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Arundhati Roy on Obama's Wars, India and Why Democracy Is "The Biggest Scam in the World"
Roy, Arundhati
Indian writer and activist Arundhati Roy on President Obama, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, India and Kashmir and much more. Roy also talks about her journey deep into the forests of central India ...
Bridging the Class Divide and Other Lessons for Grassroots Organizing
Stout, Linda
A guide to grassroots organizing with a focus on bridging the gap between middle class organizers and affected members of lower class communities.
Calling All Radicals: How Grassroots Organizers Can Help Save Our Democracy
Thompson, Gabriel
Thompson argues that we can reclaim our democracy through grassroots organizing.
Committees Of Correspondence: To Defend Freedom And Secure Good Government
Cox, William John
Two hundred and fifty years ago the people of America were subject to an unrepresentative government controlled by powerful commercial interests. They rebelled and formed their own government, which h...
Communication for and Against Democracy
Raboy, Marc and Bruck, Peter A. (ed.)
This anthology explores the circumstances in which communication serves at times as an instrument of repression and domination, and at others as a support for human emancipation.
Communities of Resistance: Writings on Black Struggles for Socialism
Sivanandan, Ambalavaner
A series of essays advocating grass roots organisations as the pathway to socialism.
Dancing with Dynamite: Social Movements and States in Latin America
David, Benjamin
The complex ways in which grassroots movements work for, with, against, and independently of national governments in Latin America.
Fake grassroots advocacy part of TransCanada's plan to silence Energy East critics
Uechi, Jenny
Documents show plans to "pressure" pipeline critics by working with third parties and industry-funded grassroots advocacy groups in favour of Energy East.
Five Steps from D.C. to Jo'burg: Against The Current vol. 87
Ngwane, Trevor
1. Take Washington D.C. to Johannesburg. What the youth and other activists in the U.S.A. have done, must be repeated here in South Africa. Of course, it will not be parrot-like, it will have to take ...
A Ginger Revolution
Monbiot, George
Grassroots campaigns could break Britain's corrupt political system.
Global Thoughts, Local Actions
McConkey, David
A wealth of information for those seeking ways to link global problems to everyday life.
Grassroots Cells, Devil's Architects Defend Communities
Diemer, Ulli
Organizational principles and campaign tactics communities can use to fight projects or developments being foisted on them.
Grassroots media relations: A short introduction to media relations strategies for activist groups
Diemer, Ulli
A media relations guide for organizers and activists.
Grassroots Power vs. Police Brutality: Against The Current vol. 84
Cohen, Claire
Widespread police abuse is a long-time, normally mainly secret side of life in capitalist America, especially for minority communities. Now, in a number of cities, outrageous cases of police murders o...
Grassroots Power, Women and Transformation: An Interview with George Friday: Against The Current vol. 85
Luce, Stephanie
George Friday is an organizer with the Independent Progressive Politics Network (IPPN)—a national network of organizations working to build alternatives to the two-party system. An African-American wo...
Green Business: Hope or Hoax?: Toward an Authentic Strategy for Restoring the Earth
Plant, Christopher, Plant, Judith
Is green business a viable strategy or a contradiction in terms?
Having the Hard Conversations: Jane McAlevey on Fight for 15, labour's crisis of strategy, and the difference between organizing and mobilizing
McAlevey, Jane; Rozworski, Michael
An interview with labour organizer Jane McAlevey on labour's crisis of strategy and the difference between organizing and mobilizing. McAlevey discusses what ails the labour movement, problem with the...
How Labour's Campaigns Attempted to Make the Political Personal
Akehurst, Nathan
The basic techniques of convincing people on the doorstep are not different to those of convincing friends or workmates. However, election canvassers have typically gone door-to-door telling voters wh...
How the Rural Poor Got Power: Narrative of a Grassroots Organizer
Wellstone, Paul
The author's experiences as an activist in rural Minnesota.
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It Started in Wisconsin: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Labor Protest
Buhle, Mari Jo; Buhle, Paul (Ed.s)
A collection of accounts of the first great wave of grassroots resistance to the corporate restructuring of the Great Recession in Wisconsin in the spring of 2011.
It's Your Move
Killer Coke Exposed: Against The Current vol. 135
Abbott, Jared
In their September-October 2006 Against the Current (ATC 124) article “The Real Life Side of Coke,” Camilo Romero and Leslie Gill documented the growing movement of students and labor organizations th...
Libya: From Colony to Revolution
St John, Ronald Bruce
Provides the background to the Libyan revolution by discussing its history from colonization up through the 2011 rebellion/foreign intervention that ousted Mu'ammar al-Qadafi.
Marxism and the Petition
Many petitions operate only on the reformist appeal to authority (this is especially true of the many online petitions from sites like, which fits perfectly within the liberal democratic f...
Michael Berg for U.S. Congress in Delaware: A Voice Against War: Against The Current vol. 124
Horowitz, Roger
On June 8 Americans awoke to the news that the U.S. military in Iraq had killed Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, alleged leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq. In the midst of press coverage that cravenly accepted governme...
My Year of Transition: Against The Current vol. 133
Martinez, Elizabeth "Betita"
The year 1968 was a crucial transition for me, from the Black struggle against White Supremacy to the Chicano struggle against White Supremacy. The first struggle began in 1959, when I became involved...
Nader, Greens and Socialists: Against The Current vol. 91
Hawkins, Howie
Blaming Ralph Nader for Bush is like blaming the abolitionists for slavery. The Greens ran Nader to end corporate oligarchy, not to support one wing of the oligarchy as a lesser evil against the other...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - February 17, 2018: Hearts and Minds: How do People Change?
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
How can we reach the millions we need to reach and engage if fundamental change is to happen? How can we accomplish the essential task of persuading a majority of the population that a fundamental soc...
Our Generation: Volume 20 Number 1
Roussopoulos, Dimitrios
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Resisting the Bomb: A History of World Nuclear Disarmament Movement, 1954-1970
Wittner, Lawrence S.
Describes the gradual development of the worldwide movement for nuclear disarmament and research records from peace groups and government agencies.
Rethinking Camelot: JFK, the Vietnam War, and US Political Culture
Chomsky, Noam
Chomsky analyzes the Kennedy Administration's policy on the Vietnam War and compares the US Administrations of Presidents Kennedy and Reagan.
Seven News
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Seven News (7 News) was a community newspaper published in the area of Toronto east of downtown which at the time was known as Ward 7. Seven News was published from 1970 to 1985. Seven News is no long...
Transition Initiatives Primer
A comprehensive document about embarking on a transition journey. A Transition Initiative is a community (lots of examples here) working together to look Peak Oil and Climate Change squarely in the ey...
United in Anger: A History of ACT UP
Hubbard, Jim
Examines the birth and life of the AIDS activist movement from the perspective of the people in the trenches fighting the epidemic.
The Water Front
Miller, Liz
Follows the heated struggle between residents, water workers and corporate managers in Highland Park, Michigan to spotlight what many of us take for granted - the right to affordable water.
We are everywhere: The irresistable rise of global anticapitalism
Notes from Nowhere Collective
Global voices presenting alternative visions of democracy.
Why Consensus Decision-making Won't Work for Grassroots Unionism
Wetzel, Tom
Wetzel contrasts consensus decision-making with democratic decision-making to explain why the latter is more suited to activist groups.
Wisconsin Uprising: Labor Fights Back
Yates, Michael D. (ed.)
A collection of accounts from the early stages of the Wisconsin uprising against the corporate world in the of spring 2011.

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Connexions Archive & Library
The Connexions Archive & Library is Toronto-based project dedicated to keeping alive the rich history of grassroots movements for social justice. Connexions preserves 'alternative' histories that r...
Graswurzel Revolution
Graswurzelrevolution bezeichnet eine tiefgreifende gesellschaftliche Umw„lzung, in der durch Macht von unten alle Formen von Gewalt und Herrschaft abgeschafft werden sollen. Wir k„mpfen fr eine Welt,...
Marxismo Libertario
Lecturas para la Emancipacion del Proletariado.
Mines Action Canada
Mines Action Canada (MAC) is the Canadian component of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL). The coalition's primary concern is the human and socio-economic impact of landmines. It is co...
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
OCAP is a direct-action anti-poverty organization based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We mount grassroots political campaigns against regressive government policies as they affect poor and working peop...
A Montreal-based collective of social-justice organizers & media activists, working to build relationships of solidarity with grassroots political movements for social and economic justice between Bei...

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A grassroots movement of Arabs and Jews working to break down the walls of racism and segregation by constructing a true Arab-Jewish partnership.