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Civil Disobedience

Environmental Group Leaders Call for Civil Disobedience to Stop the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

Jamie Henn | Posted 09.20.2011 | Green
Jamie Henn

This is a letter from the executive directors, coordinators, presidents and other organizational leaders of the nation's leading environmental and all...

Tim DeChristopher's Battle for Justice Is Our Battle

Kevin Zeese | Posted 09.19.2011 | Politics
Kevin Zeese

We are all Tim DeChristopher. That is made clear by the government in its official sentencing recommendations to Federal Judge Dee Benson.

Climate Kids in Court

William S. Becker | Posted 08.24.2011 | Green
William S. Becker

During one of his high-intensity speeches earlier this month, Van Jones showed he was back in fighting form.

Raging Against The Machine: Tom Morello's Nightwatchman Persona

Michael Gilmour | Posted 08.21.2011 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

With all the rhetorical force and righteous anger of the prophets, the Nightwatchman's biblically literate activism rails against the individuals and institutions responsible for the plight of the needy

Teachers, 'If Not Now, When? If Not You, Who?'

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 06.11.2011 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

I remain convinced that teachers and administrators are in the most vulnerable of positions during this destructive reform movement based on high-stakes testing and so called accountability.

Maine Republicans Slam Republican Gov. Paul LePage

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 06.05.2011 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

And like certain other Republican governors -- Scott Walker of Wisconsin and John Kasich of Ohio come to mind -- Paul LePage has made labor unions (and working people generally) one of his primary targets.

Hell-Raising Artist Rallies Support For Protests Against UK Tuition Hikes

ARTINFO | Posted 05.27.2011 | Arts

For months, the United Kingdom has been roiled by student protests standing up to the coalition government's attempt to sharply raise annual tuition a...

Tim DeChristopher Is Convicted: We're Blowing This Moment, Too

Subhankar Banerjee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Subhankar Banerjee

We are acting like Tim DeChristopher is doomed, and the best we can do is say "Adios, Tim." We can and must do better than that.

Legacy Writing On Courage

Rachael Freed | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Courage, a value that we've seen practiced and heard much about at home and around the world in 2011, is what we'll concentrate on in our legacy writing this month.

Seizing Our Power: Why Now Is the Time for Creative, Courageous, Nonviolent Action

Bill McKibben | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill McKibben

A jury in Utah has found Tim DeChristopher guilty for standing up to the oil and gas companies. This is precisely the sort of event that reminds us just why we need creative, nonviolent protests.

Tim DeChristopher: Taking a Leap and Pointing the Way

Bill McKibben | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill McKibben

If the feds think this prosecution/persecution will deter us from working for a livable planet, they couldn't be more wrong. Tim was brave and alone. We will be brave in quantity.

Tim DeChristopher's Speech After Guilty Verdict for Climate Civil Disobedience

Jamie Henn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jamie Henn

Tim's words are reminiscent of the heroes of other social movements that used civil disobedience to achieve their ends. And they're a challenge to all of us working to solve the climate crisis.

From Rwanda to Libya: Who's Calling Whom a Cockroach Now?

Steven Hassan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Hassan

"Cockroaches" the very term used by radio hosts to dehumanize Tutsi in Rwanda on the cusp of the hundred-day slaughter in 1994. How could people turn on their friends and neighbors, and murder them?

Wisconsin and the Politics of Envy

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Pitting workers against workers for the scraps of the economic system is a tried and true tactic, but there is no envy on our side of these demonstrations: people just want a fair shake.

Martin Luther King: Remembering What We Forgot

John McKnight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
John McKnight

To honor Dr. King's legacy we need to go the peaceful way, not because it sometimes works, but because it is the best way of life. The peaceful way creates a community where life and creativity can flourish.

Dan Froomkin

Major Anti-War Protest Planned | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Even as President Obama on Thursday attempts to put a good face on the war in Afghanistan, Vietnam-era whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and several dozen...

The TSA Protests: Hypocrisy in Action?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cubias

I didn't fly anywhere for Thanksgiving. This was obviously a good thing, as incessant news reports have informed me that TSA agents are groping Americ...

Climate Action: Part 3 - Taking it to the Streets

William S. Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
William S. Becker

Several years ago, I organized a conference of 30 experts in sustainable development. Our purpose was to brainstorm about how to put sustainability ba...

Kant on the Campaign Trail

Tom Silva | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Silva

As election season nears, we once again find ourselves in the hot zone of political rhetoric and cable-news hysterics. Many of you will remember the ...

Grassroots Efforts for Immigration Reform: Voices from Michigan, New York, and Colorado

Daniel Altschuler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Altschuler

Over the past several years, grassroots groups across the country have held mass marches, lobbied government officials and used civil disobedience to ...

Arizona: The Good, the Fed and the Ugly

Aura Bogado | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aura Bogado

Even in its scaled-back version, the Obama administration's response to Arizona's SB 1070 has given us an indication of the flawed approach the government will likely take once it moves on Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

Phoenix Rising ... and the Struggle Continues

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randall Amster

I've written a lot about Arizona since the national controversy over SB 1070 took hold, and in particular during recent weeks as the struggle over the...

A Movement Rises in Arizona

Jordan Flaherty | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jordan Flaherty

The organizations leading this fight offer a template of inspiring and strategic action for people around the US who want to join in resistance to these policies.

Arizona's Moment of Truth

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randall Amster

This is a moment of historical import. What transpires in Arizona over the coming weeks will add a crucial chapter to the story of who we are as a people.

Israelis Need a Gandhi of Their Own

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

As the Jewish state begins to examine its own actions and decision-making in the flotilla disaster, it is becoming that much clearer that Israelis need, for their own sake, to begin to study non-violence.