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    • The Alliance For Childhood promotes policies and practices that support children's healthy development, love of learning, and joy in living.  Our public education campaigns bring to light both the promise and the vulnerability of childhood.  They act for the sake of the children themselves and for a more just, democratic, and ecologically responsible future.

    • The Alliance for Human Research Protection (AHRP) is a national network of lay people and professionals dedicated to advancing responsible and ethical medical research practices, to ensure that the human rights, dignity and welfare of human subjects are protected, and to minimize the risks associated with such endeavors.

    • Beverly K. Eakman has been speaking out for children and the wrongs visited upon them by the big business interests for a long time, and her list of credentials is even longer.   Please look at her published articles, especially Making a Killing and The Perfect Crime.   We cannot afford to continue to be so naive and trusting.

    • The Bonkers Institue for Nearly Genuine Research has been advancing in the general direction of bona fide science since last Tuesday afternoon.   Battling pseudoscience with pseudoscience, Dr. M.I. Bonkers' latest research findings and recommendations can all be found here.

    • The Flow For Water Coalition's one over-riding mission is to ensure that the waters of the Great Lakes Basin remain under public control and in the public trust.   There is nothing more important to our health than free access to clean water.   There is no warrior greater than the one who fights this fight.   If you think this is no threat, you haven't been paying attention.   This website will educate you and link you to all the sources you need to help make a difference.   Waste no time; we already can't eat much seafood because of mercury and the bottled water companies already have rights to the water table.   What next?

    • The International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry is dedicated to the critical study of mental health.   This group of professionals and laypeople are determined to find the truth about this confusing and elusive field and take no study or platitude at face value.   In these times where the drug companies control so much of the medical field it's a breath of fresh air to find this group that's based on true integrity.

    • The Law Project for Psychiatric Rights, a non-profit, tax exempt organization, has a mission to bring fairness and reason into the administration of legal aspects of the mental health system, particularly unwarranted court ordered psychiatric drugging.

    • MindFreedom International, a non-profit organization, unites 100 grassroots groups and thousands of members to win campaigns for human rights of people diagnosed with psychiatric disabilities.  MindFreedom International is where mutual support meets human rights activism... and where democracy meets the mental health system.

    • MomsRising provides grassroots support to leaders and organizations addressing key issues such as paid family leave; flexible work options; after-school programs; healthcare for all kids; excellent childcare; and living wages.  Based in part on the MoveOn.org organizing model (and co-founded by Joan Blades, co-founder of MoveOn.org), MomsRising offers easy entry into citizen advocacy.   Their website is huge and hugely interesting.   Check them out, get informed and involved.

    • Though it may seem unusual to include Oligopoly Watch here as an advocate for children, I think if we deny the impact that these giants of the financial world have on our lives then we are living with our heads in the sand.   Here is a website that keeps an eye on them so at least when the sky starts falling, we know who is breaking it apart.

    • The Parent Advocate is a small website aimed at helping parents navigate through problems with Child Protective Services.   These people are in California, so I'm not sure how much help they can be for parents in other states, but if you're having trouble with your rights being violated, here's a good place to start.

    • Resources for Child Caring is the best source ever for all information about the business end of running a day care.   A nonprofit organization located in St. Paul, Minnesota, they also embody Redleaf Press which publishes business resources and other materials for child care professionals.   If you have anything to do with child care, either as a provider or a consumer, these links are vital to your understanding of a complicated and serious business.

    • The Southern Poverty Law Center is internationally known for its tolerance education programs, its legal victories against white supremacists and its tracking of hate groups.   Their web project, Teaching Tolerance provides educators with free educational materials that promote respect for differences and appreciation of diversity in the classroom and beyond.   Their magazine and curriculum kits have earned Oscar nominations, an Academy Award, and more than a dozen honors from the Association of Educational Publishers (EdPress) including the Golden Lamp Award.   I recieve their magazine and have used their free resources, then passing them on to our church youth group and library as well as my clients.   Wonderful people really making a difference in the world.

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© 2011 Christine Bazzett