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Civil Disobedience

The Day Rosa Wouldn't Move

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kenneth C. Davis

What do you know about this courageous woman who helped spark the civil rights movement that transformed America?

Let's Not and Say We Did: Introducing the "Fill-In" as Gay Civil Disobedience

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

The freedom riders didn't wait for the laws against segregation to be changed before integrating public facilities, and neither should gays wait for marriage laws to change before getting married.

Health Reform Sit-Ins Thursday Across U.S.; Police Threaten Arrests

Huffington Post | Philip Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Rather than standing for a cause, people across America are sitting in to draw attention to their frustrations with our country's health care system a...

What Would MLK Do?

Michael J. Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J. Wilson

January 15th marks the 81st birthday of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. In the 41 years since Dr. King's assassin, many of us wonder what King would be doing if he were alive today.

Bomb Appalachia (and Face the Music)

Michael Gould-Wartofsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Gould-Wartofsky

Theirs is a coast-to-coast campaign to save Appalachia's mountains and streams -- and Appalachians' homes, jobs, and culture -- from the devastating coal mining practice known as mountaintop removal.

Do You Hold These Truths to be Self-Evident?

Cindy Handler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cindy Handler

It's official: New Yorkers aren't entitled to the same freedoms that residents of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont and after New Year's, New Hampshire can take for granted.

Interview With Pro-Bono Civil Rights Defense Attorney Paul Hetznecker

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kall

On Monday, October 5, over 60 peace activist, anti Afghan war protesters were arrested in front of the White House. It seems like a good time to publish this interview I did on my Rob Kall Bottom Up Radio Show a few weeks ago with Paul Hetznecker, who defends protesters as part of his life work.

Did Joe Wilson Cross the Line Between Civil Disobedience and Incivility?

Natalie Holder-Winfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Natalie Holder-Winfield

Is it possible that calling the President a liar was no different than a march through Selma or a lunch counter sit-in? Is it possible that Joe Wilson was engaged in civil disobedience?

Stripping Massey: 81-year-old Paratrooper Leads Blockade, Court Hears $85 Million Suit

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Massey Energy's brutal attacks on coalfield residents and the judicial system have drawn national criticism.

Private Security Walks Off The Job in Protest; Coal Company Goes Too Far

Jerry Cope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jerry Cope

Laura Steepleton and Nick Stocks spent the past week tree-sitting 80 feet above the ground in an act of civil disobedience protesting Massey Energy's mountaintop removal site there.

Sounds of Silence in Appalachia: MTR Blasting Temporarily Halted

Jerry Cope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jerry Cope

On any given day, 3.5 million pounds of explosives blast apart the oldest mountain range on the planet. But for the past week there have only been sounds of silence.

Now is the Time, Al Gore: Coalfield Uprising and Heroes Need National Defense, Green Jobs

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Now is the time for all good greens, rednecks, social entrepreneurs, hellraisers, Repower America and Al Gore to come to the aid of their fellow citizens in the Appalachian coalfields.

Seven Ways to Fight Dirty (Energy)

Billy Parish | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Billy Parish

It's time we step up the effort and fight the dirty industries that pollute our communities and jeopardize our children and grandchildren's future. Here are seven ways to do it.

Almost Hell West Virginia; Where Is The Obama Administration?

Jerry Cope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jerry Cope

Coal mining is the Appalachians is the great American tragedy, and every citizen of this country should be ashamed and horrified that we are collectively allowing this to happen.

Arrested in West Virginia -- A First-Person Account

Michael Brune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

Appalachia -- one of the few places in the country where both the cause of climate change and its solution can be found in the same location. Mountaintop removal isn't just a local issue, it's an American problem.

The Planet Is Saved ... Pass It on

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sarah van Gelder

World leaders negotiate an historic climate agreement. ... Temperature rise will be kept below 2 degrees, averting runaway global heating and chaotic ...

Iran Uprising: Historic Parallels To Today's Protests

Huffington Post | Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The massive socio-political movement in Iran, following the highly controversial announcement Saturday declaring Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the victor of tha...

It's Time to Join the Resistance

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Thankfully, there are a growing number of Americans--what I like to refer to as "teaspoons of resistance"--who have not given up the fight and are choosing to exercise their First Amendment right to peaceably assemble and "petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

A Shout Out to Climate Activists

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sarah van Gelder

The dirty coal power station literally powers our congressional building in DC. It is just one among the thousands around the world that threaten to push climate disruption beyond the point of no return.

Dear Obama and Gov. Manchin: Act on Coal River Crisis

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

The mechanization of above-ground mountaintop removal has prevented a diverse economy and led to a decrease in coal mining jobs in some of the highest poverty stricken strip-mining areas.

Wendell Berry and Bill McKibben Call for Mass Civil Disobedience Against Coal

Michael Brune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

Our foremost climatologist, NASA's James Hansen, has demonstrated that our only hope of getting our atmosphere back to a safe level lies in stopping the use of coal to generate electricity.

Time for global civil disobedience?: Five things to Advance the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Kumi Naidoo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kumi Naidoo

Today is day of celebration for the progress we have made in the 60 years since the Declaration was signed. However, the litany of abuses does not afford us a second of self-congratulation.

The Power of Protest in the Maldives

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

The triumph of democracy in the Maldive Islands should be counted as yet another example of the power of civil resistance to create a government by the people, for the people.

The Battle Plan III: Deployment and Its Dangers

Naomi Wolf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Naomi Wolf

On October 1, President Bush deployed a brigade -- which means three to four thousand warriors -- somewhere in America. Troops on our streets make us something less than a democracy.

Al Gore Encourages Civil Disobedience To Stop Coal Plants

Reuters | Michelle Nichols | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmental crusader Al Gore urged young people on Wednesday to engage in civil disobedience to st...