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A manual for a new era of direct action Activism Featured 

A manual for a new era of direct action

United States (WNV) – Movement manuals can be useful. Marty Oppenheimer and I found that out in 1964 when civil rights leaders were too busy to write a manual but wanted one. We wrote “A Manual for Direct Action” just in time for Mississippi Freedom Summer. Bayard Rustin wrote the forward. Some organizers in the South told me jokingly that it was their “first aid handbook — what to do until Dr. King comes.” It was also picked up by the growing movement against the Vietnam War. For the past year I’ve been book touring to over 60 cities Read More

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5 Easy Ways to Be a Better Ally to Disabled Women Activism Women 

5 Easy Ways to Be a Better Ally to Disabled Women

World (GREED) – Being an ally can be tricky. We’re taught to be kind, considerate, and helpful; but there’s no text book on how to be a good ally to marginalized communities. The disabled community often gets overlooked when it comes to ally-ship, so here are five simple things you can do to join the fight. 1. Know not all illnesses and disabilities are visible Not all disabled or chronically ill women are reliant on mobility assistants, such as wheelchairs, or other obvious medical devices. In fact, a good portion of ill and disabled women struggle with internal battles that are Read More

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Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Paola Paredes Activism Badass Women Featured 

Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Paola Paredes

Ecuador (Global Voices) – Ecuadorian artist Paola Paredes has created a photo series, titled “Until You Change“, to protest against the existence of underground centers intended to “cure” homosexuality in Ecuador. Most of these illegal centers are disguised as religious “clinics” to rehabilitate those with drug or alcohol addictions. According to the photographer, homosexual and transgender men and women sent by their families are locked up and subjected to brutal abuse and humiliation. On her website, the artist writes: “It was four years ago that I first learned about the private ‘clinics’ that claim to cure homosexuality in Ecuador. My first thought was that Read More

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Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Nobel Women’s Initative Activism Badass Women Women 

Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Nobel Women’s Initative

World (openDemocracy) – The rising backlash against women’s rights, as well as that against activists of all stripes, was infused with new and terrifyingly overt vigor with the campaigning tactics of Donald Trump leading up to the dumbfounding results of the US presidential elections last November. But perhaps for many, equally as surprising has been the massive, and mostly nonviolent opposition in the US to Mr. Trump’s dystopian agenda that favors the rich and Wall Street at the expense of the poor and middle classes, its sexist assault on women’s rights, and the fact that it doesn’t give one whit Read More

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New Anti-Protest Laws: Fine For Organizations Supporting Activism, Up To $1 Million Activism Environment Politics 

New Anti-Protest Laws: Fine For Organizations Supporting Activism, Up To $1 Million

World (Sputnik) – In the wake of the increasingly violent repression of legal dissent in the US, the state of Oklahoma has moved to place fines of up to $1 million on protesters. New laws intended to severely punish those exercising their constitutional right to disagree with existing legislation and policy will now see possible fines of up to $1 million in the US state of Oklahoma, after legislators rushed what they termed “emergency” anti-protest laws into effect. The new laws allow for increased fines on those found guilty in Oklahoma of engaging in protest actions that result in the damage of infrastructure, especially oil and gas equipment. They also include a new wrinkle, in which Read More

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Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Defenders of the Environment & Human Rights Activism Badass Women Featured 

Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Defenders of the Environment & Human Rights

World (openDemocracy) – “What is the state? We are the state! The state is the state thanks to us” said Havva Ana (Mother Eve), a 63-year old woman who, in July 2015, joined a demonstration to block the demolition of ancient forests in Rize, Turkey. What Havva Ana meant was that the state depends on the people for its legitimacy – and that it must not prioritise short-term profit over their rights and wellbeing. The forests of Çamlıhemşin have, for hundreds of years, provided livelihoods and ancestral connection in the Black Sea region. In the face of the destruction, Read More

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Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Oksana Oliinyk Activism Badass Women 

Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Oksana Oliinyk

Ukraine (Global Voices) – “I don’t really like Europe. In Europe, 99 percent of things are finished; here, there is work to be done,” says Oksana Oliinyk, standing in the small Soviet-era shop she and her husband Orest have just opened in the village of Khrystanivka in east-central Ukraine. Behind her are five rows of shelves she’s populating with books—the building blocks of the village’s first library. “A man came to the shop today and saw them, and I told him they are free to take away,” she says. “He told me he doesn’t have time to read because he works. Read More

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Fed Up With Local Government, Siberian Environmentalists Beg Leonardo DiCaprio for Help Activism 

Fed Up With Local Government, Siberian Environmentalists Beg Leonardo DiCaprio for Help

Russia (GV) – According to a popular legend many Russians learn in school, the Russian people 11 centuries ago invited “managers” from Scandinavia to come and help rule over their lands. The so-called “Varangian” tribe leaders (coming from the territories of modern Sweden and Norway) had a knack for good governance, and they were enormously helpful in Old Rus, the story goes. The age of the Varangians came and went, but some Russians today are still looking abroad for another savior. In Krasnoyarsk, the third largest city in Siberia, local environmentalists have found their man: Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio. In order to draw attention to air pollution that’s Read More

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No More War: The Impact of War on Women and a Call-to-Action Activism Featured Women 

No More War: The Impact of War on Women and a Call-to-Action

Kailua, Hawaii (GREED) – As the United States finds itself further entangled in political tensions overseas, it is women both overseas and domestically that will pay the highest cost of war. Although women in the U.S. military have only just last year been formally allowed into combat, our gender is no stranger to violent conflict. Whether actively fighting, playing a supportive role, or simply fleeing for their lives, women worldwide have felt the pain and suffering created by war acutely throughout history. Women struggle to support their families during deployments and often lose fathers, brothers, sons and husbands. If Read More

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Could DAPL Cops Be Ticking Time Bombs Without Psych Evaluation’s? Featured 

Could DAPL Cops Be Ticking Time Bombs Without Psych Evaluation’s?

 US (Greed)— Of all the talk, debate, and observations over the resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), there’s one thing I find absent. We’ve all talked about militarized police operations, whatever our stance is. Very few, if anyone seems focused on what happens to officers after policing DAPL. What are the psychological ramifications of participating in such an unusually prolonged display of force and violence? Who were the deployed officers, and how experienced were they? Are there risks to returning them to “everyday community policing” without evaluation? Though routine policing isn’t as dangerous as some let on, it’s Read More

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