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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.

This collection of over 1,000 instances is intended to provide:

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Included with the successes are also partial or temporary successes, promising but incomplete efforts, and failed efforts that are worth a second look. 


Actions can often be applied to different situations. For instance, a strategy for protecting the environment might also be useful for protecting human rights. So, try browsing to find more valuable strategies and tactics.  Just randomly browse through the database, or look at the "Editor's Choice" cases.

Please keep in mind that there are many factors that make for success or failure in a given situation, and that everything contains the seeds of its opposite. No success or failure is ever complete or permanent.


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  373: Non Violence and International Sanctions Aid South Africa

"Boycott organizers, trade unions, and religious leaders in South Africa joined together to wage a nonviolent campaign against apartheid. Along with international sanctions, they helped force the freeing of Nelson Mandela and negotiations for a democratic future.... 

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  814: Funding good works

"25 years ago, geologist and itinerant rock peddler Roy Young started his store, Nature's Own, to finance the environmental causes he was involved in. The store became a great success, and led to other stores and the founding of three successful environmental groups. Now his main problem is how to give away enough money to environmental causes without incurring tax penalties.

His primary mi... 

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  658: Do It Yourself Media: Online Community Organizing Comes of Age

"Across America during the pre-2004 election months, hundreds of people were planning for a December 7th house parties to screen simultaneous showings of veteran Hollywood filmmaker Robert Greenwald's compelling new documentary, "Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War." Organized efficiently by MoveOn, the innovative online activist group, there were more than 2,700 parties scheduled across t... 

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  242: Drilling halted in Peru due to pressure from environmentalists

"Letter-writing campaign blocks oil-drilling contract in Peru. The Peruvian Environmental Law Association asked GR members to protest a contract that would allow Texas Crude and Petro Peru to drill for oil in Pacaya Samiria Reserve. Due to "pressure from environmentalists," the Peruvia Minister of Energy and Mines first postponed and later withdrew the contract.... 

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  886: All About Mother's Day

"Summary: Modern Day Mother's Day (at least in the United States) brings up images of flowers, candy, sentimental cards and expensive gifts. Today's commercialized image, however, is quite different than the spirit of the original Mother's Day. Julia Ward Howe (27 May 1819 to 17 October 1910) wrote the Mother's Day Proclamation as a call to mothers throughout the world to prevent their sons from g... 

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