Citizen Action Monitor

Windsor Star misleads public over global warming

No 399, Posted by fw, January 31, 2012 In an article in today’s Windsor Star, journalist Chris Vander Doelen made a number of misleading claims about global warming. In this … Continue reading

January 31, 2012 · Leave a comment

What happened to Canada? Chris Hedges faults Harper’s rule and corporate power

No 398 Posted by fw, January 31, 2012 In a scathing attack in, American journalist and activist Chris Hedges slammed Canadian Prime Minster Stephen Harper, asking “What happened to … Continue reading

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Climate change in Hamilton, Ontario and elsewhere prompts local agency to act

No 397 Posted by fw, January 30, 2012 In addition to the informational value of this post’s content, an equally important reason for posting it is to pay tribute to … Continue reading

January 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

Let Bradley Manning know you care

No 396 Posted by fw, January 29, 2012 The Bradley Manning Support Network and Revolution Truth are co-sponsoring a Bradley Manning Campaign. Today is January 29, 2012. Sign on right … Continue reading

January 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

Extreme wealth inequality in America exposed in 2 min. 17 sec.

No 395 Posted by fw, January 27, 2012 Did you know that U.S. corporations paid 47.4 percent of profits in taxes in 1961 and just 11.1 percent of profits in … Continue reading

January 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Harper uses closed-door intimidation tactics against Canadian charities over western pipeline

No 394 Posted by fw, January 27, 2012 Thanks to for this January 26, 2012 Stop the Threats alert.  Canadians who wish to participate in this write-in protest should … Continue reading

January 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

“Hold Obama’s feet to the fire and present him with a set of progressive demands” —Ralph Nader

No 393 Posted by fw, January 26, 2012 “Responding to President Obama’s State of the Union address, longtime consumer advocate and former Presidential candidate Ralph Nader says Obama’s criticism of … Continue reading

January 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

British military wives’ moving love song to troops

No 392 Posted January 25, 2012 Okay, this post may not fit this blog’s theme of citizen activism — or perhaps it does — but it is just too, too … Continue reading

January 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Yes Magazine’s review of a brilliant, grassroots, multi-faceted campaign to stop Keystone XL

No 391 Posted by fw, January 24, 2012 “As Keystone XL gets pulled into the center of the political battlefield, it’s worth remembering how the pipeline became a national issue … Continue reading

January 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Activists rally at U.S. courts to call for reversal of Citizens United decision

No 390 Posted by fw, January 23, 2012 “Roughly about a half dozen corporations – Viacom, General Electric, Newscorp, Disney – control almost everything most Americans – 90 percent of … Continue reading

January 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Harper’s Canada headed for two-tier country, one for rich, one for poor

No 389 Posted by fw, January 22, 2012 “Perhaps luckily for the Maritimes, the concept of transfer payments was enshrined in the Constitution in 1982, but this will not stop … Continue reading

January 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

“Counterpower” by Tim Gee – Pt 10: One-stop link to previous posts in this series, and more

No 388 Posted by fw, January 19, 2012 In this series of posts, the goal has been to introduce readers to some of the key ideas in Tim Gee’s book, … Continue reading

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“Counterpower” by Tim Gee – Pt 9: How Thatcher destroyed Britain’s National Union of Mineworkers

No 387 Posted by fw, January 13, 2012 To put this and past posts in this Counterpower series in perspective, the purpose of the series is to help activists understand … Continue reading

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“Counterpower” by Tim Gee – Pt 8: How governments crushed the anti-war movement of The Great War

No 386 Posted by fw, January 11, 2012 “For the most part, governments attempted to ridicule the anti-war movement of World War 1. As resistance movements began to exert their … Continue reading

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“Counterpower” by Tim Gee – Pt 7: How governments thwart action on climate change

No 385 Posted by fw, January 10, 2012 Chapter 3 of Tim Gee’s book, Counterpower: Making Change Happen, examines the tactics governments have used to thwart Counterpower movements. In his … Continue reading

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“Counterpower” by Tim Gee — Pt 6: Four stages of a Counterpower movement: Definition and importance

No 384 Posted by fw, January 3, 2012 Parts 2 through 5 of this series were excerpted from Chapter 1 of Gee’s book, Counterpower: Making Change Happen.  These posts centred … Continue reading

January 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

“Counterpower” by Tim Gee — Pt 5: Use Counterpower to make it too costly for opposing elites to ignore

No 383 Posted by fw, January 1, 2012 This series is based on Tim Gee’s Counterpower: Making Change Happen. Gee conceives of Counterpower as the ability of the powerless to … Continue reading

January 1, 2012 · Leave a comment