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We all hear discouraging news about threats and damage to the environment, human rights, etc., and we only rarely hear about people and organizations worldwide who are responding and often finding solutions to these issues. Many of these stories can be found in this databse. The issues that this database seeks to address include peace, social justice, environmental concerns, ethnic conflict, corporate abuse, preservation of biological and cultural heritage, among others.

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  119: Roundup of College Campus Activism (2005)


The magazine Mother Jones compiles an annual “Roundup of College Campus Activism” for the magazine.  This is the collection of 2005 stories – 11 stories in all.  Please see Full Text below for each of the situations and strategies for protest and change.


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  347: Italian Programs Aid Trafficked Women

"Each year, thousands of women are trafficked from impoverished countries in Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa and forced to work as prostitutes in richer countries. In 1997, Italy established the New Wings center, a place where trafficked women have a chance to begin rebuilding their lives.

Throughout Italy, 48 various programs assist female victims of traffickers. Italian law gives participan... 

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  684: Global Slum Dwellers Movement Gains Strength

"One out of every seven people now lives in a slum - or at least that's the UN's best estimate. The population of slum dwellers in some of the world's largest cities now outnumbers the population of people living in formal housing. More and more slum residents are organizing to improve their lot, however, as their numbers swell in cities all over the world. They do so in many ways, including: dem... 

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  367: Martin Luther King Leads a 15 Year Long Campaign of Marches and Boycotts

"A Baptist preacher from Georgia, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., led his fellow African Americans on a fifteen-year campaign of marches and boycotts to overthrow racial segregation in the American South. He followed Gandhi's teachings or non violence.... 

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  375: Leading a Movement While Under House Arrest

"In the 1990s a Burmese mother, Aung San Suu Kyi, led her country's democracy movement while under house arrest, as young Burmese were bolstered in their struggle by a new worldwide cohort of nonviolent activists and practitioners.... 

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