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strategy-iconThe section provides articles on strategy to assist you in making your campaigns more effective. They include case studies of social movements and information about the current resistance environment. Visit the Resources Page for links to organizations that provide both online and in-person training on strategy and tools for designing and evaluating your campaigns and actions.

State Violence: When Does Democracy Cease To Exist?

By Emma Justum, Open Democracy. -

On January 30, 2019, already one year ago, the Council of Europe through its Commissioner for Human Rights expressed “very serious concerns” about the type of injuries wreaked on Gilets Jaunes protesters (the Yellow Vests) by French police [...]

More Than Symbolism Needed To Advance Indigenous Rights

By Sherri Mitchell, Nativenewsonline.net -

Today’s society has become adept at utilizing symbolic acts to divert attention from the substantive work needed to make real change. They have become the just-add-water staple food of many modern social movements.  And, like their ramen [...]

Reducing White Supremecy

By Aaron Barlow, Onefleweast.net -

Back when I was a drunk, everything was always someone else’s fault. Eventually, I discovered, with Jimmy Buffett, that it was “my own damn fault.” Once I accepted that, I could get sober and build something out of the ruins. I no longer had to [...]

Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders Face Risks Experienced By Environmental Human Rights Defenders Around The World

By Brent Patterson, Rabble.ca -

The Indigenous Wet'suwet'en land defenders protecting their territory in northern British Columbia from the construction of the TC Energy Coastal GasLink fracked gas pipeline are experiencing many of the situations, risks and dynamics that [...]

No Fascist USA! Lessons From A History Of Anti-Klan Organizing

By Hilary Moore and James Tracy, Roarmag.org -

Ever since fascism first crawled out of the ideological sewer, anarchists and autonomists have been there to confront, antagonize and organize against it. You need not dig deep into past history to find evidence of this. After the mayhem of [...]

Data Governance And The New Frontiers Of Resistance

By Anita Gurumurthy and Nandini Chami, Roarmag.org -

Four centuries after the East India Company set the trend for corporate resource extraction, most of the world is now in the grip of unbridled corporate power. But corporate power is on the cusp of achieving “quantum supremacy” and social [...]

Anatomy Of A Hunger Strike: A Prisoner Speaks

By Demetrius Grant/ Joe Piette, editor, Workers.org -

Many protests against mass incarceration have taken place on the streets of U.S. cities over the last decade. Many resistance struggles have also been waged by individuals or groups of prisoners inside the prison walls, often without any support [...]

When Emptying The Streets Is Safer Than Filling Them

By Rivera Sun,  Wagingnonviolence.org -

In the United States, street protests are a go-to method for expressing dissent. They’re familiar, frequent, and they make great photo-ops for news networks — especially compared to other, less flashy types of nonviolent action. (It’s hard to [...]

A Radical Call To Action

By Robert Hunziker,  Counterpunch.org -

A radical call to action has never been more vital than today, as the abomination of capitalism known as neoliberalism tears apart society from stem to stern, continuing the grand experiment that originated under the watchful eyes and vision of [...]

What Is Environmental Peacebuilding?

By Staff, Peacesciencedigest.org -

Environmental peacebuilding is an emerging field in both academic and practitioner communities that views environmental conflict as an opportunity to build peace rather than exclusively as a pathway to violence. It has gained attention among [...]

These Activists Use Makeup To Defy Mass Surveillance

By Moya Lothian-McLean, I-d.vice.com -

Anyone who happened to be loitering in the London borough of Greenwich on the evening of 16 January may have spotted a strange sight. Ten or so individuals, faces daubed in brightly painted patterns, winding their way in complete silence through [...]

A Vision For Palestinian Statehood That Is Not Trump’s

By Haidar Eid, Aljazeera.com -

We need to move away from the idea of a two-state solution and embrace the vision of one secular, democratic state. It has been almost 15 years since the Boycott, Divestment Sanctions (BDS) movement was launched by the Palestinian Campaign for [...]

“Grand Coalitions” With Big Oil And Gas Won’t Solve The Climate Crisis

By Hannah McKinnon, Priceofoil.org -

Over the course of the last year and a half, we have been pushing the International Energy Agency (IEA) to stop giving cover to the oil and gas industry and model a fossil fuel phase-out that’s fully in line with our climate goals. As the [...]

Count The Money! Divest!

By Alyn Ware, Peacemagazine.org -

The nuclear weapons industry has incredible political power and uses it to stimulate the nuclear arms race and expand the already colossal nuclear weapons budgets. To reverse this, the global Move the Nuclear Weapons Money campaign is promoting [...]

Contesting Nuclearism: Management Or Transformation? An Urgent Challenge

By Staff, Richardfalk.wordpress.com -

I feel privileged to have shared with David Krieger an unwavering anti-nuclear commitment, mainly under the auspices of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation of which he served for so long as the founding President. We worked collaboratively on [...]