Articles about Activism
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Wikileaks vs. the Empire: the Revolutionary Act of Telling the Truth
George Orwell said, “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” These are dark times, in which the propaganda of deceit touches all our lives...
Conscientious Compassion: A Buddhist's View on Climate Change, Social Justice, and Saving the World
American scholar and Theravada monk Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi might not receive the same high-profile press coverage as the Roman Catholic Church’s charismatic standard-bearer...
What We Can Learn From Forgotten History
This unexpected alliance between slaves and natives is a great model for social change
10 Pieces of Political Graffiti You Can Recreate Yourself
The world is your canvas, use it.
As 'This Changes Everything' Debuts in US, Leave Your Climate Despair at the Door
'People are ready for a deeper, much more systemic critique and much more grassroots, radical solutions,' says film's director Avi Lewis
Capitalism Can't Be "Less Greedy" - the Greed Is Baked In
More people lately are identifying capitalism as the underlying cause of our current global troubles and crises. That’s certainly positive: the first step toward cure is a...
9 Ways We Can Make Social Justice Movements Less Elitist and More Accessible
In my first year of college, I stopped calling myself an activist. It took attending just a few meetings of the campus queer group for me to realize that I didn’t fit in with...
Compassion, the Antidote
Thich Nhat Hanh has published nearly 100 books and is one of the best-known teachers of Zen Buddhism in the world today. In the early 1960s his practice of what he termed...
Six Easy Ways to Tell If That Viral Story Is a Hoax
“And so it begins … ISIS flag among refugees in Germany fighting the police,” blared the headline on the Conservative Post; “with this new leaked picture, everything seems...
The Fire Within
Sophie Scholl (1921-1943) was a German activist who is famous for speaking out against the Nazi regime. Scholl was a member of a protest group called The White Rose, which...
A Rejoinder on "The Sanders Paradox"
When CounterPunch published my essay “The Sanders Paradox: A Brief for Bernie” two weeks ago, I was hoping that it would trigger constructive, spirited discussion and debate...
Sanders’ Jaw-Dropping Call for Revolution
In case you haven’t heard, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has called for political revolution. That’s gargantuan news, which poses an equally gargantuan...
History Doesn't Go In a Straight Line
Noam Chomsky on Bernie Sanders, Jeremy Corbyn, and the potential for ordinary people to make radical change.
The Unicorn Ally
I’ve been interested in oppression politics and social justice activism for a while now, both from the point of having things that directly affect me and that I want to change...
Bravery's Edge: Syrians Standing Up Against Extremism and Violence
Thousands of unknown activists have risked their lives to defy extremism and violence. Daniel Adamson interviews some of them.
The Leap Manifesto: A Call for Caring for the Earth and One Another
'This is our sacred duty to those this country harmed in the past, to those suffering needlessly in the present and to all who have a right to a bright and safe future.'
How to Disagree
The web is turning writing into a conversation. Twenty years ago, writers wrote and readers read. The web lets readers respond, and increasingly they do—in comment threads, on...
Sacred Activism: Mindfulness and Racial Justice
In early September, a huge delegation of the Buddhist teacher and author Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh's monks and nuns will arrive in New York City to lead retreats, book...
Why Radical Leftists Should Support Bernie Sanders
Leftists can fantasize that they are doing a great service to humanity by scoffing at Bernie, but they’re merely isolating themselves from the rest of the country.
Nafeez Ahmed's Review of "9/11 Truther: The Fight For Peace, Justice And Accountability"
A bitter dose of heartfelt rationality in a field muddied by conspiracy industry dimwits.
Shifting the Logic of Collective Action: As Systems Collapse, Citizens Rise
As we see pictures of German citizens cheering tens of thousands refugees arriving from Syria and other war zones, we may be witnessing an emerging pattern of the years to...
Things That Anarchists Say to Me in Private But Never Repeat Publicly
From Reddit. Can you relate? 1) “Call-out culture was developed to allow activist groups to confront leaders who abused their privilege, but now it is being used to settle...
There Are No Migrants, Just Humans
The refugee crisis in Europe is showing that humans helping each other, irrespective of national boundaries, is often the most effective form of action.
Why Labor Day Matters
Here’s an experiment to try this holiday weekend. Quiz your friends, family and acquaintances on the meaning of Labor Day. You might be surprised by the answers you hear. To...
Opportunity in Collapse: Radical Horizons of the Post-Apocalyptic
What will happen when the state collapses? Will society descend into lawlessness, or can we seize the opportunity to let our human potential flourish?
Anarchists, It Is Our Duty To Vote In Elections
As another election season approaches, we are faced with the age old anarchist dilemma: To vote or not to vote. I do not expect this article to answer this question once and...
Kindness, Activism, Ego, and Social Skills
“The first step in the revolution is eye contact.” - Alicen Grey
This Trailer Changes Everything: Epic New Naomi Klein Doc Will Have You Running for Your Kayak
The film inspired by Klein's book features the stories of everyday people standing up to climate change.
5 Things You Can Do To Help Refugees Right Now
Do you despair when people fleeing war, poverty and disasters are met with hostility or indifference? Fed up with the dispassionate and downright inhumane response from...
6 Strategies to Make Powerful Social Change-Starting With "Stay Woke"
Bree Newsome’s removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Statehouse reminds us that real change comes from people power.
War Criminals Gather In London For World's Largest Arms Fair
Not to be outdone, thousands of anti-war protesters make their presence known at the event.
The Three Percent: Why BLM Seattle Won When They Interrupted Bernie Sanders
UPDATE: Activist Talib Kweli went on the Bill Maher Show and agreed, bringing in even more insight on why BLM Seattle was successful after interrupting Sanders. He and...
An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders Supporters
Dear Bernie Sanders supporters, Shut up and listen for once. When black women interrupt your candidate, don't call them "thugs." And when protesters hijack your hero's...
Can Standing Up For What We Believe In Make Us All Feel a Little Less Powerless?
It’s all a bit overwhelming, isn’t it? Inequality is rising, and services are being cut to those who most need them. Our eco-system is teetering on the edge, and oil companies...
In Her Own Words: The Political Beliefs of the Protester Who Interrupted Bernie Sanders
Marissa Johnson, left, on Saturday at the Bernie Sanders rally in Westlake Plaza. Monday, Johnson spoke to the podcast This Week in Blackness about her motivations and...
Dear #BlackLivesMatter: We Don't Need Black Leadership
Black Lives Matter, a loose network of activists around the country, is currently facing backlash for storming the stage at Bernie Sanders’ events. Black people have a long and...
Why Saturday's Bernie Sanders Rally Left Me Feeling Heartbroken
Washington State Senator Pramila Jayapal (not pictured) was at the Bernie Sanders rally that got interrupted yesterday in Seattle. She offered some thoughts about the event on...
The Story of Sama: How I Woke Up
No Longer Powerless tells the stories of women fighting for a better world. Read their stories. Share your stories. Stand up and be counted. This is the story of Sama. 
My Outrage Is Better Than Your Outrage
Even when a dentist kills an adored lion, and everyone is furious, there’s loftier righteousness to be had.
FBI Don't Consider Dylann Roof a Terrorist But Say Animal Rights Activists Are
The FBI on Friday announced the arrests in Oakland of two animal rights activists, Joseph Buddenberg and Nicole Kissane, and accused the pair of engaging in “domestic...
Why We Can't Shop Ourselves Into a Better World
We're still trying to eliminate sweatshops and child labor by buying right. But that's not how the world works in 2015.
Occupy Wall Street Just Won
It's all about their agenda now.
The Problem of Passivity
This path calls us to gaze, unflinchingly, at difficult truths. The messy reality is that our cooperative participation in systems of oppression itself causes harm. And so we...
On Independence Day, Celebrate the True Patriots
As the nation marks this Independence day with traditional fanfare—hot dogs, flag-waving, and fireworks—one small community in Taos, New Mexico takes a very different...
Activists Illustrated - Women at the Heart of Global Struggles
Latin American Artist María María Acha-Kutscher takes photographs from social and feminist movements and turns them into stunning pop art illustrations
Inspired by Greece, UK Public Wants Its Own Austerity Referendum
The wave of joyous solidarity at the Greek “No” vote still resounds across the world today, revealing millions who identify with the struggle and have had enough of being...
Deep, Systemic Change Is Essential, But Is That The Only Type of Change We Should Care About?
Perhaps we could look at acts of direct human-level compassion as complements to, not substitutes for, action on a social or political level.
Good News for the Anthropocene
The best news for a good Anthropocene is that the human brain is a master at learning and relearning and that “rewiring” takes place all the time. Until old age, learning...
Reflections on Privilege Theory: Why I'm Looking For a Better Way to Communicate This Idea
What privilege theory describes is undeniably true. And the facts and perspectives that privilege theory attempts to illuminate remains an essential aspect of education that...
Give Up Hope: It's The Best Chance We Have to Save Everything We Love
The most common words I hear spoken by any environmentalists anywhere are, We’re fucked. Most of these environmentalists are fighting desperately, using whatever tools they...