Below are a number of organizations and government agencies that will allow your voice to be heard -- regardless of whether you are for or against war with Iraq. Some can also serve as excellent resources for learning more about the current conflict.
The list is by no means comprehensive. If there is an organization that you think should be on the list, let us know.
If You're For the War
There are few formal grassroots organizations that have taken the lead in advocating war with Iraq. There are, however, multiple ways to demonstrate support for the troops overseas or for the Bush Administration's policies.
You can enlist in one of the branches of the military:
Or learn about civilian jobs with the Department of Defense.
To write a member of the armed services serving overseas, check out the Defense Department's Operation Dear Abbey.
If You're Against the War
- Not In Our Name
- International ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism)
- United for Peace
- National Youth and Student Peace Coalition
Concerned About Discrimination Against Arab And Muslim Americans?
Project Vote Smart provides research on the voting records of all 535 members of the U.S. Congress. The group's web site allows users to search specific references a congressman may have made on any subject, including Ira. The site also allows visitors to find out who their representative in Congress is and write them directly.
The Council on Foreign Relations is a New York-based think tank that seeks to provide impartial information about all corners of the globe, including the Persian Gulf. Its Iraq page contains extensive background on the Gulf region.
Long-time MTV partner Rock the Vote provides easy directions on how to register to vote.
— Ethan Zindler