Films For Action
Location:   Lawrence, Kansas
Films For Action is a non-profit website featuring over 1500 of the best socially-conscious documentaries and videos you can watch free online. We add videos and articles regularly on a wide variety of issues, putting an emphasis on ideas, information, and perspectives not covered by the...
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Films For Action shared a video via Andrew Butler on May 22 2015
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Capitalism Is Just a Story - Rise Up and Create a New One
How many of us have a sneaking suspicion that something pretty fundamental is going wrong in the world? We keep hearing about the potentially devastating consequences of climate change but we are pumping more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every single year. We are forced...
Films For Action added local news on May 22 2015
Kansas Has Found the Ultimate Way to Punish the Poor, Banning Cash Withdrawals Over $25 Per Day
A dollar bill is a special kind of thing. You can keep it as long as you like. You can pay for things with it. No one will ever charge you a fee. No one will ask any questions about your credit history. And other people won't try to tell you that they know how to spend that...
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Films For Action added an article on May 22 2015
Women and Biodiversity Feed the World, Not Corporations and GMOs
Biodiverse ecological agriculture in women's hands is a solution not just to the malnutrition crisis, but also the climate crisis. The two great ecological challenges of our times are biodiversity erosion and climate change. And both are interconnected, in their causes...
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Films For Action added an article on May 22 2015
Get Ready: Protesters Vow to 'Flood the System' for Climate and Planetary Justice
From the tar sands of Alberta to the Port of Seattle to the communities in the blast zone of oil trains, organizers across North America are calling for a "wave of resistance" this fall to "shut down the economic and political systems threatening our survival." Under the...
Films For Action added an article on May 16 2015
Early Men and Women Were Equal, Say scientists
Study shows that modern hunter-gatherer tribes operate on egalitarian basis, suggesting inequality was an aberration that came with the advent of agriculture Our prehistoric forebears are often portrayed as spear-wielding savages, but the earliest human societies are likely...
Films For Action added an article on May 16 2015
One Magical Politician Won't Stop Climate Change. It's up to All of Us
Lots of people eagerly study all the polls and reports on how many people believe that climate change is real and urgent. They seem to think there is some critical mass that, through the weight of belief alone, will get us where we want to go. As if when the numbers aren’t...
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Films For Action added an article on May 15 2015
The Abolition of Work
No one should ever work. Work is the source of nearly all the misery in the world. Almost all the evil you'd care to name comes from working or from living in a world designed for work. In order to stop suffering, we have to stop working. That doesn't mean we have to stop...
Films For Action added an article on May 15 2015
The Woman Who Chose to Plant Corn
Not long ago, a Diné (Navajo) friend of mine, Lyla June Johnston, sent me a one-line email: “I am not going to Harvard… I am going to plant corn.” Her statement signals a profound divergence from the path she’d set out on when she was an undergraduate at Stanford University...
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Films For Action added an article on May 15 2015
The Feudalism of Facebook: New Pay-to-Play News Feed as Indy Media Killer
The Facebook empire of 1.4 billion users just conquered new territory, unrolling a "partnership" to host articles from some of the most well-known news publications in the world, in a venture that critics warn poses a direct threat to independent media outlets—and the...
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Films For Action added an article on May 15 2015
Make the Rich Panic
It does not matter to the corporate rich who wins the presidential election. It does not matter who is elected to Congress. The rich have the power. They throw money at their favorites the way a gambler puts cash on his favorite horse. Money has replaced the vote. The...
Films For Action added an article on May 15 2015
Migration Is an Act of Desperation, Not a Crime
A father from Ivory Coast wanted to reunite his son with the rest of his family living in Spain. But the Spanish government denied him a family reunification visa. Desperate, he paid a Moroccan woman to smuggle his 8-year-old onto Spanish soil. On May 7, 2015, she...
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Films For Action added an article on May 15 2015
Militarizing Ourselves Toward a New Dark Age
“What struck me” journalist Christian Parenti said in a recent Truthout interview, referring to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, “was the fact that these local towns and states around the region were sending the only resources they had to New Orleans: weapons and...
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Films For Action added a video on May 15 2015
How Equal Do We Want the World to Be? You'd Be surprised
The news of society's growing inequality makes all of us uneasy. But why? Dan Ariely reveals some new, surprising research on what we think is fair, as far as how wealth is distributed over societies ... then shows how it stacks up to the real stats.
Films For Action added an article on May 13 2015
Sanders Has Already Won
Bernie Sanders does not have to become president in order to win. Just by getting in the ring, he has already scored a major victory for the American working class. His campaign is blazing a new trail to the left in the American political system. In the coming years, we will...
Films For Action added a video on May 13 2015
Last Call At The Oasis (2012)
Water. It's the earth's most valuable resource. Our cities are powered by it, countless industries depend on it, and all living things need it to survive. But it's very possible that in the near future, there won't be enough to sustain life on our planet. From Academy...
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Films For Action added an article on May 13 2015
How Worker Co-ops Are Moving Beyond Capitalism
The explosion of worker cooperatives in recent years has social justice organizers talking. Transitioning to a people-powered economy will require the work of many different social movements and worker co-ops have come to the center of the conversation due to their ability to...
Films For Action added an article on May 13 2015
Riots Work: Wolf Blitzer and the Washington Post Completely Missed the Real Lesson from Baltimore
The police—not to mention capitalism—have done far more to damage Baltimore than any riot could When Oscar Grant was shot by transit cop Johannes Mehserle in Oakland in the early hours of January 1, 2009, a week passed with no institutional response, while videos of Grant’s...
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Films For Action added an article on May 11 2015
The US-Saudi War with OPEC to Prolong Oil's Dying Empire
Whoever controls the price of oil can play god with the global economy - that’s why the US and Saudi Arabia are leading the way to smash OPEC and re-create a new global oil cartel “No one can set the price of oil,” said Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi earlier this...
Films For Action added an article on May 7 2015
Nonviolence for Whom? If Violence Isn't the Answer, Somebody Should Tell the Police
Ferguson. New York. Baltimore. As cities erupt after decades of oppression and violence at the hands of police, calls for nonviolence can be deafening. “Violence isn’t the answer,” the moralists chide when protesters throw rocks and clash with police. They’re right. But...
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Films For Action added an article on May 7 2015
What If Our Theories Are Horribly Wrong?
Miasma Theory was universally held and horribly wrong. What else might we be wrong about? In 19th century London, everyone was certain that bad air caused disease. From cholera to the plague: if you were sick, everyone thought it was because of bad air. It was called the...
Films For Action added an article on May 7 2015
Why Not Voting Is Such a Pitifully Ineffective Form of Protest
Of the most commonly recurring themes that keeps popping up in the comments sections beneath my work is the "if only everyone stopped voting ..." type is probably the most infuriating. The reason that I find these appeals for people to "just stop voting" so infuriating is...
Films For Action added a video on May 7 2015
Emergency: VOTE To Start Revolution - Russell Brand The Trews (E312)
In today's 'Trews Politics Week Conclusion' I recap last week's episodes, reveal Part 2 of 'Milibrand' and give my call to action for how to best use your vote to save the country, and for future REVOLUTION. Editor's Note: What do you think? Whether you agree or disagree...
Films For Action added an article on May 7 2015
Recognizing Legacy of Police Torture, Chicago Passes Landmark Reparations
Advocates say that resolution in Chicago must be placed in the 'broader context of ongoing and endemic police violence.' Recognizing the horrific legacy of the Chicago Police Department and the widespread use of torture under former police commander Jon Burge, the Chicago...
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Films For Action added a video on May 6 2015
Food Chains (2014)
In this exposé, an intrepid group of Florida farmworkers battle to defeat the $4 trillion global supermarket industry through their ingenious Fair Food program, which partners with growers and retailers to improve working conditions for farm laborers in the United...
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Films For Action added an article on May 6 2015
Tractors, Ritual Baths, and Dismantling Racism: Welcome to Black and Latino Farmers Immersion
"Land is the only real wealth in this country and if we don't own any we'll be out of the picture." — Ralph Paige, Federation of Southern Cooperatives We have been uprooted from our land. As African-Americans, many of our ancestors were stolen from West Africa to be sold...
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Films For Action added an article on May 6 2015
The Wars Come Home: A Five-Step Guide to the Police Repression of Protest from Ferguson to Baltimore and Beyond
Last week, as Baltimore braced for renewed protests over the death of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) prepared for battle. With state-of-the-art surveillance of local teenagers’ Twitter feeds, law enforcement had learned that a group of high school...
Films For Action added an article on May 6 2015
Facebook's Internet.org Isn't the Internet, It's Facebooknet
This week Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that Internet.org, its marquee project to “connect two-thirds of the world that don’t have internet access,” is now inviting any website or service to join the program. According to Zuckerberg, this change—which follows...
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Films For Action added a video on May 6 2015
Transformational Festivals Panel #2 - "New Ways Of The Sacred"
Transformational Festivals Panel for “New Ways Of The Sacred” LIVE at 7:20pm May 6th following the LIVE MASS VIEWING of THE BLOOM PART III. Part III of The Bloom “New Ways of The Sacred” looks at how Transformational Festivals are venues for an active engagement with...
Films For Action added a video on May 6 2015
The Bloom Episode 3: New Ways of the Sacred
Part III of The Bloom “New Ways of The Sacred” looks at how Transformational Festivals are venues for an active engagement with ancient, universal themes of MYTHOS, RITUAL and THE SACRED, exploring ways which both honour the traditional, while reflecting our unprecedented...
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Films For Action added an article on May 5 2015
The Oceans Are Not Worth $24 trillion
Some things are beyond measure and beyond price. No amount of money is enough to compensate for the loss of the sacred. In case you were wondering whether the oceans are worth protecting, the World Wildlife Fund has helpfully put a monetary value on them: $24 trillion. No...
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Films For Action added a video on May 3 2015
The Soil Solution To Climate Change (2013)
What If A Solution To Climate Change Was Beneath Your Feet?  Soil is a living universe beneath our feet. As important to our lives as clean air and water, soil also holds a potential solution to the global climate crisis. Increasing numbers of scientists, farmers and...
Films For Action added a video on May 1 2015
Capture the Rain and Rebuild the Economy
This fun animation shows how reconnecting trees to our city's watersheds is one of the fastest ways to create lasting jobs while rebuilding local economies and preparing our communities to thrive and survive increasing threats of severe weather.  Staring Andy Lipkis, Founder...
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Films For Action added a video on May 1 2015
Will Bernie Sanders Usher in a New Progressive Era?
In this clip from Bill's interview with presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (VT-I), he asks the senator from Vermont what it will take to get the "Hillary wing of the Democratic party to pay attention to the power of a populist message." Here's what he had to say: Watch...
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Films For Action added an article on May 1 2015
Why the Planet Is Happy That Bernie Sanders Is Running for President
After lunch, right about the time that Bernie Sanders was actually announcing his run for president, I went for a walk in the woods, and polled three chickadees, two wild turkeys, one vernal pool of chirping wood frogs and a random sample of several tree species. You have...
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Films For Action added an article on May 1 2015
How Companies Make Us Forget We Need to Consume Less to Stop Climate Change
We will have to consume less, not more, if we are serious about tackling climate change. So how do businesses like Coca-Cola lure us into forgetting that inconvenient truth? Recycle more, opt for “sustainable” products, offset your flights. In short, do anything, just please...
Films For Action added an article on Apr 30 2015
Give 'Em Hell, Bernie
Many years ago I pitched a magazine editor on a story about Bernie Sanders, then a congressman from Vermont, who'd agreed to something extraordinary – he agreed to let me, a reporter, stick next to him without restrictions over the course of a month in congress. "People...
Films For Action added an article on Apr 30 2015
Dear White America: Toya Graham Is Not Your Hero
When I told my grandma that I was among a crowd of protesters pepper-sprayed while covering the demonstration-turned-riot at Baltimore’s Mondawmin Mall on Monday, her response was blunt. “Well, that should've been your answer to take yo' ass home,” she said. Had she been...
Films For Action added a video on Apr 30 2015
Terence McKenna: Reclaim Your Mind
Terence Kemp McKenna (November 16, 1946 -- April 3, 2000) was a modern philosopher, whose main interest was psychedelics and their role in society and existence beyond the physical body" 
Films For Action added an article on Apr 30 2015
Beyond Capitalism and Socialism: Could a New Economic Approach Save the Planet?
To avoid social, environmental and economic collapse, the world needs to move beyond the standard choices of capitalism or socialism. That’s the conclusion of a new report released Wednesday by US think tank Capital Institute. The non-partisan think tank argues that both...
Films For Action added an article on Apr 30 2015
Great Moments in Peaceful Protest History
The revolution WILL be given permission. "Great moments in protest history: The appropriate way to get what you want!"