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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A Growing And WINNING Climate Movement

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By Lena Moffitt for Sierra Club – The growing rallying cry of the climate movement, to keep fossil fuels in the ground, is taking hold, and not just in the form of chants and headlines, but in the form of cancelled gas pipelines, rejected LNG terminals, shelved lease sales – all of which would’ve perpetuated the fossil fuel status quo, but which faced mounting and unprecedented public opposition. Emboldened by the successful campaign against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and motivated by the growing scientific consensus that we must keep at least 80% of fossil fuel reserves in the ground

San Francisco Hunger Strikers Enter 9th Day To Protest Police Brutality

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By Steven Rosenfeld for AlterNet – A hunger strike protesting police violence and racial injustices against black and brown people has entered its ninth day in San Francisco. Eight men and women—including a Board of Supervisor candidate, two pre-school teachers, local rappers and family members—are camped out on a sidewalk outside the police station in the city’s gentrifying Mission district, which has experienced an exodus of Latino residents and artists in recent years.

Woman Stands Up To More Than 300 Nazis

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By Sara Malm For Daily Mail – This is the moment one brave woman stepped out in front of the leaders of a 300-strong Nazi march – and raised her fist in defiance. The photograph was taken in Borlange, Dalarna, in central Sweden, where the militant Nazi organisation Nordiska motståndsrörelsen (Nordic Resistance Movement) was holding a rally on International Workers’ Day this weekend.

Lakota Lead The Fight Against The Dakota Access Pipeline

Natives and non-Natives have joined together for a 500-mile-long relay race to deliver a petition to the Army Corps of Engineers in Omaha, Nebraska, which is expected to soon decide on a permit for the pipeline's construction. (Photo: Jason Coppola)

By Jason Coppola for Truthout – As the start of 2016 shatters last year’s record as the hottest year on record, the Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires of the Great Sioux Nation) once again find themselves on the front lines of the battle against the fossil fuel industry. Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have established a Spirit Camp at the mouth of the Cannonball River in North Dakota as a means of bringing attention and awareness to a proposed pipeline and act as an enduring symbol of resistance against its construction.

TTIP Talks 'Likely To Stop', François Hollande Signals France Will Reject Deal

Activists demonstrate against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the USA outside the European Parliament AFP/Getty

By Andrew Griffin for Independent – Talks over the hugely controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement could be about to fail after France threatened to block the deal. Paris officials have said negotiations between the US and EU are “likely to stop” amid significant disagreements between the two sides over the free-trade agreement. President Hollande has said he will “never accept” the deal in its current guise because of the rules it enforces on France and the rest of Europe

Colorado Fracking Setback Will Only Lead To More Victories

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By Wenonah Hauter for Food and Water Watch – Colorado’s high court today struck down the rights of Coloradans to enact local fracking bans. It’s no surprise, given the massive sway of the oil and gas industry in the state. The suit was brought against Longmont (which passed a popular fracking ban in 2012) by Governor John Hickenlooper and his industry cronies. While it’s easy to be discouraged by this decision, the fact is, it will help activate citizens to pass statewide ballot measures to ban fracking in November.

Colorado Court Strikes Down Local Fracking Restrictions

Anti-fracking protesters took their message to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper's mansion. Credit: John Duffy via Flickr

By Zahra Hirji for Inside Climate News – The Colorado Supreme Court struck down local fracking restrictions in two cities—Longmont, which had passed a ban, and Fort Collins, which had issued a five-year moratorium—issuing a one-two punch to the state’s anti-fracking movement. Regulators at the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, not local communities, have the exclusive authority to regulate oil and gas activity in Colorado, the Supreme Court judges ruled Monday.

Snowden: Whistleblowing Is Not Just Leaking, It Is An Act Of Resistance

President Barack Obama talks with Vice President Joe Biden in the Oval Office, April 15, 2015. Photo: The White House

By Edward Snowden for The Intercept – I’VE BEEN WAITING 40 years for someone like you.” Those were the first words Daniel Ellsberg spoke to me when we met last year. Dan and I felt an immediate kinship; we both knew what it meant to risk so much — and to be irrevocably changed — by revealing secret truths. One of the challenges of being a whistleblower is living with the knowledge that people continue to sit, just as you did, at those desks, in that unit, throughout the agency, who see what you saw and comply in silence, without resistance or complaint.

Standing With The Mothers In Odessa

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By Bruce K. Gagnon for Space 4 Peace – Many feared that there would be more violence in Odessa, Ukraine yesterday similar to what took well over 50 lives on May 2, 2014. But in fact the day was peaceful when up to 10,000 people gathered near the Trades Union Hall to place flowers and stand with the Mothers Committee in a make shift memorial. The public was blocked from having direct contact with the Trades Hall by huge numbers of local police, national security services and fully armed neo-Nazi Azov battalion members who have been incorporated into the newly formed ‘National Guard’ in Ukraine

Leaked TTIP Documents Cast Doubt On EU-US Trade Deal

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By Arthur Neslen for The Guardian – Talks for a free trade deal between Europe and the US face a serious impasse with “irreconcilable” differences in some areas, according to leaked negotiating texts. The two sides are also at odds over US demands that would require the EU to break promises it has made on environmental protection. President Obama said last week he was confident a deal could be reached. But the leaked negotiating drafts and internal positions, which were obtained by Greenpeace and seen by the Guardian, paint a very different picture.

Don’t Sleep Through Revolution: A Graduation Message For Dark Age

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By John W. Whitehead for The Rutherford Institute – Those coming of age today will face some of the greatest obstacles ever encountered by young people. They will find themselves overtaxed and struggling to find worthwhile employment in a debt-ridden economy on the brink of implosion. Their privacy will be eviscerated by the surveillance state. They will be the subjects of a military empire constantly waging war against shadowy enemies and on guard against domestic acts of terrorism, blowback against military occupations in foreign lands. And they will find government agents armed to the teeth ready and able to lock down the country at a moment’s notice.

Berta Cáceres Murder: 4 Men Arrested Over Honduran Activist's Death

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By Nina Lakhani for The Guardian – Cáceres, who last year won the Goldman environmental prize for her work opposing the Agua Zarca dam on the Gualcarque River, had previously reported both men to authorities for making threats against her life. Rodriguez had allegedly threatened Cáceres just days before her death as she led a protest by her group the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (Copinh) to the river which is considered sacred by the indigenous Lenca people. Cáceres reported the incident to the authorities, and accused Desa of using local thugs to intimidate her.

Detroit Public Schools Shut With Teachers In ‘Sickout’ Protest Over Pay

A Zapatista mural in the town of San Pedro Polhó illustrates ideas about education. Photo by Dario Ribelo on Flickr

By Barbara Goldberg for Reuters – Detroit Public Schools closed nearly all of its 97 schools on Monday as hundreds of teachers called in sick to protest the cash-strapped city’s revelation that it will soon run out of money to pay employees. The shutdown due to “teacher sickouts” was announced on the website for Michigan’s largest public school system with 45,786 students, which has been under state control since 2009. Detroit Federation of Teachers Interim President Ivy Bailey said in a statement on Sunday that the district was “effectively locking our members out of the classrooms”

Break Free: Largest Civil Disobedience In Environmental Movement History

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By Break Free for Popular Resistance: Break Free is an unprecedented global mobilisation from May 4-15, 2016 – a movement and a global call for action – to leave fossil fuels in the ground. A global wave of peaceful direct actions will take place across six continents targeting the world’s most dangerous fossil fuel projects, in order to keep coal, oil and gas in the ground. The aim is to demonstrate the global resolve to break free from the shackles of polluting fuels to build a new kind of economy that works for people and the planet, and accelerate the just transition to 100% renewable energy. People worldwide are providing the much needed leadership by intensifying actions through peaceful civil disobedience on a global scale as so much remains to be done in order to lessen the effects of the climate crisis. This includes demanding governments move past the commitments made as part of the Paris agreement signed last month.

9 Arrested In Seattle After May Day Protesters Clash With Police

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By Elizabeth Preza for Alternet. Seattle, WA – Police in Seattle arrested nine people Sunday after a peaceful May Day march morphed into a riot, with “anti-capitalist” protestors throwing rocks, flares and Molotov cocktails at police. The Seattle Police Department said violence rose out of a peaceful march for workers’ rights and immigration that took place earlier in the day. At least five officers were injured, including one who was hit with a Molotov cocktail, another who was struck in the face with a rock, and a third who was bitten by a protestor. May 1st protests have been increasingly co-opted by anarchists who use the demonstrations to rally against police violence and capitalism.