Connexions: What it is, how to use it

Connexions is many things: above all, a library featuring information about social change with 1000s of articles, books, films, etc. You can find stuff quickly, but to take advantage of the wealth of information on the site, use the research tools: the Search tool, browseable Subject Index, Title, Author, Chronological and Format indexes, and the many links within documents and on the menus (top and side) to related topics and further resources.
More details about using Connexions here...


Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter

Get Other Voices, Connexions’ free newsletter, via email or online on Connexions.org.
Left Parties: In the November 11 issue, we look at left parties which have emerged out of mass movements in countries like Spain (Podemos), Germany (Die Linke), and Greece (Syriza). Read on...


Organizing: Who, Why, How

Change requires organizing. Power gives way only when it is challenged by a movement for change, and movements grow out of organizing. Organizing is qualitatively different from simple ‘activism’. Organizing means sustained long-term conscious effort to bring people together to work for common goals. Connexions features articles, books, and other resources related to organizing. Read on...


Seeds of Fire: A People’s Chronology

What happened on this day in history? Seeds of Fire is people’s history, preserving memories of struggle, resistance, and persistence. Explore what happened on this day -- or on any day of the year. Find out about people, movements, strikes, rebellions, revolts, uprisings, and revolutions, as well as the crimes of the ruling classes. Start with what happened today....


Connexions Calendar

A calendar of events for and by grassroots movements for social change. Find events across Canada, and some outside Canada, related to social justice, human rights, environmental issues, people’s history, and much more.
Groups are invited to submit their events for free. Contact Connexions to get a username to enable you to post your events.
Find the Calendar here....


The Connexions Archive

The Connexions Archive & Library is a sister project to the Connexions website which keeps alive the rich history of grassroots movements for social justice. Connexions preserves ‘alternative’ histories that rarely appear in the mainstream record, and makes them available online to a wide public, as well as in physical form to researchers and scholars. Established in 1975, the Connexions Archive preserves and publishes materials spanning more than 50 years of grassroots activism. Find out more....


Help us secure a future for the past

Connexions was founded in 1975 to connect activists and organizers with information, ideas, and each other. In our 5th decade, we’re still preserving and sharing 'information to change the world'. Connexions is looking for a long-term home for our archive and our team. We’d like find a partner able to provide affordable space for a dynamic project. Find out more or contact us if you have ideas, leads, or space.


Connexions Alternative Media List

Connexions presents a selective list of alternative media: publications, websites, and broadcasters that offer critical alternatives to the mainstream corporate and state-owned media. We hope that it helps you to find websites and media that you’ll find useful in finding out and understanding what’s happening in the world. Explore it here...


Connexions Quotations

Words of wisdom and throught-provoking insights: a selection of quotations about social change, resistance, politics, and a wide range of other topics. Quotations are arranged in alphabetical order by the first letter of the first word. Explore them here...


Connexions Gateways

The Connexions website has tens of thousands of pages and images related to many different issues and topics. To help you navigate the site and find what you are looking for (or perhaps what you didn’t even know you were looking for) Connexions offers a variety of overview pages designed to provide introductions and pathways to exploring different topics and issues. Read on...


Connexipedia

Connexipedia is a social justice encyclopedia with more than 1,000 articles on activism, radicalism, resistance, solidarity, social justice, events, movements, organizations, and people.
Browse Connexipedia using the A-Z Index or the Persons, Organizations or Events indexes.


People’s History, Memory & Archives

The struggle to create a different future is also a battle over history and the meaning of history. Mainstream media and institutions of power try to consign inconvenient histories, struggles, and alternative visions to what George Orwell called “the memory hole.” People’s history projects such as grassroots archives – including Connexions – preserve and share stories of resistance, hidden histories, and alternative visions. This page is a gateway to resources on people’s history and grassroots archives. Find out more...


What is Socialism?

Socialism is one of the most searched terms on the Internet – and on Connexions.org. What is socialism? Why are so many people talking about it? What are the different varieties of socialism? Does socialism offer realistic solutions to the world's problems? Connexions has a gateway to resources about socialism, socialist history, and socialist ideas. You’ll find articles, books, quotes, and a wealth of links to different ideas about socialism, its past, and its future. Investigate socialism here....


What is Marxism?

Marxism is a way of critically studying and trying to change the world, a world which is itself constantly changing. Connexions features a variety of interpretations of Marxism, with the emphasis on perspectives that see Marxism as a theory and practice of revolution, seeking to liberate society from capitalism and oppression, and create a free, just, and communal society inspired by the principle “From each according to their ability, to each according to their needs.” Investigate Marxism here....


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Capitalism is failing the planet

If we continue with capitalist business as usual, there will be disastrous consequences for humanity. Capitalism is in unavoidable conflict with...
Keywords: Climate Change - Global Climate Change


Let’s Get to Work

Building a worker-centered campaign transforms not only the union members involved but also the union they belong to. The task is not just to salvage labour’s existing institutions but to transform them and build new ones.....
Keywords: Labour Organizing - Workplace Organizing


Happy Activism

How do we make our organizations attractive to large numbers of people? And how do we keep these folks engaged for the years, even decades that it will take to create a sustainable society? Here are some suggestions about how to make our movements strong and feed our spirits as we organize....
Keywords: Organizing - Movement Building


Rise of fascism again the issue

Fascism is preserved as history, as flickering footage of goose-stepping blackshirts, their criminality terrible and clear. Yet in the same liberal...
Keywords: Fascism - Neo-fascism


Class is more intersectional than intersectionality

An approach that leans toward greater emphasis on a class struggle focus is actually more intersectional than a focus which gives more attention to demographic-specific issues than to class ...
Keywords: Class - Race & Class


Global water crisis causing hunger, war and terrorism

The world is already experiencing water scarcity driven by over-use, poor land management and climate change. If we fail to respond to the warnings...
Keywords: Water Resources - Water Stewardship


Call Centre Unions Build International Connections

Workers are realizing they have to organize globally to combat companies who move production from one low-wage location to an even lower-wage location, in an endless effort to reduce workers’ wages and working conditions everywhere...
Keywords: Labour Organizing - Unions


Liberal climate agenda doomed to failure

Liberal environmentalism represents a dangerous delusion, writes Scott Parkin – that ‘playing nice’ with Earth-destroying corporations and politicians...
Keywords: Climate Change - Climate Justice


A Fossil Fuel Exit Program

A complete transition away from fossil fuels is necessary within a few decades. The question is how to construct an exit strategy that will accomplish this. James Hansen has provided a starting point for a realistic climate-change exit strategy....
Keywords: Climate Change Policy - Fossil Fuels


War by Media & Triumph of Propaganda

The world is facing the prospect of major war, perhaps nuclear war -- with the United States clearly determined to isolate and provoke Russia and...
Keywords: Journalism - Media Analysis & Criticism


Toward the Agro-Police State

The main problem with precision agriculture -- and the hype that surrounds it -- is the faulty assumptions that it rests on. The problems of...
Keywords: Agricultural Business/Agribusiness - Agriculture


The problem with identity politics

Political strategies based on subjective experience will tend to reflect the broader prejudices or the political agendas of those people making the determinations, and to arbitrarily elevate certain experiences over others and reduce the complex reality of oppression to a mere stereotype....
Keywords: Identity Politics - Political Representation


Fast food rights: organizing the unorganized

Campaigns to organize unorganized workers are taking place in different situations and different countries. Sometime big unions are involved, sometimes the campaigns are local. They are a growing movement, and they are having an effect....
Keywords: Organizing - Labour Organizing


Anatomy of a Propaganda Blitz

We live in a time when state-corporate interests are cooperating to produce propaganda blitzes intended to raise public support for the demonisation and destruction of establishment enemies. MediaLens examines some of the key components of an effective propaganda campaign of this kind...
Keywords: Media Propaganda - Propaganda