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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The Change Makers: The Other 1 Percent

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Over the years, I have been astonished at how less than one percent of the citizenry, backed by the “public sentiment,” have changed our country for the better by enacting reforms to protect the people from abuses of power, discrimination and deep neglect. Specifically, if – one percent or less – were to dedicate a modest amount of their time and money working together for much-needed changes that are overwhelmingly supported by public opinion in each congressional or state legislative district, they would prevail against the government and corporate power structures. There are obstacles, such as a corporate influence over City Hall and wavering politicians who insincerely pledge support, but defer and delay action. But, if people work together, almost any problem can be solved. History shows that it only takes a dedicated few to gain the momentum from many more to enact change.

Black Opposition To Rigged Trade Neoliberalism

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President Obama and the corporate Democrats continue to press Congress to provide Obama with trade promotion authority (TPA), or so-called “fast-track” authority to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the first of a series of pernicious so-called free trade agreements. The Flush the TPP website, a major resource for the anti-TPP movement characterizes the treaty as: “A secret trade agreement…(that) threatens to undermine democracy by entrenching corporate power in virtually every area of our lives, from food safety and the environment, to worker rights and access to health care, the TPP is about much more than trade. It is a global corporate coup.” In the process of organizing the fight-back to deny President Obama fast-track authority to conclude the TPP and ram it through Congress behind the backs of the people, I wrote about the fact that in some black circles there was uncertainty regarding the priority that the TPP should be given or whether or not it was even an important issue for African Americans.

Tell The Congressional Black Caucus, Don’t Fall For Obama’s Race Card On Fast Track

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We understand that the First Black President is now leaning heavily upon members of the Congressional Black Caucus to provide the handful of Democratic votes in the House needed to achieve fast track status for TPP and TTIP. To their credit so far, many CBC members are quietly resisting the president, and a few dare to say so out loud. It’s time to let the Congressional Black Caucus know that this is a time and a place when they MUST resist narrow appeals to racial solidarity, when they MUST refuse to line up behind the president. President Obama will demand their support in the name of racial solidarity, if nothing else, but they must refuse. But for the next 10 days, we want to gather as many online signatures to present to the Congressional Black Caucus as possible demanding that they stand up for their constituents, to stand up to the president and SAY NO TO FAST TRACK, NO TO TPP AND TTIP.

Militants Who Reject The Ballot Box In Spain Form New Network

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Four years ago this month, the 15-M movement, commonly referred to as the indignados, burst forth in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol. The movement united a wide variety of political factions and tendencies. It managed to gain momentum behind a widespread critique of the austerity measures of the two ruling parties (the PP and the PSOE, which many 15-M signs refer to collectively as the PPSOE) and a desire for “real democracy now!” (¡Democracia real ya!) embodied in directly democratic assemblies and a rejection of hierarchy. In May 2014, Podemos surged onto the scene as a new political party that attempted to channel the popular democracy of the 15-M into the ballot box, winning five seats in the European parliament. Although Podemos claims to be the legitimate heir to the fading 15-M movement, Left critics have argued that the new party has hastened popular demobilization by selling the notion that social ills can be simply voted away and that this new party isn’t like the ones who came before it.

‘This Is Straight Murder’: Protests Following Cleveland Acquittal

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After a white police officer in Cleveland, Ohio was acquitted on Saturday in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man and woman in 2012, protests against racism and police brutality spread throughout the city as activists called for justice. Police in riot gear arrested multiple protesters marching peacefully through the streets of Cleveland, where the shooting took place. Activists chanted, “No justice, no peace” outside of the courthouse where the officer was cleared of voluntary manslaughter and felonious assault. The trial had been closely watched as a growing civil rights movement swept the country. The officer, Michael Brelo, and 10 other officers fired 137 shots at Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams after a 20-minute car chase, with Brelo climbing onto the hood of Russell’s car and delivering 15 shots at close range.

Eyes On The Spies: Art In The Age Of Hyper Surveillance

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Repression breeds resistance, Sixties radicals once insisted – and sometimes, as newspaper headlines remind us, repression simply silences citizens from China to Chile and the Czech Republic. Then, too, repression makes for mighty fine protest art all around the world. In London recently, an anonymous artist painted an immense street mural that showed a man on a ladder printing the words “One Nation Under CCTV,” while another man in uniform films him. (CCTV stands for Closed Circuit Television, now a fixture in many cities from London to New York and Chicago.) Now, a new exhibition opening Thursday in San Francisco, called “Bearing Witness: Surveillance in the Drone Age” (May 21 – June 7), features eight artists from the group 1030 – which uses art to make people more aware of the depth and breadth of spying, listening, recording and gathering data – along with installations by at least 15 others.

Two People Chain Selves To Shell Ship

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BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Two people have chained themselves to a support ship that is part of Royal Dutch Shell’s exploratory oil drilling plans and currently moored in Washington state. Eric Ross of the Backbone Campaign said on Saturday morning that Matt Fuller joined student activist Chiara D’Angelo in suspending themselves from the anchor chain of the Arctic Challenger, which is in Bellingham Bay. D’Angelo suspended herself from the ship with a climbing harness on Friday night. “We’re doing really good, yeah. Our spirits are really high. We’ve got enough food. We’ve got enough to keep warm. Yeah, we feel really good about things right now,” Fuller said in a telephone interview on Saturday afternoon. “I’m up here… I’ll speak for myself…

International Actions To Resist Commercialization Of Education

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The slogan of the Polish students, ‘University is not a business’, thus resonates with the demands of their colleagues abroad. 2015 is not even half-way through, and already the year has seen a number of significant student protests in the Netherlands, Quebec, the United Kingdom, Macedonia, Chile, and Denmark, among others. Recent events at the University of Warsaw, sparked by the introduction of new Regulations of Study, thus join a larger movement which interrogates the nature and purpose of higher education in an era of increased commercial pressures on public services. Protestors have articulated different demands relevant to their local conditions in each country, but what unites these movements is a rejection of the commodification of education. The slogan of the Polish students, ‘University is not a business’, thus resonates with the demands of their colleagues abroad.

Europe's Growing Rebellion Against US Trans-Atlantic Deal

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BERLIN, GERMANY — The tide of public resistance against a proposed free trade agreement between the U.S. and the European Union is rising in Germany, as opponents become more firmly entrenched, insisting that the plan would harm democracy and rule of law. Around 43 percent of Germans say the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) would be bad for the country, according to a recent poll by market research company YouGov. Only 26 percent think the country would benefit from it. Residents of other European countries appear to feel less negatively about the agreement. In France, one in three think the country would lose out, while in Great Britain it’s only one in five. “The more people know about TTIP, the more they are against it,” explained Lena Blanken, a consumer rights activist with Berlin-based Foodwatch, a consumer protection organization. “In other European countries there is not yet such a broad and controversial public debate as in Germany — that’s why the opposition is the biggest here.”

Oakland Activists Defy ‘Protest Curfew’

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May 23, Oakland, CA – So tonight the Black women who organized the #SayHerName march in Oakland to bring attention to the scores of Black women being brutalized and terrorized by police were informed by OPD about a new PROTEST CURFEW.. Yes you read that right.. Oakland Police said there is a new protest curfew via Mayor Libby Shaaf According to Cat Brooks who heads up theAnti Police-Terror Project Oakland police stopped them and informed them there is new ordinance that mayor Libby Shaaf had put in place and that there will be no night time protests.. Marches were warned to get on the sidewalk or risk arrest if they continued their protests.. According to Cat, the marches were followed and warned via loud speaker…Brooks also noted that she was told by an insider off the record, this was the first stage of a crack down..

Trans Struggle For Justice Behind Bars Just Beginning

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For the past three years, Ashley Diamond has been denied health care as well as protection from recurring violence from the men around her. But she has been fighting back — and her fight has been making headlines and wresting small changes from the Georgia Department of Corrections. Her story starkly illustrates the challenges facing trans women behind bars — from frequent violence and sexual assaults to the denial of hormones and other medical neglect. But Diamond’s experiences are far from unique, or even unusual. Nor is her decision to challenge prison policies around trans health care and safety an exception. Across the country, trans people have individually challenged and collectively organized to be free from physical, sexual and medical violence.

Constant Pressure Forces PA Governor To Meet Frackactivists

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Frontline community members, scientists, and environmental advocates met with Governor Tom Wolf and members of his cabinet to urge him to halt shale gas extraction statewide to allow for a comprehensive assessment of its short- and long-term impacts on the Commonwealth. “It was encouraging to know that he’s willing to listen to citizens’ concerns. Now if only he would act now and soon before more Pennsylvanians are harmed. His policies shouldn’t be at the expense of healthy communities and healthy families. Pennsylvania families should be safeguarded, not sacrificed,” said Jenny Lisak, Co-Director of Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Water and Air, a Pennsylvanians Against Fracking steering committee member. “I was thankful for the welcoming reception we received from the Governor for this introductory meeting and am motivated by his offer to follow up with a more substantive, comprehensive engagement. As this process moves forward, I strongly urge that the Governor focus on and address the human health impacts currently being suffered by his citizens and take immediate action to protect them,” said Yuri Gorby, Ph.D., a Rensselaer Polytechnic microbiologist.

Protesters Tell Nestle To Stop Bottling Water

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“They’re just ruining our planet,” said Patty Shenker, speaking outside Nestlé’s water bottling facility in Los Angeles. “They’re completely destroying our planet for profit, and we’ve got to stop them.” Shenker, 63, was wearing an orangutan mask—“Animals can’t live without water any more than we can,” she said—and was one of more than 50 people who came out on Wednesday to protest that the world’s largest food and beverage company was continuing to bottle California’s water despite the state facing one of the worst droughts in 1,200 years. As The Desert Sun reported in March, Nestlé Waters North America bottled 591 million gallons of California water in 2011, when the current drought began; by 2014, it was bottling 705 million gallons, an increase of 17.5 percent. The newspaper also found that Nestlé’s permit to pipe the water for its Arrowhead brand from its mountain spring source and transport it all through the San Bernardino National Forest expired in 1988.

Judge Says No To Fracking

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A judge in North Carolina has blocked the start of fracking in that state over a challenge to the membership of the commission charged with issuing the permits. “Finally some good news in our long battle to keep fracking out of NC!” exulted North Carolina environmental nonprofit Haw River Assembly, one of the parties to the lawsuit, on its Facebook page. The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) was granted the preliminary injunction it sought in Wake County Superior Court to delay the state’s Energy and Mining Commission from taking any action on permits, effectively reinstating (for the time being) the state’s longtime moratorium on fracking which was lifted by the legislature last summer.

Police Release Surveillance Video In Shooting Investigation

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Law enforcement officials on Friday released surveillance video from a grocery store that is part of an investigation of an officer-involved shooting that wounded two men who were suspected of trying to steal beer. The video released by the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office in Washington state shows two young black men walking into a store holding skateboards. Olympia Police Department spokeswoman Laura Wohl said in an email that officials have confirmed “that the individuals in the Safeway surveillance are the two suspects who were shot.” One is seen leaving with what appears to be a case of beer. When confronted by a store employee, the man tosses it near her and the case breaks, splattering liquid on the ground. The man then runs away. Olympia Officer Ryan Donald was among those who responded about 1 a.m. Thursday to a 911 call from the Safeway store, which was released by Olympia police on Friday. In that call, the store worker says her hand was hit when the case of beer was thrown at her.