The Power of Protest

by Richard Youngs

Frontier | Vol. 50, No.33, Feb 18 – 24, 2018

What trends can we decipher when it comes to modern protests? Is there a pattern to the grievances that helps to explain the current spike in protest?

Large-scale protests have become more numerous and geographically widespread in recent years. While much debate among international relations experts has focused on the shift in power away from the West to rising economies, equally significant in the nascent era of global politics is the rise of citizen mobilisation.Read More »


Indigenous People Lead Global Divestment Protest of Banks’ Investment in Fossil Fuels as Banks Discuss Equator Principles

Mazaska Talks | October 23, 2017

SEATTLE – Today 91 banks will meet at the annual meeting of the Equator Principles Association (EPA) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. At this time, the indigenous-led divestment campaign, Mazaska Talks, is leading a global 3-day protest known as #DivestTheGlobe. On Monday, there will be actions in at least 44 cities in the United States and Canada. On Tuesday and Wednesday, there will be actions in Africa, Europe and Asia.Read More »

Canadian Communists, labor, and social justice groups oppose “new NAFTA”

PEOPLE’S VOICE | October 06, 2017

Canadian Communists, labor, and social justice groups oppose “new NAFTA”

Opponents of the “new NAFTA” protest outside negotiations in Ottawa, Sept. 21. | People’s Voice

OTTAWA, Canada—As NAFTA negotiators from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico gathered in Ottawa for a third round of talks, the Communist Party of Canada (CPC) held a press conference at the National Press Gallery on Parliament Hill on Sept. 21, and participated in the tri-lateral “Civil Society Summit” on Sept. 23.Read More »

Protests Nationwide Denounce Syria Strikes as US Threatens ‘To Do More’

by Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Common Dreams | 08 April, 2017

Demonstrators take part in a 2015 “Don’t Bomb Syria” event in London. (Photo: Alisdare Hickson/flickr/cc)

Protests took place in cities across the United States and beyond on Friday to denounce President Donald Trump’s missile strikes on Syria.

The strikes on a Syrian air base—launched without congressional approval or U.N. authorization—were said to be in retaliation for Tuesday’s chemical weapons attack against Syrian civilians, though there has not yet been an independent investigation showing that the chemical attack was, as the U.S. claims, ordered by President Bashar al-Assad.Read More »

U.S: Major Climate March in Communities Nationwide on April 29

People’s Action | 26 January, 2017

WASHINGTON – Climate activists have announced a major “People’s Climate March” on April 29th in Washington, D.C. and throughout the country. The effort is being organized by the coalition formed out of 2014’s People’s Climate March, which brought over 400,000 people to the streets of New York City and many more around the world.

The April 29th march comes in response to widespread outrage against President Trump’s disastrous anti-climate agenda – including his executive orders this week advancing the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines – along with his attacks on health care, immigrants, and programs and policies that improve the lives of all Americans.Read More »

Dakota Access Opponents Stage Dramatic Protest Against U.S. Bank

by Jon Queally, staff writer

Common Dreams | 02 January, 2017

A pair of #NoDAPL protesters dropped a banner from the rafters inside the US Bank Stadium in Minneaopolis during the Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears football game on Sunday.  (Photo: Twitpic/Adam Greenberg/@pragactivist)

Continuing a strategy to target the project’s financial backers, a small team of Dakota Access Pipeline opponents on Sunday pulled off a dramatic banner-drop from the rafters of the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis as the Minnesota Vikings played the Chicago Bears.

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‘Heed This Call’: At COP22, Hundreds of Groups Demand End to Fossil Fuels

by Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Common Dreams | 14 November, 2016

Demonstrators gather for a climate march on November 13, 2016, in Marrakesh, Morocco, where the climate talks are taking place. (Photo: Takver/flickr/cc)

Nearly 400 civil society groups and individuals from over 60 countries on Monday delivered a letter to world leaders at climate talks in Marrakesh, Morocco, urging them to end fossil fuel development to stave off “economic upheaval and climate chaos.”

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Gas Summit: ‘It’s a battle for our democratic rights’

by Peter Lazenby

Morning Star | 11 October, 2016

ANTI-FRACKING campaigners will today target oil company bosses who have flown into Manchester from the US and Canada for a “secret” UK shale gas summit.

Campaigners from Frack Free Greater Manchester (FFGM), Manchester Friends of the Earth and Manchester Greenpeace have united to deliver their message to the oil bosses during the two-day conference and, despite the venue being kept secret until this morning, FFGM says it “is confident it will be able to locate the event for the protest.”

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