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Civil Disobedience Today

Acts of civil disobedience occur everyday all around the world.

We are looking for student editors to turn this section into the most complete record of acts of civil disobedience around the planet.  Such acts are usually under reported or not reported.

Finding, posting and following up on these acts is a most critical effort in support of all who practice civil disobedience in pursuit of justice for all.

  • Preparing for arrest Featured Article Preparing for arrest Preparing for arrest

    Before going to an action where you may be arrested, think through everything that you would need to do if you were away for a while. Some arrests may take over 24... More »

  • Taking a Stand: The Art of Protest Featured Article Taking a Stand: The Art of Protest Taking a Stand: The Art of Protest

    For most, December 19, 2008, came and went with little notice. With Hanukkah days away and Christmas looming around the corner, it is likely that a majority of us spent this day... More »

  • NASA's Hansen Pushes Capitol Coal Protest Featured News Article NASA's Hansen Pushes Capitol Coal Protest NASA's Hansen Pushes Capitol Coal Protest

    James E. Hansen, the NASA scientist who has moved ever more into the arena of environmental activism after four decades of climate research, has called on the public to join him... More »

  • TVA protester arrested at coal ash site Featured News Article TVA protester arrested at coal ash site TVA protester arrested at coal ash site

    An environmental activist was arrested for running a limited-access checkpoint while taking an elderly woman home from a community meeting about a massive coal ash spill. United... More »

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An Evil Day for Justice Last Updated on 2009-11-20 00:00:00 Last week federal District Court Judge Dee Benson granted the prosecution's request to prevent Tim DeChristopher from telling a jury of his peers why he disrupted the illegal auction of Bureau of Land Management lands for oil drilling. Bravely acting as his conscience dictated, he engaged in an act of civil disobedience to protect us all from the imminent threat of climate catastrophe.he federal government chose to indict him for his actions, forcing him to defend himself at a criminal trial where he faces 10 years in prison and a $750,000 fine. The prosecution is allowed to do that -- to try to prove to a jury that a person is guilty of breaking the law. But what is outrageous is that the court will not allow him to defend himself, to explain why he did what he did. He is effectively being denied his right to a trial by jury. The burden is on the prosecution to prove to a jury that... More »
People Power: An Interview With David Solnit Last Updated on 2009-11-15 00:00:00  By Katie Renz | Tue March 22, 2005 12:00 AM PST David Solnit has been trying to change the world since high school, when he joined a campaign to abolish draft registration. Since then, the Bay Area-based carpenter, activist, and puppeteer, now 41, has been on the frontlines of direct action, protesting the US role in Central America, in the 1980s, free trade deals in the 1990s, and, lately, the US intervention in Iraq. As a member (and co-founder) of Art and Revolution, a loose-knit collective combining art and theater with direct action. This creativity-with-a-purpose stands in a colorful tradition of theatrical dissent, from the Diggers, the Yippies, and the French Situationists of the 1960s. Solnit and his predecessors subvert the system, and point to alternatives, showing, by means of blatant contrast, how fundamentally flawed the “normal” state... More »
The Night I Slept With Jim Hansen Last Updated on 2009-11-11 00:00:00 If there is a single failure that stands above the swirl of missteps, cognitive dissonance and blind obedience to organizational imperatives that has fatally undermined the U.S. environmentalist climate agenda, it is our seeming incapacity to act as if we believe what we are saying.  It seemed like I had just fallen asleep in my bivvy on the hard soil of the Boston Common on Sunday night, when I was rudely awakened around 1:00 a.m. by the voice of Craig Altemose, founder and driving force behind the Massachusetts Leadership Campaign, crackling through a bullhorn: “Wake up everybody. The police are here and they have given us a two-minute warning. If you do not want to be cited for trespassing, you need to move immediately off the Common.”  One hundred and fifty students and community supporters gathered for the third time to sleep out the Common, a... More »
Dirty LIttle Confessions of A Closeted Environmentalist Last Updated on 2009-10-10 00:00:00 A year ago this January I sat on the wood pew in the back row of  my church for an evening presentation that changed my life. I wasn’t there to hear the usual religious message. I was there to hear Tim DeChristopher. Tim had gotten himself into a bit of trouble trying to stop some oil and gas leases in my home state of Utah. I was intrigued why he risked so much to stop a few leases. Why did this guy care? I sought the answers to my questions and it changed my life forever.   I realized something horrible has happened. There has been a shameful disconnect and I am just as guilty as the next person. I knew that the environment was really important. So important that other really important people are taking care of all that really important environmental stuff; right?   Wrong.   Since that night I immersed myself in environmental policy and science. I attended the... More »
NY Times: Legal Cost for Throwing a Monkey Wrench Last Updated on 2009-10-09 00:00:00 SALT LAKE CITY — Tim DeChristopher became convinced last year that global warming’s potential effects were so urgent and dire that direct action was needed. The niceties of debate and environmental lobbying were not getting the job done, he said. So in December Mr. DeChristopher went to a federal auction of oil and gas leases — offered in the Bush administration’s closing days and even then the subject of protests and lawsuits — and bid on contracts that he had neither the money nor intent to actually fulfill. “My intention was to cause as much of a disruption to the auction as I could,” said Mr. DeChristopher, a soft-spoken 27-year-old economics student at the University of Utah. “Making that decision — that keeping the oil in the ground was worth going to prison — that was the decision I made.” Now, as his federal criminal case nears trial — he is charged with... More »