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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Chicago Releasing Recordings From 100 Ongoing Police Violence Investigations

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By Hannah Gold for Gawker – Local governments and police departments are known to be worse than shady about making records of police violence public, but releasing an overwhelming amount of information all at once can also be an obfuscating tactic. According to a memo obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago’s Independent Police Review Authority plans to release recordings that document about 100 incidents of police violence…

With My Brother In Guantánamo Bay, The Heart Of My Family Is Missing

Protestors rally in front of the White House to demand that President Obama keep his promise and shut down the detention center at Guant¡namo Bay. By Pete Marovich/Zuma.

By Yahdih Ould Salahi for The Guardian – I was 19 years old when my brother disappeared, and I was 20 when I discovered he was in Guantánamo. I’m 33 now, and a German citizen living in Dusseldorf, where I work as a computer systems engineer. I have a productive and peaceful life because of my brother. We grew up in Mauritania, one of the world’s poorest countries. I am the youngest of 12 siblings. My father died not long after I was born, and Mohamedou became the heart of our family. He studied hard, winning a scholarship to study engineering in Germany.

Faith In Big Trade Deals Keeps Crumbling

Potesters against the TTIP trade deal carry banners and balloons in Berlin on Saturday. Photograph: Wolfram Steinberg/EPA

By Murray Dobbin for Information Clearing House – Are we witnessing the beginning of the end of globalization? May 28, 2016 “Information Clearing House” – “The Tyee” – At the height of the battle over the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement in the 1980s, full page ads promised the deal would bring “more jobs, better jobs.” The ads were expensive, but easily afforded by Canada’s 160 largest public corporations, who paid for them as the Business Council on National Issues.

Honeywell Locks Out F-35 Workers; Trying To Pay Less Than $15 An Hour

Locked Out Honeywell Aerospace workers in South Bend, Indiana. (UAW Local 9)

By Mike Elk for Payday Report – In November of 1936, South Bend, Indiana’s Honeywell Aerospace plant, then owned by Bendix, was the site of the first sit-down strike by the United Automobile Workers (UAW). The workers were ultimately successful in getting the UAW recognized, and the tactic quickly spread across the US, inspiring the workers who lead the far more well known Flint Sit Down that December. Now, the plant, where workers make wheels for F-35s and Boeing 747s, might be the site of another first in labor relations: the first Honeywell plant where some union workers will be making less than $15 an hour—if the company gets it way.

Vowed Summer Of Action Against Trans Mountain Pipeline

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By Ron Johnson for Earth Island Journal – Environment and Indigenous rights organizations are indicating it’s going to be a long, hot summer of civil disobedience in British Columbia following a National Energy Board report released last week recommending conditional approval of Kinder Morgan’s $5.4 billion Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project that allow for the transport of nearly a million barrels of bitumen per day from Alberta’s tar sands oil mines…

Peace Activists Jailed, Stories From Prison

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By David Omondi, Dennis Apel and Jeff Dietrich. The letters below were sent by Felton Davis and were written by three peace activists who were recently sentenced to jail in Los Angeles for their nonviolent action at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Felton writes: Activists from California have been sentenced to federal prison following a nonviolent witness for peace at Vandenberg Air Force Base earlier this year. They began their sentences at the Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center , but may be transferred to other prisons. Here in the East, four of us who were arrested at the Pentagon on March 25th have had our charges dropped. Libby Johnson, Sr. Carol Gilbert, Sr. Ardeth Platte , and myself were scheduled for trial on May 20th for “failure to obey a lawful order,” but were informed by the US Attorney’s office that they would not be proceeding with the case. It’s impossible to compare these short sentences handed out to people who are coming from a position of social privilege, with the fate of those who are entrapped, stigmatized, convicted through “guilt by association,” loaded with trumped-up charges, and taken away to be held in isolation for long periods.

Challenging A Wall Street Giant On Pay

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By Inequality.org staff. Investor and philanthropist Stephen Silberstein has set up a CEO pay showdown at the May 25 BlackRock annual meeting in New York City. The Wall Street firm’s CEO, Laurence Fink, is a classic example of “pay for nonperformance,” hauling in $26 million in compensation last year despite a significant drop in the company’s share price. But it gets worse. As the world’s largest money manager, BlackRock holds shares in thousands of U.S. corporations. And when it comes time to vote every year on those corporations’ executive pay packages, BlackRock nearly always rubberstamps the proposals — no matter how bloated they may be. Silberstein has filed a shareholder resolution with BlackRock that would require management to come up with plans for “bringing its voting practices in line with its stated principle of linking executive compensation and performance.” Inequality.org co-editor Sarah Anderson talked with Steve about his strategy.

“We Are Those Lions”: 5 Strikes & Riots That Shook Modern Britain

Notting Hill Riot, People confronting police with riot gear at Notting Hill Carnival, west London, 1978

By Bahar Mustafa for Verso Books. Joshua Clover’s Riot. Strike. Riot proclaims that ours has become an “age of riots” as the struggle of people versus state and capital has taken to the streets. Rioting was the central form of protest in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and was supplanted by the strike in the early nineteenth century. It returned to prominence in the 1970s, profoundly changed along with the coordinates of race and class. From early wage demands to recent social justice campaigns pursued through occupations and blockades, Clover connects these protests to the upheavals of a sclerotic economy in a state of moral collapse. Historical events such as the global economic crisis of 1973 and thedecline of organized labour, viewed from the perspective of vast social transformations, are the proper context for understanding these eruptions of discontent. As social unrest against an unsustainable order continues to grow, this valuable history will help guide future antagonists in their struggles toward a revolutionary horizon. To honour some of the great feats of working class collective power, we have collated a list of some of the most significant strikes and riots that Britain has seen since the turn of the century.

Protests Intensify, Spread Across France As Workers Refuse Submission

Riot police stand guard behind a fire as refinery workers hold a blockade of the oil depot of Douchy-Les-Mines to protest against the government's proposed labour reforms, on May 25. Photographer: Francois Lo Presti/AFP via Getty Images

By Andrea Germanos for Common Dreams. Amid ongoing blockades and intensifying clashes with police, protests against President François Hollande’s controversial set of labor reforms deepened on Thursday as workers in France’s nuclear plants joined the hundreds of thousands of people taking part in a nationwide strike. Fueled by “a groundswell of public anger,” as the Associated Press put it, the strikes have already shut down France’s gas stations forced the country to dip into reserve petrol supplies. “After oil refinery shutdowns, ” Euronews reports, “Thursday’s strikes at nuclear sites have taken the stand-off one stage further. Power cuts are not expected but tension is growing as France prepares to host the Euro 2016 football tournament in two weeks time.” Sixteen out of the countries 19 nuclear plants voted to join the strike, AP reports. In addition to clashes in Paris, where police fired tear gas at demonstrators, the Guardian reports “that street marches took place in towns and cities across France.

Heather Doyle Found Guilty, Jailed For Complaining About Police Abuse

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By Seed Coalition for SEED. Heather and another activist with Stopping Extraction and Exports Destruction (SEED) climbed a crane on a site being used for the construction of a massive fracked gas export terminal in the community of Cove Point, Maryland. They hung a banner from the top of the crane that read “Dominion, go home. No gas exports. Don’t frack Maryland. Save Cove Point.” The climbers’ lives were jeopardized when law enforcement officers tried to remove them from the crane in an unsafe way — an allegation that the state’s attorney didn’t challenge in court. The complaint Heather filed that is central to this case stems from her being assaulted during the extraction by a 6’4”, 285 lb. cop while surrounded by numerous officers, Dominion employees, and contractors. A statement about the assault and endangerment was released after the court process from that action ended, in order to not incriminate the defendants when they had open legal cases.

Monsanto Ordered To Pay $46.5 Million In PCB Lawsuit

This case, which went on trial April 28, involved only three of nearly 100 plaintiffs claiming that exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, caused non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Photo credit: GMO Free USA

By Lorraine Chow for EcoWatch – A St. Louis jury has awarded three plaintiffs a total of $46.5 million in damages in a lawsuit alleging that Monsanto and three other companies were negligent in its handling of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, a highly toxic and carcinogenic group of chemicals. Yesterday’s 10-2 verdict in St. Louis Circuit Court awarded $17.5 million in damages to the three plaintiffs and assessed an additional $29 million in punitive damages against Monsanto, Solutia, Pharmacia and Pfizer, the St. Louis Dispatch reported.

Student Activist Victory: U Mass Divests From Fossil Fuel

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By Robert P. Connolly for UMass Amherst – BOSTON – The University of Massachusetts today became the first major public university to divest its endowment from direct holdings in fossil fuels. The decision was made by a unanimous vote of the Board of Directors of the UMass Foundation, a separate not-for-profit corporation that oversees an endowment whose value was $770 million at the end of the last fiscal year. The decision followed a series of developments that signaled the University community’s desire to fight climate change.

Planting A Seed For Peace

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By Esty Dinur for Isthmus – It’s a beautiful, sunny Saturday morning at the Farmers’ Market, and David Soumis is patiently listening to a man make a point. “I’m a warmonger,” asserts the man. “No, call me a militarist. I believe in strong defense and a strong military, but I also believe in the Constitution.” Soumis, who’s wearing a Veterans for Peace vest, advocates a much different worldview. But he doesn’t try to change the man’s mind.

Cove Point Defender Convicted Of Making False Statement To Police

Heather Doyle in front of the Cove Point Lighthouse

By Anne Meador for DC Media Group – Prince Frederick, MD — A jury found an activist who has opposed the Dominion Cove Point project guilty of making a false statement to police. Judge Marjorie Clagett of Calvert County Circuit Court sentenced Heather Doyle to three months in jail (all but 15 days suspended), 240 hours of community service, two years of supervised probation and $165 in court costs. Doyle pulled off a climbing feat on a crane with fellow activist Carling Sothoron in February 2015 to draw attention to the detrimental effects of Dominion Cove Point’s gas export terminal in Lusby, MD.

Was NATO Invasion Of Moldova Thwarted By People’s Resistance?

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By Staff of Russia Insider News – It’s hard to overestimate the value of planning in advance, especially when it comes to getting reservations in popular restaurants and invading countries by military force. In the week of the May 9th Victory Day two significant failures took place each one remarkable in its own way. Each event went completely unreported by the Western corporate and government media, but discussed on Social Media.