Citizen Action Monitor

What is militancy, when is it necessary, why is it good for democracy? A philosophy professor explains

What kind of militancy would it take to defeat Harper? “I like to call militancy a remedial virtue,” says activist, philosophy professor Stephen D’Arcy No 1043 Posted by fw, April … Continue reading

April 30, 2014

Kudos to Rainforest Action Network for multifaceted Keystone XL protest campaign

RAN using pledges of resistance, civil disobedience demonstrations, training and petitions against KXL No 780 Posted by fw, June 18, 2013 It is such a pleasure to recognize the multifaceted … Continue reading

June 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Freedom and democracy come from the spaces we create inside the struggle – Tim Gee

Any activist who stays an activist long enough must confront the question of effectiveness No 578 Posted by fw September 26, 2012 “But a revolution isn’t just an event, it’s … Continue reading

September 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

U.S. citizens and politicians unite to overturn “Citizens United” ruling

Van Jones explains how they’re doing it No 521 Posted by fw, July 10, 2012 This post is excerpted from Chapter 7 of Van Jones’ new book, Rebuild the Dream, … Continue reading

July 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

How the American progressive movement can achieve power. (Canadian progressives please take note)

You can’t forever be a protest movement. At some point you have to take power. No 482 Posted by fw, May 20, 2012 “The reason that the progressives are on … Continue reading

May 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Women Occupy gives whole new meaning to “Bust Bank of America”

Bank’s CEO Brian Moynihan’s speech gets “busted” No 437 Posted by fw, March 15, 2012 Boyo, has the Women Occupy crowd got its act together with a multifaceted mix of … Continue reading

March 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

Taking a Globe columnist to task over his article: What happened to Harper’s opposition?

No 402 Posted by fw, February 4, 2012 Columnist, Gerald Caplan, asks What happened to Harper’s opposition? (Globe and Mail, February 3, 2012). (Click on the linked title to read … Continue reading

February 4, 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

“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

January 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

“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

January 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

“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

January 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

“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

January 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

“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

“Counterpower” by Tim Gee — Pt 4: How Physical Counterpower helps movements win

No 382 Posted by fw, December 28, 2011 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

December 28, 2011 · Leave a comment

“Counterpower” by Tim Gee — Pt 3: How Economic Counterpower helps movements win

No 381 Posted by fw, December 27, 2011 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

December 27, 2011 · Leave a comment

“Counterpower” by Tim Gee — Pt 2: How Idea Counterpower helps movements win

No 380 Posted by fw, December 27, 2011 Just to recap – This series, based on Tim Gee’s Counterpower: Making Change Happen, really began with a review of his book. … Continue reading

December 27, 2011 · Leave a comment

“Counterpower” by Tim Gee — Pt 1: Activists, improve your campaigns with Counterpower”

No 379 Posted by fw, December 24, 2011 In a previous post, I wrote: There’s much talk these days – particularly from the left — about the need to build … Continue reading

December 24, 2011 · Leave a comment

Can past social movements inform current campaigns? Absolutely, says Tim Gee in “Counterpower: Making Change Happen”

No 344 Posted by fw, November 25, 2011 “Counterpower’s mission is to map political movements and understand how change happens, to ‘delve into the archive of history and try to … Continue reading

November 25, 2011 · Leave a comment