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  1. Berlin's oldest squatters in town defend threatened community centre
    Pensioners take a stand against development of their comunity centre

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 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 way for real estate development.
  2. Bureau of Public Secrets 
    Resource Type: Website
    Articles from a Situationist perspective.
  3. Flint and the Rewriting of History
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1996
    The 1937 sitdown strikes were a thunderbolt shattering minimal labor-management relations. The victory of the Flint auto workers heralded the most profound social changes in the United States since the Civil War.
  4. Flint Sit-Down Strike
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    Changed the United Automobile Workers from a collection of isolated locals on the fringes of the industry into a major union and led to the unionization of the United States automobile industry.
  5. The Flint Sitdown for Beginners
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1996
    The Sitdown Strike at GM's Flint, Michigan Fisher Body and Chevrolet plants (December 1936-February 1937) was a turning point in the history of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO).
  6. The Flint sit-down strike, 1936-1937
    Jeremy Brecher

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    210,000 auto workers joined the American Federation of Labor (A.F.L.) to take part in the strike but the A.F.L leadership however wanted no part in a strike, and managed to postpone it again and again. The workers won control over the rate of production, despite a union contract that conceded this authority to management.
  7. Get Up, Stand Up 
    Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 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, energy, and unity in order to wrest power away from the corporatocracy.
  8. The Great Flint Sit-Down Strike Against G.M. 1936-37
    How Industrial Unionism was Won

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1967
    A history of the Flint strike (1936-1937).
  9. Jewish Women Occupy Israeli Consulate in Toronto
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2009
    A group of Jewish-Canadian women occupied the Israeli Consulate in Toronto in protest against the on-going Israeli assault on the people of Gaza.
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  10. The 1960 Sit-ins in Context
    Against The Current vol. 147

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2010
    We think of the Sit-In Movement as beginning on February 1, 1960, fifty years ago. In the minds of many this was the initiating event that led to many subsequent developments in the broader civil rights movement, indeed as a turning point in Black, and more generally, U.S. history. But the sit-ins, and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s had their origins in vast social changes that began long before.
  11. The 1960 Sit-ins in Context
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2010
    The Civil Rights Movement that we associate with the 1960s was the culmination of a vast set of social and economic changes. The tradition of Black struggle itself, going back to the very beginnings of slavery in the New World, was also part of the context for the new movement.
  12. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - December 19, 2015

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 2015
    Utopian visions, be they practical or not, free our imaginations, if only for a little while, from the daily grind of struggle and worry, and allow us to dream about the kind of world we would hope to live in. Such dreams can inspire us and guide us, even if they are not always quite practical. This issue of Other Voices peers into the world of utopian visions, practical or otherwise.
  13. Politics and Memory in the Flint Sitdown Strikes
    A comment on Historiography

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1996
    The General Motors strike of 1936-37 was the most important union victory of the 20th century, but the very meaning of its success was ambiguous indeed.
  14. Remembering Another Occupy
    Anniversary of the 1937 Sit-Down Strike Wave

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
  15. Sit-ins
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    A form of direct action that involves one or more persons nonviolently occupying an area for a protest.
  16. Sitdown strike or occupation guide
    A guide to taking sit-down strike action or occupations, in which by suddenly refusing to work gains can be won rapidly

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2006
    A strike doesn't have to be long to be effective. Timed and executed right, a strike can be won in minutes. Such strikes are "sitdowns" or "occupations" when everyone just stops work and sits tight, or "mass grievances" when everybody leaves work to go to the boss's office to discuss some matter of importance. This can have many advantages over a conventional strike.
  17. SNCC
    The New Abolitionists

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1964   Published: 1965
    An account of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
  18. Strike! 
    The True History of Mass Insurgence from 1877 to the Present

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1972   Published: 1997
    A history-from-below that brings to light strikes as authentic revolutionary movements against the establishments of state, capital, and trade unionism.
  19. A Troublemaker's Handbook 
    How to Fight Back Where You Work -- And Win!

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1991   Published: 2005
    An organizing manual for workers dealing with both major issues and everyday problems in the workplace.
  20. Vulnerable Akron: the first great sit-down
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Akron, rubber manufacturing capital of the world. A drab Mid-Western industrial city of 255,000. A city with a hum, a throb, anodor all its own. It made the front pages in February, 1936. A strike had closed the largest tire factory on the globe, which had 14,000 employees.

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