Citizen Action Monitor

“The time is now for a mass movement of people saying ‘We want something different.’”

“We actually know what we need to do; it’s a question of how we do it.” – Stewart Wallis No 2134 Posted by fw, January 3, 2018 “The time is … Continue reading

January 3, 2018

With Trump, it’s been loss, after loss, as ranks of the oppressed grow – Has HOPE arrived just in time?

Can “Poor People’s Campaign – a National Call for Moral Revival” turn the tide? No 2127 Posted by fw, December 17, 2017 “It has been one defeat after another for … Continue reading

December 17, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn sees UK city’s shift to local economic development as a model for the future

“Preston Model” uses two approaches to encourage its six major local institutions to spend locally. No 2105 Posted by fw, November 23, 2017 “Could a grassroots development approach help address … Continue reading

November 23, 2017

Inspirational voices fire up People’s Congress of Resistance inaugural meeting in Washington DC

Meeting draws together grassroots leaders unified by a revolutionary vision. No 2061 Posted by fw, September 24, 2017 “People say to me all the time, you can’t bring together the … Continue reading

September 24, 2017

The Transition Movement: building alternative, resilient communities from the bottom up, worldwide

Transitioners are warm, open-hearted, welcoming, tolerant, caring, generous, with a positive vision of the future. No 1911 Posted by fw, March 15, 2017 “Transition communities are re-imagining and re-designing the vital … Continue reading

March 15, 2017

Can a network of “rebel cities” in the US stand up to Trump?

In Spain, a network of ‘rebel cities’ has launched effective resistance to the conservative central government. No 1879 Posted by fw, January 27, 2017 “In Spain, this network of ‘rebel cities’ … Continue reading

January 27, 2017

Current political, economic, social systems have failed us – Is revitalization of the commons a possible solution?

George Monbiot invites readers to explore a wide range of potential solutions, beginning with the commons. No 1857 Posted by fw, December 27, 2016 “In the first of a series of … Continue reading

December 27, 2016

Meet Gramma Tina and the Nanas, a UK anti-fracking group of moms rising up in resistance

Tina is facing £55,000 in court costs, and now prison threatens if she doesn’t pay up. No 1845 Posted by fw, December 13, 2016 “We’re very pleased to bring you the … Continue reading

December 13, 2016

TTIP, CETA talks stalled — Is this the beginning of the end of neoliberalism and highly financed capitalism?

“There’s a big fight still to be had,” says UK’s dynamo Nick Dearden. “The good news is change is already happening all over the place.” No 1763 Posted by fw, September … Continue reading

September 2, 2016

Citizens learning how to present a unified climate justice strategy at Team Trudeau’s consultation meetings

Coalition of activist leaders teach folks how to stay on message, avoid being micro-managed by facilitators. No 1696 Posted by fw, June 8, 2016 Following up on an April 28, 2016 … Continue reading

June 8, 2016

The People’s Climate Plan launched by dozens of national and grassroots organizations

Goal is to flood Trudeau’s “public consultation” process with pro-clean energy, anti-pipeline feedback. No 1655 Posted by fw, April 28, 2016 To find out how to amplify your voice in the … Continue reading

April 28, 2016

How Avaaz and other pseudo activist NGOs infiltrate and co-opt legitimate grassroots movements

The pseudo “mainstream” climate movement in Paris refused to link climate injustice with imperialism. No 1604 Posted by fw, February 29, 2016 “One particularly pernicious example is the organization Avaaz. The … Continue reading

February 29, 2016

America doesn’t have a fracking problem, it has a democracy problem, and citizens are fighting back

Fighting back in courts and in trenches with hundreds engaged in sustained acts of civil disobedience. No 1536 Posted by fw, December 11, 2015 “The people think we have a … Continue reading

December 11, 2015

Participatory budgeting, a great way for cities to directly engage residents in spending part of a public budget

Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and even Guelph have already implemented participatory budgeting. No 1464 Posted by fw, September 30, 2015 “PBP is a non-profit organization that empowers people to decide together … Continue reading

September 30, 2015

Ecology Ottawa’s “clamour of protest” pays off at Ontario Energy Board hearings on Energy East

OEB’s final report reflects public concern that pipeline’s environmental risks not worth economic benefits No 1441 Posted by fw, September 05, 2015 “People knew that even the most modern oil pipelines … Continue reading

September 5, 2015

Strong Towns offers an alternative to conventional but flawed urban planning policies and strategies

The Strong Town approach is heavy on experimentation, small-scale risk-taking, civic engagement, and grassroots action. No 1430 Posted by fw, August 20, 2015 “Our job is to make cities resilient or … Continue reading

August 20, 2015

Want to create strong and resilient communities? Strong Towns USA may just have the answer

Strong Towns, a non-profit, offers a model of development that “makes productive use of all this stuff we’ve built”. No 1429 Posted by fw, August 19, 2015 First comes the 3:00 … Continue reading

August 19, 2015

How Ottawa’s grassroots citizen advocacy team plans to get the federal government it wants in October

Ecology Ottawa team wants a government committed to the environment, to clean energy, air, and water No 1396 Posted by fw, July 11, 2015 “Ecology Ottawa volunteers are already going … Continue reading

July 11, 2015

AMAZING — How a new global movement plans to solve climate, hunger, health, and democracy crises

Regeneration International commits to feed the planet and reverse climate change via regenerative agriculture No 1375 Posted by fw, June 19, 2015 “When literally billions of people, the 99 percent, … Continue reading

June 19, 2015