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.

Featured Video: The video to the right is a ten minute documentary by Mutual Aid Media on the Tar Sands Blockade, a group of activists and landowners in Texas who have built a campaign to stop the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Fracking Opponents Feel Police Pressure In Some Drilling Hotspots

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Wendy Lee, an anti-fracking activist and philosophy professor at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, has always protested peacefully. So she was stunned last winter when a state trooper came to her home to ask her about eco-terrorism and pipe bombs. The trooper was investigating an alleged trespassing incident that involved Lee and two other activists visiting a gas compressor in Pennsylvania’s Lycoming County in June 2013. Lee says they stayed on a public road and left when security guards told them to go away. Lee was never charged with anything and believes the trooper’s visit was intended simply to intimidate her. “They’re clearly there to send the message that they protect the industry,” she says. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has been controversial in the U.S. since the business began to boom.

Cleveland Claims Tamir Rice’s Own Actions Caused His Death

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The city of Cleveland is claiming that Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy shot dead by a police officer in November while holding a toy gun, died because of the actions and choices of him and his family. The city made the argument on Friday in a response to a lawsuit on behalf of the boy’s parents and sister, Tajai. The lawsuit lists Timothy Loehmann, the officer who shot Tamir; his partner Frank Garmback; and the city of Cleveland as defendants. It lists 27 counts including negligence, civil rights violations, and battery against Tamir and Tajai. The Rice family is asking for damages and a jury trial. Cleveland officials stated they could not fully respond to most of the counts because of an ongoing investigation into the incident by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office. However, the city claims in its defense that Tamir’s death was caused by his own failure to properly exercise caution.

Five Months After Ayotzinapa, Resistance Remains Strong

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It is clear that the massacre of these students was politically motivated, and involved both the state and federal governments. As is so often the case, the United States lurks behind the curtain of violence, having trained and equipped police in the region for decades. Since Mexico’s war on drugs began in 2006 there have been at least 40,000 people killed in the country. Many of these deaths are, contrary to police reports, unrelated to drug trafficking. Often, they are attacks on civilian protesters and indigenous peoples. Unlike other disappearances and massacres, Ayotzinapa has gained national and international attention because of the popular uprising in response, largely led by family of the dead and disappeared.

Students Vow To Attain Justice For Jeremy

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Tallahassee, FL – On Feb. 25, students and community members rallied at the Leon County Courthouse, demanding that Officer David Stith of the Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) be fired and jailed for killing Jeremy “Jed” Lett, a young African American man. On Feb. 3, TPD Officer David Stith shot and killed Jeremy Lett outside of his apartment complex. Police claim Lett matched the description of a burglary suspect from the complex. Lett was unarmed and had no criminal record. Officer Stith is now on paid administrative leave. Outside the Leon County Courthouse, student protesters held signs, “End police brutality” and “Jail killer cops.” Regina Joseph of the Tallahassee Dream Defenders led chants, “No justice, no peace, no racist police!” and “Jeremy means we have to fight back.” During the rally, Shivaani Ehsaan from the Dream Defenders called for “an end to police terror in Tallahassee and for the implementation of a civilian review board with firing power over the police department.”

Join The 'Toast-In' To Stop Fast Track!

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The Toast in: From Tuesday (March 3) through Thursday (March 5), 11AM-5PM, we will sit in Wyden’s office with plates of toast, signs that look like toast, toast memes, a giant piece of toast, a toaster in the office, and more! We are just developing these ideas so let us know if you have other thoughts. Ideally we will have two or more people in his office at all times for these three days, making our presence felt. It is his D.C. office at 221 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg. If you can participate please email info@popularresistance.org with the dates and times that you are available and what you prefer (how much time, which days, etc) your preferred email and your phone number, and any comments or concerns. If you can’t join us in person, call his office during the Toast-In and encourage others to do the same. Forward this message widely so we can fill up his office!

Peace Activists Protest AIPAC’s Summit & Netanyahu

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A coalition of human rights organizations, led by CODE PINK, have organized four days of political action in Washington DC to oppose the policies of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) during its annual policy conference. Coined #ShutDownAIPAC, activists are hosting a variety of creative events: protests outside the DC Convention Center and Netanyahu’s speech in Congress; events critiquing AIPAC policies; and a lobby day in Congress to call for no more sanctions on Iran. The tweets below focus on the protest at the DC Convention Center where people gathered, many wearing Netanyahu masks and proclaiming him a war criminal, others blockaded the doors resulting in arrests. The #ShutDownAIPAC coalition is drawing attention to AIPAC’s role as a special interest lobby that maintains a dangerous stranglehold over US policies. Activists are urging the US government to continue to pursue diplomacy with Iran and to end to the brutal occupation of Palestine.

Thousands Protest Wisconsin Right-To-Work Bill At Capitol

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About 5,000 people gathered at the state capitol on Saturday, despite the frigid temperature of 16 degrees F (-9 C). The protesters waved U.S. flags, rang cow bells and chanted “This is what Democracy looks like.” Many held signs denouncing the bill. William Carroll, a Teamsters business representative from West Bend, called on workers to become more active in their unions. “If we don’t do this, we will die a death of a thousand cuts,” he told the crowd. Union members chanted “shame” as senators voted narrowly to approve a right to work law on Wednesday and moved it to the state Assembly, also controlled by Republicans, where a public hearing is scheduled for Monday.

FBI Tracking Of Keystone XL Activists Worse Than You Thought

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In August 2010, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Domestic Terrorism Analysis Unit distributed an intelligence bulletin to all field offices warning that environmental extremism would likely become an increasing threat to the energy industry. The eight-page document argued that, even though the industry had encountered only low-level vandalism and trespassing, recent “criminal incidents” suggested that environmental extremism was on the rise. The FBI concluded: “Environmental extremism will become a greater threat to the energy industry owing to our historical understanding that some environmental extremists have progressed from committing low-level crimes against targets to more significant crimes over time in an effort to further the environmental extremism cause.” Since the 2010 FBI assessment was written, the specter of environmental extremism has been trotted out by both law enforcement and energy-industry security teams to describe a wide variety of grassroots groups opposed to the continued extraction of fossil fuels. Yet even as the resistance to “extreme energy projects” has grown in size and scope, there is little evidence to support the breathless warnings about “eco-terrorism.” Nevertheless, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and many state law enforcement agencies continue to promote the idea that environmental extremism is on the rise. At the same time, numerous intelligence-sharing networks between the private sector and law enforcement have been established at every level of government, giving rise to an unprecedented energy-intelligence complex.

Nelson County Group Takes Offensive Against Pipeline Surveys

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In response to Dominion and Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC’s latest effort to expedite surveys on hundreds of properties in Nelson County, Nelson County residents are taking the offensive. Friends of Nelson continues to organize landowners in opposition to these illegal surveys. And another lawsuit targeting Dominion could be on the horizon. Property owners started receiving letters yesterday from Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC, dated February 23, stating that surveys will begin in Nelson on Monday, March 2. “Dominion has failed to give the required 15 days notice before entry,” said Joanna Salidis, property owner and President of Friends of Nelson. “Dominion is taking a heavy-handed approach by bullying residents into allowing surveys by announcing they will begin surveys in less than one week.”

Emergency Action To Stop GE Trees

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On THURSDAY 5 March 2015, CTNBio, the agency that regulates GMOs in Brazil, will decide on an industry request to legalize the commercial development of genetically engineered eucalyptus trees. CTNBio may approve this commercial release of genetically engineered (GE) eucalyptus. That is, UNLESS there’s enough pressure, both nationally and globally, to change their mind. If this request is approved, it will be an unprecedented decision, with devastating social and environmental impacts not only for Brazil but around the world. In the US, a similar request to the USDA from GE tree company ArborGen to legalize their GE eucalyptus trees is currently pending, and doubtless the US will be paying close attention to this decision in Brazil. We need you to help stop this disaster!

Pipeline Opposition Growing In Craig Co., Virginia

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Opposition to a proposed pipeline that would pass through Craig County is growing, and a group of concerned citizens has organized and plans to present a petition to the Craig County Board of Supervisors at its March 5 meeting. Citizens to Preserve Craig County, the same group that organized to stop a 765 kV electrical line from being built in Craig County in the 1990s, is now banding together against the proposed 36-42-inch in diameter Mountain Valley Pipeline and other natural gas lines that might pass through the county. Citizens to Preserve Craig County has posted a petition online at http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/preservecraigcounty and printed hard copies that are available to sign at local businesses like J’s Market and The Emporium. The petition asks the Craig County Board of Supervisors to oppose the pipeline’s construction. An email containing the petition and other information about Mountain Valley Pipeline, a joint venture between EQT Corporation and NextEra U.S. Gas Assets, was sent to 300 people Sunday, and Wolf reported that as of Monday morning the group had already solicited around 100 signatures.

Opportunity To Stop Oil Drilling In The Atlantic Ocean

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If you look at maps of the affected areas, the inescapable impression is of vast expanses of ocean newly open for business. “This is a balanced proposal,” said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, acknowledging that it “would make available nearly 80 percent of the undiscovered technically recoverable resources.” If 80/20 is “balanced,” then Obama is “consistent.” In 2008, candidate Obama had attacked John McCain’s proposal to expand offshore drilling, saying, “It would have long-term consequences for our coastlines … When I’m president, I intend to keep in place the moratorium.” In early 2010, he erased that promise with a proposal to end the moratorium on oil exploration along the East Coast from the Delaware to Florida. But weeks later, the Deepwater Horizon went up in flames and sank a mile to the seafloor. It also sank Obama’s East Coast plan, which he withdrew. Now it’s back.

Fracking Banned For 5 years By Tasmanian Government

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The Tasmanian Government will ban the controversial mining practice known as fracking for another five years. Fracking involves injecting liquid at high pressure into underground rocks to extract oil or gas, and the practice has sparked controversy in New South Wales and Queensland. Tasmanian Primary Industries Minister Jeremy Rockliff, who declared a one-year fracking moratorium in March 2014, considered 155 submissions on the subject. Mr Rockliff said there was uncertainty around fracking, and his decision would “protect Tasmania’s reputation for producing fresh, premium and safe produce”. “There is considerable concern around the potential negative impacts of fracking, particularly within our rural communities and farming families who rely so heavily on our global reputation for producing premium and safe products,” he said.

Urgent Solidarity Action Request For Shut Down Creech

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On February 28, 2015, Nick Mottern of Know Drones sent an alert making an urgent solidarity request for the upcoming protest at the Creech Air Force Base. The protest is being held from March 4-6, 2015 at Creech Air Force Base, Indian Springs, Nevada, and is a national mobilization of nonviolent resistance to shut down killer drone operations in Afghanistan, Pakistan,Yemen, Somalia, and everywhere. Toby Blome, one of the organizers of Shut Down Creech, is urging that we all organize a vigil or other solidarity event for this coming Friday, March 6 when there will be a major event at Creech AFB drone base outside Las Vegas, NV. This is being done in Albuquerque, NM, as indicated below, and in Poughkeepsie, NY and Des Moines, IA. This is very last minute, but any show of solidarity and public outreach will be very important.

Uproarious 'Laugh Riot' Overwhelms Senator Whitehouse

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As Senator Whitehouse was being introduced, crowd-wide snickering could be heard as the announcer continually praised the senator’s public image of being a “climate champion” and an environmentalist; both of which are directly contradicted by his support of Spectra Energy’s ‘Algonquin’ pipeline expansion project in his home state of Rhode Island as well as the fact that Whitehouse’s “third largest campaign contributor in 2012 was Goldberg, Lindsay & Co., an investment firm that owns several natural gas distribution and pipeline companies. Goldberg, Lindsay & Co. also contributed $20,000 to the Senator’s “OceanPAC” that distributes money to candidates who support “ocean and environmental issues.” After a few gales of laughter every time Whitehouse made reference to his climate-forward claim-to-green-fame, an audience member loudly inquired about the reason for these ongoing disruptive outbursts. One of the demonstrators stood up and replied, “It’s a JOKE! It’s a joke that Senator Whitehouse is an environmentalist.”