Welcome

598508_10152318890545584_1274626239_nWelcome to Citizens Reach Out, a 501C3 For Benefit Corporation. We pursue our educational mission by providing the public with recorded accounts of the human cost of war on innocent civilian populations. We record and archive first hand stories of what happened to refugees through video and digital recordings and make them public through the Berkeley Library Catalog,and OskiCat.  They are preserved in University of California’s Merritt system.

Our intent is to create public interaction with the reality of war that otherwise remains invisible and obscured.  CRO generates an awareness that will enable its readers to make considered humanitarian decisions about the pursuit of war as a national policy.

CRO’s current work includes:

The “What Happened?” Project

This oral history archive is focused on what happened to Iraqi refugees as a consequence of the 2003 U.S, invasion in Iraq.  Videos and digital recordings are available on our website and the Berkeley Library Catalog.

We are collecting the stories of displaced Iraqi refugees through interviews.  Our CRO workers visit Iraqis in their homes and interview them about their experiences before and after the 2003 invasion of Iraq up to the present. From these interviews, we produce podcasts, films, and transcribed testimonials to be made available for broadcast on our website. Transcribed versions will be made available to high schools and collegiate social studies programs and ultimately, these resources will comprise an Oral History Archive to be stored in an institution for future reference and historical documentation.

These stories, which would otherwise remain obscured and untold, provide access to the deep human experience of Iraqis driven from their homes and country.

Please take a moment to listen to some of the stories we have collected from our interviews.

We welcome any Iraqis who would like to tell their stories to contact us at info@citizensreachout.org.

Speakers Events

CRO also organizes public speaking events, debates and discussions to address the subject of war and its consequences.  Please watch for our scheduled events or sign up for our mailing list to receive notices.

If you or someone you know would like to participate in one of our events, or if you would like to suggest a possible future event, please email us at info@citizensreachout.org.

For more information on our goals and our work, please see our Mission Statement and an introductory message from founding board member Ruth Friend.

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