Demonstrations, Marches, Protests

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Action Will Be Taken: Left Anti-Intellectualism and Its Discontents
Featherstone, Liza; Henwood, Doug; Parenti, Christian
Article
2004
Marxism's decline isn't just an intellectual concern -- it too has practical effects. If you lack any serious understanding of how capitalism works, then it's easy to delude yourself into thinking tha...
Algonquins vs. Frontenac Ventures: Against The Current vol. 134
Marie, P.
Article
2008
I recently returned from a little-publicized “political hotbed” ignited by Frontenac Ventures Corporation (FVC), a private mining company causing grave injustices against the Ardoch First Nation commu...
Alternative Press Annual 1983, The
Case, Patricia (ed)
Book
1984
An Analysis of 12F
Sanchez, Gabriela
Article
2014
A discussion of the events, factors, and actors involved in the protests, deaths, injuries, and arrests in Caracas on Venezuela's annual 'Youth Day'.
Beautiful Trouble - Pocket Edition: A Toolbox for Revolution
Boyd, Andrew; Mitchell, Dave Oswald (eds.)
Book
2014
Ideas for organizers.
Beer Riots in Bavaria
Engels, Friedrich
Article
1844
Behind the Dirty Cleansing of New Orleans: Against The Current vol. 132
Tribich, Chloe
Article
2008
Commentaries on the viciousness of Congressman Richard Baker’s (R-LA) oft-cited comment that “we couldn’t get rid of public housing, but God did” often miss the fact that it is, in many ways, an accur...
Berlin's oldest squatters in town defend threatened community centre: Pensioners take a stand against development of their comunity centre
Connolly, Kate
Article
2012
Dozen of pensioners took over a community centre in the east Berlin suburb of Pankow last month after the local council said the building they had used as a community centre for 15 years had to make w...
Bolivia After the Referendum: Against The Current vol. 137
Webber, Jeffery R.
Article
2008
The month following Bolivia's recall referendum on August 10, 2008 tragically confirmed the class polarization of that country. The right-wing autonomists of the Santa Cruz, Pando, Beni, Tarija and Su...
Bonus March, 1932
Seltzer, Leo, Balog, Lester
Film
1932
WFPL footage of the 1932 Bonus Army demanding early redemption of their service certificates in Washington D.C. through protest.
Canada: Activists Face the Future: Against The Current vol. 91
Moorsom, Toby
Article
2001
Electoral politics present challenging problems for labor movements all over the world. In the absence of strong working class parties, labor activists are often compelled to support parties that impl...
The Clouds Clear: Labor, Seattle and Beyond: Against The Current vol. 85
Borgers, Frank
Article
2000
As the clouds of teargas lifted from the streets of Seattle two images emerged in public consciousness: The edifice of the WTO brought crashing to its knees, simultaneously revealing an odd Lilliputia...
Crisis and Coup in Ecuador: Against The Current vol. 87
Meisch, Lynn A.
Article
2000
On January 21, 2000, for the first time since the Spanish conquest of Ecuador in A.D. 1533-34, indigenous people briefly -- very briefly -- ruled the country as part of a triumvirate. Frustrated by ov...
The Day the Internet Died: An Oral History of the Egyptian Revolution
Narco News School of Authentic Journalism
Article
2012
When Hosni Mubarak Shut Off Cell Phones and the Internet in January 2011 Was the Moment When More Egyptians than Ever Went Out into the Streets.
The Deceptive Use of the Phrase "Peaceful Protests" in Venezuela
Ellner, Steve
Article
2014
The Venezuelan opposition and much of the media use the term "peaceful protests" to distinguish gatherings of protesting students and other young people from the more violent actions.
Demonstration (people): Connexipedia Article
Article
A form of nonviolent action by groups of people in favor of a political or other cause, normally consisting of walking in a march and a meeting (rally) to hear speakers.
Dignity of the Nobodies: La dignidad de los nadies
Solanas, Fernando E.
Film/Video
2005
The degraded socio-economic condition of Argentina leading to the December 2001 rebellions, and its consequent social chaos analyzed by focusing on real people from Buenos Aires' poorest shantytowns, ...
The Domestic War on Protesters: It's Not Just Egypt
Thompson, Brad
Article
2011
While the US claims to uphold right to demonstrate around the world, there have been countless examples throughout the history of this country of protests being shut down by an overwhelming police pre...
Everything's on the Line at AAM: Against The Current vol. 134
Feeley, Dianne
Article
2008
The strike of 3,600 UAW-represented workers at American Axle and Manufacturing plants in Michigan and New York has forced the idling of more than 40,000 workers in 30 GM plants and shut down a number ...
Fighting Subpoenas and Gag Orders in Iowa: Against The Current vol. 110
Omidvar, Iraj
Article
2004
More than two months have passed since federal officials withdrew the grand jury subpoenas against four peace activists and Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. The withdrawal of the subpoenas and th...
Ford Massacre: Detroit Workers News Special, 1932
Houdyma, Joseph; Del Duca, Robert; Auringer, Jack; Seltzer, Leo
Film
1932
WFPL newsreel of the March 7th Detroit/Dearborn demonstration and hunger march of unemployed Ford workers.
French Students Speak for Themselves What We Won - and Need: Against The Current vol. 122
Silberstein, Patrick
Article
2006
The following collective interview was conducted for ATC by Patrick Silberstein of Editions Syllepse.
Further Particulars of the Silesian Riots
Engels, Friedrich
Article
1844
The causes of these affrays were the incredible sufferings of these poor weavers, produced by low wages, machinery, and the avarice and greediness of the manufacturers.
Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite
Levine, Bruce E.
Book
2011
Levine offers insights into the epidemic of political passivity in America and analyzes how major U.S. institutions have created helplessness and fatalism. He proposes ways of recovering dignity, ener...
Global Showdown: How the New Activists are Fighting Global Corporate Rule
Barlow, Maude; Clarke, Tony
Book
2001
Documents the new forces of resistance and invitates readers to join the struggle for alternatives.
A Gran Marcha and Beyond: Against The Current vol. 122
The Editors
Article
2006
March, 2006 marked an eruption that hit the streets, showed its strength, and took everyone including its participants by surprise. Millions marched all over the country: 300,000 in Chicago, 50,000 i...
The Great Depression
Bailen, Maurice; Freitag, John
Film
1934
WFPL docudrama with a silent narrative of one man's struggle and despair in search of a job in Depression-era Chicago.
The Great Strike at UNAM: Against The Current vol. 88
Castillo, Christian
Article
2000
The Great Strike of the Mexican National Autonomous University (UNAM), which for more than nine months was occupied by students organized in the Strike General Committee (CGH), started on April 20, 19...
Guide to public order situations: A brief survival guide for when a demonstration turns into a riot
Article
2006
Bear in mind that the police are probably much better equipped and trained for close combat than you or I. They have been psyching themselves up for hours, are likely to have plenty of reserves standi...
Herman's House
Bhalla, Angad Singh
Film/Video
2012
'What kind of house does a man who has been imprisoned in a six-foot-by-nine-foot cell for over 30 years dream of?' This film captures the remarkable creative journey and friendship of Herman Wallace,...
The Householder's Guide to Community Defence Against Bureaucratic Aggression - Review: A report on Britain's Government Machine
Diemer, Ulli
Book
1972
Organizational tactics communities can use to fight projects or developments being foisted on them.
How the People's Climate March Became a Corporate PR Campaign
Gupta, Arun
Article
2014
I've never been to a protest march that advertised in the New York City subway. That spent $220,000 on posters inviting Wall Street bankers to join a march to save the planet, according to one source....
How Ultraleftism Divided UNAM Strike: Against The Current vol. 88
Hearse, Phil
Article
2000
MEXICO CITY -- Commandeered buses flying red and black flags and Che Guevara portraits sped through the city on October 2, ferrying students to a demonstration commemorating the 1968 student massacre ...
IPPN Standing Strong in the Storm: Against The Current vol. 88
Sentmanat, José Manuel
Article
2000
If I were asked to name the one virtue that best describes the political left in America, I would say “perseverance.” As we know all too well, the long history of the left in our country is a history ...
Iraq's Torture by Sanctions: Against The Current vol. 91
Finkel, David
Article
2001
An interview with Kathy Kelly. Kathy Kelly, organizer for Voices in the Wilderness, has been involved in the struggle around ending sanctions against Iraq for the past decade. David Finkel interviewed...
It Started in Wisconsin: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Labor Protest
Buhle, Mari Jo; Buhle, Paul (Ed.s)
Book
2012
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.
Korea's New Revolutionaries: Against The Current vol. 87
Sheppard, Barry
Article
2000
Against the background of a rising militant working-class movement, revolutionary socialists in South Korea are undergoing a process of regroupment. An important force in this development are comrades...
Labor Scores at Verizon: Against The Current vol. 89
Douglas, Rachel
Article
2000
On August 6 87,000 members of the Communication Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) struck Verizon Communications in twelve states from Maine to Vir...
Liberation, Then What?: Against The Current vol. 124
Webber, Jeffery R.
Article
2006
In a lucid contribution to our understanding of contemporary Africa, David Seddon and Leo Zeilig recently charted that continent's two waves of popular protest and class struggle over the last 40 year...
Libya: From Colony to Revolution
St John, Ronald Bruce
Book
2011
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.
Like a Dull Knife: The People's Climate "Farce"
Saul, Quincy
Article
2014
Even in a top-down format, one hopes the upcoming march could draw much-needed attention to the climate movement.
Living Wage Campaigns: Part I
Luce, Stephanie
Article
1998
ROBERT KUTTNER WROTE in a recent Washington Post op-ed that living wage campaigns are “the most interesting (and under-reported) grassroots enterprise to emerge since the civil rights movement.”1
Los Angeles: Assessing D2K Protests: Against The Current vol. 89
Cooper, Louise
Article
2000
More than 10,000 activists gathered in LA for the Democratic convention protests August 5-18. The main protest held Monday, August 12 drew around 10,000 activists. Three thousand had gathered for the...
Machismo and Its Discontents: Against The Current vol. 134
Ferguson, Ann
Article
2008
The one clear memory I have of 1968 (as opposed to all those other antiwar and pro-civil rights struggles in which I was engaged in the 1960s and ‘70s) is that I was a member of a faculty ad-hoc group...
The Making of Jericho Road: Against The Current vol. 132
Williams, Charles
Article
2008
An interview with Michael Honey. The paperback edition of Michael Honey’s Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign is released this January 2008.
Melbourne: WEF Meets Real World: Against The Current vol. 89
Skanthakumar, B.
Article
2000
Over 15 000 people from all corners of Australia and farther afield blockaded the Asia-Pacific summit of the World Economic Forum (W.E.F.) in Melbourne between September 11 and 13 in the latest expres...
Mothers of the Disappeared
Fisher, Jo
Book
1990
This is the story of the mothers who risked their lives to demonstrate in the plazas by holding placards of the children they lost during the "guerra sucia" the dirty war fought in Argentina during th...
The National Hunger March to Washington, 1932
Seltzer, Leo; T. Hurwitz, Leo; Del Duca, Robert; Brody, Sam; Nelson, C.O.
Film
1933
WFPL Documentary of the Second National Hunger March to Washington, D.C. 1932.
National Hunger March, 1931
Brody, Sam; Del Duca, Robert; Seltzer, Leo; Balog, Lester
Film
1931
WFPL footage of protesters marching to Washington demanding jobs, food, and clothing during the infancy of the Great Depression.
The Nature of Mass Demonstrations
Berger, John
Article
1968
John Berger analyses the social dynamics and strengths of mass demonstrations.
The Need for Clear Demands at the Peoples' Climate March
Peterman, Anne
Article
2014
In New York City on September 21st, a major climate march is planned. It will take place two days before UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's UN Climate Summit -- a one-day closed door session where the...
No Classes for Torture! Protests Escalate Against "School of the Americas": Against The Current vol. 82
Schenk, Anne
Article
1999
Spurred by an enormous and unexpected victory in Congress, thousands of protesters will gather later this year at the gates of Fort Benning, GA to demand the closure of the U.S. Army School of the Ame...
Notes from a Revolution Dying: Against The Current vol. 134
Pirani, Simon
Article
2008
In June 1922, five years on from the Russian Revolution, a group of Moscow communists gathered to discuss a letter by Vladimir Petrzhek, an auto worker, tendering his resignation from the communist (o...
Occupy!: Scenes from Occupied America
Taylor, Astra; Gessen, Keith (eds)
Book
2011
An unofficial record of the New York branch of the Occupy movement, Occupy! combines adrenalin-fueled first-hand accounts of the early days and weeks of Occupy Wall Street with contentious debates and...
Organising Things: A Guide to Successful Political Action
Ward, Sue
Book
1984
A comprehensive guide to practical political action, packed with information and handy checklists.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - February 12, 2017
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2017
Class conflict - first and foremost, the relationship between the capitalist class and the working class -- is the fundamental contradiction that defines capitalist society. Class is a reality which s...
A Parable of Women's Liberation: Against The Current vol. 134
Tax, Meredith
Article
2008
Interview with Meredith Tax.
Paris and London in the 18th Century: Studies in Popular Protest
Rude, George
Book
1952
Articles relating to popular protests and revolts breaking out in Paris and London during the eighteenth century.
The Power of Women United: Against The Current vol. 134
Dawson, Kipp
Article
2008
Interview with Kipp Dawson.
The Protectionist Trap: Against The Current vol. 88
Lund, Caroline
Article
2000
In July, the United Nations and some fifty large corporations came to an agreement that the companies would all respect workers' rights and protect the environment in their investments around the worl...
Public Declaration: Solidarity against police repression in Montreal: We will not submit to the municipal by-law P-6
Article
2013
With this public declaration, we assert our opposition to by-law P-6: we will continue to demonstrate without negotiating our demo routes with police, and we will systematically challenge all tickets ...
Puerto Rico's La Huelga del Pueblo
Bernabe, Rafael
Article
1998
AFTER FORTY DAYS on strike, several paros (one-day stoppages) in various government agencies and a two-day general strike, Puerto Rico's telephone workers have returned to work without attaining their...
Quebecers' right to protest restricted after 2012 "Maple Spring" in Canada
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression
Article
2013
In 2012, a massive student strike over tuition fee increases rocked Quebec and thousands took to the streets, marching in protest. In the aftermath, Montreal residents find that their ability to prote...
Relentless Persistence: Nonviolent Action in Latin America
McManus, Philip and Schlabach, Gerald (ed.)
Book
1991
There is in Latin America a tradition of "firmeza permanente," relentless persistence, which has enabled the people to preserve parts of their culture during five centuries of conquest and oppression.
Religion and the Rise of Labor and Black Detroit: Against The Current vol. 134
Higbee, Mark
Article
2008
Historians and other scholars have given Detroit plentiful attention, including some very important books, yet in this vital new study Angela Dillard manages to approach the Motor City’s past in sever...
A Reluctant Memoir of the '50s and '60s: Against The Current vol. 134
Le Blanc, Paul
Article
2008
I have been asked to write a memoir that would give a sense of the old left/new left realities of the 1950s and ‘60s. That seems quite odd to me (why would I be writing such a thing?), until I look in...
Report from the Pvt. Manning Contingent at SF Pride, June 2015
Borgstrom, Daniel
Article
2015
Sunday, June 28th started out cloudy, as one might expect in San Francisco, but the sun eventually came out, making it a good day for the Gay Pride event -- and a good day to honor Whistleblower Chels...
SDS
Sale, Kirkpatrick
Book
1973
The rise and development of the Students for a Democratic Society, the organization that became the major expression of the American left in the 1960s -- its passage from student protest to institutio...
Seattle Diary: It’s a Gas, Gas, Gas: Five Days That Shook the World: 15 Years On…
St. Clair, Jeffrey
Article
1999
On this week Seattle was so tightly wound that it primed to crack. The city, which practiced drills to prepare itself against possible biological or chemical warfare by WTO opponents, was about to wit...
Section 60 advice guide: Some information and tips on the law, your rights, and how to react when police have enforced a "Section 60" order on a demonstration
Article
2006
At some recent demonstrations, police have cordoned off the demonstration, corralling large numbers of people into an increasing confined area before taking their names, addresses and photographs, eve...
The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage
Gitlin, Todd
Book
1987
One of the best books on the Sixties in the U.S., bringing to life the political and cultural currents, including especially the music, which raged during that decade, and setting them in historical c...
The social significance of Toronto's June 15 homeless "riot"
Article
2000
What happened on June 15 bears close attention for what it says about the trajectory of politics in Ontario and the country as a whole. The police ran amok, attacking not only anyone participating in ...
Steal This Book
Hoffman, Abbie
Book
1971
A guide to fighting government and corporations. The book is divided into three sections, "Survive!", "Fight!" and "Liberate!"
The Strategy of the Venezuelan Opposition
Ellner, Steve
Article
2014
The strategy and tactics of the Venezuelan opposition is a replay of events that took place leading up to the coup against Hugo Chávez on April 11, 2002 and is similar (although in some ways quite dif...
The Targeting of Walter Rodney: Against The Current vol. 120
West, Michael O.
Article
2006
On October 15, 1968 the government of Jamaica barred Walter Rodney from returning to the island. A lecturer at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Rodney had been out of the co...
Ten demonstrations that changed the world
Nineham, Chris
Article
2015
It's worth remembering that mass marches have been crucial to all the most important struggles.
Thieving Sons of Bushes: Against The Current vol. 91
Miah, Malik
Article
2001
“Never Trust a Son of Bush” was one of many signs at George W. Bush's presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. on January 20. Some 25,000 marched in Washington and 15,000 rallied in San Francisco...
Turkey's Urban Uprising: The Struggle for Democracy against Inequality, Oligarchy, Oppression, and Tyranny
Marshall, Andrew Gavin
Article
2013
In Turkey, a wave of urban uprisings had spread across the country, involving hundreds of thousands of protesters, in dozens of cities, met with massive state repression and violence, resulting in a f...
Unlawful Dissent: New Laws Around the Globe Don't Curb Inequity, They Undercut Social Protests and Gag Free Speech
Warnke, Brett
Article
2012
The state is increasingly encroaching upon dissent as social conditions worsen.
Update on Pakistan: After the "Emergency": Against The Current vol. 132
Tariq, Farooq
Article
2008
General Pervez Musharraf has “taken off the uniform” and lifted the emergency as of December 15th. But Labour Party Pakistan rejects the Musharraf’s claim that the emergency is lifted. It is “lifted” ...
Viewpoint: Transnationals After Seattle: Against The Current vol. 88
Goldner, Loren
Article
2000
Mass politics in the streets disappeared in the United States between 1970 and 1973. In retrospect, it is clear that the years 1964 to 1970 were not a “pre-revolutionary situation,” but anyone who liv...
We Are Wisconsin
Williams, Amie
Film/Video
2012
When a Republican Governor’s bill threatens to wipe away worker rights and lock out public debate, six (extra)ordinary citizens join the growing protest at the Wisconsin State Capitol, and spend the n...
Weatherman
Jacobs, Harold
Book
1971
A history of the Weatherman organization.
Where Is Indonesia Going?: Against The Current vol. 87
Miah, Malik
Article
2000
For both admirers and critics of Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid, the picture is disturbing: At the presidential palace in Jakarta there are signs of a new “royal court” in the making. Official...
Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions
Mason, Paul
Book
2012
From London to Cairo, Wisconsin to Tehran, Paul Mason charts new forms of collective action: fluid networks of agile, Twitter- and Facebook-savvy networks of youthful protesters. The events, says Maso...
Wisconsin Uprising: Labor Fights Back
Yates, Michael D. (ed.)
Book
2012
A collection of accounts from the early stages of the Wisconsin uprising against the corporate world in the of spring 2011.
Worker's Newsreel Unemployment Special, 1931
Del Duca, Robert; Seltzer, Leo
Film
1931
WFPL footage of the first mass demonstration against unemployment and hunger in Union Square, New York City on March 6, 1930.
The World in Review and America Today, 1934
Seltzer, Leo
Film
1934
WFPL newsreel segments that exposed multiple social current event topics.
The WTO's Nude World Order: Against The Current vol. 85
Resnick, Bill
Article
2000
It got intoxicating that Tuesday (Nov. 30, `99) in Seattle, without chemical assist. That capitalist machine that has looked so mighty and irresistible, for that day was stopped and defeated. Seattle...
Yes, But What Are You For?: Occupy Wall Street and its Evil Twin, the Tea Party
Frank, Thomas
Article
2013
Reading all the accounts of Occupy Wall Street’s theorising in Zuccotti Park can send you to sleep: all academic prose and no real world action or demands. They also make explicit Occupy’s resemblance...
You Got to Move
Phenix, Lucie Massie; Selver, Veronica
Film
1985
Follows people from communities in the Southern United States in their various processes of becoming involved in social change.

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After the Arab spring, the struggle continues on a university campus
A dispute between a secular academic and conservative Islamists threatens the peace at a Tunisian university
Brulliard, Karin
2012
A university administrator takes a stand against religious extremism.
Curiouser and curiouser
Tea Party members aren't foaming at the mouth racist bigots
Raban, Jonathan
2010
A journalist travels to the first National Tea Party Convention in Tennessee as a delegate and finds the other delegates privately share his disdain for the racism and conspiracy theories the group f...
English Defence League: new wave of extremists plotting summer of unrest
Growth of anti-Muslim group raises fears of street violence
Taylor, Matthew
2010
A profile of the supporters and the protests of the English Defence League, a right wing anti-Islam group of mostly white, young British men, many of them mobilized through their soccer clubs.
Handcuffed and herded
My big Alpine adventure with Switzerland's police
Clark, Andrew
2011
A journalist at the World Economic Forum Summit is detained and intimidated along with protestors by Swiss police.
Met police face legal action for 'kettling' of protest teenagers
Townsend, Mark
2010
Police in the UK are being sued for using violence against students during a tuition fees protest by three minors who suffered injuries. They claim they were falsely detained and denied medical assist...
Opposition daily throttled financially by lawsuits and dirty tricks
2013
The daily newspaper Azadliq, one of the few remaining opposition news outlets, is now in danger of succumbing to efforts to throttle it financially. Many members of Azadliq’s staff have been individua...
Panama's indigenous champion defies president's mining deal
Canadian-Korean consortium plans 30-year gold, silver and copper project
Helmore, Edward
2012
In Panama the Ngabe-Bugle indigenous community fights to keep a Canadian copper mining company off their land.
Quebec's manifs casseroles are a call for order
Sterne, Jonathan; Davis, Natalie Zemon
2012
Unacceptable police violence against journalists covering demonstrations
Sources News Release
2010
Reporters Without Borders calls on the Greek authorities to publicly condemn cases of police violence against journalists during the demonstrations of the past few weeks and to give the police clear i...