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Common Ground Magazine
Independent magazine about health, the environment, personal growth and creativity.
Marxists Internet Archive
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
Michael Riordon
Canadian writer and documentary-maker Michael Riordon writes/directs/produces books and articles, audio, video and film documentaries, plays for radio and stage. A primary goal of his work is to recover voices and stories of ...

News Releases

Cease Fire Now
2008-12-30
Gush Shalom
On behalf of thousands of Israelis who have demonstrated in the streets of Tel-Aviv within hours after the start of the war, we demand: To stop at once the attack on Gaza!
Connexions Archive seeks a new home
2009-11-18
Connexions Information Sharing Services
The Connexions Archive, a Toronto-based library dedicated to preserving the history of grassroots movements for social change, needs a new home.
Demonstrate against the Israeli Assault on Gaza ! Lift the Siege!
2009-01-08
Join us this Saturday at 11:00 to demand that the Canadian government call for an immediate halt to Israel 's attacks and an end to the siege of Gaza! Followed by Free Gaza - A Teach-In, 1:00 - 5:30 s...
Dignite delegates deported by Israel
2011-07-21
Canadian Boat to Gaza Update. The Freedom Flotilla 2 delegates from the Dignite-Karama have been deported by Israel, including Stephan Corriveau of the Tahrir, who arrived back in Canada Wednesday.
Former British MP George Galloway speaks in Vancouver Nov. 22
2010-11-02
Seriously Free Speech Committee
Former British MP George Galloway speaks in Vancouver Nov. 22 as part of a national tour on Palestine, Afghanistan, and free speech, especially the Harper government's attempts to ban him for purely p...
Leftwords Festival of Books and Ideas
2012-05-05
Leftwords
LeftWords is a free public event that celebrates and promotes the work of progressive Canadian and international writers and thinkers whose works appear in books and magazines by Canadian independent ...
Memory as Resistance: Grassroots Archives and the Battle of Memory
2012-11-02
Connexions Archive
CONNEXIONS and Beit Zatoun are spotlighting grassroots archives this November with an open house and networking event November 24, a talk and discussion November 27, and an exhibit (November 16-27).
Sources welcomes Michael Riordon
2010-04-14
Michael Riordon
Sources welcomes a new member: Michael Riordon. Canadian writer and documentary-maker Michael Riordon writes/directs/produces books and articles, audio, video and film documentaries, plays for radio a...

Sources Select Resources

Anti-globalization movement
Connexipedia Article
Article
Critical of the globalization of capitalism. The movement is also commonly referred to as the global justice movement, alter-globalization movement, anti-corporate globalization movement, or movement ...
The Case for Grassroots Archives
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2012
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Grassroots archives play a valuable role in what has been called "the battle of memory". People's history projects such as grassroots archives preserve and share stories of resistance, hidden historie...
Connexions Library: Organizing Focus Page
Website
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Selected articles from the Connexions Online Library.
Critique of Nonviolent Politics
From Mahatma Gandhi to the Anti-Nuclear Movement
Ryan, Howard
Book
1984
Ryan accepts that sometimes nonviolence can be effective, but says that sometimes it is not: "a principled insistence on nonviolence can in some circumstances be dangerous to progressive social moveme...
A Drone Protestor Heads to Jail
Moyers, Bill
Article
2016
Moyers and Company
Fifty-nine-year-old Mary Anne Grady Flores will serve six months for photographing a protest of an airfield in upstate New York where drone pilots are trained and from where missions are carried out.
Freedom rides
Connexipedia Article
Article
Freedom Riders were Civil Rights activists who rode on interstate buses into the segregated southern United States.
Grassroots media relations
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2010
Connexions Information Sharing Services
A media relations guide for organizers and activists.
Is that an archive in your basement... or are you just hoarding?
Sources News Release
Article
2012
Connexions
Are you an 'accidental archivist'? Have you been saving the publications and documents produced by the social justice projects you've been involved in? Then Connexions would like to hear from you.
The John Lewis Conundrum: Caring for Justice or Carrying Water
Fikre, Teodrose
Article
2017
Ghion Journal
What the author is writing about John Lewis is not so much a condemnation as it is a reflection of the very meaning of justice and how we can fight for it.
Kenyan grafitti artists target vulture politicians
Chonghaile, Clar Ni
Article
2012
The Guardian
A crew of Kenyan grafitti artists are making murals that urge citizens not to re-elect corrupt politicians who have a legacy of exploiting tribal differences to gain power.
The Making of Jericho Road
Against The Current vol. 132
Williams, Charles
Article
2008
Against The Current
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.
Met police face legal action for 'kettling' of protest teenagers
Townsend, Mark
Article
2010
The Guardian
Police in the UK are being sued for using violence against students during a tuition fees protest by three minors who suffered injuries. They claim they were falsely detained and denied medical assist...
Nieman Reports: What’s the difference between activism and journalism?
Simon, Joel
Article
2015
Pacific Media Centre
As technology changes how news is gathered and delivered, should journalism continue to be sharply distinguished from activism and other kinds of free speech? An extract by Joel Simon from his new boo...
Police log 'domestic extremists' and keep database on activists
Forces survey and file details of peaceful protests and political activities
Lewis, Paul; Evans, Rob; Taylor, Matthew
Article
2009
The Guardian
'Domestic Extremists' are persons involved in political meetings and protests who are photographed and added to a national database by the UK police. This surveillance falls under the purview of "ter...
Political activist Ken Stone takes CSIS to task for alleged harassment
Weinberg, Paul
Article
2015
rabble.ca
What is it like to be targeted by Canada's spy agency? Veteran anti-war and environmental activist Ken Stone knows firsthand and is willing to talk about it.
The Praxis Affair
There's a reason we put limits on spying within Canada
Weinberg, Paul
Article
2015
Canadian Centre for Policy Aletrnatives (CCPA)
This is a cautionary story of what might happen if we return to the bad old days of the RCMP Security Service, which was caught disrupting and using dirty tricks against a wide range of unsuspecting g...
Protest Inc. - The Corporatization of Protest (Book Review)
Spray, Martin
Article
2014
Ecologist
Review of "Protest Inc. - The Corporatization of Activism" by Peter Dauvergne & Genevieve LeBaron.
Rise of the naked female warriors
Cochrane, Kira
Article
2013
Guardian Weekly
Known for its topless protesters, Femen is a worldwide movement against patriarchy. But are the activists' breasts obscuring the message?
Roadblocks to Climate Activism
The Problem of Natural Localism
Davidson, Lawrence
Article
2013
CounterPunch
The consequences of global warming. The evidence for the evolving dire effects of building CO2 and other greenhouse gases is getting increasingly conclusive. We are a species influenced by natural loc...
Sierra Leone: local resistance grows as investors snap up land
Farmers and activists more transparent about large-scale land deals with foreign firms and t
Provost, Clare; McClanahan, Paige
Article
2012
The Guardian
Ten years after the end of civil war in Sierra Leone, the government is taking great pains to attract large-scale agribusiness investments, which it says will help boost exports and employment opportu...
Social Activist Grace Lee Boggs on Shaking Up the Status Quo in America
Film/Video
2007
Moyers & company
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.
SUPA - Student Union for Peace Action
Connexipedia Article
Stevenson, William
Article
2010
Connexions
A Canadian student organization active from 1964 to 1967.
This is What Insurgency Looks Like
Brecher, Jeremy
Article
2016
CounterPunch
The call to Break Free from Fossil Fuels envisioned "tens of thousands of people around the world rising up" to take back control of their own destiny; "sitting down" to "block the business of governm...
Tree-top vigil highlights destruction of Tasmanian forest
Miranda Gibson hopes to bring international attention to the unprotected status of the ancient forests that are threatened by logging
Birch, Simon
Article
2012
The Guardian
For more than three months, 30-year-old Gibson has been living high above the canopy floor that is the home to some of Australia's most threatened indigenous wildlife, including the Tasmanian devil an...
Wendell Berry's Radical Skepticism
The celebrated farmer and poet shares a message of love in a time of unrest
Massey, Brian
Article
2016
Civil Eats
When the celebrated writer, farmer, and elder statesman of the local food movement sat down in front of a sold-out audience at Johns Hopkins University last week, the crowd seemed even more eager than...
What Do We Do Now? Building a Social Movement in the Aftermath of Free Trade
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1989
Connexions Information Sharing Services / Ulli Diemer
We have the potential to create a social movement in this country that goes beyond single-issue organizing to work toward an integrated vision of a more just and caring society.

Sources Bookshelf

Alternative and Activist New Media
Lievrouw, Leah A.
Book
2011
An overview of the ways in which activists, artists, and citizen groups around the world use new media and information technologies to gain visibility and voice, present alternative or marginal views,...
Alternative Press Index
An index to alternative and radical periodicals
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1996
An index to alternative and radical publications, published quarterly in print and also available on CD-ROM.
Another Politics: Talking Across Today's Transformative Movements.
Dixon, Chris
Book
2014
Dixon examines the trajectory of efforts that contributed to the radicalism of Occupy Wall Street and other recent movement upsurges. He presents the histories and principles that shape many contempor...
Another world is possible if...
George, Susan
Book
2004
Susan George suggests that we can create a new and better world -- if we act together to bring about changes. She discusses the ifs and hows.
The Barefoot Channel
Community Television as a Tool for Social Change
Goldberg, Kim
Book
1990
How you or you group can use local community TV station to get your message out.
Chomsky for Beginners
Cogswell, David; Gordon, Paul
Book
1996
An introduction to the life and works of Noam Chomsky.
Climate Insurgency
A Strategy for Survival
Brecher, Jeremy
Book
2015
Twenty-five years of human effort have failed even to slow climate change, let alone reverse it. Climate Insurgency lays out a strategy for protecting the earth s climate: a global nonviolent constitu...
Grassroots media relations
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2010
A media relations guide for organizers and activists.
Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media
Part 1: Thought Control in a Democratic Society. Part 2: Activating Dissent
Achbar, Mark; Wintonick, Peter; (Chomsky, Noam)
Book
...
Movements and Messages
Media and Radical Politics on Quebec
Raboy, Marc
Book
1984
A study of the attempt by social and political movements in Quebec to shape their own communication strategies in oppostion to the power of the state and the mainstream media.
Signs of Change
Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now
Greenwalk, Dara; MacPhee, Josh
Book
2010
Drawn from an exhibition at Exit Art, a cultural center in New York City, Signs of Change is a visual archive of more than 350 posters, prints, photographs, films, videos, music, and ephemera from mor...
Traces of Magma
An Annotated Bibliography of Left Literature
Knight, Rolf
Book
1983
An annotated bibliography of left wing novels which deal with the lives of working people during the twentieth century.
Uncovering the Sixties
Life and Times of the Undergound Press
Peck, Abe
Book
1985
A book about the Sixties and how they were recorded by radical participants. It traces how movements and communities convinced that their news did not fit into the agenda of mainstream media covered t...

Media

Acadiensis
Atlantic Canadian history.
Adbusters Magazine
Features articles dealing with the erosion of the physical and cultural environment precipitated by commercial and corporate interests.
Briarpatch Magazine
Social justice, local and international events, environment, labour, and women's issues.
Canadian Dimension
An independent magazine of the Canadian Left, of interest to radical Left and anti-capitalist activists and interested observers.
Fightback
The Marxist voice of labour and youth.
New Internationalist
New Internationalist reports on issues of world poverty and inequality. We focus attention on the unjust relationship between the powerful and the powerless worldwide in the fight for global justice.
New Socialist
Committed to working class self-emancipation, internationalism and opposition to all forms of oppression.
Our Times
Canada's independent labour magazine. A pro-union labour magazine dedicated to publishing stories about workers' rights and social justice.
People's Voice
The latest on the fightback from coast to coast. News the corporate media won't print.
Socialist Worker
The struggle for global justice and workers' power in Canada and around the world. Tabloid-format magazine.
This Magazine
Canada's alternative magazine of politics and culture. Award-winning writing that takes on orthodoxy on all fronts with wit and attitude. Investigative journalism you can't get anywhere else.
Upping the Anti
Discussions taking place within the anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist and anti-oppressive movements.


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