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Resources for Campus and Youth Organizing and Education

Introducing College InSight ~ College InSight provides user-friendly profiles with detailed information for almost 5,000 U.S. colleges and universities, and aggregates data to create totals and averages for states, types of schools, and other groupings. Compare colleges, states, and more based on important issues like affordability, diversity and student success.


• A Katrina Reader: Readings by and For Anti-Racist Educators and Organizers  ~ A Project of the Katrina Reader Team of the Challenging White Supremacy Workshop

The Katrina Reader is dedicated to all the Katrina Survivors and Grassroots Racial Justice Organizations of New Orleans, who are fighting for the Right of Return of all 'Internally Displaced Persons,' and the Right to Rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast with justice, dignity and self-determination.

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Building Power for Lasting Change in the Youth Movement for Clean Energy Campus - Community Organizing Guide   ~    Prepared for the Energy Action Coalition and the Campus Climate Challenge, August 2007

Main sections include 4 Great Ways to Help Communities, The Work Ahead, and Overcoming Obstacles. Also includes an Appendix with such resources as Examples of Campus-Community Collaboration, and the Principles of Working Together. Developed for energy/environmental work. 

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• If I’d Only Known: University Students Talk About Tolerance and Safety on Campus, A Pilot Study to Develop Tolerance Ratings”  ~  Prepared by the Campus Tolerance Foundation 

When families weigh their choices on which college their children should attend, they tend to focus on cost, academic reputation and campus amenities. The Campus Tolerance Foundation has released analysis based on new research that calls for colleges and universities to provide more information to families about the atmosphere on campus, especially the treatment students can expect to face as members of racial, ethnic, gender or intellectual minorities. 

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• Campus Voices Organizing Kit  ~ Prepared by Free Exchange on Campus

The Campus Voices campaign is an exciting opportunity to bring together members of the campus community and engage them on the importance of the free exchange of ideas to a quality education. Free Exchange on Campus is pleased to offer campus activists the "Campus Voices Organizing Toolkit" to help facilitate discussions about academic freedom and free speech at America's college and university campuses.

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• Deliberate Differences ~ From Political Research Associates

A Report based on a study of campus activism in the United States 

Deliberate Differences uses social movement theory to examine both conservative and progressive campus activism, activists, and their organizations and also observes the impact of rightist and leftist social movements from the larger society on student groups.

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• Federal Budget Trade Offs ~ From the National Priorities Project

"Bringing the Federal Budget Home!" Could your tax dollars be better spent?  At this web site, you select your state, town, county or congressional district and a program, and find out what else your tax dollars could provide such as teachers, health care, affordable housing, scholarships for college students, etc.

Click on the link here.

This web site also provides a running counter on the cost of the war for the country, your state and your community.

See the counter here.

• ReGeneration: Young People Shaping the Environmental Justice Movement  ~  Published by the Movement Strategy Center, 2005, By Julie Quiroz-Martinez, Diana Pei Wu and Kristen Zimmerman

ReGeneration examines the powerful visions and strategies of young people in the U.S. environmental justice movement. The Movement Strategy Center interviewed groups across the country, and found that youth organizers in the environmental justice movement are creating new ways to expand leadership, build intergenerational alliances, work sustainably and bridge issue areas and communities. The groups profiled in this report offer models and strategies to reinvigorate every sector of the national progressive movement.

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LGBT Campus Organizing: A Comprehensive Manual
Published by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Though published in 1996, this campus organizing manual remains as relevant today as when it was first published. Designed to help you build healthy, effective, and long lasting organizations that have the ability to transform colleges and universities into safe and welcoming places for lgbt people.

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The Story of Stuff
With Annie Leonard 

From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.

Link to the movie here.