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The Marshall Project

Jamiles Lartey

Maggie Koerth

1 June 2020

United States

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Half a century of research showing the dynamics of how protesters and police interact under pressure teaches that when police respond with escalating force, it doesn’t work. But police continue to lean on such tactics...

The New York Times

Tracey Tully

Kevin Armstrong

1 June 2020

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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Through a combination of protesters’ vigilance, mayoral leadership, anti-violence interventions, and de-escalation by police, Newark managed to avoid the violence that marred other cities’ responses in the initial bur...

Mongabay

Vaishnavi Rathore

13 April 2020

Sudher, Himachal Pradesh, India

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A group of women volunteers, known as the Mahila Mandal, from Sudher in India are fighting against the dumping of garbage in their village and the pollution and potential negative health effects that come with it. Des...

Boulder Weekly

Angela K. Evans

9 April 2020

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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For many activists, gathering in mass protest is their most powerful tool in their toolbox, but social distancing threatens this ability. But activists in Boulder County, Colorado are not letting the pandemic stop the...

Bloomberg CityLab

Brentin Mock

Sarah Holder

28 January 2020

Oakland, California, United States

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Moms 4 Housing, a collective of women and their children, occupied a vacant 3-bedroom house in Oakland to secure housing for themselves and call attention to the Bay Area’s lack of affordable housing. Despite being re...

PBS POV

Michael Premo

Rachel Falcone

4 November 2019

New Brunswick, Canada

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After an energy company began exploring New Bruncwick territory for oil and natural gas, Indigenous tribes and white people worked together to protect their water and ban fracking. They held protests at government bui...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Victoria Milko

Clare Hammond

1 October 2019

Yangon, Myanmar

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Underground poetry nights build bridges between Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and Burmese writers in Myanmar. Over video, Rohingya poets who fled persecution in Myanmar can connect with people from their home countr...

Global Investigative Journalism Network

Marthe Rubió

28 May 2019

France

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In what started as a series of posts on Twitter and evolved into a public database published by an investigative media outlet, Mediapart, a lone reporter documented police violence against France's Yellow Vest protest...

Time Magazine

Suyin Hayes

16 May 2019

Stockholm, Sweden

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Climate change activist, Greta Thunberg, has sparked global action. The 16-year-old has started marches totalling over 1.5 million people, continuous protests and strikes, and spoken to world leaders at events such as...

Quartz

Akshat Rathi

1 May 2019

London, United Kingdom

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Extinction Rebellion, a United Kingdom-based environmental group, has been using civil disobedience – blocking traffic, painting graffiti, or gluing themselves to trains – to increase discussion and action against the...

High Country News

Rebecca Leber

16 March 2019

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders, but they aren’t letting age limit activism in the realm of environmental advocacy. The Youth Climate Strike was inspired by Greta Thunberg, a teenage girl in Sweden who stopped go...

Yes! Magazine

Leanna First-Arai

13 March 2019

United States

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An estimated fifty percent of student leaders in climate strikes and protests around the country are students of color, making these movements all the more relatable, accessible, and inclusive. Because communities of ...

Yale Environment 360

Vaishnavi Chandrashekhar

8 January 2019

Mumbai, India

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In booming cities across India, residents and nonprofits are fighting to save trees from rampant development. One protest in Delhi brought 1,500 citizens out, stalling a proposal to fell 14,000 trees in the city. And ...

FastCompany

Ben Paynter

19 September 2018

United States

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Protect the Protest is an initiative created by more than 20 of the world’s largest nonprofits to address SLAPP lawsuits. SLAPPs often target nonprofits and activists in order to derail them from protesting. “The goal...

70 Million

Ruxandra Guidi

9 September 2018

Houston, Texas, United States

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In Texas' Harris County, the state's most populous county, a grassroots collective of criminal justice activists contributed to a political shift that led to reforms in prosecutions, jails, bail, and policing. Inspire...

Broadly

Lauren Cocking

3 July 2018

Mexico City, Mexico

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The Fuentes Rojas call attention to Mexico's staggering murder rate and commemorate the lives of victims by staging interventions in public space. By hanging handkerchiefs embroidered with details of a victim's life, ...

5280 - The Denver Magazine

Natasha Gardner

1 July 2018

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Disability activists have used nonviolent direct action for decades, including lying in the street to protest inaccessible public transit and crawling up the steps of the U.S. Capital to support the Americans with Dis...

The New York Times

Miriam Jordan

11 June 2018

Morristown, Tennessee, United States

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After a raid in a Tennessee plant resulted in 97 immigrants being detained, and 130 American-born children affected, a town came together to help their immigrant neighbors. A church was converted into a crisis respon...

Christian Science Monitor

Taylor Luck

5 June 2018

Amman, Jordan

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Protesters opposing a proposed income tax hike in Jordan stayed away from polarizing language and avoided proposing structural changes to the political system, a shift away from rhetoric used during the Arab Spring. “...

The New Yorker

Daniel A. Gross

1 May 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In 2018, years of community activism resulted in the opening of the first advanced emergency trauma care center on Chicago’s South Side since the 1990s. One study showed gun assaults taking place more than five miles ...

Christian Science Monitor

Harry Bruinius

15 February 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Criticism and protests led by community activists in NY led to wide scale changes in NYPD’s policing, it resulted in a large decrease at the unequal way the NYPD racially profiled black and latino men. Many of this ac...

Public Radio International

Sasha Khokha

29 January 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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After watching a documentary film about women janitors getting assaulted during the night shift, janitors began to organize around a campaign called “Ya Basta — “Enough is Enough.” They began to protest for legislatio...

Al Jazeera

Sylvia Rowley

Russell Beard

22 November 2017

Cologne, Germany

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In the face of climate change as a result of increased CO2 emissions, millions of concerned citizens have grown frustrated at the lack of change from more traditional forms of civil engagement such as petitions, prote...

Broadly

Kadish Morris

28 September 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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The Protest Banner Library is a space for people to make, house, and 'check out' signs for progressive protest. Formed in the wake of Donald Trump's election victory, the Library has built community as well as a way t...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

31 January 2017

United States

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As protests begin to develop nationwide in opposition to a Trump presidency, Tina Rosenberg provides key reminders on good protesting. By highlighting lessons such as diversifying tactics, generating an inclusive bran...

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