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Direct action, marches, protests. The role of people on the streets can never be replaced and its importance cannot be underestimated.

Protesters pull down Confederate statue at old Durham County courthouse. DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – A crowd of protesters gathered outside the old Durham County courthouse on Main Street Monday evening in opposition to a Confederate monument in front of the government building. Around 7:10 p.m. a woman using a ladder climbed the statue of a Confederate soldier and attached a rope around the statue. Moments later, the crowd pulled on the rope and the statue fell. One man quickly ran up and spat on the statue and several others began kicking it. Durham police later said they monitored the protests to make sure they were “safe” but did not interfere with the statue toppling because it happened on county property. “Because this incident occurred on county property, where county law enforcement officials were staffed, no arrests were made by DPD officers,” Durham Police spokesman Wil Glenn said in a statement.

Durham County Sheriff’s deputies videotaped the statue being brought down — but didn’t stop it from happening. Tran doesn’t want to see it anymore. The Trump administration really doesn’t want this climate lawsuit to go to trial. The Trump administration, joined by fossil fuel companies, is stepping up its fight against a historic federal climate lawsuit, seeking an appeal of a November decision that allowed the case to move forward to trial. The Trump administration also argued that an earlier request — which asked the government to retain records of communication about climate change between the government and the fossil fuel industry — was overly burdensome. “This request for appeal is an attempt to cover up the federal government’s long-running collusion with the fossil fuel industry,” Alex Loznak, a 20-year old plaintiff in the case, said in a statement. “My generation cannot wait for the truth to be revealed.

These documents must be uncovered with all deliberate speed, so that our trial can force federal action on climate change.” The lawsuit was initially filed against former president Barack Obama. Plaintiffs in the case scored a major victory in November, when U.S. Your Guide to the Sprawling New Anti-Trump Resistance Movement. The election of Donald Trump was a catastrophe for progressive America, but the damage may be mitigated over the long term by a remarkable surge of energy on the left in response to his election.

As many as 5.2 million people participated in hastily organized Women’s Marches across the country, senators’ phones have reportedly been jammed with calls protesting Trump’s cabinet nominees and other early moves, and, according to a poll conducted by The Washington Post, more than one in three Democrats say they plan to become “more involved in the political process in the next year” as a result of the election. That’s true of 40 percent of Democratic women, and almost half of self-identified liberal Democrats. Here’s an overview of some of the new efforts launched since November 9. It’s by no means comprehensive, but we started with a list of 75 new groups and whittled them down to some of the most interesting or promising.

They’re not presented in any kind of ranked order. Indivisible.

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Indivisible: A Practical Guide For Resisting the Trump Agenda. End corruption. Defend the Republic. | Represent.Us. A Resolution. Deprogram: Episode 28 - UNICORN RIOT. Ep. 28: #Mizzou #ConcernedStudent1950 #BlackOnCampus #ClimateChange #KeystoneXL #Enbridge #Hackers #CWA #Anonymous #Securus #PrisonMonitoring #MMM2015 #CopsLie #BlackLivesMatter #Turkey #Silvan #SilvanUnderAttack #Palestine #Justice4KeithLamar #ConcernedStudent1950 For episode 28 of Deprogram we start at the University of Missouri, where a hunger strike to combat the systemic racial injustices on campus forced Mizzou president to step down.

#ClimateChange We then bring you some climate news; the KeystoneXL pipeline was rejected but Enbridge have pipelines that have been built that move just as much oil, while Earth’s temperature continues to rise. Cyber News In cyber news; Crackas With Attitude hack more government employees and Anonymous continues #OpMonsanto and hacks the USDA. #CopsLie International News The Turkish government has been continuing its attack on the Kurdish population and Israel continues to eradicate the freedoms of Palestinians in occupied territories.

Shutting Down the Rainbow Nation: #FeesMustFall. Mapping of struggles and alternatives for Water as a Commons : Alternative World Water Forum. Here is a mapping of struggles and alternatives for Water as a Commons around the world. As a synthesis tool, sharing experience, animated local or global networks, mapping provides a view of all the territorial struggles and alternatives in different areas related to water and sanitation, based on actions from groups in the field and associations. It helps identify the geographical proximity, specialist issues, communities, etc.. which could be used to contact the group concerned, propose exchanges of experience or knowledge and convergence of actions. It could also strengthen networks to later form more sustainable forms of joint organization that are bring built around the world. Access the forms online For a group to appear on the map, the form has to be filled out : Form to be completed (in english) The group will not immediately appear on the map: Manual validation and harmonization is necessary.

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Occupy. Mexico. CrimethInc. Ex-Workers’ Collective : Home. March Against Corruption | Uniting For Democracy & Human Dignity. Peaceful protest is much more effective than violence for toppling dictators. Political scientist Erica Chenoweth used to believe, as many do, that violence is the most reliable way to get rid of a dictator. History is filled, after all, with coups, rebellions and civil wars.

She didn't take public protests or other forms of peaceful resistance very seriously; how could they possible upend a powerful, authoritarian regime? Then, as Chenoweth recounts in a Ted Talk posted online Monday, she put together some data and was surprised by what she found. "I collected data on all major nonviolent and violent campaigns for the overthrow of a government or a territorial liberation since 1900," she says -- hundreds of cases. "The data blew me away. " Here's her chart, which pretty clearly suggests that nonviolent movements are much likelier to work: (Erica Chenoweth/YouTube) And that trend is actually "increasing over time," Chenoweth adds.

"Researchers used to say that no government could survive if just 5 percent of the population rose up against it," Chenoweth says. StormCloudsGathering.com | The truth is extreme, to make it moderate is to lie. P.A.N.D.A. People Against The NDAA | A Republic...If we can keep it. From Dictatorship to Democracy. Revolution: An Instruction Manual. The Moral Imperative Of Activism. Today’s crises – endless war, environmental catastrophe, desperate poverty and more – can seem so daunting that they paralyze action rather than inspire activism. But the imperative to do something in the face of injustice defines one’s moral place in the universe, as ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern explains.

That America is in deep moral and legal trouble was pretty much obvious to everyone before Edward Snowden released official documents showing the extent to which the U.S. government has been playing fast and loose with the Fourth Amendment rights of Americans to be protected against unreasonable searches and seizures. Snowden’s revelations – as explosive as they are – were, in one sense, merely the latest challenge to those of us who took a solemn oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic. That has been a commitment tested repeatedly in recent years, especially since the 9/11 attacks.

St. This is our summer of discontent. PopularResistance.Org. ROAR Magazine. The Official Idle No More Website - Idle No More. 4 Principles For Creating Change, And 4 Barriers That Make It Harder. Many people now are struggling to make change; to drive social or environmental impact whether they are social entrepreneurs or people working from within organizations to make a difference.

In this piece, we wanted to focus on thinking about how communities of change makers can thrive. It’s not enough for change making to be the sole remit of a handful of do-gooders or NGOs. By highlighting some of the barriers and core principles that are vital to the success of a world in which everyone is a change maker, we hope to begin to mainstream the art of change making and destroy the social entrepreneur’s monopoly on social change.

Barrier 1: Experts As Idols Too often change making is outsourced to experts or social entrepreneurs rather than community members. Barrier 2: Conditions Of Problem Solving Are Overlooked Much of the time, we are quick to jump to tactical problem solving without fully reflecting on whether the conditions for it are put in place. Barrier 4: Learning Is One to One.