Community Action Groups

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The Case for Grassroots Archives
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2012
Grassroots archives play a valuable role in what has been called "the battle of memory". People's history projects such as grassroots archives preserve and share stories of resistance, hidden historie...
Common Sense for Hard Times: The Power of the Powerless to Cope with Everyday life and Transform Society in The Nineteen Seventies
Brecher, Jeremy; Costello, Tim
Book
1976
Presents a vision of society as it is and as it could be. Putting the problems of contemporary daily life in historical perspective, it reveals that they have their roots in the way our society is org...
The Dialectics of Community Control
Aronowitz, Stanley
Article
1970
The movement for community control will fall short often, unless it becomes a broader struggle for popular, democratic control of all public institutions and the economy.
Grassroots Cells, Devil's Architects Defend Communities
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1973
Organizational principles and campaign tactics communities can use to fight projects or developments being foisted on them.
Is that an archive in your basement... or are you just hoarding?: Sources News Release
Article
2012
Are you an 'accidental archivist'? Have you been saving the publications and documents produced by the social justice projects you've been involved in? Then Connexions would like to hear from you.
Managing Wastes: A Guide to Citizens' Involvement
Jackson, John, Wallace, Barbara
Book
1985
Second editon of booklet first published in 1984, outling how citizens can involve themselves in decision-making about waste management. ...
Memory as Resistance: Grassroots Archives and the Battle of Memory: Preservation as subversion: Do grassroots archives have a future?
Article
2012
CONNEXIONS and Beit Zatoun are spotlighting grassroots archives this November with an open house and networking event November 24, a talk and discussion November 27, and an exhibit (November 16-27). G...
Seven News
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1970
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...
Take Back The Land, Give Root To Democracy: Book Review by Alex Knight
Knight, Alex
Article
2010
In many ways, Take Back the Land is a direct heir of the bottom-up, Black self-empowerment, civil disobedient, movement-building tradition, and is one of the most inspiring examples of a group renewin...
Talking Back to the Right: A guide for community activists
Brecher, Jermey
Article
1996
The right's enormous success in framing the American public debate is based not just on isolated issues, but on in overall definition of what the debate is about. The purpose of this guide is to sugge...
Transforming Ourselves Transforming the World: An Open Conspiracy for Social Change
Murphy, Brian K.
Book
1999
Addresses society's pessimism about social change and provides a theoretical means and practice to overcome this fatalism.
Urban Citizen Movements: Connexipedia: Article in the Canadian Encyclopedia
Higgins, Donald
Article
Community groups that are often organized around concerns about land use and the way planning decisions are made in local government.

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

Canadian Injured Workers Alliance
CIWA/ACVAMT conducts research and shares information about the experiences of injured and disabled workers. We share information regionally and nationally with our members, the public and the media. O...
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...
METRAC (The Metro Action Committee on Public Violence )
Promotes the rights of women and children to live free from violence and threats of violence.
Neighbourhood Link Support Services
Advocates for seniors' rights, comments on government policies, and provides services, programming, and supportive housing in east Toronto.
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...
Peace Magazine
Bimonthly publication focusing on peace and justice from a multi-partisan perspective.

Sources Library

The Connexions Directory
A Directory of Social and Environmental Alternatives
An electronic directory of Canadian non-profit advocacy organizations concerned with social and environmental issues; indexed by subject.