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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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  78: CIA Tactics - Designing a bloodless Coup in Peru

"In September of 2000, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency helped release video footage of a political bribe taking place in the offices of Peru's longtime president, Alberto Fujimori, whose political stance disrupted the initiation of the U.S. Plan Columbia the following year. Fujimori was vocal in his dislike of the military components in U.S. President Clinton?s Plan Columbia and refused to all... 

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  900: South Lebanon Village Peacefully Liberated by Students

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Arnoun is a village in southern Lebanon on the boundary of Lebanese land that had been occupied by Israel since 1978. In 1999, the Israelis had their gunners and tanks at Beaufort Castle, 220 yards up a hill above the village. For seventeen years the villagers had been repeatedly bombed and strafed. They had no electricity, running water, or cars. At least 5,000 villagers left to liv... 

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  978: Environmental Filmmaker Extraordinaire

""I see a lot of environmental devastation around me, a lot of people being hurt, and a lot of people saying, 'What can I do about it?'" Laura Dunn says. "I'm making (documentary) movies to inform and empower people." In the fall of 2002, she finished her fourth film addressing environmental pollution disasters brought on by industry‚Äôs abuse of the environment that it affects. Her next project is ... 

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  828: Resistance in the Americas: Workers Party and Participatory Budget in Brazil


The Participatory Budget is the medium, whereby disposition to decentralize power and promote an active civic participation materializes. The decisions are no longer taken in the Ministry of Economy but in 497 municipalities distributed throughout the whole State. In turn, civic participation in those grassroots' discussions has grown from 190,000 people that participated in the first assemblies... 

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  427: Persistent civil disobedience closes munitions company

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During the Vietnam War, cluster bombs produced by the Honeywell Corporation killed untold numbers of children and other civilians. In protest, nonviolent resisters with the Honeywell Project frequently were arrested at Honeywell's headquarters in Minneapolis. But the end of the Vietnam War did not end production of cluster bombs. Other customers-including Israel and El Salvador-... 

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