killing at standarfur.org.
The Fall of a True Believer
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington traces the connections between disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and Capitol Hill's elite at jackinthe house.org. For more of Mother Jones' recent coverage of Abramoff's fellow Republican revolutionaries, see Peter Stone's "Ralph Reed's Other Cheek" (November/December 2004) and Michael Scherer's proile of Grover Norquist, "The Soul of the New Machine" (January/February 2004).
On a Dream and a Prayer
The Cause outlines its plans for pro-life prayer "sieges" and its dreams about the "burning bush from Texas" rolling back abortion rights at thecauseusa.com. On the other end of the political spectrum, pro-choice activists can make common cause through the multi-faith Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.
Freedom = Silence
The Farm (A&E Entertainment), an Oscar-nominated documentary about Angola prison coproduced by Wilbert Rideau, is available on video. Subscribe to The Angolite, the critically acclaimed inmate magazine formerly edited by Rideau, by mailing $20 to The Angolite, c/o Cashier's Office, Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola, LA 70712.
Signs Along the Road
Would-be warriors can find eye-opening fact sheets about the reality of being all you can be at the American Friends Service Committee's website, afsc.org. David Zeiger's documentary on the Vietnam-era GI rebellion, Sir! No Sir! (Displaced Films), is scheduled for release later this year. David Goodman looked at new federal rules making it easier for recruiters to target high school students in his article "No Child Unrecruited" in the November/December 2002 issue of Mother Jones; read about the newest generation of antiwar activists in uniform in his story "Breaking Ranks" in the November/December 2004 issue.
A Guilty Man
The Death Penalty Information Center's Execution Database keeps track of the former residents of America's death rows at deathpenaltyinfo.org. The Innocence Project and the Center for Wrongful Convictions have successfully saved more than 100 innocent people from execution.