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Civil Disobedience

We Are the Government: The Power of Jury Nullification

John W. Whitehead | Posted 08.19.2015 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

Saddled with a corporate media that marches in lockstep with the government, elected officials who dance to the tune of their corporate benefactors, and a court system that serves to maintain order rather than mete out justice, Americans often feel as if they have no voice and no recourse when it comes to holding government officials accountable and combatting rampant corruption and injustice.

Why We Marched To Stop The Giant Coal Diggers Of Europe's Biggest Polluter

Melanie Mattauch | Posted 08.18.2015 | Green
Melanie Mattauch

The activists openly announced well in advance of the action that they are no longer prepared to watch politicians' failure to act on climate change and are prepared to peacefully enter the mine to stop the world's largest diggers and demand an end of coal.

Civic Disobedience and Climate Change

Marilyn Sewell | Posted 08.05.2015 | Religion
Marilyn Sewell

Is the practice of civil disobedience justified, in regard to climate change? Unlike war and racism, the effects of global warming are neither clear nor immediate -- though in fact the danger is quickly becoming clearer, as California dries up and wild fires run through the West.

The Weekly Shooting Cycle

Eric Kasum | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics
Eric Kasum

Refuse to speak the words gun violence. Call it domestic terrorism. That's what it really is. Like my father, we must have the courage to take a stand. Let's refuse to be bullied by the NRA and the gun industry and their wealthy donors and highly-paid lobbyists.

Conservative Options: Christian Jihad? Or Civil Disobedience?

Alan Kelly | Posted 07.01.2015 | Religion
Alan Kelly

The sentiments of the GOP hopefuls are deeply brooding, even desperate, and Democrat candidates will be forced to take them seriously. The question remains, then, what plays will they employ to counter the cries for religious justice.

The Difference Between Activism and Advocacy

Melissa Schwartz | Posted 06.26.2015 | Media
Melissa Schwartz

Activists do themselves a disservice if they alienate advocates who believe just as passionately as they do, but choose to go about implementing change in a different way.

A New Dark Age

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Parenti's observation summed up a deep sense of puzzled frustration I've been feeling for a long time, which has been growing in intensity since the Reagan era and even more so since 9/11 and the unleashed Bush agenda.

Kamala's Choice

Mike Mennonno | Posted 05.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Mike Mennonno

California is a funny place. In some ways it's ahead of the curve -- think, I don't know, crop-tops and the Apple watch -- in other ways it's, well, on a par with Uganda. The recent advancement of the "Sodomite Suppression Act" and the Attorney General's hamstrung reaction is a case in point.

Fossil Fuel Divestment: Reasons for Disruptive Forms of Protest Against the Harvard Corporation

Benjamin Franta | Posted 05.06.2015 | Green
Benjamin Franta

Even if a person is reluctant to engage in disruptive forms of protest in general, the Harvard Corporation's method of deciding and defending its fossil fuel investment policy encourages such protests, because the Harvard Corporation's method is unresponsive to attempts from the Harvard community at debate and reasoned persuasion.

The Suffering Graph

Abraham Lateiner | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Abraham Lateiner

In light of today's I-93 shutdown by #BlackLivesMatter protesters, I made a handy graph to help us all get some perspective.

Why I Was Arrested Standing Up for Dontre Hamilton in Milwaukee

Paul Schmitz | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Paul Schmitz

Black lives matter, and our justice system must become more fair and just. I hope many others concerned about these injustices will stand up to support policies and reforms that will create a fairer, safer, and more just America.

How Malcolm X Taught Me to Listen

Aspen Baker | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Aspen Baker

Racism -- the insidious disease, the implicit bias, the unwritten rules that govern our lives -- won't be fixed by a grand jury alone. We have to take responsibility for the cultural practices that let racism thrive.

Ferguson: The Torch Has Been Passed

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 01.29.2015 | Black Voices
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

This may not be the "American Winter" to compare with the recent "Arab Spring." But it's the start of something significant. And I believe it's time it's time for us to let our young people share the daunting task of cleaning up the mess they stand to inherit.

An Ovation for Jefferson County

Josh Stephens | Posted 01.29.2015 | College
Josh Stephens

You know the moment when you ready yourself to leap to your feet at the end of a symphony, only to hear that glimmer of a violin note that keeps you glued to your seat and safe from mortification? That was me a few weeks ago at the College Board Forum.

Ferguson Response Network: Protesters Launch Nationwide Engagement Campaign

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 01.17.2015 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

With the Darren Wilson indictment announcement looming in the case of slain black teen Mike Brown, the entire country sits on the edge of its seat. While the City of Ferguson and its new police coalition prepare for possible violence if no indictment is issued, Ferguson protesters prepare for just the opposite: peaceful protests.

Blockadia on Trial: What the Jury Did Not Hear

Alec Johnson | Posted 01.11.2015 | Green
Alec Johnson

On Earth Day, April 22, 2013, I disrupted construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline and was arrested and charged with several offenses in Atoka County, Oklahoma. 18 months later I finally had my day in court before a jury of my peers.

Choice Between Voters and Rioters?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

While some nations have imposed voting as mandatory for all citizens, the process of disenfranchisement in the US appears to be tolerated and/or encouraged at least by some political elites who claim to represent us as a whole.

Arrested in Ferguson in an Act of Repentance

Jim Wallis | Posted 12.15.2014 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Let me be as honest as I can be: If white Christians in America were more Christian than white, black parents could feel safer about their children. It's time for us white Christians to repent -- turn around and go in a new direction.

Burn the American Flag! Or Not...

Steve Nelson | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Steve Nelson

Patriotism is a complex notion. Liberty and justice for all is a hollow slogan to the descendants of slavery, who are still disproportionately in literal or economic shackles, suffering from the ongoing repression of systemic racism.

Lobster Boat Blockade of Coal Plant Leads District Attorney to Climate Leadership

Lori Day | Posted 11.15.2014 | Green
Lori Day

As a result of one small action, history has been made. A small precedent has been set. Civil disobedience against coal-fired energy in this case was judged both symbolically and in reality for the greater good of the environment, and to the benefit of the public.

Workers Fight for Fair Wages and Will Win

Michael Stewart | Posted 11.11.2014 | New York
Michael Stewart

On a cold November morning in 2012, some 200 fast food workers at places like McDonald's and Burger King started an improbable journey with a one-day strike at a handful of restaurants to demand a minimum wage of $15 an hour.

'Green News Report' - September 9, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 11.09.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

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The Violence of Demanding Peaceful Protest: The Missteps of Clergy in Ferguson

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 10.24.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

The false promise that "peace will get what you want" is absurd. Sometimes you have to shut things down in order to bring about justice. The work that I do is to ensure that acts of civil disobedience remain nonviolent, not that they remain nonexistent.

The Tyranny of the Nanny State, Where the Government Knows What's Best for You

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Having allowed the government to expand and exceed our reach, we find ourselves on the losing end of a tug-of-war over control of our country and our lives.

There Are Children to Love

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 09.30.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

The scenes of children crossing our borders and arriving to this country have touched me no less than the scene I experienced on the sonogram. Now we are a nation sitting next to a metaphorical sonogram machine and staring at the screen. The concerns that I had are no different from the concerns that many in this country have.