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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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  473: Analysis of strategies and tactics used during WTO protest in Washington DC, April 2000

"This article discusses the tactics used during the April 16th, 2000 protest (A16) in Washington DC for the International Monetary Fund/World Bank (IMF/Bank) meetings, told from the standpoint of the more radical (e.g. black block) groups..

The protest followed the strategies used so successfully in Seattle the previous year. However, it is unwise to exactly repeat a strategy that worked wh... 

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  1807: College Campus Activism in the US


A roundup of campus activism. Includes:

Protest of the Year - the mother of all filibusters

Student Activist of the Year - Appalled at the Bush administration's foot-dragging in the face of genocide, Nate Wright cofounded Students Taking Action Now: Darfur (STAND) and quickly launched a movement. By February there were 80 STAND chapters in 24 states, with thousands of stud... 

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  419: Multi-faceted non-violent approach paves way for Civil Rights Act of 1964

"(full text):
"I conclude that this award which I received on behalf of that movement is profound recognition that nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral question of our time - the need for man to overcome oppression and violence
without resorting to violence and oppression.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, 1964

The campaig... 

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  803: Holding corporations accountable for global behavior in American courts

"The Alien Tort Claims Act of 1789 (US) is being dusted off after laying dormant for decades. An appeals court ruled in 1980 that the act allowed foreigners to sue each other in America over charges of breaking international laws or legal norms.

Some suits charge companies with polluting foreign lands, others with violating human rights. One closely watched case, which tries to link Californ... 

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  198: Community level conflict resolution training enables transition from war to peace

"Since 1991, when a small guerilla force calling themselves the Revolutionary United Front of Sierra Leone (RUF) crossed into Sierra Leone from Liberia with the aim of liberating the country from the corrupt and despotic military regime of Joseph Momoh, the country has been engulfed in a bitter violent conflict. Amidst failed elections, abandoned peace treaties and military coups, the attacks by th... 

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