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Civil Disobedience

What Sweden's Riots Say About Europe's Rising Social and Political Risks

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.28.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

The riots in Sweden last week are a manifestation of the socioeconomic disequilibrium pervading much of Europe, and the level of frustration that is beginning to boil over among European immigrants and youth.

Choose to Wear #42

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 06.29.2013 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

I still have the photograph of my brother and me shaking hands with Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson. As I look at it, my mind goes back to a balmy evening in April of 1954. I was 15 years old and my father proudly brought his two sons to the first baseball game of our lives.

The Cuban Spring

Vanessa Garcia | Posted 06.23.2013 | World
Vanessa Garcia

People often ask me the following question: "If it's so bad in Cuba, why don't Cubans revolt?" Why don't the people inside the island pour out into the street and lift their fists into the air, burn effigies, call out for freedom?

This Year's Iconic Boat Race Unmarred by Controversy

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 06.01.2013 | Sports
Capt. Trevor Greene

The Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race has been fiercely contested on the River Thames since 1829. Both crews have sunk on the course and in 2003, Oxford won by one foot. The crews rowed to a dead heat in 1877. This year, Oxford won by a length and a half.

1 of 150 Arrested for Protesting School Closures

Dave Stieber | Posted 05.28.2013 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

How much longer can I go on letting my students in Englewood be treated as second-class citizens by a school system that says it cares about them?

PHOTO: What Conviction Looks Like

Christina Huffington | Posted 03.25.2013 | Women

Anyone who has taken an American history class knows about Rosa Parks' refusal to relinquish her bus seat to a white passenger in 1955. What is less k...

Palms, Matzah, Our Planet And The White House: A Religious Act Of Civil Disobedience

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 05.22.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Yesterday, along with 14 other religious folk, clergy and committed "laity," I was arrested for standing at the White House with signs and songs, reciting the names of more than 100 people who had been killed by one result of the climate crisis: Superstorm Sandy.

God's Earth is Crying Out; God's People, Responding, Must Prepare for Jail

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 05.22.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Today, religious folk face modern plagues imposed upon our countries and our planet by a new kind of Pharaoh. All of God's creation -- both humankind and the web of life upon our planet -- are endangered by the overburning of fossil fuels.

'Funeral for Our Future' Results in More Arrests as Keystone XL Protests Escalate

Adam Greenberg | Posted 05.14.2013 | Green
Adam Greenberg

This past Monday, a funeral procession over 100 strong trudged solemnly towards TransCanada's offices in Westborough, MA. Dressed in black and carrying paper flowers, the mourners sang a chilling dirge.

Latina Activist Stands up to an Industry Sick With Greed

Javier Sierra | Posted 05.11.2013 | Green
Javier Sierra

The pipeline -- a project that must be first approved by President Obama -- would transport millions of barrels of a type of crude that contains 20 percent more carbon than the conventional kind. Scientists have warned that if this project were completed, it would mean game over for the planet's climate.

Climate Activists Are Just Getting Warmed Up

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 04.30.2013 | Green
C. Robert Gibson

The president left town during a historic rally pressuring him to take action to reject a pipeline, in order to play a game based on egregious wasting of natural resources with someone who does business with Anadarko, an oil/gas/pipeline company.

The Few and the Many: Linking a Campaign to a Movement

Eileen Flanagan | Posted 04.28.2013 | Impact
Eileen Flanagan

When I handcuffed my wrist to the White House fence on February 13 along with author Bill McKibben, the Sierra Club's Michael Brune, civil rights icon Julian Bond and 44 others, it was a big moment for my organization, Earth Quaker Action Team.

Why I Got Arrested at the White House to Stop the Tar Sands Pipeline

OnEarth | Posted 04.23.2013 | Green

By Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., OnEarth On Sunday, NRDC and the Waterkeeper Alliance will join, the Sierra Club, and many other partners in holding...

Doing the Right Thing

Michael Brune | Posted 05.13.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

I believe the president when he says he will take action on climate, as well as push for clean-energy solutions and greater energy efficiency. What's at issue, though, is not whether President Obama is willing to do something, but whether he's ready to do the right things.

From Walden to the White House

Michael Brune | Posted 03.24.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

Next month, the Sierra Club will officially participate in an act of peaceful civil resistance. We'll be following in the hallowed footsteps of Thoreau, who first articulated the principles of civil disobedience 44 years before John Muir founded the Sierra Club.

WATCH: Civil Rights Icons Discuss MLK and Obama's Shared Day

Posted 01.21.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Claudette Colvin, an icon of the civil rights movement, joined HuffPost Live on the morning of President Barack Obama's second Inauguration to discuss...

Climate Protests Erupt Across the Nation -- Expect More

Adam Greenberg | Posted 03.12.2013 | Green
Adam Greenberg

Over the past months, the youth climate movement and its allies have been raising the stakes. In its first month alone, the fossil fuel divestment movement reached 192 campuses, and even spread to the city of Seattle. But we're not going to stop there.

My Declaration Against Lethargy

Adrian Louis Chandler | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics
Adrian Louis Chandler

The willfully and contented ignorance of the Commonwealth is the poison which a democratic republic slowly chokes on. The days when Civil Disobedience...

WATCH: Was Occupy a Failure Or a Trigger for Change?

Bill Moyers | Posted 09.24.2012 | Impact
Bill Moyers

2012-07-25-moyers.JPG Journalist Chris Hedges describes how Occupy Wall Street changed his mind about the futility of popular revolt.

The Thinnest Blue Line - Valiant Officers Who Protect Citizens From Their Own

Jerry Ashton | Posted 07.31.2012 | New York
Jerry Ashton

Is Ray Lewis a renegade, or does he embody the characteristics of the "true American" that people think about when we picture "common" people in history who have stood up against powerful forces?

Understanding Civility in Civil Disobedience

Pamela H. Long | Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics
Pamela H. Long

Am I aiding and abetting, harboring and transporting? Lord, I hope so. I'm taking Matthew 25: 34-40 seriously. When meeting the physical and social needs of the "least of these" becomes an act of civil disobedience, I must disobey.

Returning To The Scene Of The Crime: Phoenix, Two Years Later

Rev. Peter Morales | Posted 06.24.2012 | Religion
Rev. Peter Morales

As the president of the Unitarian Universalist Association and a man of faith, I knew it was my obligation to stand in opposition to this draconian legislation that harms immigrants and people of color, tears apart families and destroys the peace of mind within American communities.

Bishops Say Catholics Must Disobey Unjust Laws

AP | Posted 06.12.2012 | Religion

WASHINGTON — The nation's Roman Catholic bishops called Thursday for a national campaign in defense of religious liberty, and urged resistance t...

Why I Was Arrested -- Again

Rabbi Steve Gutow | Posted 06.02.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Steve Gutow

Across Sudan, millions suffer without relief, and I am called by a power greater than I can even imagine to lend some measure of myself to their cause.

Life And Death In Black And White

Posted 03.23.2012 | Arts

"The San Francisco Bay Area is the playpen of countercultures" said Time Magazine's R.Z. Sheppard in 1986. Indeed, San Francisco has never been a city...