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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:

  • a source of information
  • a source of encouragement
  • A reminder that you are not struggling alone and that it is not hopeless

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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  241: Logging Contract rejected due to Environmental Concerns

"An international letter-writing campaign helps stop the logging of the largest remaining pine savannah in Central America. Members of Global Response - an international network of environmental activists - wrote letters to the president of Honduras and the President of the Honduran Congress, urging them to delay ratification of a contract that would allow Stone Container Corporation to log the lar... 

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  422: Nonviolent Marches bring national attention to voting rights campaigns

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On the heels of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson told Martin Luther King, Jr. that he wouldn't introduce a voter's rights bill-the country wasn't ready. But thousands of individuals were prepared to fight-and die-to gain the vote.

1964's Mississippi Freedom Summer, sponsored by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and led by Bob Mo... 

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  244: Families go on hunger strike to demand a new school

"Hunger strikers succesfully demand state funding for adequate schools in the Little Village community of southwest Chicago. Starting on Mother's Day, 17 members of the Little Village community, a Mexican neighborhood in southwest Chicago, drank only water and juice for 19 days. They camped out in unseasonably cold and rainy weather on a vacant strip of land across from a demolished cooking oil fact... 

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  999: Healthy Living Centers

"Well-being centres can be havens of peace and healing, and can also bubble with life and laughter. They are places where people can learn and grow and support each other, where communities can come together. One of these is Creative Learning Centre in Prestwich, Manchester, UK. The Centre grew out of a visioning process in 1995, in response to mental health service users' requests for a wider vari... 

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  786: Indian Company Sponsors Local Projects For Those In Need

"A bookselling company in the Western Suburb of New Delhi is running a charitable society, which takes care of the following services: medical facility for the poor, post office location, public access library.... 

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