Articles about Activism
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Activism = Appetite for Destruction
“The hands that build can also pull down…” (Jeremiah 1:10) Way too many people imply that unless a critic expounds a specific strategy for implementing a new paradigm, their...
Films for Action's Library of Articles and Videos About Love-Based Activism
We wanted to put what we have on this topic all into one place.
Standing Rock Wisdom: How Sacred, Nonviolent Activism Has the Power to Succeed
I am told by Native American friends active at Standing Rock that the elders are counseling the Water Protectors to undertake each action prayerfully and to stay off the...
Dakota Access Pipeline Permit Denied
'For the first time in Native American history, they heard our voices.'
The Many Ways to Help Standing Rock
Even if you can’t show up at the wintry encampments, you can join water protectors in other ways: from calling the North Dakota governor to breaking up with your bank.
Twelve Things To Remember After The US Election, From Front Line Organizers
When you find yourself in a suddenly darkened room, what do you do?   Some rush blindly to where they think the door might be.  Others stand still, let their eyes get...
How Not to Protest Trump
Donald Trump’s many evils are manifest and obvious. But let’s stop pretending that some historical line has been crossed in U.S. political and social relations. There are many...
Tyranny at Standing Rock
“We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” — Benjamin Franklin, as quoted in The Works of Benjamin Franklin Divide and conquer. It’s...
The Hopeful Thing About Our Ugly, Painful Polarization
Look to Norway and Sweden, where cooperative, socially democratic countries emerged after a frightening period of extreme polarization and social fracturing.
Welcome to the Real News: Truth Is Essential, but Not Pretty
You may have heard that there is talk of a crackdown on "fake" news. Before a bankrolled bureaucrat starts filtering the media according to what they find personally...
The Four Reasons to Support a New Media Revolution
As in most post-industrial societies, Britain’s media is in a radical state of flux. With the demise of the daily newspaper and news dissemination increasingly moving online...
We Are All Deplorables
We can't battle the bigotry stoked by Trump without a strategy to alleviate the economic misery behind it, writes Chris Hedges.
There Is No One Right Way to Be an Activist
There is no one right way to be an activist. There is no one right way to change the world. There is no one right philosophy of leftist politics. There is no one right reaction...
I'm Not Down With the Safety Pin Backlash
*Especially from a white dude who makes some good points but buries them in a whole lotta condescension and sarcasm. Image by 
10 Ways to Resist Right Wing Populism
Stop Analysing and Act!
Rising up to the Trump Moment: We Are the Ones We've Been Waiting For
The Trump victory is devastating. Devastating for communities of color, immigrants, women, Muslims and queer communities. Devastating for us. Trump has given new voice to...
Deconstructing an Example of Establishment Media Reportage: the Boston Globe Publishes Not-So Subtle Hit Piece on Sanders and Warren
Couched in establishment lingo and perspective, relying upon shallow but credible-seeming misinformation, the Boston Globe reveals itself to be no ally of the people or the...
How Cities Can Protect People Threatened by Trumpism
Cities can offer shelter and protection to their vulnerable citizens and become a place progressives can exert real power.
To the Youth a Day After the Election: Another World Is Possible
Dear Youth, On this day after the election, many are asking themselves how this could have happened. Regardless of who anyone close to you voted for, and regardless of how you...
Human Ingenuity and Challenging Domination
From my book Engines of Domination, p. 229-230
On Trump: an Open Letter to the Brokenhearted
"To those of you that care about diversity, about the environment, about the beauty of queer sexual orientations, about indigenous lands and their right to thrive, and about...
Celebrating GLOBAL GRACE DAY, November 9, 2016
As every year, we celebrate the Global Grace Day on this November 9, 2016.
Whether Trump or Clinton Wins the US Election, What Follows Is up to Us
When the polls close, a new battle will begin – to resist a racist climate denier, or to force a centrist Democrat to deliver genuinely progressive change
We Stood on the Rock
A poem for those that fight with the Sioux, with water, at Standing Rock.
How to Love: Legendary Zen Buddhist Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh on Mastering the Art of "Interbeing"
“To love without knowing how to love wounds the person we love.”
4 Steps to Free Yourself From Overwhelm
Feeling overwhelmed? Here are 4 Steps to get recentered.
You Can't Be Intersectional While at the Same Time Being Elitist and Exclusionary
One cannot claim to be intersectional while at the same time being elitist and exclusionary. Everyone isn't hip to what heteronormativity, heterosexism, cisgendered, cissexism...
Films for Action: What We Are Here For
It's hard to believe Films For Action has been around now for 10 years. From our early years focusing on local film screenings to our more recent years, focusing on raising...
My Appeal to Leftists Who Won't Vote or Who Believe Voting Third Party Is a Principled Stance
My appeal to leftist comrades who think that not voting is a way to be a "principled" leftist, or that it's leftist to choose a third-party candidate so you can vote in good...
Why You Should Stop Apologizing for Doing All That You Can
I’ve noticed lately that lot of allies and accomplices I talk to about NoDAPL and other struggles will name what they are trying to contribute to the cause, and then promptly...
Anarchists - What We Stand For
Anarchism : The word “anarchy” comes from Greek and means “no rulers”. As a political philosophy, anarchism is based on the idea that organization does not require rulers—that...
How to Stop Worrying and Enjoy the Show; Or, Holding HRC's Feet to the Fire
There's a simple solution: it's called the future.
Political Revolution Is About Waking Up
Have you been watching the political circus in the United States wondering why so many people are putting up with this nonsense? Trust me, you are not alone. There are...
Native Liberation: the Way Forward
These were the concluding remarks to the first annual Native Liberation 2016 Conference convened at the Larry Casuse Center in Albuquerque, NM on Aug. 13, 2016. Nick Estes is a...
Abolish ALL Prisons, Private and Public
As momentum continues to grow against the colossal U.S. imprisonment system, the need for strategic targets is crucial, yet we are seeing an overbearing focus on private...
Real Change in Democracy Comes Not in the Voting Booth but Activism at the Grass-Roots
Many years ago, the late Judy Guay, a low-income woman from Bangor, founded the Maine Association of Interdependent Neighborhoods in order to advocate for the neediest in our...
The Left Deserves Better Than Jill Stein
Stein’s Green Party run doesn’t offer a plan to win, or to build power. The Left is capable of so much more.
Debt, Inequality and the Logic of Financial Violence
Five years after Occupy, organizer and anthropologist David Graeber speaks to ROAR about the power of finance, the history of inequality and the legacy of the movement.
How You Can Support Standing Rock
This is your pipeline battle too. Whatever you have to offer, we need it. Wherever you are, take one step deeper. Find your voice. Find your own front lines.
How to Be Positive When the World Is Negative
Do you sometimes feel that the world around you is negative? Do you get easily irritated and frustrated, not knowing how to deal with this negativity, and lack the energy...
North Dakota Gov Cuts Water Supply to Native Americans as DAPL Protest Swells in Number and Spirit
Thousands join protest camp as supporters are holding a rally in Washington D.C. on Wednesday outside of Army Corps hearing
Blame - an Inquiry Into Why We Separate
Allow me to share a few personal anecdotes… My dear aunt recently passed away from bone cancer at just 60. To make sense of her passing, I went through a period of blaming...
What Does Black Lives Matter Want?
On August 1 the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), a coalition of over sixty organizations, rolled out “A Vision for Black Lives: Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom &...
Vote for the Lying Neoliberal Warmonger: It's Important
An explanation for why defeating Donald Trump—despite what we know about Hillary Clinton—should be the left's primary national electoral objective this November
The Battle Over Trump's Taj Mahal Is a Battle for Us All
What those striking are now bravely confronting in Atlantic City should resonate deeply with American workers, their unions, and beyond
Being Hopeful About the Future
It is a delicate balance to know how much the world is messed up and still be hopeful about the future. This is something I dance with on a daily basis — while writing...
Being Crazy in a Sick Society Is Actually Healthy
To be normal is to be sick
What Is My Activism Really About? to Love, Serve and Remember
I have made a promise to this world that I will carry with me to my last days. It is my vow to lessen the suffering of the world while I am here - it is to ensure that every...
Why You Don't Need to Change the World
Let’s say you’ve found a new sense of awareness or elevated consciousness —  suddenly you feel connected to the beauty of the world, you understand yourself better, and you’re...
The Politics of Being Woke
The fraternity of the woke is growing larger by the day, but can anyone get in? Who polices the woke, and why aren’t we checking IDs?