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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.

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  402: Jewish Nonviolence against Caligula

"(Full text) Caligula ruled the Roman empire from 37 to 41 C.E., a short but memorable reign of caprice and terror. At one point, he ordered a statue of himself built in the Temple of Jerusalem, knowing full well that the Jewish people would not allow any man's statue to be placed in the temple. Caligula appointed Petronius governor of Syria and sent him to the eastern Mediterranean with explicit o... 

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  776: Indian Activist Advocates for Local Villagers


In India, government paperwork can often mask development projects that have a negative consequence for the affected people. Such was the case with a proposed power station and the affected villages of Prini and Jagatsukh in Himachal Pradesh. Several subtle issues involved with the project needed to be considered. That these had been ignored, bothered Himanshu Thakkar of South Asia Network on ... 

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  129: What one person can do: defeating Nicaraguan Contra funding via video


This is the story of an individual who, appalled at the attacks by US-supported Contras on civilian schools and health centers in Nicaragua, carried out an effort to document the attacks visually. The resulting video, circulated in Congress before a critical vote on Contra aid, helped, along with a multitude of other efforts, to defeat the funding.


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  1836: A Lesson from the Tradition of Carnival Teaches Resistance to The Status Quo


This is a philsophical article about the position and perceived attitude of the “left” in America today, as analyzed by the author.  The (published) author has written several books about hope.  These are based on when the worst things that can happen to people do, there always seems to emerge hope in the resilience, the inventiveness, the bravery and occasionally the long-... 

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  1056: The Harmonization of People and Coastal Resources

"The province of Iliolo in the Philippines is one of the poorest, and it hosts a large amount of important marine resources as well as a growing population. To help protect the environment, and ameliorate poverty, local individuals have begun to take new approaches. One of the most important changes has come as a result of the work of midwives who are doing more and more to teach about health and se... 

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