La Via Campesina - International movement bringing together millions of peasants, small and medium-size farmers, landless people, women farmers, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world. It defends small-scale sustainable agriculture as a way to promote social justice and dignity. It strongly opposes corporate driven agriculture and transnational companies that are destroying people and nature.
Labor/Community Strategy Center - Developing campaigns and demands to help build a revitalized world united front that can stop the rising tides of war, racism and imperialism, the ecological crisis and the growing police state.
Landless Workers Movement (MST) - The Brazilian Landless Workers Movement is the largest social movement in Latin America and one of the most successful grassroots movements in the world. Hundreds of thousands of landless peasants have taken onto themselves the task of carrying out a long-overdue land reform in a country mired by an overly skewed land distribution pattern. Less than 3% of the population owns two-thirds of Brazil's arable land.
League of Fans - A sports reform project working to improve sports by increasing awareness of the sports industry's relationship to society, exposing irresponsible business practices, ensuring accountability to fans, and encouraging the industry to contribute to societal well-being.
Librotraficante - Latino-rights activists are challenging Arizona’s ban on school books and courses that provide students with information about Mexican-American history and culture.
Living with Drones - Much of the public debate about drone strikes in Pakistan has focused narrowly on whether strikes are 'doing their job'-i.e., whether the majority of those killed are "militants." That framing, however, fails to take account of the people on the ground who live with the daily presence of lethal drones in their skies and with the constant threat of drone strikes in their communities. This Stanford Law School website aims to remedy this, providing information about life under drones and the socio-economic impacts of drone strikes on civilians in North Waziristan as well as an overview of the debate about the legality of the US targeted killing program and drone campaign in Pakistan under both international and US domestic law.
Long Haul, The - A resource center and community space for radical grassroots activists. Provides an office/meeting space and a non-profit umbrella for a variety of projects/collectives, as well as hosting numerous social and political events. Also houses the Infoshop, a combination lending library, computer room, zine making space, activist reading room, and a social gathering space.
Lumos - Lumos works to support the 8 million children in institutions worldwide to regain their right to a family life and to end the institutionalisation of children.
MAG-Net - A local-to-local advocacy network of grassroots community organizations working together for media change to end poverty, eliminate racism, and ensure human rights.
Making Change at Walmart - As the largest private employer in the United States and the world, Walmart is setting the standard for jobs. That standard is so low that hundreds of thousands of its employees are living in poverty-even many that work full time. The problems extend to workers who toil in unsafe working conditions in subcontracted warehouses. And also to workers in developing companies such as China and Bangladesh who make incredibly low wages while manufacturing the goods on Walmart's shelves. That pulls down standards for workers in the United States and around the globe. Making Change at Walmart is a campaign challenging this.
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) - An organization of Afrikans in America/New Afrikans whose mission is to defend the human rights of our people and promote self-determination in our community.
Manifesto Club - Campaigns against the hyperregulation of everyday life. Supports free movement across borders, free expression and free association. Challenges booze bans, photo bans, vetting and speech codes - all new ways in which the state regulates everyday life on the streets, in workplaces and in private lives.
Mass Coalition Against Predatory Lending (MAAPL) - A coalition of over 60 member organizations, as well as a number of endorsing organizations. Among the member organizations are housing counseling agencies, legal services groups, social service agencies, and community-based social action groups. All have come together to work on the sub-prime foreclosure crisis in Massachusetts.
Mayday Pac - Working to reduce the influence of money in politics.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns - More than 750 mayors and 750,000 grassroots supporters to demand that President Obama and Congress step forward with a plan to end gun violence.
Media Alliance - Working to unite the professional media community with the public interest communities of the San Franicsco Bay Area.
Mexico Solidarity Network - A coalition of 88 organizations struggling for democracy, economic justice and human rights on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Midnight Special Law Collective - An independent non-profit organization dedicated to providing legal trainings and accessible, relevant, democratic and accountable legal support to a wide range of activists participating in the struggle for social change.
Midwest Academy - Offers on site training and consulting as well as five day training sessions for leaders and staff of citizen and community groups committed to progressive social change.
Mifta - A Palestinian, Jerusalem-based, independent institution committed to fostering the principles of democracy and effective dialogue based on the free and candid exchange of information and ideas.
Mississippi Center for Justice - Seeks systemic solutions that promote educational opportunity, protect the rights of consumers, secure access to healthcare, ensure equity in disaster recovery and put affordable housing within the reach of all Mississippians.
Move for Change and the Brooklyn Culture Jam - A group founded by Actress/Dancer/teacher Kathleen Stansell. Its mission is to use dance and other movement-related performance art as a venue for social change. Brooklyn Culture Jammers is the name of the loose association that Dan Kinch and Kathleen came up with in order to create and promulgate theater, dance, music and spoken word pieces as part of promoting the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Move to Amend - A coalition supported by hundreds of organizations and tens of thousands of individuals dedicated to ending the illegitimate legal doctrines that prevent the American people from governing themselves.
Movement for Black Lives, The - In response to the sustained and increasingly visible violence against Black communities in the U.S. and globally, a collective of more than 50 organizations representing thousands of Black people from across the country have come together with renewed energy and purpose to articulate a common vision and agenda. For each of the 30+ policies in the document, policy briefs describe the steps that must be taken to get closer to liberation.
Movement for the Abolition of War - Seeks to build a civil society movement for the abolition of war by challenging popular thinking about the acceptability of war and raising awareness of constructive alternatives.
MoveOn - When there is a disconnect between broad public opinion and legislative action, MoveOn builds electronic advocacy groups. Examples of such issues are campaign finance, environmental and energy issues, impeachment, gun safety, and nuclear disarmament. Once a group is assembled, MoveOn provides information and tools to help each individual have the greatest possible impact.
Naming the Dead - Records the names of people reportedly killed by CIA drone strikes in Pakistan.
National Campaign to End the Korean War - A coalition of concerned Korean American, veterans, and human rights organizations as well as individuals in the United States who are working together to promote permanent peace on the Korean peninsula and a new U.S. policy toward Korea by informing, educating, and mobilizing American people at both local and national levels.
National People's Action (NPA) - A network of grassroots organizations with a fierce reputation for direct action from across the country that work to advance a national economic and racial justice agenda. NPA has over 200 organizers working to unite everyday people in cities, towns, and rural communities throughout the United States through direct-action, house meetings and community organizing.
National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC) - An independent and nonpartisan alliance of whistleblowers who have come forward to address our nation's security weaknesses; to inform authorities of security vulnerabilities in our intelligence agencies, at nuclear power plants and weapon facilities, in airports, and at our nation's borders and ports; to uncover government waste, fraud, abuse, and in some cases criminal conduct.
Native Forest Network (NFN) - Global autononomous collective of forest activists, indigenous peoples, conservation biologists and non-governmental organizations working internationally to protect forests.
Netroots Nation - Amplifies progressive voices by providing an online and in-person campus for exchanging ideas and learning how to be more effective in using technology to influence the public debate.
NC Justice Center - Public policy advocacy in North Carolina, protecting and expanding the rights of workers, consumers, immigrants, and low-income families.
Netroots Nation - A political convention for American progressive political activists.
Network For Peace - Set up to continue the work of the National Peace Council. Most members are groups who are working for peace, disarmament, or similar.
New Bottom Line - A national campaign fueled by a coalition of community organizations, congregations, labor unions, and individuals working together to build a movement that challenges established big bank interests on behalf of struggling and middle-class communities.
New Rules Project - Why new rules? Because the old ones don't work any longer. They undermine local economies, subvert democracy, weaken our sense of community, and ignore the costs of our decisions on the next generation.
NextGen Climate Action - A non-partisan, San Francisco-based organization focused on bringing climate change to the forefront of America's political dialogue. Founded by investor and philanthropist Tom Steyer in 2013, the organization acts politically to avert climate disaster and preserve American prosperity. Working at every level, it is committed to supporting candidates, elected officials and policymakers across the U.S. that will take action on climate change-and to exposing those who deny reality and cater to special interests.
NotOneMoreDeportation - A campaign made of individuals, organizations, artists, and allies to expose, confront, and overcome unjust immigration laws.
NukeFree - Committed to preventing the construction of new nuclear reactors and helping to pave the way for an energy economy based on renewables, efficiency and conservation.
Nukewatch - A Wisconsin-based environmental and peace action group, dedicated to the abolition of nuclear power, weapons and continuing radioactive waste production. Nukewatch brings critical attention to the locations, movements, dangers, and politics of nuclear weapons and dangerous wastes.
Oakland Privacy - A hub for news and information about surveillance in Oakland, collected by and for privacy activists. Its main focus is on the Oakland Domain Awareness Center, a $10.9 million surveillance system that would integrate cameras from the Port of Oakland, the City of Oakland, Oakland public school CCTV, gunshot detection, license plate readers, Twitter feeds, and more.
OccupyWallStreet - Unofficial de facto online resource for ongoing protests on Wall Street - an affinity group committed to doing technical support work for resistance movements. Also provides live streaming video coverage from independent journalists on the ground. Protests are spreading to other cities as well. For instance, see OccupySF and Occupy Oakland. Also see:
Occupy Our Homes - Standing up to Wall Street banks, demanding they negotiate with homeowners instead of foreclosing on them.
Occupy SF - Began in the financial district, the west coast site of the Federal Reserve Bank and seat of extreme inequalities of wealth. The movement is spreading rapidly across the city despite stiff opposition from City Hall. Occupy SF marches every Saturday at 3pm from Justin Herman Plaza. Occupations are springing up in neighborhoods across the city, have formed at many foreclosed homes in the Bayview, and at schools and universities as well. San Francisco Action Council brings together organizations and affinity groups from across the city who are part of the Occupy movement.
Occupy Supply - Volunteer project of Firedoglake working directly with Occupy demonstrators and organizers to raise money, purchase and deliver the supplies they need to keep going.
Occupy the SEC - A group of concerned citizens, activists, and financial professionals with decades of collective experience working at many of the largest financial firms in the industry. Occupy the SEC has submitted a 325 page letter to the SEC, FDIC, the Federal Reserve and the OCC, to comment on the notice of proposed rulemaking for the Volcker Rule.
TimCast - Tim Pool, a journalist whose style of interactive broadcast journalism exists at the intersection of social and mainstream media. His live coverage has been featured by news outlets such as Reuters, MSNBC, and Al Jazeera English. Pool engages viewers as participants by combining first hand reporting and commentary via live video stream and chat, allowing the viewing public to join in the action by directly asking questions, which he responds to while reporting live. Provides excellent coverage of OWS movement protests and demonstrations.
Oceania Interrupted - An Auckland-based collective of Maori and Pacific women committed to undertaking public interventions to raise awareness for issues that affect Pacific Islanders.
Office of the Americas - Dedicated to furthering the cause of justice and peace in the western hemisphere through educational programs. Also provides articles, commentaries, audio, and other statements. A source for documentation and analysis of current events in North America, Mexico, Central America, and South America, including the war on drugs, human rights, and United States foreign policy.
Open Society Institute and Soros Foundation Network - The goal of the Soros foundations network throughout the world is to transform closed societies into open ones and to protect and expand the values of existing open societies. The nearly 20 OSI initiatives cover a range of activities aimed at building free and open societies, including the strengthening of civil society; economic reform; education at all levels; human rights; legal reform and public administration; media and communications; public health; and arts and culture.
OpenSecrets - A guide to money, influence, and lobbying in U.S. elections.
Other Worlds - A women-driven, multi-media education and movement-building collaborative. Seeks to compile and bring to light political, economic, social, and environmental alternatives that are flourishing throughout the world, and inspire and help the public throughout the Americas open up new pathways to adapt and replicate them.
P2P Foundation - A global network of researchers, activists, and citizens monitoring and promoting actions geared towards a transition to a Commons-based society. Building an information-commons ecosystem for the growing P2P/Commons movement. Examines both the digital and the material worlds, their freedoms and restrictions, scarcities and abundances.
Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) - The Campaign is built on the Palestinian call for a comprehensive economic, cultural and academic boycott of Israel issued in August 2002 and a statement made by Palestinian academics and intellectuals in the occupied territories and in the Diaspora calling for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions in October 2003.
PARK(ing) Day - An annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.
Pat Finucane Centre (PFC) - The PFC is named in memory of Pat Finucane, a human rights lawyer from Belfast who was murdered in front of his wife and children on 12 February 1989 by the pro-British UDA. Finucane had successfully challenged the British Government over several important human rights cases.
Patriot Act: Eight Years Later (ACLU) - On May 26, 2011, Congress passed a four-year extension of three expiring Patriot Act provisions without making much-needed changes to the overly broad surveillance bill. The extended provisions are set now set to expire on June 1, 2015. Despite bills pending in both the House and the Senate to amend the three expiring provisions and other sections of the Patriot Act, Congress decided instead to move ahead with a straightforward reauthorization.
Peace Action - Peace Action, the merger of SANE and The Freeze, has effectively mobilized for peace and disarmament for over forty years.
Peace Boat - Promotes peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment. Every year, Peace Boat organizes several educational peace voyages onboard a large passenger ship. When the ship is in port, the organization co-operates with local groups on the coordination of exchange and study programs.
Peace Women - Monitors and works toward rapid and full implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.
People for the American Way - Fighting to maintain and expand 50 years of legal and social justice progress that right-wing leaders are trying to dismantle.
People's Action - Fighting for community over greed, justice over racism, and people and planet over big corporations.
Petition Online - Free online hosting of public petitions for responsible public advocacy.
PLATFORM - Works across disciplines for social and ecological justice. It combines the transformatory power of art with the tangible goals of campaigning, the rigour of in-depth research with the vision to promote alternative futures.
Polaris Institute - Designed to enable citizen movements to re-skill and re-tool themselves to fight for democratic social change in an age of corporate driven globalization. Essentially, the Institute works with citizen movements in developing the kinds of strategies and tactics required to unmask and challenge the corporate power that is the driving force behind governments concerning public policy making on economic, social and environmental issues. In so doing, the Institute serves as a catalyst with constituency-based social movements, increasing their capacity to do their own strategic campaign planning.
Political Resources on the Net - Listings of political sites available on the Internet sorted by country, with links to parties, organizations, governments, media and more from around the world.
Political Science Resources - Election results, constitutional documents, cabinet memberships, manifestos, political theory, journals, and more.
Policy Library - Places public policy knowledge in the public domain. Its aim is to contribute to public understanding of social, economic and political questions through research, dissemination and publication. Public, economic, social, and foreign policy research and analysis.
PollingReport - Polls updated as released: politics, business, society.
Prison Activist Resource Center (PARC) - PARC is committed to exposing and challenging the institutionalized racism of the criminal injustice system and to further developing anti-racism as individuals and throughout our organization. A progressive and radical information on prisons and the criminal prosecution system.
Progress Michigan - A communications team and media hub for the progressive community.
Protest - Calendar of protests, meetings and conferences.
Public Accountability Initiative (PAI) - Facilitates and produces investigative research that empowers citizens to hold their leaders accountable. PAI has developed LittleSis.org, an "involuntary Facebook" of powerful people and organizations. The site brings transparency to networks of influence, tracking the key relationships between politicians, corporate executives, lobbyists, financiers, and their affiliated organizations. Information on LittleSis derives from government filings, news articles, and other reputable sources. Some data sets are updated automatically; the rest is filled in by an online community of researchers. LittleSis is an open source web application and its data is available for free through the LittleSisAPI.
Public Campaign - Dedicated to sweeping reform that aims to dramatically reduce the role of special interest money in America's elections and the influence of big contributors in American politics.
Public Citizen - Fights for openness and democratic accountability in government, for the right of consumers to seek redress in the courts; for clean, safe and sustainable energy sources; for social and economic justice in trade policies; for strong health, safety and environmental protections; and for safe, effective and affordable prescription drugs and health care.
Public Sphere Project (PSP) - An initiative that is intended to help promote more effective and equitable public spheres all over the world.
Publish What You Pay - The Publish What You Pay campaign aims to help citizens of resource-rich developing countries hold their governments accountable for how revenues from the oil, gas and mining industries are managed and distributed. In countries such as Angola, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nigeria and Venezuela, full transparency of the payments made by natural resource companies to governments will enhance efforts to improve government accountability of the management of revenues, which should be an engine of economic growth and human development rather than a cause for worsening poverty, corruption, conflict and social divisiveness. The campaign, backed by a worldwide coalition of over 170 non-governmental and civil society organisations, was founded by Global Witness, George Soros' Open Society Institute, CAFOD, Oxfam UK, Save the Children UK, and Transparency International UK. The coalition calls for international regulation requiring the disclosure of net taxes, fees, royalties and other payments made by companies to developing country governments in all countries where they operate.
Pussy Riot - Russian feminist punk-rock collective based in Moscow. They stage unauthorized provocative guerrilla performances in unusual public locations, which are edited into music videos and posted on the Internet. Their lyrical themes include feminism, LGBT rights, opposition to the policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom they regard as a dictator, and links between the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church and Putin. Also see Free Pussy Riot and Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, an HBO documentary in which Russian justice in the modern Putin era is seen through the eyes of a young feminist punk band who were arrested after a protest on the altar of Moscow's largest cathedral. Winner of the 2013 Sundance World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Punk Spirit, this film reveals the story of three members of Pussy Riot who were charged with religious hatred, culminating in a trial that drew international attention. May also be see thru HBO GO.
Quiet Skies Coalition (QSC) - Comprised of citizen volunteers, based in East Hampton, NY, whose collective experience as residents neighboring the East Hampton airport compelled us to action, to reduce or eliminate the noise and air pollution this facility imposes on surrounding communities.
Raise Hope for Congo - A campaign of the Enough Project, aims to build a permanent and diverse constituency of activists who will advocate for the human rights of all Congolese citizens and work towards ending the ongoing conflict in eastern Congo.
Red Umbrella Project - A small peer-led organization based in Brooklyn, New York, which amplifies the voices of people in the sex trades to take greater control of their lives and livelihoods through sustained and structured peer-mentoring initiatives, multimedia storytelling platforms, and public advocacy skills development programs.
Refuse Fascism - Donald Trump and Mike Pence have assembled a vicious cabal that has put forth positions and begun initiatives which demonstrate that they fully intend to shred political and social norms with catastrophic consequence. Fascism has direction and momentum. Dissent is piece by piece criminalized. The truth is bludgeoned. Group after group is demonized and targeted along a trajectory that leads to real horrors. All of this has already begun under the Trump Regime. Millions of people are outraged by this regime.
Report Card for America's Infrastructure - Reports by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) assigning the nation's roads, bridges, water systems and other critical foundations a cumulative grade of D and noting a five-year investment need of $2.2 trillion and examining the basis for those failing grades. Offers statelevel infrastructure data on a variety of subjects, including needed drinking water investment, number of deficient bridges and number of high hazard dams that lack an emergency action plan, as well as suggested ways for individuals to take action.
Resist! Collective - A group of Vancouver-based activists working to provide communications and technical services, information and education to the greater activist community.
Resistance Studies - A global network of critical studies on 'resistance", organised by scholars from University of Gothenburg.
REV- - Advances constituency-led campaigns for social justice, youth media arts, research and development, and activities that trammel the boundaries between the printed word and public sphere. Invovles artists, advocates, media makers, low-wage workers, immigrants, and youth working to spark the public imagination and accelerate social change.
Ridenhour Prizes - The annual Ridenhour Prizes recognize those who persevere in acts of truth-telling that protect the public interest, promote social justice or illuminate a more just vision of society. These prizes memorialize the spirit of fearless truth-telling that whistleblower and investigative journalist Ron Ridenhour reflected throughout his extraordinary life and career. Each Prize carries a $10,000 stipend.
Courage Prize - The Ridenhour Courage Prize is presented to an individual in recognition of his or her courageous and life-long defense of the public interest and passionate commitment to social justice.
Book Prize - The Ridenhour Book Prize honors an outstanding work of social significance from the prior publishing year. The prize also recognizes investigative and reportorial distinction.
Truth-Telling Prize - The Ridenhour Truth-Telling Prize is presented to a citizen, corporate or government whistleblower, investigative journalist, or organization for bringing a specific issue of social importance to the public's attention.
Right-To-Know Network (RTK NET) - Provides free access to numerous databases, text files, and conferences on the environment, housing, and sustainable development.
Rights Action - Funds community struggles, write articles and reports, coordinate speaking tours, accompanies threatened activists, identifies and pressures agencies responsible.
Rise99 - Seeking to reclaim democracy from the rule of 'Big Money' by winning an amendment to the United States Constitution which guarantees fundamental political equality and ends the corrupting influence of money-in-politics for good.
Shell to Sea - A campaign based in Kilcommon parish, Erris, County Mayo, Ireland, which opposes the proposed construction of a natural gas pipeline through the parish and the ongoing construction by Royal Dutch Shell, Statoil and Vermilion Energy Trust of a refinery at Bellanaboy intended to refine the natural gas from the Corrib gas field. Also see Wikipedia article.
Shock Doctrine, The by Naomi Klein - The economic policies-privatization, free trade, slashed social spending-of the "Chicago School" and Milton Friedman are catastrophic, argues this vigorous polemic that demonstrates how free-market ideologues both welcome and provoke the collapse of other people's economies. Resources page serves as a compannion to the book.
Showdown in America - Everyday people - retirees, farmers, workers, homeowners, renters, students, clergy, and small business owners from across the United States coming together because our financial system is a mess and the American people are paying the price for it. Whether it be shrinking pensions, rising foreclosures, cresting unemployment, state budget cuts, payday lending, incredulous overdraft fees, and sky-high credit card interest rates - it is clear that the lack of regulation of the financial industry is hurting us all. Now is the time to enact significant financial reform to protect consumers and strengthen the American economy. Showdown allies include:
Socialist Register - The Socialist Register was founded by Ralph Miliband and John Saville in 1964 as 'an annual survey of movements and ideas' from the standpoint of the independent new left. It is currently edited by Leo Panitch and Greg Albo, assisted by an editorial collective of eminent scholars in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Each volume is focused on a topical theme and characterized by the inclusion of relatively long, sustained analyses which cut across intellectual disciplines and geographical boundaries.
Solidarity Halifax - Organizing in the Halifax Regional Municipality and across Nova Scotia to create space for dialogue, debate, activism and education on alternatives to capitalism.
Soros Foundations Network - At the heart of the network are national foundations operating in over 30 countries, principally in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union but also in Guatemala, Haiti, and Southern Africa. All national foundations share the common mission of supporting the development of open society. To this end, they operate and support an array of initiatives concerned with arts and culture, children and youth, civil society development, economic reform, education, legal reform and public administration, media and communications, publishing, and health care.
South Bay Mobilization - A coalition of progressive organizations and individuals who are working together to oppose U.S. interventions that violate rights of self-determination abroad and undermine civil liberties, economic rights and environmental protections here at home.
Sparrow Project, The - Promotes grassroots projects for social change through framing media narratives, event promotions and subversive art direction.
Speak Out - Committed to political, economic, cultural and social justice, Speak Out encourages critical and imaginative thinking about domestic and international issues. Speak Out, a project of the Institute for Democratic Education and Culture, is the country's only national not-for-profit speakers and artists agency.
Speak Truth to Power - In concert with organizations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, The RFK Memorial, and on-line groups like Speakout.com. E-share, and Screaming Media, this site presents a series of chats, webcasts, on-line exhibtions, exclusive interviews and reports from human rights defenders in the field, and on-line tools such as polls, petitions, and other action opportunities.
St. Pete for Peace - A non-partisan anti-war group taht brings awareness to the atrocities the U.S. government is committing in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Palestine, and Iraq.
Stand Up! Chicago - A coalition of community and labor organizations and working families standing up together to demand good jobs and a strong investment in our community's schools and neighborhoods. Committed to defending Chicago families against the wealthy banks and corporations that have taken our tax dollars through tax breaks, bailouts, and corporate welfare payments.
Stop the Hike - Student organizations fighting the Canadian Charist government's tution hikes, the criminalization of their strike, and sweeping restrictions on the right to demonstrate.
Stop the NDAA - The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) greatly expands the power of the federal government to fight the so-called War on Terror. It grants what are essentially dictatorial powers to the federal government to arrest any American citizen (or anyone, anywhere) without warrant and to indefinitely detain them without any charge. Suspects can be shipped by the military to our offshore prisons and kept there until "the end of hostilities." Section 1021 defines a "covered person" - one subject to detention - as "a person who was a part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or 'associated forces' that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners, including any person who has committed a belligerent act or has directly supported such hostilities in aid of such enemy forces." The law, however, does not define the terms "substantially supported," "directly supported" or "associated forces." As it stands, the law violates the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th Amendments of the US Constitution and most of the Bill of Rights. Also see Wikipedia entry on Hedges v. Obama, a lawsuit filed January 13, 2012 against the Obama Administration and Members of the U.S. Congress by a group including former New York Times reporter and current Truthdig columnist Christopher Hedges challenging the NDAA.
Stop the Wall - The grassroots Palestinian anti-apartheid wall campaign.
Sussex Against Privatisation - This blog has been set up by workers at Sussex University who are opposed to the plan to privatize 235 jobs announced in May 2012. Stands in opposition to attempts by university management to unilaterally impose a highly unpopular wave of privatisations which will see provision of services handed over to the highest bidder.
Ta'ayush - A grassroots movement of Arabs and Jews working to break down the walls of racism and segregation by constructing a true Arab-Jewish partnership.
Take Back Chicago - A project of Grassroots Illinois Action (GIA) working to power to elect progressivess who will fight for Chicago and defeat those who would close its schools, cut good jobs, slash human services, and dismantle affordable housing.
Tar Sands Blockade - A coalition of Texas and Oklahoma landowners and organizers using nonviolent direct action to physically stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
Texans for Public Justice - Austin-based non-profit that organized in 1997 to take on political corruption and corporate abuses in Texas.
Third Coast Activist - The Center, located in Austin, Texas, has two main goals: (1) to distribute educational resources and organize community events about U.S. policy around the world, and (2) to strengthen the local activist network that is part of a national and international movement for global justice.
Third World Traveler - Publishes magazine articles and book excerpts about the impact of the policies of transnational corporations, international financial and trade institutions, the corporate press, and the U.S. government and its national security establishment on democracy, human rights, social and economic justice, militarization, corporate power, globalization, media control and the environment, in the Third World, and the U.S.
Tides - A nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting people working for social change.
Time's Up - A New York City-based direct-action environmental group that uses events and educational programs to promote a more sustainable, less toxic city.
Tobacco - Tobacco issues, tobacco and smoking-related news, addresses, tobacco history, cigarette seduction, movie and book lists, health info, quit-smoking, smokeless tobacco tips.
TobaccoWiki - A project of the Center for Media and Democracy in Madison, Wisconsin and the American Legacy Foundation. The purpose of Tobaccowiki is to make it easier to find information about tobacco industry behavior, and to reveal what has been learned about the industry through its documents.
Town Hall Los Angeles - Membership organization dedicated to promoting civic participation by offering members direct access to and insight from the most influential business and political leaders.
Transnational Institute - An international network of activist-scholars committed to critical analyses of the global problems. TNI seeks to create and promote international co-operation in analysing and finding possible solutions to such global problems as militarism and conflict, poverty and marginalisation, social injustice and environmental degradation.
Transparency International (TI) - TI, through its International Secretariat and more than 90 independent national chapters around the world, works at both the national and international level to curb both the supply and demand of corruption. This work includes the monitoring of conventions concluded within the framework of the OECD, the Council of Europe, the European Union and the Organisation of American States.
Also see Corruption Perceptions Index.
Transparency Project - EFF project dedicated to using federal and state freedom of information laws, the courtroom, and its megaphone to shine light on government activities.
True Cost of Chevron - Chevron does not tell its shareholders the true cost paid for their financial returns or about the global movement gaining voice and strength against Chevron's abuses.
U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - A diverse coalition working for freedom from occupation and equal rights for all by challenging U.S. policy towards the Israeli- Palestinian conflict. The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is based on human rights and international law, providing a non-sectarian framework for everyone who supports its Call to Action. Its strategy is to inform, educate, and mobilize the public so as to change the U.S. role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to support peace, justice, human rights, and international law.
U.S. Chamber Watch - Promoting greater transparency and accountability in American political processes by shedding light on the funding and practices of the largest private interest lobbyist in America, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Understanding Power: The Footnotes - Contains the footnotes to Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky, a wide-ranging collection of discussions on the U.S. media and politics, U.S. foreign policy, the Middle East, terrorism, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, U.S. interventions in El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, oil policy in the Persian Gulf, political activism, anarchism, the labor movement, socialism, globalization.
United for a Fair Economy (UFE) - UFE raises awareness that concentrated wealth and power undermine the economy, corrupt democracy, deepen the racial divide, and tear communities apart. We support and help build social movements for greater equality.
United for Peace and Justice - A collaboration of national and international peace and social justice organizations and scores of local places of worship, peace centers, and community organizations.
United Students Against Sweatshops - Seeking self-determination of working people everywhere, particularly campus workers and garment workers who make collegiate licensed apparel.
Unmask the Corrupt - The resources here will help you delve deeper into the issue of corruption and understand how critical it is to unmask the corrupt.
Upstate NY Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars - A decentralized, informally-organized grassroots organization, primarily composed of activists from upstate New York representing a diverse assortment of Peace and Justice organizations in different cities. Works to educate the public and Hancock Air Base personnel about the war crimes perpetrated in Afghanistan with the MQ9 Reaper drone piloted from Hancock Air National Guard Base on the outskirts of Syracuse, and also the perversity of a society that prioritizes war over other solutions.
U.S. Campaign for Burma (USCB) - Established to help build and channel political will for freedom in Burma. Partners include celebrities, musicians, global leaders, policymakers, and our 70,000+ grassroots members.
US Uncut - Obama seeks to trim $1.1 trillion from the budget in the next ten years by cutting or eliminating over 200 federal programs, many dedicated to social services and education. For instance, it cuts in half funding to subsidize heating for low-income Americans; limits an expansion of the Pell grant program for students; and decreases Environmental Protection Agency funding by over 12%. Meanwhile, Republicans are using their new House majority to slash spending even more brutally. The GOP has made it clear that they are bent on raiding funds for Social Security, Medicare, education; determined to kill health care reform; and gut needed investments in infrastructure, climate change and job creation, at a time when America needs it most. There is an alternative.
USA Engage - Concerned about proliferation of unilateral foreign policy sanctions at the federal, state, and local level. USA*ENGAGE leads a campaign to inform policy-makers, opinion-leaders, and the public about the counterproductive nature of unilateral sanctions, the importance of exports and overseas investment for American competitiveness and jobs, and the role of American companies in promoting human rights and democracy world wide.
USAction - Progressive activist organization, dedicated to winning social, racial, and economic justice.
Veterans for Common Sense - In an age when the majority of public servants have never served in uniform, the perspective of war veterans must play a key role in the public debate over national security issues in order to preserve the liberty veterans have fought and died preserving. Veterans for Common Sense seeks to inject the element of Common Sense into debates over war and national security.
War Child - Campaigning to improve lives of children. On the ground in some of the world's most dangerous countries.
War on Want - Campaign against the root causes of poverty.
War Resisters League - Affirms that all war is a crime against humanity. Determined not to support any kind of war, international or civil, and to strive nonviolently for the removal of all causes of war, including racism, sexism and all forms of exploitation.
War Resisters Support Campaign - Calls on the Canadian government to demonstrate its commitment to international law and the treaties to which it is a signatory, by making provision for US war objectors to have sanctuary in Canada.
We Are Change - A nonpartisan, independent media organization comprised of individuals and groups working to expose corruption worldwide.
We the Protesters - Protesters of Ferguson and beyond, dedicated to a movement of radical liberation.
WeAreMany - Provides a sampling of the best radical audio and video sources. A project of the Center for Economic Research and Social Change, publisher of Haymarket Books, and the International Socialist Review.
Wellstone Action - A non-profit organization dedicated to continuing Paul and Sheila Wellstone's fight for economic justice and progressive social change.
Where Is the Money? - Trillions of dollars in "unsupported adjustments" in the U.S. means trillions of dollars unaccounted for. What's going on? Where is the money? How could this happen? Where are the checks and balances? How much more has gone missing? Is this happening in the other government agencies too? What would happen if a corporation failed to pass an audit like this? Or a taxpayer? Who is responsible for this? Who can we trust to fix it?
Who Profits from the Occupation? - Israeli and international corporations are directly involved in the occupation: in the construction of Israeli colonies and infrastructure in the occupied territories, in the settlements' economy, in building walls and checkpoints, in the supply of specific equipment used in the control and repression of the civilian population under occupation. This database reflects an on-going grassroots investigation effort by activists in The Coalition of Women for Peace, a leading Israeli feminist peace organization, dedicated to ending the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and the Golan Heights and reaching a just peace in Israel/ Palestine. In exposing companies and corporations involved in the occupation, it hopes to promote a change in public opinion and corporate policies, leading to an end to the occupation. See Reports.
WikiLeaks - Developing an uncensorable system for safe mass document leaking and public analysis.
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign - Network of citizens fighting government corruption and working for fair elections, judicial integrity, media democracy, and open and transparent government in Wisconsin.
Women Against Sanctions and War on Iraq - Act Together aims to further understanding of life for women under sanctions as well as campaigning against the devastation of Iraqi society and the humanitarian crisis that the sanctions regime has maintained. Act Together campaign as a women-only group in order to create a space in which women, from all nationalities, feel comfortable expressing themselves and acting together.
Women Against Military Madness (WAMM) - A nonviolent feminist organization that works in solidarity with others to create a system of social equality, self-determination and justice through education and empowerment of women. WAMM's purpose is to dismantle systems of militarism and global oppression.
WomenCrossDMZ - Women peacemakers from around the world walking for peace in Korea.
Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.) - A New York-based activist organization focused on regulating the payment of artist fees by nonprofit art institutions and establishing a sustainable labor relation between artists and the institutions that contract them.
Working Families Party - New York's liveliest and most progressive political party. Formed by a grassroots coalition of community organizations, neighborhood activists, and labor unions, coming together to build a society that works for all, not just the wealthy and well-connected.
Working Washington - A coalition of individuals, neighborhood associations, immigrant groups, civil rights organizations, people of faith, and labor united for good jobs and a fair economy. Based in Seattle, Washington.
World Can't Wait - A national movement formed to halt and reverse the terrible program of war, repression and theocracy that was initiated by the Bush/Cheney regime and the on- going crimes that continue to this day.
World Social Forum (WSF) - An open meeting place where social movements, networks, NGOs and other civil society organizations opposed to neo-liberalism and a world dominated by capital or by any form of imperialism come together to pursue their thinking, to debate ideas democratically, for formulate proposals, share their experiences freely and network for effective action. Since the first world encounter in 2001, it has taken the form of a permanent world process seeking and building alternatives to neo-liberal policies. This definition is in its Charter of Principles, the WSF's guiding document.
WorldChanging - A group weblog discussing and analyzing tools, ideas, models, and technologies for building a better future.
Yemen Peace Project, The - An international network of activists and scholars dedicated to educating Americans about Yemen and increasing understanding between Yemenis and Americans.
Yes Lab - The Yes Lab is mainly a series of brainstorms and trainings to help activist groups carry out media-getting creative actions, focused on their own campaign goals.
You Betrayed Us - CISA is an out and out surveillance bill masquerading as a cybersecurity bill. It won't stop hackers. Instead, it essentially legalizes all forms of government and corporate spying. Apple, Microsoft, Adobe, Symantec, and a handful of other tech companies are publicly lobbying Congress to pass cyber threat information sharing legislation, like CISA, a bill that would give corporations total legal immunity when they share private user data with the government and with each other. Many of these companies have previously claimed to fight for their users' privacy rights, but by supporting this type of legislation, they've made it clear that they've abandoned that position, and are willing to endanger their users' security and civil rights in exchange for government handouts and protection. This group is demanding meaningful cybersecurity legislation, not more mass surveillance.
Z Communications - Thousands of articles, associated search engines, and activist links. Z Communications is the name for the overarching institution composed of all Z operations and projects. This page provides a brief introduction and links to each.
Z Magazine - An independent monthly magazine dedicated to resisting injustice, defending against repression, and creating liberty. It sees the racial, gender, class, and political dimensions of personal life as fundamental to understanding and improving contemporary circumstances; and it aims to assist activist efforts for a better future.
ZNet - Thousands of files focusing on particular places in the world, such as Iraq and Venezuela, and on particular topics, such as International Relations and Ecology - as well as on Debates, Interviews, Books, and Vision and Strategy, particularly Participatory Economics, or Parecon for short.
ZVideo Productions - Founded in 2000 as a way to distribute talks and classes from Z Media Institute, Z Video Productions has expanded to bring important talks from other venues as well as documentaries and interviews. It has many titles on DVD, including talks by Noam Chomsky, Michael Albert, Bell Hooks, Howard Zinn, Arundhati Roy, Hugo Chavez, and many more.
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