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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Philippines: Funeral At The Climate Justice March


By Dakila Media. Quezon City, Philippines – Thousands of Filipinos marched for climate justice today, November 28, and converged at the Quezon City Memorial Circle. Broad groups of social movements, religious groups, trade unions, farmers, urban poor and NGOs took part in the Climate March carrying climate related issues – energy transformation; right to food, land and water; justice and reparations for affected people; protecting our common home (from Laudato Si); jobs and just transition; and carbon emissions reduction. For the artist-activist group Dakila, the climate march is crucial in ensuring that the world listens to the voice of the Filipino youth who fears for their very own survival when no deal is sealed at the COP21 in Paris. Youth members of Dakila, differing from the general festive theme of the assembly, held a funeral march carrying with them images of their own gravestone inscribed with their own epitaph.

Transgender Women: State Of Emergency, State Of Resilience

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By Cookie Woolner for Praxis Center – This past summer, transgender actress and activist Laverne Cox declared a “state of emergency” due to the increasing number of murders of transgender women. By August of 2015, the total number of women killed (21 known cases at press time) had surpassed the total for all of 2014. While women such as Cox, Janet Mock, and Caitlyn Jenner have made unsurpassed recent headway in bringing trans issues into mainstream America, this visibility has been accompanied by devastating levels of violence. “Right now we’re experiencing a Dickensian time, where it’s the best of times and it’s the worst of times at once,” says transgender rights advocate Masen Davis, who formerly ran the Transgender Law Center.

What Lies Behind the ‘Occupy UGC’ Protest

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By Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty for The Wire – New Delhi: It was about a month ago that Ramesh Srivastava, a clerk at a bank in New Delhi’s ITO area, first noticed “young people” sitting on a pavement leading to the University Grants Commission office with a banner saying “Occupy UGC.” In the following days, Srivastava stopped by to read the rest of the banners and graffiti put up around the pavement and the nearby Metro station and chatted with “some boys and girls there to understand why they are protesting” the decision to terminate financial support for thousands of post-graduate students across the country.

I Filed Suit For Laquan McDonald Police Video. Mundanity Shocked Me

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By Brandon Smith for The Guardian – The video of Laquan McDonald being shot horrifies in its banality. I’ve been seeking the video since April and, prompted by my lawsuit, it was released Tuesday, shortly after the officer who allegedly shot him was charged with murder. The police dashboard camera footage shows a Chicago officer shooting 17-year-old Laquan. But it’s utterly without fireworks. It’s perfunctory. The lack of sound, and the cold way the officers moved and behaved, made a horrifying act seem almost mundane. The tape shows Jason Van Dyke, the officer now charged with Laquan’s murder, leaving his police car.

Thanksgiving: Witness Against Torture Fasting In Guantanamo

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By Staff, Witness Against Torture. Fourteen members of Witness Against Torture have been in Guantanamo province for 3 days now, vigiling in solidarity with the 107 men remaining at the US detention camp. At dusk on Wednesday, we established camp at El Mirador – scenic grounds overlooking the base from a distance of 2-3 kilometers. To close our first day, Peace Poet Frank Lopez led us in a Four Directions ceremony that came from the traditions of the Arawak peoples, who are indigenous to Cuba. On Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, we faced the base directly and announced one-by-one our political, personal and spiritual intention in being there. To conclude the day, we performed a Thanksgiving ritual titled “Forced-Feeding, Not Feasting at Guantanamo.” Twelve persons, all fasting for the day, sat at a table in front of empty plates to represent the terrible pain endured by hunger strikers, past and present, at Guantanamo. At the head of the table, one WAT member dressed as a detained man sat in front of the terrible apparatus of forced feeding. Forced-feeding continues to be used to wound the bodies and break the spirit of hunger-striking men.

Okinawa: Sit In At Camp Schwab Passes 500th Day

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By Staff of Ryukyu Shimpo – How on earth does one measure the gravity of a single wish, pursued by many people together? On November 18, the sit-in protest in front of the gate of Camp Schwab, Henoko, Nago, by citizens opposing construction of a new U.S. base reached its 500th consecutive day. More than 1,000 people took part in the sit-in on this day. Japanese government officials who have not been to the gates of Camp Schwab before do not know how many hours it will take to go to Henoko. Going on a weekday from the prefectural office, Naha, for example, is nearly impossible.

Thousands Of Protesters Demand Action On Climate Change

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By Brad Bailey, Jennifer Glenfield and Angelica Casas for SF Gate – Thousands of people marched this Saturday in Oakland to demand political action on climate change and a global reduction in the use of fossil fuels in advance of the global climate conference in Paris. Photo by Angelica Casas. Thousands of people marched last Saturday in Oakland to demand political action on climate change and a global reduction in fossil fuels in advance of the global climate conference in Paris. The crowd, estimated at more than 4,000, marched from Lake Merritt to Frank Ogawa Plaza.

Worldwide Rallies To Put Pressure On COP21

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By Staff of The Local – From Melbourne to Tokyo and Manila to Los Angeles, some 2,000 events of all sizes are planned in about 100 nations in a bid to push leaders to craft a pact which will keep Earth from overheating. However, following the terror attacks in Paris that killed 130 people, authorities in the French capital banned citizens’ marches scheduled for Sunday – the day before the summit officially opens – and for December 12th, the day after it closes. Activists have instead planned to link hands on Sunday in Paris creating a two-kilometre (1.2-mile) human chain along the cancelled march’s route, while also passing in front of the Bataclan concert hall, where the worst violence occurred.

Minnesota #BlackLivesMatter Thanksgiving Dinner Outside Precinct

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By Staff for Ruptly. Black Lives Matter activists gathered outside a Police station in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Thursday, to enjoy a Thanksgiving Day meal as protesters continue to demand justice for 24-year-old Jamar Clark, who was killed by a police officer on 15 November. The protesters, who have been blocking the streets outside the Fourth Precinct Police Department on Plymouth Avenue for the 12th day in a row, spent the holiday at the protest encampment with neighbours and supporters donating food in solidarity with the movement. Hundreds of people passed by the camp to receive their Thanksgiving day meal offered by volunteers despite the cold temperatures and snow. Ongoing protests, organised by the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, have been held daily outside the Minneapolis Police Department’s Fourth Precinct building since the killing of Jamar Clark. Witnesses say the 24-year-old black man was shot by police execution-style while handcuffed, an account which the Minneapolis Police Department disputes.

National Day Of Mourning In Plymouth, MA


By Staff. Plymouth, MA – Since 1970, Native Americans have gathered at noon on Cole’s Hill in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on the US thanksgiving holiday. Many Native Americans do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims and other European settlers. Thanksgiving day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands, and the relentless assault on Native culture. Participants in National Day of Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native peoples to survive today. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression that Native Americans continue to experience.

Doctors Without Borders Calls For Independent Investigation

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By Staff of Doctors Without Borders – The US version of events presented today leaves MSF with more questions than answers. It is shocking that an attack can be carried out when US forces have neither eyes on a target nor access to a no-strike list, and have malfunctioning communications systems. It appears that 30 people were killed and hundreds of thousands of people are denied lifesaving care in Kunduz simply because the MSF hospital was the closest large building to an open field and “roughly matched” a description of an intended target. The frightening catalogue of errors outlined today illustrates gross negligence on the part of US forces and violations of the rules of war.

A Full Plate Of Activism

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By Staff of Occupy – This week, let’s take a peak at the TPP uprising in DC last week and get inspired to jump on board for the next one. Next, money in politics may not be the sexiest issue to talk about but it is the biggest – from tweets to marching in the streets, here are some bad ass ways to join the fight. Next, inaction is dangerous game, Stuart Schuffman aka broke ass stuart talks living cheaply and running for mayor, and finally, opt outside, don’t buy shit and happy thanksgiving. But first, let me muse on a muse I once came across —- peddling tunes on a crowded street late afternoon.

Police Killings Surpass Worst Years Of Lynching, Capital Punishment

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By Jerome Karabel for The Huffington Post – Video cameras have transformed how we view police killings. First, there was the horrifying homicide in July 2014 of Eric Garner, placed in a choke-hold for selling loose cigarettes and denied medical assistance for several long minutes despite pleading “I can’t breathe” eleven times. Then there was the shocking slaying in April 2015 of Walter Scott, stopped for a non-functioning third brake light and shot in the back in broad daylight while running away from the police. Most recently, there was the fatal shooting this July of Samuel Dubose, stopped for a missing front license plate and shot in the head while attempting to drive away.

How Chicago Tried To Cover Up A Police Execution

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By Curtis Black for The Chicago Reporter – It was just about a year ago that a city whistleblower came to journalist Jamie Kalven and attorney Craig Futterman out of concern that Laquan McDonald’s shooting a few weeks earlier “wasn’t being vigorously investigated,” as Kalven recalls. The source told them “that there was a video and that it was horrific,” he said. Without that whistleblower—and without that video—it’s highly unlikely that Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke would be facing first-degree murder charges today.

Charges Dropped Against Activist Arrested During Chicago Protest

Black Lives Matter Imagine Justice Brooklyn Bridge protest for Eric Garner. Getty Images.

By Staff of NBC Chicago – Charges were dropped Wednesday against an activist arrested during a demonstration in Chicago following the release of dash-cam video showing the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Malcolm London, 22, was charged with felony aggravated battery on accusations of wielding a punch to a police officer. Those charges were dropped during a bond court hearing Wednesday afternoon as protesters gathered to call for London’s release. Protesters Come Together After Release of Laquan McDonald Shooting Video