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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Reporter Recounts Arrest, Prison Stay After Baton Rouge Protest

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By Karen Savage for Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — For a few seconds on July 10, the ear-splitting police noisemaker — referred to as an LRAD — and the chants demanding justice for Alton Sterling awkwardly paused at exactly the same moment. I closed my eyes in relief. As if on cue, a lone cicada cried out from the tree above, the insect’s call piercing the air, but not the tension. With my eyes closed and the cicada’s solo still echoing through the sweltering heat of a Sunday afternoon in Baton Rouge, I saw neat bungalows, crape myrtles and longleaf pine trees. I imagined a crawfish boil, kids on bikes, grandmothers with church hats. But when I opened my eyes, we were still surrounded on three sides by an army of militarized police. Officers still gripped automatic weapons, still wore gas masks and bulletproof vests, still held tear gas cylinders ready to be fired.

Northwest Tribes Band Together To Stop Oil-by-Rail

Solidarity with Quinault Nation in Hoquiam, Washington on July 8, 2016. Photo by John Duffy / Flickr.

By Ralph Schwartz for Yes Magazine – There’s no such thing as a good place for an oil-train derailment, but this year’s June 3 spill outside Mosier, Oregon, could have been worse if the 16 oil cars had derailed and caught fire even a few hundred feet in either direction. The derailment was just far enough away from populated areas, including a nearby school and mobile home park, that no injuries resulted, and the amount of oil that spilled into the river was limited. If it had happened another mile-and-a-half down the tracks, the damaged tank cars would have tumbled directly into the Columbia river during the peak of the spring Chinook salmon run.

Hundreds March To Stop The Trans-Pacific Partnership In Philly

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By Margaret Flowers. Philadelphia, PA – Thousands of people marched in the March for a Clean Energy Revolution on the day prior to the Democratic National Convention. Popular Resistance and members of the Flush the TPP campaign created a bold, bright and spirited “Stop the TPP” contingent to raise awareness of the threats posed by the TPP, put the Democrats on notice that the people oppose rigged corporate deals and to recruit more people to join the No Lame Duck Uprising. The TPP is a large international treaty that was negotiated over the past 7 years by the Obama administration. It was negotiated in secret with the help of hundreds of ‘corporate advisers’ from companies like Walmart, Monsanto, Pfizer, Exxon and more. Members of Congress were largely left out of the process.

NLRB Confirms Legality of Union Support for Israel Boycott

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By Staff of United Electrical Workers. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has reaffirmed its dismissal an unfair labor practice charge brought by an Israeli law firm against a U.S. union, the United Electrical Workers, over its support of protests against Israeli policies including the union’s endorsement of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) movement. At its national convention in Baltimore August 16-20, 2015, the United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE) adopted a resolution endorsing the BDS movement to pressure Israel to negotiate peace with the Palestinians and end the occupation. UE is the first national U.S. union to endorse BDS. Read the resolution here. On October 23, the Israeli law firm Shurat Hadin filed a charge with the NLRB alleging that UE’s resolution violated the prohibition in U.S. labor law against “secondary boycotts.” The union disputed the charge, arguing that Shurat Hadin’s action was an attempt to interfere with the First Amendment rights of the union and its members to express opinions on political and international issues, and also that the Israeli firm’s allegation were factually untrue. On January 12, Region 6 of the NLRB dismissed the charge.

Fracked Gas Protesters Lock Themselves In Pipeline Trench

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By Resist the Pipeline. West Roxbury, MA, July 23, 2016 – Six people locked themselves together at 9:50 AM this morning to block two construction sites of Spectra Energy’s West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline (WRL), which would bring fracked gas into Boston. Bound at the waist and ankles using chains and superglue, they aim to stop the project from endangering the community and disrupting the climate. They are demanding that Spectra Energy keep fracked gas in the ground and stop forcing the project through a community that overwhelmingly opposes the pipeline. Trevor Culhane said, “This pipeline would irresponsibly lock us into decades of climate pollution and community disruption. We need to keep fossil fuels in the ground and transition to a just and renewable economy without fracked-gas.”

One Woman's 10-Year Fight To Save Her Family From Foreclosure

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By Senka Huskic for Occupy – Many people are responsible for the financial disaster of 2008, and the economic hardship that has continued to unravel since. We still have not seen one criminal prosecution among the CEOs who were – and many still are – at the frontlines where everything started to crumble. Those people are hiding behind corporate protection, always blaming the next in line behind them, never accepting responsibility, and very often putting the blame on the very people they have ruined with their fraudulent dealings.

Greek Privatization Fantasies Suffer Rude Awakening

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By Konstantine Paradias for Occupy – Privatization is one of those ideas that seems great on paper: by selling off public services, a government can be rid of a drain on its resources. This allows the private sector to take over, rejuvenate those assets and turn them into profitable ventures that will provide new, better paying jobs to larger numbers of people who will in turn support all the necessary tax hikes that will account for the loss of those resources.

WNBA Players Boycott After Being Fined For Wearing Black Lives Matter Shirts

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By Rob Wile for Fuse – On Thursday morning, the WNBA levied fines against three teams and their players for donning uniforms worn to protest the recent spate of police killings of black people. On Thursday afternoon, the players responded. Following their game at Madison Square Garden, players from the New York Liberty and Indiana Fever, two of the teams that received the fines, refused to take questions about any subject other than Black Lives Matter, and the WNBA’s response to their protests.

6 Creative Ways To Make Your Point At The Conventions

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By Nadine Bloch for Waging Nonviolence – Here we go again. The Republican Convention officially opened this week in Cleveland, Ohio, with the Democratic Convention nipping at its heels next week. Every four years the United States is thrown into this national frenzy that is part infomercial, part political theater and somehow part electoral reality (we do end up with a presidential candidate). Since the current representative electoral system leaves many progressive activists feeling shut out of the two-party system, we are faced with what often feels like a huge distraction from our “real” activist or community-based work.

Why The Small Protest Turnout For The Cleveland RNC?

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By Alice Speri for The Intercept – ORGANIZERS FOR THE Stand Together Against Trump rally in Cleveland had planned for 5,000 participants. The march, a peaceful demonstration that “America’s fundamental ideals of liberty and equality are greater than Trump’s incessant scapegoating and bullying,” was supposed to close out a week that some had predicted would overshadow the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, which came amid nationwide civil unrest and race riots and exploded in violence.

Blockaders Say Democratic Party Fails People And Climate

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By Staff of Beyond Extreme Energy – For nearly three hours this afternoon, six Beyond Extreme Energy activists blockaded the doors at the Democratic National Committee, calling on the party to stand on the side of people and the planet instead of the fracked-gas industry. They and a crowd of supporters from BXE, Environmental Action and Greenpeace chanted “Fracking, Drilling, Oil and Gas: None shall pass” and “Hey Democrats, you can’t hide. We can see your corporate side.”

Protester Manages To Disrupt Donald Trump's RNC Speech (VIDEO)

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By Nick Wing for The Huffington Post – It just wouldn’t be a Donald Trump speech without a protester interrupting the real estate mogul and being escorted out by security. A protester, identified by reporters on scene as Medea Benjamin, cofounder of the anti-war group, Code Pink, could be seen drawing the crowd’s attention up in the stands Thursday as Trump gave his speech to the Republican National Convention.

Protesters Occupy Police Unions, Demand Investment In Black Communities

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By Staff of RT – Black Lives Matter protesters taking aim at police union offices forced a shutdown of one in Washington, DC. Simultaneously in Detroit, activists chained themselves to a police station to demand the ouster of an officer who shot dead a 7-year-old in 2010. Protests, held by Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) and Black Lives Matter, hit several cities across the US on Wednesday. July 20 would have been the 14th birthday of Aiyana Stanley-Jones, who was shot dead in a SWAT raid on her house in May 2010.

What’s Next For The Democracy Movement?

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By William Fowler for Waging Nonviolence – On June 15, after three-and-a-half years of statewide campaigning, New York called for a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United and related Supreme Court decisions that ushered in a new era of unlimited, unaccountable influence by corporations and billionaires over the political system in the United States. Breaking new ground, New York is the first state where Republicans control either house of the state legislature to take such a step. In so doing, New York joined 16 other states, the District of Columbia, more than 650 cities and towns, and more than 130 Republican officials across the country in calling for an amendment.

Video Shows Unarmed Black Man Pleading With Arms Raised Before Police Shoot Him

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By Nathan Wellman for US Uncut – Cell phone video footage has been released that shows the moments before an unarmed black therapist with his hands up was shot by North Miami police while attempting to care for his autistic patient, according to WSVN-TV. Disabled caregiver Charles Kinsey was lying on his back with his hands in the air, attempting to talk to the officers who were aiming their weapons at them. The police had received reports of a man with a gun threatening suicide.