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Civil Disobedience

Where Are They Now? Philadelphia Officials Who Stifled Dissent at RNC 2000

Kris Hermes | Posted 07.08.2016 | Politics
Kris Hermes

As we prepare for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) less than three weeks away, those who recall how Philadelphia handled the RNC in 2000 are wondering if we'll see a repeat of the infamous stain on the city's history.

Time For 'Good Trouble' Inside And Outside Congress

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The time for silence and patience is long gone. Congressmen Lewis and his colleagues have vowed to keep going with their fight as soon as the House returns from its July 4th recess. We must stand with them as they continue to get into "good trouble."

A Catechism of Ruism (Confucianism): 'Dynamic Harmony' (和, he) as a Principle of Civil Disobedience

Bin Song (宋斌) | Posted 06.16.2016 | Religion
Bin Song (宋斌)

By all commonsense standards, which may of course be lacking in academic sophistication, the mainland of China is not democratic.

16 Clergy Arrested for Blocking Pipeline Construction: Here's Why

Ian Mevorach | Posted 06.02.2016 | Religion
Ian Mevorach

On Wednesday May 25th I was among 16 interfaith clergy who joined Blockadia , an international movement of people disrupting the business-as-usual pra...

People Rising to Keep It in the Ground

Lindsey Allen | Posted 05.20.2016 | Green
Lindsey Allen

As the world's nations hammer out an agreement to stabilize the climate, American corporations continue to receive leases to public lands for pennies on the dollar to drill, mine and frack.

Why I Chose to Get Arrested on Sunday

John Halstead | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics
John Halstead

"What are you going to wear to get arrested?" That's a question I never thought I would hear from my wife, but it was what she asked me as I mentally prepared to be arrested as part of a non-violent direct action protesting the petroleum industry and demanding a just transition to renewable energy this past Sunday.

Berrigan's witness to nonviolence challenged church and nation

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.16.2016 | Religion
Stephen Zunes

Originally published in NCROnline, May 9, 2016 Jesuit Fr. Daniel Berrigan, who died at the end of April, not only challenged the conscience of the C...

May's the Month for Protest. Daniel Berrigan Would Agree.

Michael Winship | Posted 05.07.2016 | Politics
Michael Winship

May is historically a month for protests, and first, I'd like to protest the fact that Rev. Daniel Berrigan died last weekend, just a few days shy of what would have been his 95th birthday on May 9.

A Time to Follow Rules, and a Time to Refrain from Following Rules: Reflections on Occupy Wall Street and the United Methodist Church

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 05.05.2016 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

By Rev. Vicki Flippin and Rev. Nathan Bledsoe We serve a God who once chided the religious authorities, "The sabbath was made for humankind, not huma...

Students Are Fighting for Our Future

Charlie Wood | Posted 04.20.2016 | Green
Charlie Wood

There is a strong tradition of student protests in Australia, and this legacy has profoundly shaped our history and culture. Students have been at the forefront of securing many of the rights we now take for granted as a nation.

Why I Was Arrested

Robert Weissman | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics
Robert Weissman

I was proud to sit on the Capitol steps, proud to have police officers arrest me, proud to be detained. Civil disobedience provides its own vocabulary, its own means of expression. By our act, we said: What's going on inside the Capitol, and in our country, is wrong. By our act, we said: It is not just wrong, it is unacceptable. And we won't accept it.

Over 1,400 Arrested to End Corruption of Big Money in Government

Eleanor LeCain | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics
Eleanor LeCain

The pro-democracy movement arrived at the US Capitol the week of April 11 in full glory, with rallies and non-violent arrests every day totaling about 1,400 people, making it the largest civil disobedient action at the nation's capitol this century.

Why I'm Risking Arrest to Demand Congress Fix Our Democracy

Nick Nyhart | Posted 04.18.2016 | Politics
Nick Nyhart

There is a long-honored and successful tradition in this country of non-violent civil disobedience as a tool to break intransigence on the part of the powers that be. And that's what's happening today.

Protest Shows Movement Against Corrupt Campaign Finance Is Growing

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.12.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After a 140-mile march from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., police arrested more than 400 protesters on the steps of the Capitol build...

The Palestinian Leadership... To Where?

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 04.07.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

It is time to reconsider your positions, muster the courage to change course and give the Palestinians, young and old, the hope for a better and more promising future.

The Time Is Always Right to Do Right

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.01.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We must act upon his warnings if our children, nation's future and founding principles -- subverted and still sullied by the legacies of slavery, Native American genocide, exclusion of women and non-propertied men of all colors from our electoral processes -- are to be saved.

Something Is Wrong in the State of NSW

Charlie Wood | Posted 03.22.2016 | Green
Charlie Wood

Isn't it absurd that, as the fossil fuel era comes to a close and one of the world's largest coal companies stares down the barrel of bankruptcy, the New South Wales (NSW) Government introduces draconian laws which could send everyday people to jail for peacefully protesting?

The Elders Are All Right: Why Hundreds of Seniors Plan to Risk Arrest This April in Washington

Joseph Huff-Hannon | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
Joseph Huff-Hannon

Lynne Iser has plans to get arrested next month, and she wants hundreds of other elders by her side when she does. The campaign has been endorsed by over 100 organizations (including the one I work for, Avaaz), and counts a number of celebrities and public figures among those pledging to risk arrest in nonviolent civil disobedience.

Let's All Commit Acts of Citizen Journalism

Michael Nigro | Posted 03.03.2016 | Politics
Michael Nigro

Six corporate leviathans stand right on top of mainstream media's metaphorical garden hose, and by simply shifting their bloat about, control the flow...

Tilting at Windmills

Yara Zgheib | Posted 01.25.2016 | Impact
Yara Zgheib

At the risk of seeming mad, at the risk of failing, we must never stop seeking, "in a world suddenly too small for existing cosmologies, a reality large enough to contain what we have seen"...

Civil Disobedience Is The Palestinians' Best Option

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.14.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

After seven decades of largely violent conflict, the Palestinian people must now come to the conclusion, if they have not already, that violence against the Israelis is counterproductive and only plays into the hands of the extreme right and weakens moderate Israelis.

Water Resistance Trial Underway in Detroit

Bill Quigley | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics
Bill Quigley

A jury trial is underway in Detroit for human rights activists arrested for blocking trucks which were going to cutoff water to low-income families.

Dear Speaker Ryan: We're Keeping Our Promise On Immigration Reform

Jim Wallis | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics
Jim Wallis

How ironic that Ryan talks about "trust," because only two years ago the same leader said, "We do not want to have a society where we have different classes of people who cannot reach their American dream by not being a full citizen."

Baby Boomers Let's Fight Back!

David Kanegis | Posted 10.29.2015 | Fifty
David Kanegis

We've now had the opportunity to view debates from both major parties. Not to worry, with the election almost a year away there will be countless more. Did anything change for you?

To Hillary Clinton: Snowden Is a Traitor -- and a Hero

Michael Shammas | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

How revealing that the perpetrators of mass surveillance violating the Fourth Amendment -- from Cheney on down -- don't have to deal with the "traitor" question. That in CNN debates, in the mass media, this grand stigma -- traitor -- is reserved only for whistleblowers.