Strategic direct action and civil disobedience such as strikes, sit-ins and occupations can expose injustice, slow down or stop harmful practices and win specific demands. Below are some direct action groups and campaigns you can join or support. All of them are independent from corporate political parties and use nonviolent tactics and democratic decision-making. We also provide some excellent tools and resources for organizing creative and effective protests and direct actions.

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Inauguration Offers Preview Of Trump-Era Policing


By John Knefel for TruthOut. As much of the United States waits in collective distress to see exactly what the presidency of Donald J. Trump will bring, it is already clear that the country is in for an unprecedented assault on ethics regulations and legal obligations from the White House. At the same time, all the signs point to a renewed era of harsh law enforcement for the rest of the country, focused primarily on already heavily policed and marginalized communities. An ominous statement posted to the official White House website today reads: “The dangerous anti-police atmosphere in America is wrong. The Trump Administration will end it.” It remains to be seen exactly how law enforcement will change under Trump, and whether he will actively pursue some of his most discriminatory campaign promises, like subjecting Muslims to increased surveillance and deporting millions of undocumented immigrants.

Trump’s Inauguration: Boycotts, Protests And Fake Entrance


By Bill Hughes for the Baltimore Post Examiner. WASHINGTON, DC – I knew that President-elect Donald Trump was going to have his smiley face on at his inauguration as soon as I stepped into Baltimore’s Penn’s Station early on Friday morning, January 20, 2017. It was packed with Trump true believers carrying all kinds of signs and wearing red baseball caps that barked: “Make American Great Again.” There were only a few anti-Trump activists in sight. Trump supporters at Penn Station Trump supporters at Penn Station Well, the 8:30 am MARC train out of Penn Station had eight cars. I asked the conductor how many empty seats he had. He said it was only filled to “about one-third of its capacity.”Washington D.C. and federal officials were expecting close to 1,000,000 visitors for the weekend. I don’t think they even came close to making that number. The MARC line prepared for a huge turnout for the event, too, the 45th in our country’s history. It had ordered out more trains than usual for the occasion.

Climate Activists Blockade Inauguration

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By Matt Maiorana for Disrupt J20. WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, a group of over 400 climate justice activists physically blocked a security checkpoint entrance to the Presidential Inauguration for four hours as part of the distributed #DisruptJ20 protests happening in D.C. and around the country. The climate demonstrators peacefully spread out and linked arms across the security checkpoint at 3rd and D streets NW, and refused to move, physically blocking the entrance and denying access to the inauguration grounds. The protest caused a massive disruption of the checkpoint, making the line extend for a half-mile. Once Donald Trump was inaugurated, protesters chose to peacefully disperse, having accomplished their goals. The protesters held signs and large banners reading “Resist Trump: Climate Justice Now” and “Deny Trump, Not Climate.”

DC Streets Quiet Following Un-peaceful Transition

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By John Zangas of DC Media Group (on Facebook). Washington, DC – It’s quiet in DC now after a day of protests, unrest, and property damage along K Street and in some streets just North of there. Scenes of carnage were evident here and there. The burned vehicles were removed. Hundreds were arrested. Things got bad today but not so bad as things have gotten in places like Cairo, Gezi Park or Taksim Square, during changes of government abroad. Tonight there were some more of the same protests that occurred today with police and protesters clashing-the streets were still littered with debris, trash and remnants of flash bangs-their tell tale white residue from the loud explosions. Most protesters had gone home by 10:00 pm but a few remained in Franklin Square with a few police watching nearby.

Activists Tell Democrats To Reflect On What They Created


By Popular Resistance. Washington, DC – On January 19, as the city filled with Trump supporters in celebration and anti-Trump organizers planning inaugural actions, protesters marched to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) office with drums, banners and mirrors to highlight how the Democrats’ betrayal of voters created the political environment where Donald Trump could become president of the United States. “We went to the DNC to tell Democrats that they are the reason that voters selected Donald Trump to be the next president of the United States. The problem is bigger than Donald Trump, it is the two-party system where both parties respond to the wealthy and not the people,” said Margaret Flowers, MD of Popular Resistance.

World Erupts In Revulsion As Trump Becomes 45th US President

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By Staff of Common Dreams – Follow live coverage of official events—as well as protest and dissent—as Inauguration Day unfolds. Amid growing protests and vows of resistance to his right-wing agenda and regressive vitriol, Donald J. Trump was sworn into office on Friday as the 45th President of the United States. In anticipation of a day that will likely embody the #NotNormal nature of his campaign and transition period, Commons Dreams will be providing live coverage of events in Washington, D.C. as well as updates and reactions from around the nation and the world as Trump’s inauguration unfolds. Check back for updates.

Media Silence After Water Protectors And Police Clash On MLK Day

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By Alexandra Jacobo for Nation of Change – The National Guard and Morton County Sheriff’s Department violently clashed with protesters on a day we are supposed to remember a man who dedicated his life to non-violence. On Martin Luther King day this past Monday, officials fired less-than-lethal projectiles and pepper spray at water protectors and arrested three for trespassing. 200 people marched on the Dakota Access Pipeline horizontal drill pad. According to the Morton County Sheriff Department, the three individuals (who have not yet been named) that were arrested are charged with criminal trespassing onto private property, inciting a riot and resisting arrest.

The Public Is Barred From Energy Agency’s Public Meeting


By Anne Meador of DC Media Group on Facebook. Washington, DC – The public was barred from a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) meeting scheduled for 10 am Thursday. Over 30 Department of Homeland Security police met Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE) at the front doors, preventing entry to what organizers are calling a sham meeting with industry insiders. “It’s a ‘denial of citizens rights’ and prevents the public from taking part in Energy policy proceedings,” said organizer Ted Glick, with Beyond Extreme Energy. He called on FERC to be transparent and follow their mandate to put the public interests before oil and gas industry profits. Over 60 persons allied with BXE had planned to attend the meeting to express opposition to an increasing number of fracking energy infrastructure projects.

Breaking: Dakota Access Pipeline Public Comment Period Open -- Take Action


By Staff of Sierra Club. A year ago, the Dakota Access Pipeline seemed inevitable. But you helped show the world what it means to build a movement. On April 1, 2016, LaDonna Bravebull Allard took a stand and founded the Sacred Stone Camp. 15,000 Water Protectors joined her on the ground where their prayers and songs were met by a forceful militarized police response. Millions more sent letters to the White House and rallied around the country. Following a major victory for Water Protectors in December, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) was forced to stop construction of the pipeline on the Standing Rock Sioux’s ancestral homelands until an environmental review is conducted that includes public input. Still, ETP isn’t about to give up their $3.8 billion pipeline without a fight.

Police, Protestors Clash Outside Press Club Building In DC

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By Nikita Vladimirov for The Hill – Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department clashed with anti-Donald Trump protestors Thursday night outside of the National Press Club building. A reporter for NBC4 said protesters also set off smoke devices, contributing to the atmosphere of chaos ahead of Friday’s ceremonies. Police spokesman Hugh Carew said he could not confirm whether officers had used tear gas. A Hill reporter on the scene said people were dancing with music blaring amid the large police presence. The group was projecting images onto buildings, yelling “f— Trump” and taking photos with a large inflatable elephant with “racist” written on it. At one point, protesters set a small fire, according to social media reports. Police have reportedly made several arrests.

Man Reportedly Sets Himself On Fire Outside Trump’s DC Hotel In Protest

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By Greg Hadley for McClatchy DC – As protesters and organizers gear up for what is likely to be a busy weekend for the presidential inauguration in Washington D.C., one man has already started his crusade against President-elect Donald Trump, and it nearly cost him his life. An unidentified man tried to set himself on fire outside of Trump International Hotel in Washington on Tuesday night. He succeeded in setting his clothes ablaze, but the Washington D.C. fire department was able to intervene and save his life, according to local media reports. “I was trying to light myself on fire as an act of protest,” the man told NBC 4. “Protesting the fact that we’ve elected someone who is completely incapable of respecting the Constitution of the United States.”

When Women Revolted

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By Laura Tanenbaum and Mark Engler for Waging Nonviolence – Fifty years ago, feminist organizing in the United States entered a vibrant new phase of activity. While pinning down an exact starting date is a controversial endeavor, several major events in the late 1960s heralded the birth of what is often called second-wave feminism. The year 1966 saw the establishment of the National Organization of Women, or NOW, while 1967 featured both the introduction of the Equal Rights Amendment into the Senate and groundbreaking pickets at the New York Times opposing sex-segregated job ads. Then, in 1968, protests at the Miss America pageant set off a whirlwind period that marked the movement’s most intensive use of direct action.

Handcuffed For MLK Quotes @ MLK Memorial On MLK Day


By Matt Orfalea for Medium – Memorial visitors were enjoying my banners until I was approached by 5 police officers threatening to arrest me if I did not move the banners. My partner and I were confused why a wreath on stands was allowed to stay but not banners displaying MLK’s own words. They refused to explain that and when I did not remove the banners as they told me, they handcuffed me, searched me for weapons, and removed the banners from the memorial. Thankfully, they later decided not to arrest me. But I’m still confused: Why is a wreath on stands allowed to honor MLK on his day but not a banner with his own words?

The Canadian Government Should Replace NAFTA Or Scrap It


By Raul Burbano for Common Frontiers – The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is a trilateral trade agreement between Canada, United States and Mexico that went into effect January 1, 1994. It is the largest agreement of its kind in the world and was implemented in the face of considerable opposition in all three countries. In the twenty-three years since NAFTA was implemented we have witnessed an unprecedented increase in profits and rights of multinational corporations, underscoring a widening economic inequality in North America. The social and economic consequences on working class people, across all three countries, has been devastating in terms of increased poverty, weakened labour rights and environmental protections, fueling a “race to the bottom” in living standards

Group Plans Encampments, Protests Against Pipeline Project

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By Andrew Forgotch for ABC News – CONESTOGA, Pa. (WHTM) – Mark Clatterbuck hopes a 10-foot wooden stand in a field near Safe Harbor Park in Conestoga Township serves as a focal point. “We expect there to be a pretty large scale encampment of folks camping out here to stop the pipeline,” he said. Clatterbuck is part of the group Lancaster Against Pipelines and views the stand as a last effort to oppose the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline. The pipeline, which is essentially one step away from being built, would transport 1.7 billion cubic feet of gas from shale fields across Pennsylvania. Part of the proposed route for the pipeline runs through Lebanon and Lancaster counties.