Strategic direct action and civil disobedience such as strikes, sit-ins and occupations can expose injustice, slow down or stop harmful practices and win specific demands. Below are some direct action groups and campaigns you can join or support. All of them are independent from corporate political parties and use nonviolent tactics and democratic decision-making. We also provide some excellent tools and resources for organizing creative and effective protests and direct actions.

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Residents Stage Fish-In, Demand Halt To Pipeline

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Vermont Gas Systems ratepayers and Addison County residents are holding a “fish-in” at the Public Service Board (PSB) offices, denouncing Vermont Gas’ recent cost increase for the fracked gas pipeline as a “bait-and-switch”. The group is hand-delivering a petition signed by 500 Vermont Gas ratepayers, calling on the board to reopen the project’s Certificate of Public Good (CPG) and halt construction until the 40% cost increase is evaluated. “Vermont Gas is pulling the old bait-and-switch on ratepayers and the public, and we are here today to stop them,” said Andy Simon, a ratepayer from Burlington and fish-in participant. “The Board needs to listen to ratepayers, who don’t want to fund dirty energy projects.”

How Public Pressure Got Two Mothers Out Of Jail

Shanesha Taylor was charged with child abuse after leaving her 2 young children in a hot car while she went for a job interview. (Youcaring.com)

National Advocates for Pregnant Women launched a public campaign under the hashtag #JusticeforJessica, urging people to both spread the word about her case and to call the jail. As a result, the jail began allowing De Samito methadone. On July 14, she was released and allowed to return home, albeit under electronic monitoring. This was not the only time public pressure has led to the release of a mother who would have otherwise remained in jail. Earlier this year, Shanesha Taylor, a homeless mother in Arizona, had a job interview at an insurance agency. When her childcare fell through, she left her two youngest children, ages two and six months, in the car outside the insurance agency while she went to the interview. A passerby called the police and, as she left the interview and headed towards her car, Taylor was arrested and chargedwith felony child abuse. Her children, including her nine-year-old daughter who was in school that day, were taken into the custody of Child Protective Services. In aninterview with local TV station KPHO, Scottsdale Police Sergeant Mark Clark said, “This is a sad situation all around. She said she was homeless. She needed the job.”

US Jews Occupy Israeli Army Support Office In NY

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In New York City, demonstrators are engaging in civil disobedience at the offices of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) today, July 22, at 11 AM ET on Broadway between 40th and 39th (1430 Broadway #1301) Carolyn Klaasen, a participant in today’s action and member of Jewish Voice for Peace, an organizer of today’s protest, said: “We are engaging in civil disobedience at the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) because the IDF and Israeli government are responsible for the systematic and ongoing brutality against the Palestinian people. In this most recent vicious assault alone, the IDF has caused the deaths of upwards of 550 Palestinians, including more than 100 children, as well as over 3000 injured. Calling the IDF a defense force is absurd; it’s an illegally occupying army.”

South Portland Approves Law Barring Tar Sands Oil

Tar Sands protest in South Portland

Nearly 500 people turned out for that meeting, many wearing light blue or red T-shirts in support of or opposition to the changes. Monday night, only the light blue T-shirts of supporters were apparent. The Planning Board voted 6-1 last week to recommend the zoning proposal, which aims to prevent the bulk loading of crude oil, including tar sands, onto marine tank vessels and block construction or expansion of terminals and other facilities for that purpose. Supporters of the ban hugged and congratulated one another after the vote. “This is so exciting,” said Mary Jane Ferrier, spokeswoman for the group Protect South Portland. “This is a big thing with impact far beyond our city.” Opponents – including Tom Hardison, vice president of the Portland Pipe Line Corp. – were disappointed but not surprised that the ban passed.

Elderly Veteran, Arrested For Asking County Officials To Speak Louder

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An elderly veteran was arrested at a county board meeting last Friday in Tennessee after asking the members to speak up. Eddie Overholt, 76, can be heard in the clip above asking the Greene County Industrial Development Board, “Would y’all speak up until the whole audience can hear you?” The contentious meeting over a plan to build a pipeline that would dump water into the Nolichucky River had been interrupted several times by audience members asking the board to speak louder. The members were not using microphones and some sat with their backs to the audience, the Greeneville Sun reported.

Across Latin America: Struggle for Communal Land & Indigenous Autonomy

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“We recognize that we must confront the plundering by transnational companies and the harassment of bad governments through their political parties that offer programs and money that corrupt many leaders and divide our communities,” states the declaration of the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) of the Isthmus region, which took place in March 2014. While a furious battle has been unleashed for the recognition of indigenous rights and culture in other communities in Mexico and Latin America, in Oaxaca, new legislation is being debated on this very theme while large-scale projects continue to advance.

Rolling This Rebellion Forward: Ending The Influence Of Money In Politics

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The movement to get money out of politics has started to roll. At a time when over 40 states either have 28th amendment initiatives passed or in progress – to overturn Citizens United and declare that money is not speech and corporations are not people – it’s clear that activists across the country are bringing political power back into the hands of the people. And as individual cities, counties and states forge ahead to stop the corrupting influence of money in politics, there remains a need for national cohesion – to highlight the many and varied grassroots efforts, and to tie them together into the fabric of this growing national movement. This was the thinking behind the Rolling Rebellion, a week of artful activism that spread nationwide this month linking cities and citizens in creative efforts signalling that it’s time to get the money out of politics.

Veterans For Peace Protest At Israeli Embassy In Washington, DC

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As veterans who have witnessed the horror of war, we are deeply outraged by the state of Israel’s slaughter of many innocent civilians in Gaza. The military assault against children, women and men, by air, by sea and now by land, is a clear violation of international laws of war and of human rights. More than 300 Palestinians have been murdered, almost all of them civilians, nearly a quarter of them children. Thousands are wounded, including nearly 1,000 children. Veterans For Peace joins millions of people all around the globe who are shocked by this vicious, one-sided slaughter. We understand the huge injustice of the Israeli occupation. Palestinians have been ethnically cleansed from their homes and forced to live in the Occupied West Bank or in the open-air prison that is Gaza.

Protests Stop Detroit Water Shut-Offs

Protests Against Water Shutoffs in Detroit

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is suspending its water shutoffs for 15 days starting today to give residents another chance to prove they are unable to pay their bills. The decision comes after the city has put into national spotlight for a policy that has been framed as a human rights issue for low-income residents who can’t afford to pay their bills. It also was announced n the same day that a group of Detroit residents filed a lawsuit in the city’s bankruptcy case asking U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes to restore water service to residential customers. The residents, backed by a coalition of activist and community groups, allege that the city is violating the constitutional rights and contractual rights by shutting off water for those who owe back payments.

Thursday: National Day Of Action To End Gaza Assault

Israel protests in London, Protesters take part in demonstration against Israeli airstrikes in Gaza, through the streets of central London, on July 19, 2014 (AFP Photo-Carl Court)

Join us this Thursday, July 24, in this urgent call to stop the Israeli offensive in Gaza and end the 7-year siege that has made life in Gaza so miserable. In this latest round of violence, over 500 Palestinians have been killed and thousands are injured. Seventy-two percent of those are civilians, including over 80 children. One hundred thousand are displaced and living in makeshift shelters; electricity has been reduced to four hours a day for 80% of the population; water has been cut off to hundreds of thousands; sewage is flowing into the sea; hospitals have been bombed and there are shortages of everything from food to medicines. We must act now! We encourage you, both organizations and individuals, to hold actions and events in your communities this Thursday, July 24.

US Embassy in Berlin Receives ‘Beamed’ Graffitti to Protest NSA Spying Activities

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It looks like a German artist has used a different form of “graffiti” to protest the NSA early this morning in Berlin. Oliver Bienkowski, a self-proclaimed “guerilla marketing expert”, has used a powerful projector mounted in a cargo van and beamed it on the US Embassy. The image is said to have illustrated a silly portrait of US President, Barack Obama, and a message: “NSA in da House”. The United States Embassy in Berlin is said to be in a heavily police-patrolled area near the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate and due to this, the police have peacefully shut down the projection within minutes, according to the video below, posted online by the group of German artists. It is said that this is not the first time Bienkowski used the side of a building to express his work and protest.

Why The Village Voice Strike Is “Part Of A Much Greater Fight”

A reader of the Village Voice, February 2013 (Ed Yourdon on Flickr)

Members of UAW Local 2110—which represents twenty-seven staff writers, editorial assistants, listings editors, and sales representatives at the Village Voice—voted to authorize a strike at the nation’s historic alternative-weekly newspaper after their three-year contract expired Monday. “We voted unanimously to set a date for a strike,” said Stephanie Zacharek, the principal film critic at the Voice and a shop steward with the union. The vote came after a thirteen-hour negotiating session failed to bring representatives of Voice Media Group LLC, the parent company of the Voice, and the employees’ bargaining committee to an agreement over health care costs and working conditions at the newspaper. The bargaining committee met Tuesday night to discuss a strike deadline.

Anaheim March Against Police Brutality Reaches Disneyland

Disney protest against police abuse

In a historic move, about 200 Anaheim protestors took the streets today near Stoddard Park, and marched all the way to Disneyland. Other attempts by the anti police brutality movement of Anaheim to march to Disneyland have beenblocked and attacked by police. Today is the two year anniversary of the back to back execution style murders of Manuel Angel Diaz and Joel Matew Acevedo by Anaheim PD. In addition to these heinous murders, Anaheim PD viciously attacked members of the community for demanding answers and protesting against the killings, letting a dog attack a baby stroller and firing rubber bullets at women and children.

Protests Against Israel Grow

A woman holds placards as she takes part in demonstration against Israeli airstrikes in Gaza, during a demonstration in central London, on July 19, 2014 (AFP Photo/Carl Court)

Parts of central London were brought to a standstill on Saturday as thousands of pro-Palestinians marched in protest against Israel’s offensive in Gaza, while in Paris a banned demonstration descended into violence. Organisers of the London rally claimed that “tens of thousands” of people joined the march from Prime Minister David Cameron’s office to the Israeli embassy, many of them chanting “Israel is a terror state”. Police refused to give an estimate for the number present but several roads through the centre of the capital were closed during the three-mile (4.8-kilometre) march, which passed off peacefully. In Paris, by contrast, clashes broke out after hundreds gathered in defiance of a ban on their demonstration, with crowds throwing stones and bottles at riot police, who responded with tear gas.

Syracuse Drone Activist Released On Appeal

Mary Anne Flores as she leaved sentencing hearing, looking back at supporters who are singing to her

Last night Mary Anne Grady Flores was released on $5,000 bail from the Syracuse Justice Center after appearing before County Court Judge Thomas J. Miller who granted a stay of execution of her one year sentence, pending appeal of the Order of Protection granted to Col. Earl A. Evans by the DeWitt Town Court judges requiring drone protesters to stay away from the Hancock Airbase. Grady Flores, grandmother of three, was the first alleged violator of the 50 drone activists who have been given the Order of Protection in 2012. She was tried and sentenced for a year in jail. Despite being out on bail, she still faces returning to jail. Her appeals process will take months. “There are 30 upcoming trials over the next year. DeWitt Town judges threaten to sentence activists to a year in jail, many of them in their 60’s and 70’s,” said Judy Bello of Rochester.