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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Montreal’s Francophone Teachers Strike Against Austerity

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By Ashoka Jegroo for Waging Nonviolence, Thousands of Francophone teachers, along with students, parents, and other supporters, flooded Montreal’s streets for a one-day strike on September 30. The strike is the first of six planned by the Federation Autonome de l’Enseignement, or FAE, a coalition of eight of Quebec’s French-speaking teachers unions, as part of their negotiations with the provincial government over proposed cuts to education. “We are taking the streets today to tell the population and the parents that we are with them, and that their schools, teachers and their students, deserve more,” Nathalie Morel, vice president of the FAE, told CTV Montreal. “We deserve better.” Sylvain Mallette, head of the FAE, first announced the strike on September 8, and on Wednesday, around 34,000 French-language teachers walked off the job and marched on the streets of Montreal.

Victory—Albuquerque Declares Indigenous People’s Day

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By Nick Estes for The Red Nation, Today, Oct. 7, 2015, is historic for Indigenous peoples of Albuquerque. The Albuquerque City Council declared the celebration of Indigenous People’s Day on the second Monday of October, a day nationally recognized as “Columbus Day.” Albuquerque is New Mexico’s largest city, and has the highest concentration of Native people in the state. City Council President Rey Garduño-with guidance and input from The Red Nation and community organizations-wrote, sponsored, and proposed the initiative. Six councilor endorse and three abstained.

We Collectively Are Answerable For The Demise Of The United States

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By Egberto Willies for Daily Kos, The President exasperatedly addressed the shooting massacre at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon with a passionate press conference. He made one statement that should be burned into every American’s psyche. He said, “We collectively are answerable to those families who lose their loved ones because of our inaction.” Looking at the big picture, that statement could very well be, “We collectively are answerable for the demise of the America we thought we had.” This is deja vu all over again. A mass shooting occurs. People are shocked. The president speaks, begging for legislative action. Time passes. People forget. No substantive action is taken. People go back to life as usual. It is a pattern that we expect. It is a pattern that has become routine. We are now programmed to be accepting of this.

Miami Commissioners Pass Resolution Agaisnt Secrecy in Trade Deals

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By Staff of Flush The TPP – Miami, Fla. — City of Miami Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution this morning calling for greater transparency in trade policymaking that affects south Florida’s economy, environment and public health. Their action comes just ten days before trade negotiators from the United States and European Union meet in Miami for their 11th round of talks on the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a companion to the just-completed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), whose text still remains secret. “These massive trade agreements have a very real effect on jobs, wages, the environment and public health in our communities,” said Deborah Dion, Florida State Director, Citizens Trade Campaign.

Immigrants Fight Back With Flowers

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By Ashoka Jegroo for Waging Nonviolence, After reversing course on a decision to let thousands of visa-holding immigrant workers apply for a green card earlier than usual, the Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, is now being bombarded with flower deliveries courtesy of the affected immigrants. The immigrants aren’t sending the flowers as a “Thank You” to the department though. Using the #FlowerCampaign hashtag, thousands of flowers have been sent to DHS with notes attached asking Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, to not punish immigrants for the mistakes of his department. On September 9, the State Department released its monthly “Visa Bulletin.” In that bulletin, the State Department informed certain work visa holders that they would be allowed to file a formal application for a green card, the last step in the process, earlier than usual.

Activists Protest For A Cause You Should Hear More About

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By Daniel Marans for The Huffington Post, More than a dozen community activists picketed the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia this week, protesting what they say is the bank president’s refusal to meet with them to discuss how Fed monetary policy affects real people. The roughly 15 activists are members of ACTION United, an organization representing low-income people of color in Philadelphia. ACTION United is affiliated with the national Fed Up campaign, a coalition of progressive groups advocating Fed monetary policies that prioritize full employment and shared economic prosperity. Fed Up and ACTION United planned Tuesday’s protest because they say that Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker reneged on a promise to meet, and allow group members to give him a tour of low-income neighborhoods where they are active.

Nations Most Threatened By Climate Change Form ‘Vulnerable 20′

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By Alister Doyle for Reuters, LIMA, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Twenty of the countries most vulnerable to climate change, from the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan to the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu, will form a new group on Thursday to press for tougher action to curb warming. Draft documents for a meeting of finance ministers in Lima, Peru and seen by Reuters, said the 20 represented 700 million people in low- and middle-income nations that were arid, landlocked, mountainous or vulnerable to rising sea levels. The Vulnerable 20 (V20) group’s draft action plan will seek to “strengthen economic and financial cooperation and action to address climate change risks and opportunities” and promote a shift to a low-carbon global economy. Goals would include “improved access to international climate change finance” to help cope with droughts, floods, melting glaciers and rising sea levels. They said one possibility was a tax on financial transactions.

Video: Israel Lures Protesters Into Trap

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By John Cooke for Information Clearing House, October 08, 2015 “Information Clearing House” – This two-minute video, taken on October 7 in the West Bank near Ramallah, is worth studying carefully to understand how Israel has become so adept at managing the Palestinian population under occupation and at foiling their efforts at resistance. We can see about 20 men, faces concealed, who look like they are Palestinian protesters throwing stones at the army. In fact, they are what are called “mistaravim”: Israeli security forces in disguise as Palestinian youths. According to those who witnessed this incident (see update below), the mistaravim began throwing stones at the army in a piece of theatre to lure other Palestinians to the protest.

Pennsylvania Residents Hire Attorney To Protect Anti-Fracking Law

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By Mary Grzebieniak for New Castle News – A group of residents is trying to stop Wilmington Township supervisors from amending their fracking ordinance. The group has hired attorney John M. Smith, the lawyer who won a landmark decision in the Robinson Township case which overturned parts of Act 13, the state’s oil and gas drilling law in 2013. They are trying to stop the supervisors from weakening the township’s 2014 ordinance governing gas and oil drilling. That ordinance, which is still in effect, is the strictest in Lawrence County and provided restrictions that exceed state Department of Environmental Protection rules. But several amendments have been proposed to the ordinance which residents say will weaken it considerably.

Blacked Out Pages: U.S. Government Snubs ACLU Over Targeted Killing FOIA

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By Kevin Gosztola for Mint Press News and Shadowproof, The United States government gave the American Civil Liberties Union the equivalent of the middle finger in response to a request for records on the “targeted killing program.” An eight-page letter from Director for National Intelligence James Clapper to the chairs of the Senate intelligence committee, Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss and Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, was disclosed. The senators were chairs during 2013 and 2014. However, all eight pages were completely blacked out. That is, except for one full sentence, which makes the response even more offensive: “We hope this information has been helpful and look forward to continuing to work with the Committee on this bill.” It is not the first time the ACLU has received this kind of response from a government agency.

Winnemem Wintu Fight For Cultural Survival In Northern California

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By Rucha Chitnis for Indian Country Today Media Network, At a sacred fire in the ancient village site in Coonrod, Chief Caleen Sisk raised a glass of ceremonial water towards a soaring Mount Shasta. The Winnemem Wintu Tribe members gathered for a Fire and Water ceremony at sunrise to pray for the return of their revered salmon and for the health of their sacred spring in Mount Shasta and surrounding waterways. “Salmon are life. They bring life, and they should be back on this land again,” said Chief Sisk, spiritual leader of her tribe. The Winnemem Wintu are known as the Middle Water People, their identity tied spiritually to a sacred spring on Mount Shasta, a river that once flowed here unfettered and the Chinook salmon that flourished in the waters.

Millions Voice Opposition To 'Corporate Power Grab' Trade Deals

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By Andrea Germanos for Common Dreams, Organizers of a citizens’ initiative on Wednesday delivered a petition with over three million signatures to the European Commission headquarters in Brussels in their continuing bid to stop trade deals they say pose a threat to democracy and boon to corporate interests. They say the number of signatures—over 3.2 million at the time of publication—is proof of the vast public opposition to the trade deals in question: the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada, and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and United States. “By signing this petition, an unprecedented three million people from countries across Europe have made it clear that they reject these dangerous Trojan horse treaties which benefit big corporations at the expense of people,” stated Magda Stoczkiewicz, director of Friends of the Earth Europe.

Hillary Clinton Comes Out Against TPP

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By Amanda Terkel and Zach Carter for The Huffington Post, WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton came out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Wednesday, breaking with President Barack Obama on the 12-nation trade deal that is set to become a key part of his legacy. “As of today, I am not in favor of what I have learned about it,” Clinton told Judy Woodruff of “PBS Newshour.” “I have said from the very beginning that we had to have a trade agreement that would create good American jobs, raise wages and advance our national security. And I still believe that’s the high bar we have to meet,” she said. “I have been trying to learn as much as I can about the agreement. But I’m worried. I’m worried about currency manipulation not being part of the agreement. We’ve lost American jobs to the manipulations that countries, particularly in Asia, have engaged in.

Thousands March To Protect Forests & Water Sources In Matagalpa, Nicaragua

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By Staff of El Nuevo Diario, Thousands of people from different communities, urban and rural, marched from El Comején to Rancho Grande, Nicaragua, in favor of protecting the environment and its natural resources, inspired by the Matagalpan clergy of the diocese led by monseñor Rolando José Álvarez. No less than 10,000 people were led by the Matagalpan bishop as they marched under the sun, with hopes of augmenting sensibility to men, women, and children about the importance of protecting the forests, water sources, and animals for life’s sake, as well as for future generations. By horse, foot, motorcycle, or bike, they arrived at the San Francisco parish where musical bands were playing, and where a mass led by Monseñor Álvarez was going on. His objective was to inspire attendees to care for Mother Earth.

Hundreds Gathered For A Rally Against Enbridge

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By Melissa Shaw for News Friends, About 500 people attended a rally in support of eight First Nations, four environmental groups and one labour group challenging the Federal Government’s approval of Enbridge’sNorthern Gateway pipeline. The crowd gathered at the corner of Howe and Georgia Street in Vancouver on Thursday October 1, the first day of a six-day hearing in the Federal Court of Appeal. “The struggle involves all the nations and everything from direct action to court cases to political action,” said Bob Ages during the rally. Ages is a member of the Council of Canadians and the Unist’ot’en Solidarity Brigade, which is “physically blocking pipeline crews” working on Chevron’s Pacific Trails Pipeline (PTP), which crosses Wet’suwet’en traditional territory in Northern BC.