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The news: Norway is well on its way to digitizing every book in its National Library and making them all free to access for any Norwegian citizen. That means hundreds of thousands of books will be available to anyone accessing the collection online with a Norwegian IP...
Lawrence, KS -- After 12 months in development, Films For Action has launched its new website - a head-to-toe redesign that lays the foundation for a vibrant community-powered news site dedicated to inspiring positive social change. At the heart of the new site is a...
The 150 year old cabin has been home for many people and creatures. Now with your help I am restoring it to its former glory, with a little free library and community center.  
What is wrong with work? For the majority of us, most of our lives are dominated by work. Even when we are not actually at work, we are traveling to or from work, worrying about work, trying to recover from work in order to get back to work tomorrow, or trying to forget...
The problem: We wake up every day to go to work, taking orders from a manager. We sit at work counting down the minutes until we go home, counting down the days until the weekend, counting down the weeks until our next holiday, wishing our lives away. Or worse, we can't find...
Syrena is a squatted house in Warsaw that is home to 65 people, including a number of families. It also provides space for the Warsaw Tenants Association, Workers Initiative, Anarchist Black Cross, Warsaw Revolutionary Theatre, Amature Opera Front, Punk Yoga, No One Is...
Twittamentary is a unique documentary about the everyday people who use Twitter. The movie is also a social media experiment which fuses together a Documentary with real time Social Media interaction - where viewers can interact with the cast and production team, in...
Here is the first issue of Gonzo Times for Print. We ask that you print not only one for yourself but others to distribute in your area. Coffee Shops, Libraries, Campuses, Book Stores and Community Centers may be some places you can do this. This publication thrives on...
Let me speak to you about dumbness because that is what schools teach best. Old-fashioned dumbness used to be simple ignorance: you didn't know something, but there were ways to find out if you wanted to. Government-controlled schooling didn't eliminate dumbness - in fact, we...
Here is an example of a consultation led by ATD Fourth World in Brazil, with Brasil pela dignidade, Verdejar and Raizes en Movimento. A group in Petropolis welcomes mums and young people, from the street library in order to work on the research all together. It is a first...
Years of struggle had long honed Aling Tita's powerful sense of solidarity. Her neighbors rely on her in many ways. She often supports parents trying to enroll their children in school, or applying for administrative papers from the City Hall. She plays a key role in making...
When Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans, it ripped apart families and communities as well as the city itself. But through it all, the resilience of the people of New Orleans has been inspiring. Stacey first became involved with ATD Fourth World via Street...
Literacy skills serve as invaluable tools as we clear away the rubble in order to make room for a future peppered with the possibility of rebirth. Angela Davis and Toni Morrison explore this notion in a conversation that is essentially a celebration of reading and writing...
Many of us believe the Internet to be open and free for us to explore all known information.  Indeed, it is true that we currently can surf to any active website with our browser, and we can start a website or blog on any topic we wish to discuss.  And it is quite a profound...
Last night, after one of the most remarkable days of resistance in recent history, some of us within Occupy Oakland took an important next step: we extended the occupation to an unused building near Oscar Grant Plaza. We did this, first off, in order to secure the shelter and...
THE DISPOSSESSED is a classic of science fiction, and also one of the few novels, of any description, which deals honestly and openly with anarchist ideas, and, for this reason, is one of the most oft-cited influences on anarchists today. To be honest, I wouldn't bother...
Is 'true' capitalism good and crony capitalism the real problem? This debate has been raging for a long time and finally we have a definitive answer. This video kindly cuts through all of the divisive rhetoric and misunderstandings and offers a constructive path towards...
In a single recent year the U.S. classified about five times the number of pages added to the Library of Congress. We live in a world where the production of secret knowledge dwarfs the production of open knowledge. Depending on whom you ask, government secrecy is either...
The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives... LIKE the producers Facebook Page: Hunab Ku Productions...
There's a man going around taking names...And he decides who to free and who to blame...Everybody won't be treated all the same...There will be a golden ladder reaching down...When the man comes around...Words by Johnny Cash... LIKE the producers Facebook Page: Hunab Ku...
January 25, 2012 - We've launched our new mobile site today, bringing the site's library of over 900 films, independent news and actions to the small screen inside your pocket. To check it out, simply go to www.filmsforaction.org like normal and you'll automatically be...
A Different Kind of Education from a Different Kind of Educator… The Ultimate History Lesson is a 5 hour course, illustrating the cause and effect relationship of how Americans became incoherent, and thus how the American dream has was usurped by an international agenda. When...
Open democracy advocate and internet pioneer Aaron Swartz was found dead Friday in an apparent suicide, flooding the digital spectrum with an outpouring of grief. He was 26 years old. Swartz spent the last two years fighting federal hacking charges. In July 2011...
Capitalism is presented as a 'natural' system, formed a bit like mountains or land masses by forces beyond human control, that it is an economic system ultimately resulting from human nature. However it was not established by 'natural forces' but by intense and massive...
A look at the hidden force controlling Hollywood and the Music Industry...Things are not what they seem... The Industry, if you ain't got a strong mind, the industry will break you down, it's a matter of time...The Industry, vultures with nothing to feast on, see me, i'm...
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...
Not long ago I met some dedicated young women who were doing their student teaching at an impressive nature-based preschool. They made it clear that they’d love to pursue careers at similar schools. But they were discouraged about the prospects. Despite growing demand from...
There’s a wonderful phrase for how capitalism works in the real world (I’m not sure who first came up with it, but I associate it with Noam Chomsky): “The socialization of risk and cost, and the privatization of profit.” That’s a pretty good description of what the state...
It's been five years since the Films For Action project began in Lawrence, Kansas. It started with one simple idea: we can't depend on the mainstream media to inform us, so let's become the media ourselves by hosting documentaries on issues that the corporate media ignores...
18 minutes could save New York. PINK LINKS: Selected Compiled Research The Sky Is Pink- Annotated industry documents featured in the film: .rollingstone.com/extras/theskyispink_annotdoc-gasl4final.pdf Affirming GASLAND- Our responses to industry charges against GASLAND...
Oo-de-lally!! After twelve months in development, the site has finally gone live! What started out as a simple plan a year ago to make a few minor visual tweaks and navigational changes ended up morphing into an over-the-top, head-to-toe redesign of the entire site...
A story by Our Better World - telling stories of good to inspire action. A journey of discovering that following all the right steps or using the best methods may not be the most important thing. In the end, it's the lives that you touch that matters. Hear honest views from...
Bob Geldof is going to put out another Band Aid single, another rehash of  the grotesque “Do They Know it’s Christmas?” with slightly altered lyrics. We’ve written about the problematic politics of such songs in detail before. Bim Adewunmi broke it down over at the Guardian...
The structure of the World itself is such, it functions on Natural Law, and the Natural Law is a powerful, regenerative process. There is a process of regeneration that continues and grows, and is endless. It is absolutely endless if everyone agrees to the Law and follows the...
It’s a recurring theme lately that whenever one will point out suffering and generally bad stuff happening because of Capitalism, right-wing libertarian apologists will pop-up from the woodwork to point out that “This ain’t Capitalism”. They will claim that the government...
The human spirit is the power to give form to our life and its corresponding formation field in a way that transcends an absolute determination [by materialist/social forces]...The apparent human ability to transcend purely mechanistic processes necessarily implies an...
This film was created by New York City public school teachers and parents in response to Davis Guggenheim’s highly misleading film. Waiting for "Superman would have audiences believe that free-market competition, standardized tests, destroying teacher unions, and the...
A suffrage centennial special: Automobiles were used for campaign purposes in the suffrage movement to win voting rights for women. These photos are from the Library of Congress and the collection of Ken Florey, author of a book on suffrage memorabilia. Votes for Women...
We stand on the shoulders of many activists who came before us. The women's suffrage movement was a nonviolent movement for social change that took 144 years from the Declaration of Independence and 72 years from the Declaration of Sentiments conference in Seneca Falls in...
Most of what's known about the women's suffrage movement has been reduced to a photo and caption of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, key players in the suffrage movement. In fact, the movement involved tens of thousands of on-the-ground activists. As the 2017...
Food is one of our most basic needs. And yet, for over 800 million people, food insecurity remains a daily issue. While top-down programs that address hunger certainly exist, more efficient, immediate solutions are sometimes found on the community level, where neighbors...
How can I make a positive difference in the world? Where do I start? Which of the overwhelming number of urgent global issues should I focus my attention on first? These are questions most of us have asked ourselves at some point, but although being an active citizen can...
Fraternities, sororities and football, along with other outsized athletic programs, have decimated most major American universities. Scholarship, inquiry, self-criticism, moral autonomy and a search for artistic and esoteric forms of expression—in short, the world of ethics...
Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky demolish one of the central tenets of our political culture, the idea of the "liberal media." Instead, utilizing a systematic model based on massive empirical research, they reveal the manner in which the news media are so subordinated to...
Films For Action's City Chapter websites aim to provide a definitive web-based resource for the activist community of that city. By providing a robust set of information and communication tools geared to amplify the impact of local efforts, the website serves to build...
PROGRAMMING THE NATION  takes an encompassing look at the history of subliminal messaging in America. According to many authorities, since the late 1950s subliminal content has been tested and delivered through all forms of mass-media including Hollywood filmmakers Alfred...
Released on November 20th 2013; International Children's Day. This sonically 'Mad' film asks the simple (yet so tragically & unnecessarily complex) question: In war
Dont Look Back is a 1967 American documentary film by D. A. Pennebaker that covers Bob Dylan's 1965 concert tour in the United Kingdom. In 1998 the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally...
There are places where you can come over a bridge and see a whole big city spread out before you. The Mystic River Bridge coming into Boston is such a place, as is the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan or the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. Driving over one of these...
“Just how charitable are you supposed to be when criticizing the views of an opponent?” “In disputes upon moral or scientific points,” Arthur Martine counseled in his magnificent 1866 guide to the art of conversation, “let your aim be to come at truth, not to conquer your...