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Nonviolent Direct Action

Nonviolent Direct Action

Strategic nonviolence is a rich tradition within social change movements, generating theoretical exploration, research, different group formations and tactical innovation. In this topic you’ll find case studies, manuals, inspiring quotes, training materials, and practical how-to-guides.

Book cover for Iron Will: Global Extractivism and Mining Resistance in Brazil and India

Mining Resistance in India

Community resistance has been astonishingly effective at stopping mining in India. This article draws from the book Iron Will.

Book cover for Iron Will: Global Extractivism and Mining Resistance in Brazil and India

Mining Resistance in Brazil

Community resistance has been astonishingly effective at stopping mining in Brazil. This article draws from the book Iron Will.

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Street Medic Pro-Tips: Medical and First Aid Support at Protests and Direct Actions

Introduction Street medicine has its origins in the civil rights movements in the US in the late 1960s. Over the years Street Medics have evolved into an international informal community of people who provide medical and first aid support at protests and direct actions. The Melbourne Street Medic Collective (formerly MelbFACT) came together through the Occupy […]

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Franklin River Campaign

Learn all about the successful Franklin River Campaign that took place in Tasmania in the 1980s. Includes videos & school resources.

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Jail Solidarity and Supporting Prisoners

Introduction In recent times Australia and other countries have seen the introduction and threat of new laws aimed at further criminalizing blockades, lock-ons and other forms of non-violent direct action. The following resources canvas a range of ways in which campaigners and protesters have responded to arrest and imprisonment for political activities. Whilst much of […]

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How Emotions Mobilise and Sustain the Anti-Coal Seam Gas Movement

Introduction  Emotions play an important role in mobilising people to take action on social and environmental issues. In this study of the anti-coal seam gas movement in regional Australia the authors found that anger about coal seam gas mining mobilised people to take action, but the combination of anger with the joy of connecting with […]

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The 1972 Sydney Opera House Work-In

Learn about the Sydney Opera House ‘work-in’ carried out by construction workers who expelled management & continued work under workers’ control.

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