Connexions: What it is, how to use it

Connexions is many things: above all, a library featuring information about social change with 1000s of articles, books, films, etc. You can find stuff quickly, but to take advantage of the wealth of information on the site, use the research tools: the Search tool, browseable Subject Index, Title, Author, Chronological and Format indexes, and the many links within documents and on the menus (top and side) to related topics and further resources.
More details about using Connexions here...


Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter

Get Other Voices, Connexions’ free newsletter, via email or online on Connexions.org.
Thinking Clearly in a Time of Crisis: The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our world. Important choices lie ahead, so it is vital we think clearly, ask questions, discuss, and make our voices heard. Read on...


Organizing: Who, Why, How

Change requires organizing. Power gives way only when it is challenged by a movement for change, and movements grow out of organizing. Organizing is qualitatively different from simple ‘activism’. Organizing means sustained long-term conscious effort to bring people together to work for common goals. Connexions features articles, books, and other resources related to organizing. Read on...


Seeds of Fire: A People’s Chronology

What happened on this day in history? Seeds of Fire is people’s history, preserving memories of struggle, resistance, and persistence. Explore what happened on this day -- or on any day of the year. Find out about people, movements, strikes, rebellions, revolts, uprisings, and revolutions, as well as the crimes of the ruling classes. Start with what happened today....


Connexions Calendar

A calendar of events for and by grassroots movements for social change. Find events across Canada, and some outside Canada, related to social justice, human rights, environmental issues, people’s history, and much more.
Groups are invited to submit their events for free. Contact Connexions to get a username to enable you to post your events.
Find the Calendar here....


The Connexions Archive

The Connexions Archive & Library is a sister project to the Connexions website which keeps alive the rich history of grassroots movements for social justice. Connexions preserves ‘alternative’ histories that rarely appear in the mainstream record, and makes them available online to a wide public, as well as in physical form to researchers and scholars. Established in 1975, the Connexions Archive preserves and publishes materials spanning more than 50 years of grassroots activism. Find out more....


Help us secure a future for the past

Connexions was founded in 1975 to connect activists and organizers with information, ideas, and each other. In our 5th decade, we’re still preserving and sharing 'information to change the world'. Connexions is looking for a long-term home for our archive and our team. We’d like find a partner able to provide affordable space for a dynamic project. Find out more or contact us if you have ideas, leads, or space.


Connexions Alternative Media List

Connexions presents a selective list of alternative media: publications, websites, and broadcasters that offer critical alternatives to the mainstream corporate and state-owned media. We hope that it helps you to find websites and media that you’ll find useful in finding out and understanding what’s happening in the world. Explore it here...


Connexions Quotations

Words of wisdom and throught-provoking insights: a selection of quotations about social change, resistance, politics, and a wide range of other topics. Quotations are arranged in alphabetical order by the first letter of the first word. Explore them here...


Connexions Gateways

The Connexions website has tens of thousands of pages and images related to many different issues and topics. To help you navigate the site and find what you are looking for (or perhaps what you didn’t even know you were looking for) Connexions offers a variety of overview pages designed to provide introductions and pathways to exploring different topics and issues. Read on...


Connexipedia

Connexipedia is a social justice encyclopedia with more than 1,000 articles on activism, radicalism, resistance, solidarity, social justice, events, movements, organizations, and people.
Browse Connexipedia using the A-Z Index or the Persons, Organizations or Events indexes.


People’s History, Memory & Archives

The struggle to create a different future is also a battle over history and the meaning of history. Mainstream media and institutions of power try to consign inconvenient histories, struggles, and alternative visions to what George Orwell called “the memory hole.” People’s history projects such as grassroots archives – including Connexions – preserve and share stories of resistance, hidden histories, and alternative visions. This page is a gateway to resources on people’s history and grassroots archives. Find out more...


Manifestos, Programs, Visions

A selection of radical and progressive political manifestos, statements, programs and visions dating from 1649 to the present. here....


What is Socialism?

Socialism is one of the most searched terms on the Internet – and on Connexions.org. What is socialism? Why are so many people talking about it? What are the different varieties of socialism? Does socialism offer realistic solutions to the world’s problems? Connexions has a gateway to resources about socialism, socialist history, and socialist ideas. You’ll find articles, books, quotes, and a wealth of links to different ideas about socialism, its past, and its future. Investigate socialism here....


What is Marxism?

Marxism is a way of critically studying and trying to change the world, a world which is itself constantly changing. Connexions features a variety of interpretations of Marxism, with the emphasis on perspectives that see Marxism as a theory and practice of revolution, seeking to liberate society from capitalism and oppression, and create a free, just, and communal society inspired by the principle “From each according to their ability, to each according to their needs.” Investigate Marxism here....


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Connexions during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Connexions Archive and office are operating, but they are not open to the public for the time being. The best way to reach us is by email.


Morality in an Amoral World

A crisis is a mirror. It shows us – if we have the courage to see – who we are as individuals and as a society. The self-congratulatory poses of governments, politicians, and state institutions are confronted with the harsh test of reality. Each of us – as individuals, friends, families, neighbours, communities – face new and sometimes difficult challenges. The novel coronavirus COVID-19 is such a crisis.....
Keywords: Morality - Ethics


Capitalist Agriculture and Covid-19: A Deadly Combination

There is a tight links between new viruses and industrial food production. The real danger of each new outbreak, says Rob Wallace, is the failure, or refusal, to grasp that each new Covid-19 is no isolated incident. The increased occurrence of viruses is closely linked to food production and the profitability of multinational corporations. Anyone who aims to understand why viruses are becoming more dangerous must investigate the industrial model of agriculture and, more specifically, livestock production....
Keywords: Pandemics - Industrial Agriculture


Putting Profits Before Workers’ Safety: Inside Amazon During the COVID-19 Crisis

As coronavirus continues to spread and much of the country is locking down, Amazon has been ramping up. With more people staying home, delivery is becoming more important than ever, and more lucrative. All these deliveries require an army of workers – drivers, handlers, sorters, and more – at the company’s vast network of fulfillment and delivery centres....
Keywords: Workers’ Health & Safety - Workplace Health & Safety


How We Stay Blind to the Story of Power

Power is the force that shapes almost everything about our lives and our deaths. There is no more important issue. Understanding power and overcoming it through that understanding is the only path to liberation we can take as individuals, as societies, and as a species.....
Keywords: Power - Hegemony


The Military’s Carbon Bootprint

There is no question that, across the planet, the biggest user of fossil fuels is the military. All those fighter jets, tanks, naval vessels, air transport vehicles, Jeeps, helicopters, humvees, and drones burn massive amounts of diesel, and gas daily, creating vast carbon emissions. So you’d think that discussions about the climate emergency would focus on the military’s carbon bootprint, or at least place it at the top of concerns.....
Keywords: Militarism - Military/Environmental Impact


Thinking Clearly in a Time of Crisis

A crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic is not a time to stop thinking. It is a time, says Ulli Diemer, when critical thinking and public discussion are more important than ever. Decisions are being made with enormous and far-reaching implications, not just for the duration of this pandemic, but far into the future. The time to have serious discussions about what direction we are heading in is now, not some day in the future when it will be difficult, or too late, to change course....
Keywords: Critical Thinking - Evidence


A Planet of Missing Beauties

The skies are emptying out. In this coronaviral moment of ours, our world is being transformed before our eyes into one of missing beauties.....
Keywords: Birds - Extinction


The Violence of Conservation

Fiore Longo of Survival International argues for an end to big conservation projects that abuse and destroy the very peoples who know how to protect the land....
Keywords: Conservation - Indigenous Peoples


Illusion or Advance? Ecosocialists debate the “Green New Deal”

Activists from ‘System Change Not Climate Change’ discuss the strengths and weaknesses of ‘Green New Deal’ proposals, and how the left should respond to them...
Keywords: Climate Change Policy - Environmental Justice


Guiding principles for an Ecosocialist Green New Deal

Statement of Ecosocialist Working Group of Democratic Socialists of America on their proposals for a Green New Deal that combats climate change and inequality....
Keywords: Climate Change Policy - Environmental Justice


Destruction of Freedom: Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange and the Corporate Media

The corporate media’s hostility towards Assange, Manning and WikiLeaks – obvious by lack of coverage or overt antagonism – shows it is tool of the state and big business...
Keywords: Corporate Media - Media Propaganda


Public Spaces, Private Control

The commercialization of public spaces is a key element in the movement to lay claim to our cities and neighborhoods and whilst the curse of gentrification is hard to miss, privatization of public spaces goes largely unnoticed....
Keywords: Public Space - Privatization


Disagreement is not hatred

Labelling ideas we disagree with as hatred serves only to shut down debate and prevents us from discussing important issues. All it does is cheapen the meaning of hatred, making life easier for the real bigots....
Keywords: Hate Speech - Critical Thinking


Class is more intersectional than intersectionality

An approach that leans toward greater emphasis on a class struggle focus is actually more intersectional than a focus which gives more attention to demographic-specific issues than to class ...
Keywords: Class - Race & Class


A Fossil Fuel Exit Program

A complete transition away from fossil fuels is necessary within a few decades. The question is how to construct an exit strategy that will accomplish this. James Hansen has provided a starting point for a realistic climate-change exit strategy....
Keywords: Climate Change Policy - Fossil Fuels


The problem with identity politics

Political strategies based on subjective experience will tend to reflect the broader prejudices or the political agendas of those people making the determinations, and to arbitrarily elevate certain experiences over others and reduce the complex reality of oppression to a mere stereotype....
Keywords: Identity Politics - Political Representation