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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Martelly Leaves In Disgrace: A Great Day For People Power

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By Ezili Dantò for HLLN/Free Haiti – The people celebrate today. Tomorrow they’ve vowed to address the illegitimately elected authorities the Internationals are forcing down Haiti’s throat to make the disputed 2015 foreign-supported, corrupt elections count anyways. The alliance of eight top presidential candidates known as the G-8, disavowed the February 6, Trojan Horse Accord signed between the outgoing Martelly and the unconstitutionally formulated new Parliament.

San Diego Says No New Gas!

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By San Diego Rising Tide. San Diego, CA – Tuesday, February 10th at 2:30pm, activists with Rising Tide San Diego occupied the Sempra Energy building to call for a moratorium on new natural gas exploration in California. Carrying large painted clouds representing methane, or natural gas, and an open letter to SoCal gas, as subsidiary of Sempra Energy, Governor Brown and a list of local representatives, the organizers hope to make the Porter Ranch Crisis a wake-up call for the true costs of California’s natural gas industry. The protest comes nearly four months after workers at a SoCal gas storage facility near LA noticed a substantial leak originating in an underground storage well. As of late January, the well has reportedly leaked over 86,00 metric tons of methane and counting.

To Protect Local Democracy, British Parliament Gets Fracked

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By Jon Queally for Common Dreams – “We are here to fight for the future of the English countryside,” declared Greenpeace campaigner Hannah Martin. “Ministers are pushing aside local democracy to bulldoze through their unpopular fracking plans. We have installed a life-like fracking rig and drill at Parliament Square to show them what people in Lancashire and beyond will have to endure if so-called Communities Minister Greg Clark forces fracking on a reluctant nation.”

7 Policemen Injured 17 People Arrested At Pro-Kurdish Rally In Paris

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By Staff of Routers – A protest in Paris against Turkey’s deadly military operation in the town of Cizre turned violent leaving seven police officers wounded and 17 pro-Kurdish activists detained. Similar rallies took place in some other European cities. The demonstrations followed media reports that Turkish forces killed about 60 people in the basement of a building in the southeastern Kurdish town of Cizre. Around 150 pro-Kurdish activists initially gathered at the Turkish embassy on Avenue de Lamballe, on Monday, Le Parisien reports.

Activist Facing Felonies For Breaking Northrup Grumman Windows

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By Fran Quigley for Popular Resistance. Jessica Reznicek, 34, an Iowa peace activist, was arraigned Monday and charged with two felonies for breaking three windows with a sledgehammer at the Northrup Grumman facility outside the Omaha Nebraska Strategic Air Command at Offut Air Force base. Writing from her jail cell, Reznicek, who has lived and worked at the Des Moines Catholic Worker for years, said she broke the windows as an act of conscience “in an effort to expose the details of the defense contracts currently held by Northrup Grumman with U.S. Strategic Air Command (STRATCOM) at Offutt Air Force Base. Over the years, billions of taxpayer dollars are pouring into the hands of these money-hungry, bomb-building, and computer geek space war criminals.” Jessica is facing up to 20 years. Her trial is schedule for May 24th. She is currently incarcerated, refusing to pay bond.

Five Climate Angels Arrested For ‘Watching Over’ Santos CSG

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By Thom Mitchell for New Matilda – Five women aged between 50- and 75-years-old have been forcibly dragged from the road and arrested by police this morning at a Santos coal seam gas development near Narrabri, in north west New South Wales. The protestors are part of the ‘Climate Guardians’, a group of theatrical activists who assume the guise of angles to create awareness of the need to keep fossil fuels in the ground.

Flint Whistleblowers Who Exposed Their Poisoned Water

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By Larry Gabriel for Yes Magazine – The actions of a small group of dedicated activists in the Coalition for Clean Water led to the revelation that Flint, Michigan, residents were being poisoned by lead-contaminated water. The activists had been living with the yellow, brown, and red water flowing from their taps even as government officials denied it and the same poisoned water flowed from the taps at government buildings. The activists, whose different organizations came together to form the coalition, organized, strategized, did water research and testing to expose the government’s lies.

Argentine Social Movements Strike Back Against Monsanto

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By Darío Aranda, Translated by Nancy Piñeiro for Tele Sur – The biotechnology giant continues attempts to build its GMO seeds plant in Argentina, despite three years of unflinching popular opposition. The world’s largest GMO corporation never imagined that it would suffer one of its major setbacks in a small, rural town in central Argentina. Popular opposition, irregularities in the company’s environmental impact assessment, a protest blockade at the entry gate, and a court ruling stalled the construction of its seeds plant three years ago.

Venezuela Agricultural Communes Oppose Privatization Of Lands

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By Lucas Koerner for Venezuela Analysis – After passing a motion by majority vote on Tuesday, Venezuela’s National Assembly will launch an inquiry into the expropriations of privately owned land and enterprises spearheaded by the socialist government in past years. The country’s newly elected parliament, dominated by the right-wing opposition, has vowed to reverse the socialist government’s social and economic policies, which included the breakup of large private firms and landholdings deemed unproductive and their transfer to state, worker, or communal control.

Permanent Protest To Free Oscar Lopez Rivera

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By Jose Manuel Lopez of TodosUnidosDescolonizarPR. Bayamon,Puerto Rico – Our partner, reporter and political activist Edwin Chungo Molina is promoting an interesting campaign to force the United States (US) government to release Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera. Oscar has served 34 years in a US prison for exercising his inalienable right to use all means necessary to decolonize Puerto Rico. The US government is the criminal for ignoring 34 United Nations (UN) resolutions asking it to immediately decolonize Puerto Rico. In 1960, the UN determined democratically that colonialism is a crime against humanity because it threatens world peace.

From Cyanide Gold Mine To Protected Historical Site

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By Madalina Preda for GreenPeace International – For the past 15 years, Canadian mining firm Gabriel Resources has been trying to obtain a permit to extract 300 tonnes of gold from underneath Roșia Montană, a picturesque village in western Romania, with a population of almost 4,000 people. But today, the Romanian government has added the village and its surroundings to their official nominee list for the UNESCO world heritage site. This decision comes a few weeks after Roșia Montană was declared a site of historic interest by the Romanian Ministry of Culture, and stands as a testament to the power of peaceful protest.

White House Peace Vigil Will Keep Going, Activist Vows

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By John Zangas for DC Media Group – The future of the longest-running peace protest in the U.S. recently came into question when its co-founder, Concepcion Picciotto, passed away on January 25. Picciotto was largely responsible for keeping the anti-nuclear vigil in front of the White House going since its beginning in August 1981. Long dreaded, her death is mourned by supporters and fellow volunteers who have kept the peace vigil going for 34 years. Her absence also creates a practical problem: how to cover the long shifts she put in every day through all kinds of weather.

Canadian Privacy Watchdog Wants Info On Tracking Peaceful Protests

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By Staff of Metro News – OTTAWA—Canada’s privacy watchdog wants more information on a central government agency keeping tabs on peaceful protests. Documents obtained by Torstar News Service show privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien’s office has asked the Government Operations Centre (GOC) to review its tracking of lawful protest and dissent. “In (the letter), we asked that a more detailed analysis of the privacy risks relating to monitoring of public protests and demonstrations be undertaken and given to us to review,” Tobi Cohen, a spokesperson for Therrien, wrote in a statement.

Australian Indigenous Resistance Rooted In US Radicalism Of 60s

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By Jon Piccini for Imperial & Global Forum – Recently, an upturn in indigenous struggles in Australia have seen the legacies of colonialism and genocide forced back onto the national radar. Protests against the closure of indigenous communities, the continued forced removal of Aboriginal children by welfare agencies, and the birth of youth-led groups like Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance (WAR) are but a few examples of this. Instead of the sanitised government-sponsored campaign to ‘Recognise’ indigenous peoples in the Australian constitution, many of these activists are looking back to the global struggles of the 1960s and 1970s for their political inspiration.

Super Bowl 50: Super Militarization And Super Inequality

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By Sharat G. Lin for Los Angeles Indymedia. Santa Clara, CA – As the biggest sporting game in the United States, thousands of law enforcement and security personnel from nearly every conceivable agency have converged on Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California for Super Bowl 50. But the outfits, weapons, vehicles, and communications equipment are increasingly those of the military. Santa Clara Police were seen dressed in military camouflage and army helmets as if prepared for urban warfare. They were riding around in new all-terrain vehicles purchased especially for the Super Bowl. Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputies wore new green uniforms.