Non-violent protests/civil disobedience
actions have long been and continue to be the visual image most people
have of social change. The great movements of the 20th century, such as
the Civil Rights and the Women's Movements, gained powerful momentum as
the result of the many protests, rallies and actions that were held. The
following links provide various examples of how to develop effective protests
and demonstrations as well as other types of direct action.
University of Kansas' Community
This online resource was created to promote community health and development
by connecting people, ideas and resources.
33: Conducting a Direct Action Campaign
Vancouver Community Network (VCN) Citizen's
This is a comprehensive grassroots organizing guide.
on Action Organizing
- Try the "Large Scale Action" section for information on and
examples of actions and demonstrations.
University of Wisconsin's Comm-Org
Comm-Org offers extensive information with well-annotated links in sections
such as the Training
Programs, On-Line Manuals, and Technical Assistance page.
The Ruckus Society
Ruckus provides training in the skills of non-violent civil disobedience
to help environmental and social justice organizers achieve their goals.
The Midwest Academy is one of the nation's oldest and best known schools
for community organizations, citizen organizations and individuals committed
to progressive social change.
to Direct Action Organizing
for Community Change (CCC)
The CCC aims to help low-income people build powerful, effective organizations
through which they can change their communities and public policies for
Center for Third
World Organizing (CTWO)
CTWO is a racial-justice organization, as well as a training and resource
center that promotes and sustains direct-action organizing in communities
of color in the United States.
Organizer's Alliance (NOA)
NOA aims to aid the nation's organizers through the fostering of contacts
and sharing of experiences.
This site works to help progressive activists organize by providing a
central place where the times and locations of protests and meetings can
This organization of international human rights defenders, with local
chapter offices, also engages in issues relating to the environment
and environmental activists.
Human Rights Campaign
This organization works for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights.
The HRC Action
Center and Your
Community pages provide multiple avenues for involvement.