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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 added an article on Fri, Jul 25 2014
Charles Eisenstein · Charles Eisenstein has a radical idea: instead of greeting violence with the threat of punishment and more violence, let's seek understanding instead. Rather than dehumanize our enemies, perhaps it is time to try compassion. The process of 'restorative justice,' Eisenstein...
Films For Action added an article on Thu, Jul 24 2014
Amy Goodman · As Israel pledges to continue the assault on Gaza for "as long as is required," we are joined by two Israelis who have refused to serve in their country’s military reserves. <!--{cke_protected}{C}%3...
Films For Action added a video on Wed, Jul 23 2014
17 min · Empathy can be a force for radical social change, but only if we understand how to unleash it. - Roman Krznaric at TEDxAthens 2013
Films For Action added an article on Wed, Jul 23 2014
Lynn Stuart Parramore · Psst: Working less is the key to success.  Want to make employees happier and more productive? Give them a four-day work week. The concept was introduced in the 1950s by American labor union leader Walter Reuther, but it’s taken a long time for the country to come around to...
Films For Action added an article on Mon, Jul 21 2014
David Graeber · "What I can't understand is, why aren't people rioting in the streets?" I hear this, now and then, from people of wealthy and powerful backgrounds. There is a kind of incredulity. "After all," the subtext seems to read, "we scream bloody murder when anyone so much as...
Films For Action added a video on Mon, Jul 21 2014
76 min · Do you shape the world or does it shape you? Drawing on leading thinkers from around the world, and with a torrent of mind-expanding ideas and information, THE LOTTERY OF BIRTH will make you think again about what it means to be free.
Films For Action added a video on Mon, Jul 21 2014
24 min · From stencils to ‘zines to graffiti and poster art, “Subverting the Media” takes us on a trip through the alternative media scene. East Harlem muralist James De La Vega, anti-patriarchal poster collective “Sister Serpents”, Bronx-based graffiti group, “Tats Cru” and Sabrina...
Films For Action added a video on Sun, Jul 20 2014
73 min · This absorbing documentary focuses on 10 visionary New Zealanders out to prove that a shift in consciousness can heal our environment. You'll be inspired, and never look at stinging nettle in your garden in quite the same way again.  "This inspirational film weaves together...
Films For Action added an article on Sun, Jul 20 2014
Melissa Gira Grant · A slut is useful — or, at least, the idea of her is. That’s what sociologists Elizabeth A. Armstrong and Laura T. Hamilton suggest in their recently published research on sex and status. Their study of party dorms and sorority life on one college campus dramatizes how all...
Films For Action added a video on Sun, Jul 20 2014
41 min · Narrated by Peter Coyote, this OSCAR-nominated, EMMY-winning film by Dorothy Fadiman follows Native Americans in New Mexico taking a stand against injustice in the political process. Personal stories demonstrate how minority communities are using their voting rights as they...
Films For Action added an article on Sun, Jul 20 2014
Morgan Shoaff · Waiting in line to pay for groceries, it’s hard not to notice all the ridiculous tabloid headlines: So-and-so wore shorts yesterday! Who's cheating on who? People are on diets! As entertaining as it all may be, shouldn’t *real* stories get the kind of attention the pointless...
Films For Action added an article on Sun, Jul 20 2014
Omar Baddar · How commonly is the alleged moral superiority of the Israeli military invoked? So commonly that if you type “the most moral army in the world” into Google, you’ll immediately get a bunch of articles discussing the Israeli “Defense” Forces. Just last week, Slate’s William...
Films For Action added an article on Sat, Jul 19 2014
Chris Hedges · Raul Hilberg in his monumental work “The Destruction of the European Jews” chronicled a process of repression that at first was “relatively mild” but led, step by step, to the Holocaust. It started with legal discrimination and ended with mass murder. “The destructive process...
Films For Action added an article on Sat, Jul 19 2014
Peter Hart · Wednesday (7/16/14)  the New York Times posted its first account of the Israeli strike that killed four young Palestinians on a beach in Gaza. The headline looked
Films For Action added an article on Sat, Jul 19 2014
Ted Rall · If you're reading this, you probably follow the news. So you've probably heard of the latest iteration of the "crisis at the border": 
Films For Action added an article on Sat, Jul 19 2014
David Bollier · Self-organized commons are undergoing a renaissance today as one of the most robust alternatives to modern-day capitalism. Mention the commons and most people conjure up the image of a bucolic English pasture. The commons were the fields and forests where medieval commoners...
Films For Action added a video on Sat, Jul 19 2014
4 min · If you're not Jewish, and you're circumcised, you need to watch this video.
Films For Action added an article on Sat, Jul 19 2014
Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed · Israel’s military assault on Gaza has so far killed over 200 Palestinians and wounded more than 1,500. Nearly 80% of these casualties have been civilians. One Israeli has been killed by a mortar shell from Hamas rocket attacks, along with 20 wounded. So far, around...
Films For Action added a video on Fri, Jul 18 2014
2 min · “In Between Songs” documents Djalu Gurruwiwi, Australian Aboriginal elder, leader of the Galpu clan, and world-renowned didjeridu master, as he fights for the future of his family and his community. Alcoholism and drug abuse run rampant, while a ravenous bauxite mining...
Films For Action added a video on Fri, Jul 18 2014
28 min · WORLD PEACE is a Local Issue opens with these words: "In a democracy, the most important office is that of the private citizen." The film documents how local efforts can impact national issues. The story begins in 1983 showing actions, worldwide, toward reining in escalation...
Films For Action added an article on Fri, Jul 18 2014
Gregory Fernenstein · Like a few other cities, the city is letting some citizens vote directly on how the city spends its money. But, of course, it's adding an online twist.   The heart of Silicon Valley is experimenting with a novel form of direct democracy that gives citizens direct control...
Films For Action added an article on Fri, Jul 18 2014
Shaun Chamberlin · The Transition movement is a loose network of thousands of communities (ranging from favelas in Brazil to Japanese towns; from rural villages in England to Transition Los Angeles) unified in their drive to devise and implement positive solutions that build local resilience...
Films For Action added an article on Fri, Jul 18 2014
Jessica Valenti · When 99% of the female population uses contraception, it's sad that we can't just come out and say that we use it for sex. And that we like the sex – a lot.   Women like to have sex. Some women who like to have sex don't want to get pregnant, so they use birth control. I...
Films For Action added an article on Thu, Jul 17 2014
Jordan G. Teicher · The United States has a trash problem. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American produces more than 4 pounds of garbage per day. That’s more than double the amount produced in 1960, and it’s50 percent more than the amount produced by...
Films For Action added an article on Tue, Jul 15 2014
Abeer Ayyoub · When three Israelis were reported kidnapped in Hebron back in June, I immediately knew that in one way or another, Gaza would be affected. What I didn't expect was the massive military operation that my home has been enduring since July 8: a seemingly endless barrage of air...
Films For Action added an article on Sun, Jul 13 2014
Share The World's Resources · Almost everywhere we look, there is an emerging debate on the importance of sharing in relation to the grave challenges of our time. This conversation is most apparent in the sharing economy movement that has now taken the United States and Western Europe by storm, opening up...
Films For Action added an article on Thu, Jul 10 2014
Sarah Gray · From Colbert and Oliver to Sarah Silverman and Louis CK, comedians are torching anti-science activists with aplomb  In the latest version of America’s long-running culture wars, conservatives (and even some liberals) have zeroed in what once might have seemed like an...
Films For Action added an article on Tue, Jul 8 2014
Noam Chomsky · The U.S.'s sledgehammer worldview is destroying countless lives and future generations. The front page of The New York Times on June 26 featured a photo of women mourning a murdered Iraqi. He is one of the innumerable victims of the ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria)...
Films For Action added an article on Tue, Jul 8 2014
James Hamblin · In case you've not yet purchased your weekend meat, here is a pretty harrowing/empowering case for choosing chicken instead of beef when you can. About a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture. First, here’s the hierarchy of meats (well, proteins) in terms...
Films For Action added a video on Tue, Jul 8 2014
2 min · Watch this. Then imagine what it would be like if most of the images you saw of men in every form of media were like this too. It would be a little weird, right?
Films For Action added an article on Tue, Jul 8 2014
Conor Friedersdorf · The agency collected and stored intimate chats, photos, and emails belonging to innocent Americans—and secured them so poorly that reporters can now browse them at will. Consider the latest leak sourced to Edward Snowden from the perspective of his detractors. The National...
Films For Action added an article on Mon, Jul 7 2014
Ted Rall · At a certain point, if you have any relationship with dignity, you're supposed to get sick of being used and abused. Speaking of which: liberal Democrats. Democratic politicians act like right-wingers. Liberals vote for them anyway. The Democratic Party espouses right-wing...
Films For Action added an article on Mon, Jul 7 2014
Munib al-Masri · All too often the 'honest brokers' mediating negotiations agree with our occupiers that the destructive spread of settlements is not on occupied land.
Films For Action added an action on Sun, Jul 6 2014
Joanna Macy · When you know where to look, you begin to see an unprecedented phenomenon now happening in this world of ours. Be they teachers in favelas, forest defenders, urban farmers, occupiers of Wall Street, designers of windmills, military resisters (the list goes on…), the fact is...
Films For Action added an article on Sun, Jul 6 2014
Peter Hart · The Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case might not have been surprising, but there's at least one aspect of the media coverage of the company that fails in a big way: Few outlets note that the company was providing the very type of health coverage it finds...
Films For Action added an article on Sun, Jul 6 2014
Kim Bhasin · The arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby proudly touts itself as a Christian company that puts people over profits. However, some staunch Christians say there's a gaping hole in that claim -- namely, China. Products bearing "Made in China" labels are found all over the...
Films For Action added an article on Sat, Jul 5 2014
Bill Moyers and Bernard Weisberger · The Glorious Fourth is a day to let ‘er rip, be as red-white-and-blue as you like, hang out the flag, join the parade, keep an eye on the sky where those fireworks are bursting in air. Start early: pop a Sousa into the sound system, turn up the volume (not too loudly out...
Films For Action added an article on Sat, Jul 5 2014
Medea Benjamin · This July 4, the fireworks won’t just be in celebration of Independence Day. There will undoubtedly be fireworks in cities throughout the Middle East, as the region, engulfed in violence, further explodes. The US military and US taxdollars are already deeply entangled in...
Films For Action added an article on Wed, Jul 2 2014
Julianne Ross · When Brazilian graphic designer Carol Rossetti began posting colorful illustrations of women and their stories to Facebook, she had no idea how popular they would become.  Thousands of shares throughout the world later, the appeal of Rosetti's work is clear. Much like the...
Films For Action added an article on Wed, Jul 2 2014
Jeffrey Hollender · Shared ownership helps to diversify rather than concentrate wealth and roots the value it generates in communities. Inequality has become an embarrassing social reality for more and more global citizens – a reality that we seem very far away from solving. One particular...
Films For Action added an article on Tue, Jul 1 2014
Noam Chomsky · Whose security is the U.S. military and foreign service protecting? The question of how foreign policy is determined is a crucial one in world affairs.  In these comments, I can only provide a few hints as to how I think the subject can be productively explored, keeping to...
Films For Action added an action on Mon, Jun 30 2014
SCG News · Rather than grovel and beg for the U.S. government to respect our privacy, these innovators have taken matters into their own hands, and their work may change the playing field completely. People used to assume that the United States government was held in check by...
Films For Action added an article on Mon, Jun 30 2014
Maude Barlow · Do not listen to those who say there is nothing you can do to the very large and very real social and environmental problems that beset our world. I am not now talking about a false sense of optimism based on ignoring the several very real crises we face.
Films For Action added an article on Mon, Jun 30 2014
Matt Stannard · At its annual meeting last week, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) adopted a pair of resolutions endorsing postal banking, co-signed by eight mayors from six states. Their goal is to bring $1 trillion of job-creating economic stimulus primarily to low-income neighborhoods...
Films For Action added an action on Mon, Jun 30 2014
Nicholas Goroff · For an increasing number of young Americans, politics is seen as both a frustration and fascination. From the more simplistic, partisan electoral noise that crops up ever two years, to the deeper and more complex discussion of the issues, greater numbers are now beginning to...
Films For Action added an article on Mon, Jun 30 2014
Dr. Nafeez Ahmed · Robert David Steele, former Marine, CIA case officer, and US co-founder of the US Marine Corps intelligence activity, is a man on a mission. But it's a mission that frightens the US intelligence establishment to its core. With 18 years experience working across the US in
Films For Action added a video on Mon, Jun 30 2014
13 min · John Oliver has for the second consecutive week issued a hilarious, brutal, and elucidatory rant about a galling but sometimes tedious issue. On last week’s episode of Oliver’s new HBO show Last Week Tonight, it was his brilliant takedown of the FCC’s newly...
Films For Action added an article on Mon, Jun 30 2014
Prachi Gupta · Just ahead of the sixth episode of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” comedian John Oliver admitted on “CBS This Morning” that he and his crew are “still trying to work out what this is.” But Oliver seems to know what “Last Week” isn’t: “The Daily Show.” Oliver, of course, is a...
Films For Action added an article on Sun, Jun 29 2014
Eric Garza · I believe it was Oscar Wilde who said: "Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” I think this is true, and I think the consequences of it being true are as pervasive as they are...
Films For Action added an article on Sun, Jun 29 2014
Abby Scher · A quiet revolution is rumbling through New York's municipal offices as they retool to support the creation of worker cooperatives as a way to fight poverty. Spurred by the powerful example of immigrant-owned cleaning cooperatives and the longstanding example of Cooperative...