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  1. The Anatomy of A Rebellion
    Against The Current vol. 84

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2000
    The first time I traveled to Los Angeles with a comrade of mine in the labor movement, I had one of those sharp educational experiences that cannot be replicated in the classroom.
  2. Barred from Prison 
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1979
    An account of what occured inside the B.C. Penitentiary during a prison uprising in September 1976.
  3. Beer Riots in Bavaria
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1844
  4. Canada's 1960s 
    The Ironies of Identity in a Rebellious Era

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2008
    A history of social movements of the 1960s, including student and anti-war movements, the rise of women's liberation, labour struggles, and Quebec nationalism.
  5. Centralia Massacre
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    A violent and bloody incident that occurred in the town of Centralia, Washington on November 11, 1919 during a parade celebrating the first anniversary of Armistice Day.
  6. Detroiters Remember the 1967 Rebellion
    Kim D. Hunter interviews Ed Vaughn

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1997
    An interview with Ed Vaughn, an eyewitness observer of the 1967 Detroit rebellion, on the event, its causes and its impact on history.
  7. The Emergence of the Canadian Working Class Movement

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1975
  8. Further Particulars of the Silesian Riots
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 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.
  9. The History of Democracy 
    A Marxist Interpretation

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2013
    Roper traces the history of democracy from ancient Athens to the emergence of liberal representative and socialist participatory democracy. He argues that democracy cannot be understood separately from the social and economic contexts in which democratic states operate.
  10. How the 'black bloc' protected the G20
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2010
    The black-clad mob in Toronto has left a lot of people not only in the general public but in the wider nonviolent social/global justice movements in Canada feeling disgusted, demoralized and dispirited. Just the result you want if your goal is to marginalize and stifle dissent. The blocistes, in other words, are the most effective tool on the ground for silencing the valid concerns of the broad social movements.
  11. Is this what a police state looks like?
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2010
    The corporate security state is not static - it will keep filling more and more space to the extent that they are allowed to by civil society. The police actions in Toronto are one of those key moments, one that we will look back on as a time when the authoritarian governments we now endure tested our resolve. They know exactly what they are doing. There was no spontaneous 'over-reaction.' There were no cops 'out of control' - the obvious fact is they were always in control. The decision to allow the Black Bloc to do its destructive work without any intervention at all was strategic. They were assisted in their work by the Black Bloc, some of them agents provocatuers, all of them enemies of social change.
  12. The language of the unheard
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2018
    A book review of "A People's History of Riots, Protest and the Law: The Sound of the Crowd" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) by author Matt Clement.
  13. The Making of Jericho Road
    Against The Current vol. 132

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 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.
  14. A Marxist History of the World part 101: The Long Recession
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    By the early 1970s, the levers of state economic management had stopped working and the world economy entered a long period of stagnation.
  15. Moral Poverty and the Riots
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2011
    Because the right has appropriated the arguments about moral failure, many on the left have rejected moral arguments altogether. The left talks much about the social and economic impact of neoliberal policies. But little about their moral impact. Such willful blindness is dangerous. Morality is as important to the left as it is to the right, though for different reasons. There can be no possibility of a political or economic vision of a different society without a moral vision too. Moral arguments lie at the heart of our understanding of social solidarity, and of the distinction between notions of social solidarity and pious rightwing claims of ‘we’re all in it together’.
  16. Paris and London in the 18th Century
    Studies in Popular Protest

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1952   Published: 1970
    Articles relating to popular protests and revolts breaking out in Paris and London during the eighteenth century.
  17. Rebecca Riots
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    The Rebecca Riots took place between 1839 and 1843 in South Wales and Mid Wales. They were a protest against the high tolls which had to be paid on the local turnpike roads.
  18. Recovering Forgotten Voices
    Against The Current vol. 132

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2008
    A lover of American literature will come away from reading Alan Wald’s Trinity of Passion: The Literary Left and the Antifascist Crusade excited about the prospect of investigating a long list of currently unheralded writers who collectively constitute a voice that deserves to be recognized as major.
  19. Revolutionary Centennial: Guyana's 1905 Rebellion
    Against The Current vol. 114

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2005
    1905 was a landmark year in the history of Guyana, as it was for several places around the world. In Russia, the Tsar and his troops shot workers delivering a petition in St. Petersburg. In Bengal there were communal shootings; in South West Africa the German massacre of the Herero people was in full progress.
  20. Riot and Revolution
    Speech by Rosa Luxemburg on Trial for Inciting to Riot

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1906
    On the twelfth of November 1906 Rosa Luxemburg was tried at the Criminal Court at Weimar for “inciting to the use of physical force” by the speech she contributed to the discussion on the General Strike at the annual Congress of the German Socialist Party held in 1905 at Jena.
  21. Riots, List of - Wikipedia
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    This is an incomplete chronological list of events characterized by at least one source as riots.
  22. Social Activist Grace Lee Boggs on Shaking Up the Status Quo in America
    Resource Type: Film/Video
    First Published: 2007
    Grace Lee Boggs has been a part of almost every major movement in the United States in the last 75 years, including: Labor, Civil Rights, Black Power, Women’s Rights and Environmental Justice.
  23. The social significance of Toronto's June 15 homeless "riot"
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 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 the demonstration, but even medical personnel tending the wounded. Moreover, the police were acting at the behest of a Tory provincial government that has done real violence to the poor, by slashing welfare benefits by 21.5 percent, eliminating social housing and abolishing rent controls.
  24. The Socialist Register 1968
    Volume 5: A Survey of Movements & Ideas

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1968
  25. The Socialist Register 1977
    Volume 14: A Survey of Movements & Ideas

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1977
  26. The Struggle for Quebec
    Spokesman Pamphlet No. 13

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1971
    Essays analyzing class struggles in Quebec in, and leading up to, 1971.
  27. Sweat and Struggle
    Working Class Struggles In Canada 1789 - 1899

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1974
  28. The Targeting of Walter Rodney
    Against The Current vol. 120

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 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 country attending a Black Power conference in Canada. The Guyanese-born Rodney was no stranger to Jamaica, having graduated from UWI in 1963. He returned to his alma mater as a faculty member at the beginning of 1968, after doing graduate studies in England and working briefly in Tanzania.
  29. Tompkins Square Riot (1874)
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    On January 13, 1874 police crushed a demonstration involving thousands of unemployed in New York City's Tompkins Square Park.
  30. Working Class Experience 
    Rethinking the History of Canadian Labour, 1800-1991

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1983   Published: 1992
    From nineteenth-century tavern life to late twentieth-century cinema, from rough canallers and the first stirrings of craft unionism to contemporary public-sector strikes, this books provides a sweeping interpretive study of the history of the Canadian working class since 1800.

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