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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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  217: Blocking a Shopping Mall in New Haven?s Waterfront

"A 1.2-million-square-foot shopping mall near New Haven?s waterfront was permanently shelved due to community opposition. The shopping center project, which would have included as much retail space as downtown itself, was cancelled after the principal retailer ? Nordstrom?s ? bailed out. Opponents of the project argued that this mall would undercut downtown businesses. Although New Haven?s downto... 

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  742: Young, Wealthy, and Committed to Social Change

"At a rural conference center in the woods of Connecticut, guests in their 20s share time and thoughts. These 70 rich kids have gathered to talk about wealth, but the conversations aren't about BMWs or shopping sprees. Instead, the young people gathered at the Making Money Make Change conference discuss how to take responsibility for the money that has been entrusted to them. For people committed ... 

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  1847: WikiLeaks Posts Huge Encrypted File to Web


Online whistle-blower WikiLeaks has posted a huge encrypted file named "Insurance" to its website, sparking speculation that those behind the organization may be prepared to release more classified information if authorities interfere with them.


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  296: Activist shares thoughts on building a movement

"(full text):
The Independent Weekly: Making History

Asked by a Greensboro activist in the audience to draw parallels between today's nascent and much-maligned anti-war movement and similar organizing done in the past, Howard Zinn observed that, "All movements begin as if they have no chance." He recalled a gathering against the Vietnam War on the Boston Common in the 1960s, where he was o... 

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  701: US Coalitions win multi-state living wage campaigns

"In the US, the strong and well-established groups ACORN and SEIU are two national groups that have worked since 1994 to wage a campaign for not only a minimum wage increase, but rather living-wage laws. They typically strengthen their efforts by putting together a broad-based coalition of churches and civil rights advocates, plus an array of unions, women's organizations and other local groups in c... 

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