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Available Resources

Peace Education and Action Center Members have access to the following resources.  These items can be checked out of the library for a two-week period. Please call 941-545-5635 for more information.   

Peace Education and Action Center Resource Library


  • Faces of Peace: Diane Mason, producer

  • Independent Media in a Time of War: Amy Goodman

  • Invisible War:  Depleted Uranium & the Politics of Radiation (66 minutes)

  • Keeping the Earth: Religious and Scientific Perspectives on the Environment

  • Military Myths – A short video that focuses on youth of color and the racial/economic profiling politics behind recruitment.

  • September 11th Commission Report Results

  • Trading Democracy: A Bill Moyers Report – An investigation of NAFTA’ s Chapter 11 – what has been called an end run around the Constitution.

  • Unprecedented:  The 2000 Presidential Election – the Battle for the Presidency in Florida and the undermining of Democracy in America

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  • ACLU Freedom Files:  Beyond the Patriot Act

  • ACLU Freedom Files:  The Supreme Court

  • ACLU Freedom Files:  Dissent

  • ACLU Freedom Files:  Religious Freedom

  • Aftershock: American Voices – The aftermath of the 2004 election

  • Earth Charter: Boldly Optimistic Vision

  • Iron Jawed Angels – Tells the true story of how defiant and brilliant young activists Alice Paul and Lucy Burns took the women’s suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote.

  • Mother’s Day – A film by Diane Mason – Interviews with Mothers working for peace.

  • NOW with David Brancaccio – Human Rights and the Struggle for Fair Food

  • SCOPE Dropout Project

  • WalMart:  The High Cost of Low Price

  • Welcome to the Future – an overview of the Venus Project with Dr. Jacque Fresco

  • A Conversation with Social innovator and Futurist Jacque Fresco


  • Nonviolent Communication as a Way to Peace – Marshall Rosenberg is interviewed about Nonviolent Communication.


  • A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo – the bestselling Vietnam classic

  • Life and Fate:  A Novel by Vasily Grossman

  • Love Thy Neighbor:  A Story of War by Peter Maas

  • Word of Honor by Nelson Demille


  • All of One Peace:  Essays on Nonviolence by Colman McCarthy

  • The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace:  A Spiritual Journey toward Self-Acceptance, True Belonging, and New Hope for the World by M. Scott Peck

  • The Book of Peace:  Meditations from Around the World by Claire Nahmad

  • Born to Buy:  The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture by Julia Schor

  • The Best of Abbie Hoffman;  Selections from his writings with a foreward by Norman Mailer

  • Psychological Bases for War – Heinrich Winnik, Rafael Moses, Mortimer Ostow

  • Women's Rituals:  A Sourcebook by Barbara Walker

  • Adventuring in Paradise by Gene Jones – Hiking/Paddling/Biking/Walking in Sarasota and Manatee Counties

  • Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence, and the Common Good – A statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops

  • Origins of the Sacred: The Ecstasies of Love and War by Dudley Young

  • Shopping for a Better World:  A Publication of Co-op America

  • The Blood of Abraham:  Insights into the Middle East by Jimmy Carter

  • Wisdom’s Daughters:  Conversations with Women Elders of Native America by Steve Wall

  • 30 Simple Energy Things you Can do to Save the Earth by The Earth Works Group

  • The State of Women in the World Atlas (1997).  Edited by Joni Seager. 

  • The Simple Truth: A New Understanding of Sacredness by Joseph Simonetta

  • The Berlin Wall.  This book preserves more than one hundred vanished works photographed in full color by the German artist and designer Hermann Waldenburg.  101

  • Tools for Tolerance:  Simple Ideas for Promoting Equity and Celebrating Diversity

  • Supplementing the paintings, an illustrated timeline recounts the Berlin Wall’s unique history from 1961 through its final tumultuous weeks.

  • Leon Trotsky presents the living thoughts of Karl Marx

  • Addicted to War:  Why the U.S. Can’t Kick Militarism an illustrated expose by Joel Andreas

  • Florida Women’s Hall of Fame (2002)

  • Peace: More than an End to War:  The Baha’I Approach to the organic process leading to an enduring peace

  • Peacemaking:  Day by Day Volume I – Daily quotes for peacemakers pubished by Pax Christi.

  • Peacemaking:  Day by Day Volume II – A daily reflection book assembled by Pax Christi.

  • Strength through Peace: The Ideas and People of Nonviolence. Edited by Colman McCarthy

  • Voluntary Simplicity: An Ecological Lifestyle that Promotes Personal and Social Renewal by Duane Elgin

  • The Berrigans.  Edited by William VanEtten Casey.  This book provides a unique, multi-layered examination of these extraordinary men and their movement.

  • Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in EveryDay Life – Thich Nhat Hanh

  • About Peace by Scott Shaw – 108 ways to be at peace when things are out of control

  • Creating True Peace:  Ending Violence in Yourself, Your Family, Your Community and the World by Thich Nhat Hanh

  • Science and Our Global Heritage:  Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Sustainable Development

  • Saharasia:  The 4000 BCE Origins of Child Abuse, Sex Repression, Warfare, and Social Violence in the Deserts of the World by James DeMeo

  •  Guns and Garlic: Myths and Realities of Organized Crime by Frederic D. Homer

  • Breaking the Silence by Walter Laqueur and Richard Breitman – The story of Eduard Schulte, the German industrialist who risked everything to oppose the Nazis and was the first to tell the world of the fate of the Jews in Hitler’s Europe.

  • Speak Up:  Responding to Everyday Bigotry from Teaching Tolerance

  • The Heart of Social Change: How to Make a Difference in Your World:  A transcript of a Nonviolent Communication Workshop given by Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D.

  • Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism by Richard Robbins

  • World Religions: From Ancient History to the Present. Edited by Geoffrey Parrinder

  • Educating in Faith:  Maps and Visions by Mary C. Boys

  • Talking Peace: A Vision for the Next Generation by Jimmy Carter

  • M.K. Gandhi:  An Autobiography or The Story of My Experiments with Truth

  • Called to Something New:  A People’s Peace Initiative – A Catholic Collaboration to Articulate the Challenges of Peacemaking in the 21st Century:  A reflection book for Small Groups

  • Plan B:  Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble by Lester Brown

  • The New Global Deal: Economic and Social Human Rights in World Politics by William Felice

  • Practical Ethics by Peter Singer:  the focus of the book is the application of ethics to difficult and controversial social questions.

  • Land of Idols: Political Mythology in America by Michael Parenti

  • The Seven Mysteries of Life: An Exploration in Science and Philosophy by Guy Murche

  • Space Wars Worlds and Weapons by Steven Eisler

  • The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

  • 365 TV-Free Activities you can Do with your Child by Steve & Ruth Bennett

  • We can Work it Out:  Resolving Conflicts Peacefully and Powerfully: A presentation of nonviolent communication ideas and their use by Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D. 

Cassette Tapes

  • A Heart to Heart Talk by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg

  • Building a Progressive Agenda:  A speech by Dr. Helen Caldicott

Curriculum Materials

  • I will be Your Friend:  Songs and Activities for Young Peacemakers (pre-K – 5th grade)

  • Peace by Piece:  A K-5 Peace Education Curriculum developed by the Orange County Public Schools’ Student Assistance and Family Empowerment (SAFE) program.

  • The Peace One Day Citizenship Resource Pack from England.  DVD will not play on American machines.  Includes 14 lesson plans.  Grades 6-12.

  • Ending World Hunger: The First Steps.  An Educational Experience for Youth and Adults:  A project of Shalom Education: an ecumenical task force on Christian Education of World Peace

  • Living Lightly on the Planet:  A Global Environmental Education Guidebook for Grades 10-12:  Volume II

  • Cases for Teaching in the Secondary School:  Introduction to Case Study Teaching

  • Aquatic Project Wild

  • Project Wild (Project WILD is an interdisciplinary, supplementary environment and conservation education program for educators of kindergarten through high school age young people.

  • Project Learning Tree:  Environmental Education Activity Guide PreK-8

  • Together: A cooperative game about solving World Problems:  Ages 8-12 \

  • A Guidebook to Teaching US History – Earliest Times to Civil War

  • America’s Civil Rights Movement: Complete teaching packet in text and video from Teaching Tolerance – includes 104 page text that explores the events and people of the movement, a 38 minute film (winner of Academy Award for Documentary Short), and standards-based lesson plans for U.S. History, Civics and Language Arts.  Grades 6-12.

  • Mighty Times: A Children’s March from Teaching Tolerance – tells the story of how Rosa Parks inspired a community to unite in its opposition to segregation.  Recommended for grades 5 and up. Contains a 40 minute DVD with a classroom viewers guide and nine ready-made lesson plans.

  • The Shadow of Hate: A History of Intolerance in America from Teaching Tolerance.  Contains a 58 minute, Academy Award nominated film “Shadow of Hate”, a 128 page text and a teacher’s guide with step-by-step lesson plans.  Grades 9-12.

  • One Survivor Remembers:  A Teaching Kit for Grades 8-12.  Includes Academy Award winning 39 minute documentary film, primary documents, a 50 page teacher’s guide with standard-based lesson plans and a 40 page Resource Booklet with Holocaust timelines and research project ideas.

  • Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse: Peace and Nonviolence Social Studies Curriculum for Grade 12

  • Making the Peace: A 15 session violence prevention curriculum for young people:  Paul Kivel & Allan Creighton with The Oakland Men’s Project

  • Ten Ways to Fight Hate:  A Community Response Guide from Teaching Tolerance

  • Contributions of Black Americans, Indian Americans, Mexican Americans, and Asian Americans to American History – Teachers Resource Guide:  Grades K-12

  • Solutions to Violence edited by Colman McCarthy.  Grades 10-12.

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