Category Social movements

Learning From Civil Resistance Around The World

The power of nonviolent action is built on the strength and capacity of people, as proven by recent protest movements across the globe.

Chris Hedges Discusses Resistance in the Age of Trump With Kevin Zeese (Video)

“We have power.”

The Guardian | We want to cover the resistance. We need your help

The Guardian is launching a new project that will aim to cover a diverse range of new activism.

FAIR | ‘Ajit Pai Wants to Shut Down the Way We Communicate and Organize’

“Our voices are making a difference, and making it more difficult for them and the administration to undo all of the important consumer protections that we fought so hard for.”

Standing Rock by Paul Lojeski

Standing Rock Once more, the living dead have risen to steal the beaten, bloody land, to plunder history, to despoil the one true mother for coins and capital, for power’s poisoned love. So, yet again, tribes have gathered as ancestors had when the criminals first came to murder and plunder, to stand against the storm, […]

Flowers and Zeese | Unite To Change The Status Quo

When a mass movement is united against the power elites it is unstoppable.

The Trump Resistance Plan: Step Two

“It is not in numbers, but in unity, that our great strength lies…”

On Pivoting: Ideas on Organizing During a Trump Administration

We have observed that the incoming administration does not respect the right to protest and responds aggressively to dissent.

Turn Widespread Discontent Into Mass Movement

What should the movement be doing in the era of Trump?

We Only Move Forward When We Demand the Impossible: An Interview with Bill Ayers

“We know what we’re fighting against, but what are we fighting for?”

Curtailing Corruption: People Power for Accountability and Justice

How do citizens counter corruption and exact accountability from power holders?

Reckoning with a Trump Presidency and the Elite Democrats Who Helped Deliver It

The popular vote showed there’s large support in this country for a politics of tolerance, of progressivism, around culture issues, around gender and race.

Michael Nagler | The Kapp Putsch and Modern Memory

There are two lessons from these chaotic events that we, too, can learn; in fact, we ignore them at our peril.

On Contact | Chris Hedges Discusses Restrained Resistance with Bill Ayers (Video)

Chris Hedges discusses building successful non-violent mass movements with Bill Ayers, author of “Demand the Impossible.”

Chris Hedges and Tavis Smiley Discuss Popular Resistance and the Failure of Mainstream Media

“Actual discussion of content, of issues that matter to Americans, is very, very rarely heard in the press. …”

Learning to Claim Our Victories Or Why Fighting for Justice Is Like Surfing

Hillary Clinton actually said the words “systemic racism.” Never in our history has a mainstream presidential candidate described our country’s racial institutions in that kind of language.

DN! Henry Giroux: Is Trump’s Rise a Result of America Declaring War on Institutions That Make Democracy Possible? (Video)

Henry Giroux critiques what he believes is a slide toward authoritarianism and other failings that led to the current political climate and rise of Donald Trump.

Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Angela Davis on Ferguson, Palestine and the Foundations of a Movement (Video)

Oftentimes there are historical conjunctures that one cannot necessarily predict, but they’re moments when things come together in such a way that new possibilities arrive. … I don’t know whether many people are aware of the extent to which Palestinian-American activists were involved, from the very outset, in the protest against the killing of Mike Brown in Ferguson. 

Peter Dolack: Building a Better Movement

We do need to stop lamenting that we don’t know how to build an effective movement and start seriously discussing how we are going to build an effective movement.

Andrew Cornell | Anarchists and the Rise of the Welfare State

As Staughton Lynd and other historians have demonstrated, the labor upsurge of the early 1930s was driven by local unions that mobilized entire communities, frequently bridging racial and gender divides.