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Civil Disobedience

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.

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...

Pundits Waiting for a Palestinian Gandhi? Meet Khader Adnan.

Peter Hart | Posted 04.18.2012 | Media
Peter Hart

The pundits who tell us that they crave a dramatic nonviolent Palestinian narrative can write the story of Khader Adnan, who has drawn comparisons to celebrated Irish hunger striker Bobby Sands. But they are not writing his story.

This Is What Occupy Nigeria Looks Like

Posted 02.15.2012 | Arts

On January 1, the Nigerian government eliminated the subsidies used to keep petrol prices at reasonable rates. The Associated Press reported prices to...

The Biblical Civil Disobedience Mandate

Bethany Blankley | Posted 04.07.2012 | Religion
Bethany Blankley

Religious organizations, hospitals and universities are justified in not following the new Health and Human Services Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act rule as their conscience dictates.

Trees n' Settlements: First the JNF, Now the Israel Nature and Parks Authority -- What's Next?

Moriel Rothman-Zecher | Posted 03.26.2012 | Home
Moriel Rothman-Zecher

The new trend: seemingly innocuous, nature-oriented bodies in Jerusalem shedding their bark, so to speak, and revealing their true identities as expert-action-arms for the agenda of the settler movement.

Keep D.C. Wal-Mart Free at Occupy D.C.

Head-Roc | Posted 02.19.2012 | DC

When I received a call from Faye Williams of Sisterspace and Books asking me to come rock at Occupy D.C. with hip-hop legends Dead Prez to do a "Keep D.C. Wal-Mart Free" presentation and rally, I eagerly replied "Yes."

Occupy Ourselves

Randall Amster | Posted 02.12.2012 | Impact
Randall Amster

Now, with peace in our hearts and power in our hands, the time to reclaim both ourselves and our world is upon us. This is our generational task, our shared responsibility, and our best hope for salvation. Let us meet it willingly, together.

If You Want to Be a Rebel, Be Kind

Nipun Mehta | Posted 02.04.2012 | Impact
Nipun Mehta

Spirituality often sees activism as unnecessarily binding, while activism often sees spirituality as a navel-gazing escape. For Pancho, though, the two paths merge into one. Meditation is internal service, while service is external meditation.

The First Amendment Upside Down: Why We Must Occupy Democracy

Robert Reich | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

The First Amendment is being stood on its head. Money speaks, and an unlimited amount of it can now be spent bribing and cajoling politicians. Yet peaceful assembly is viewed as a public nuisance and removed by force.

Lizzie Schiffman

PHOTOS: Seniors, Disabled Chicagoans, Veterans Join Massive March For Jobs | Lizzie Schiffman | Posted 11.18.2011 | Chicago

Chicagoans turned out by the thousands to participate in the local observation of a national "day of action," synchronizing Occupy movements across th...

Commercial Disobedience

Mark Cassello | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics
Mark Cassello

Decades of thoughtless purchasing decisions have engorged powerful, exploitive, and reckless corporations. In turn, these corporations have gained undue influence over the American political process.

The Relationship Between Corporations and God

Eric Maisel, Ph.D. | Posted 01.02.2012 | Home
Eric Maisel, Ph.D.

Why do impoverished working class members of the religious right love a corporate America that scorns them and exploits them? The following parable may help explain a state of affairs that is otherwise inexplicable.

Grandma, Did You Occupy Wall Street?

Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D. | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics
Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D.

In my youth we used the word "sit-in," instead of "Occupy," but the movements are essentially the same kind of phenomenon, both symbolic forms of resistance to an oppressive social or economic status quo.

Occupy Wall Street Crackdowns Smack of Colonialism

Kelly Moore | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics
Kelly Moore

You know something is seriously wrong when people who have the option of sleeping in the comfort of their own beds instead choose to sleep in parks across America to drive home a point.

Occupy Wall Street -- Global Nuisance or Revolutionary Brilliance

Marlise Karlin | Posted 12.29.2011 | Impact
Marlise Karlin

There is exponential power in peace which has been realized throughout history. But the Occupy movement hasn't always been peaceful.

Women's Running Pioneer Plans To Repeat Historic Road Race

New York Times | Posted 12.26.2011 | Fifty

Except for a strategic bit of elastic that may be required, the blue running tunic, circa Smith College 1961, still fits. It will be worn again a half...

Wall Street Occupennial, A Database Of Protest Art

Priscilla Frank | Posted 12.07.2011 | Arts

For the past 3 weeks Occupy Wall Street (OWS) has shaken up our nation in what one protester called a "protest movement not seen in America since the ...

Occupy Wall Street: Inarticulate Nonsense or Real Politics?

Sean Firko | Posted 12.03.2011 | Politics
Sean Firko

Maybe the protests, by evading the traps and lures of party politics, will help to generate the nationwide sentiment that is required for policy change.

Gandhi's Lessons for Today

Kathy Kelly | Posted 12.01.2011 | Impact
Kathy Kelly

Consider the contrast between Gandhi's precarious, defenseless efforts to reach his fellow humans, traveling alone and armed only with truth, and, in contrast, weigh U.S. reliance on a massive arsenal of weapons and armed warriors.

Wall Street: A Reason to Rethink Parenting

Toni Nagy | Posted 11.27.2011 | Parents
Toni Nagy

Here is a theory: everyone who works for Wall Street has serious mommy and daddy issues.

Protests? Yes. Riots? No.

Peter Dreier | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

We don't want riots. But we could certainly use more protest -- the kind of non-violent civil disobedience that propelled the women's suffrage, labor, civil rights, and environmental movements throughout the 20th century.

From the Tar Sands Comes a Real Climate Movement

Keith Harrington | Posted 11.06.2011 | Green
Keith Harrington

The climate cause has had its moments before. But with those 1,252 tar-sands arrests outside the White House, it has finally graduated. It's a true movement now.

Quality "Time Served" for the Climate

Bryan Farrell | Posted 10.25.2011 | Green
Bryan Farrell

Since the start of Saturday's Tar Sands Action in Washington DC, 275 people have been arrested. Having been a part of the first group to be arrested, I learned that power lies in the personal sacrifice that often accompanies risk.