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.

Featured Video

YouTube Preview Image

Organizations and Direct Action Campaigns
Recent Articles in Resist!

Israel’s Bogus History Lesson

by SarahTz | CC BY 2.0

By Jonathan Cook for Counter Punch – It was presumably intended as an Israeli history lesson to the world. A video posted to social media by Israel’s foreign ministry shows an everyday Jewish couple, Jacob and Rachel, in a home named the “Land of Israel”. A series of knocks on the door brings 3,000 years of interruptions to their happiness. First it’s the Assyrians, followed by the Babylonians, Hellenists, Arabs, Romans, Crusaders, Mamluks, and Ottomans – all straight out of Monty Python central casting.

Anti-U.S. Protesters Demand Action After Violent Police Response

Filipino tribal groups and activists shout slogans as they burn a mock U.S. flag near the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines, Oct. 21, 2016.   AP

By Staff of Associated Press – MANILA, Philippines — Hundreds of Filipinos protesting Friday outside the presidential palace burned a mock U.S. flag and asked President Rodrigo Duterte to punish police officers for brutally dispersing an anti-U.S. rally and ramming a van into some of the activists. About 1,000 left-wing protesters, carrying placards that read “U.S. troops out now” marched 1.8 mile to the presidential palace in Manila to condemn the violent police action and seek justice for those injured.

83 People Arrested, Maced in North Dakota

Water protectors march against the Dakota Access Pipeline on Saturday, October 22, 2016. (Photo Reuters)

By Nadia Prupis for Common Dreams. More than 80 people were arrested in North Dakota on Saturday, as police armed with pepper spray descended on a protest near the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) construction site. The 83 water protectors were hit with charges ranging from rioting to criminal trespass, according to the Morton County sheriff’s department. Saturday’s arrests follow reports of escalating police abuse at the protest sites, including beatings and unnecessary strip-searches of those arrested. On Twitter, Ojibwe activist and attorney Tara Houska wrote: Journalists, attorneys, indigenous protectors arrested & maced while demonstrating today. Whose interest is North Dakota protecting? Construction on the pipeline is continuing despite a request from the federal government to put a halt on activity so that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can properly consider objections.

'Final Death Blow' To Pro-Corporate Deal


By Lauren McCauley for CommonDreams. Dealing what campaigners say is the final “death blow” to the pro-corporate Canada-European Union trade deal, negotiations collapsed on Friday after representatives from the Belgian region of Wallonia refused to agree to a deal that continues ignore democracy in favor of multi-national corporations. Canada’s International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland reportedly walked out of talks with the Wallonia delegation, which had ruled to maintain their veto against the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) after the parties reached a stalemate over the controversial Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) system. “We made new significant progress, especially on the agriculture issues, but difficulties remain, specifically on the symbolic issue of arbitration, which is politically extremely important,” Wallonia president Paul Magnette told the regional parliament. ISDS permits companies to sue governments over perceived loss of profits due to regulations or other laws. Magnette had told reporters Thursday that the delegation had particular concerns over “matters affecting U.S. companies in Canada which will benefit from the system.”

Leader Of Honduran Campesino Movement Assassinated


By Nika Knight for Common Dreams – Amnesty InternationalJose Angel Flores, president of the Unified Campesinos Movement of the Aguan Valley, or MUCA, had been under police protection since March, teleSUR reported, after the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights ordered the Honduran state to protect him from death threats in 2014. Former MUCA president Johnny Rivas, who hosts a radio show on the local station Radio Progreso,blamed “death squads chasing peasant families fighting for land rights” for the murder.

Zapatistas Enter Mexico’s Presidential Race

Subcomandante Marcos addresses a crowd in Mexico City’s Zócalo

By Andrew S. Vargas for Remezcla – The Zapatistas are dipping their toes into Mexican electoral politics. Last week, the near-mythical army of indigenous resistance released a communiqué summarizing the basic points of discussion that characterized the 5th National Indigenous Congress (CNI) in Chiapas, and it included a bombshell announcement. After ticking off an infuriatingly long list of violations of indigenous rights and sovereignty across Mexico (with a shoutout to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests,)

Seattle Teachers Wore Black Lives Matter Shirts To School

Meesh Vecchio/ FB

By Sarah Harvard for Identities Mic – On Wednesday, 2,000 teachers in Seattle — alongside parents and students — wore Black Lives Matter shirts to protest against police brutality and promote racial equity, the Associated Press and KING 5 News report. Teachers organizing the #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool event told AP they held discussions about institutional racism and black history and used the event to rally people together. A Seattle Public Schools spokesman said in a statement that the district supported the teachers’ efforts and said it supports their First Amendment rights.

On Strip Searches And Press Freedom In North Dakota

Amy Goodman. (Aditya Ganapathiraju / CC BY-SA 2.0)

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan for Truth Dig – Monday was a cold, windy, autumnal day in North Dakota. We arrived outside the Morton County Courthouse in Mandan to produce a live broadcast of the “Democracy Now!” news hour. Originally, the location was dictated by the schedule imposed upon us by the local authorities; one of us (Amy) had been charged with criminal trespass for “Democracy Now!“‘s reporting on the Dakota Access Pipeline company’s violent attack on Native Americans who were attempting to block the destruction of sacred sites

Beyond The Spectacle Of The Dakota Access Protest

The campsite in Cannon Ball, N.D. (Credit: Phil McKenna)

By Phil McKenna for Medium – When I first arrived at the camp of the Seven Council Fires in Cannon Ball, N.D. where more than 1,000 mostly Native American demonstrators had gathered to oppose the Dakota Access pipeline, I was completely overwhelmed. It was a gorgeous late summer afternoon in a field filled with horses, tipis and headdresses. Tribal leaders from across the West — Navajo from Arizona, Yakama and Swinomish from Washington State

'I Was Doing My Job': Climate Reporter Facing 45 Years Speaks Out

"It is the responsibility of journalists and reporters to document newsworthy events, and it is particularly important for independent media to tell the stories that mainstream media is not covering," Deia Schlosberg said Tuesday. (Photo: Danny Moloshok/AP)

By Deirdre Fulton for Common Dreams – Deia Schlosberg, filmmaker arrested for documenting climate protest, says she believes felony charges are ‘unjust’ The filmmaker facing a lengthy prison sentence for documenting a nonviolent civil disobedience action last week has spoken out on behalf of journalism, the First Amendment, and the global climate movement.

Is Standing Rock Oil Industry’s Last Stand? It’s Up To Us To Make It So

Gathered under tipi poles at the protest site in Standing Rock, a group of water protectors continue their demonstration after being told to leave by the police on October 10, 2016. (Photo: Ellen Davidson)

By Four Arrows for Truthout – Having just flown in from Mexico, my first night at the campground in Standing Rock felt especially cold. Temperatures had dropped to the low 30s and strong winds shook my rented minivan until 4 in the morning. By 6:45 am, the illumination of the yet invisible sun revealed that many of the tents around me had been blown down. The tepees of course were still standing.

ACLU Urges Justice Department To Investigate Police Use Of Face Recognition


By Staff of ACLU – WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter today to the Justice Department urging it to investigate the increasing use and impact of face recognition by police. The letter, sent in partnership with the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, comes amid mounting evidence that the technology is violating the rights of millions of Americans and having a disproportionate impact on communities of color.

One In Two US Adults In An Enforcement Facial Recognition Network

Figure 2 :  Chris Wilson at the University of South Florida campus. (Photo: Center on Privacy & Technology)

By Clare Garvie, Alvaro Bedoya, and Jonathan Frankle for The Perpetual Line Up – There is a knock on your door. It’s the police. There was a robbery in your neighborhood. They have a suspect in custody and an eyewitness. But they need your help: Will you come down to the station to stand in the line-up? Most people would probably answer “no.” This summer, the Government Accountability Office revealed that close to 64 million Americans do not have a say in the matter

Jeremy Hammond: Reflections From The SHU, Part 1

Jeremy Hammond sketched by Molly Crabapple

By Jeremy Hammond for Free Jeremy – “When are you going to start doing your time right?” one of the prison administrators tell me on their weekly rounds of the Special Housing Unit. I’m back in SHU again, this time for making hooch. I explain one or two disciplinary shots a year is really what you should expect out of a medium-security prisoner. Seems like all of my comrades behind bars are in solitary these days.

President Of Police-Chiefs Association Apologizes For Historical Mistreatment Of Minorities

A police officer patrols during a protest in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in New York City on July 9, 2016.

By Monique Judge for The Root – The president of a police-chiefs association apologized Monday for the role that police have played in society’s “historical mistreatment of communities of color.” Speaking at the annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police in San Diego, the association’s president, Terrence Cunningham, said that when it comes to how officers relate to minority groups, they cannot change the past, but they must change the future.