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Grassroots Power

All it takes is a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens.

One More Thing Seattle's WTO Shutdown Taught the World One More Thing Seattle's WTO Shutdown Taught the World
by Sarah van Gelder
Among the many ripple effects of the successful shutdown of the WTO in Seattle in 1999 is one that few know about. The organizing that went into the direct action, marches, media center, and forums inspired the organizers of the World Social Forums, which have become some of the world's most important centers of people power.
Climate Direct Action Camp Climate Direct Action Camp
In June 2008, activists gathered in Montana for the Climate Ground Zero Citizens Direct Action Training Camp, where they learned skills including the history and practice of nonviolent direct action, campaign strategy, and community organizing.
A Conversation About Nonviolence A Conversation About Nonviolence
by Eric Stoner
Eric Stoner responds to Stephen Zunes: Yes, nonviolent movements have achieved important democratic and political reforms. But if they fail to address the divide between rich and poor, are they really success stories?
Climate Hero Sharon Hanshaw Climate Hero Sharon Hanshaw
by Kate Sheppard
Left homeless after Hurricane Katrina, she fights for communities that will suffer most from climate impacts.
Climate Hero Marcus Ryan Climate Hero Marcus Ryan
by Kate Sheppard
A former Obama campaigner helps neighbors find talented green workers to make their homes climate-friendly.
People Power Brought Down the Berlin Wall
by Sarah van Gelder
Some say it was Ronald Reagan's toughness that forced down the wall. But detente between East and West and grassroots people's movements deserve the credit.
The Power of Nonviolent Action in Honduras The Power of Nonviolent Action in Honduras
by Stephen Zunes
As the negotiated political resolution falls through, there are still reasons to hope that democracy can be restored.
A Wave of Climate Action A Wave of Climate Action
by Richard Graves
An international day of action heralded the emergence of a global grassroots climate movement. Next up: December 12.
Can We Reach 350? Can We Reach 350?
As expectations for action in Copenhagen diminish, activists are raising their voices. Amy Goodman interviews Bill McKibben, co-founder and director of 350.org, and Australian scientist Tim Flannery, chair of the Copenhagen Climate Council and author of The Weather Makers.
350 :: The Most Important Number in the World 350 :: The Most Important Number in the World
by Bill McKibben
From Mount Everest to the Maldives, people worldwide are turning an arcane number into a movement for a stable climate. Bill McKibben asks: Will you join them?
International Youth: Fired Up About Climate Change International Youth: Fired Up About Climate Change
by Richard Graves
The generations who will inherit the burden of global warming want bold environmental leadership, responsible climate policies, and green jobs.
Students Stand Up to Coal Students Stand Up to Coal
by Nick Engelfried
College students across the country are working to eject coal from their campuses and their communities.
Weapons of Mass Democracy Weapons of Mass Democracy
by Stephen Zunes
Here’s evidence that nonviolence is the most powerful tool to promote democracy and overthrow tyranny.
Volunteers Teach Healing Arts Volunteers Teach Healing Arts
by Louise Dunlap
Inspired by Paulo Freire’s work in the 1960s, Capacitar International teaches practices such as tai chi, acupressure and mindfulness, to volunteers. They then teach those skills in traumatized communities in places like Guatemala, Israel, Palestine, Rwanda, and Ireland.
The Personal IS Powerful The Personal IS Powerful
by Colin Beavan
No Impact Man says we shouldn't be distracted by attacking each others' methods of confronting climate change—only by uniting behind the same agenda can we hope for change in the very little time we have to effect it.
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