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People's movements

Human rights advocates should be as concerned with the economic injustices giving rise to recent worldwide demonstrations, as with the repressive responses to them writes Ignacio Saiz for the Centre for Economic and Social Rights. In recent weeks, an extraordinary wave of mass protests has swept the globe. While...
The waves of protests breaking out in country after country around the world beg the question: Why aren’t Americans rising up in peaceful protest like our neighbors? By Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies.  We live at the very heart of this neoliberal system that is force-feeding the systemic injustice and...
A global civic participation campaign calls for the creation of a World Citizens’ Initiative on the occasion of the UN’s 75th anniversary. This new instrument could enable individual citizens to influence the world organization’s work, writes Andreas Bummel and Bruno Kaufmann. Next year the United Nations will...
  In einer zunehmend ungleichen und nicht nachhaltigen Welt müssen die Regierungen dringend die restriktiven politischen und wirtschaftlichen Ideologien der Vergangenheit überwinden und Lösungen finden, die den gemeinsamen Bedürfnissen der Menschen in allen Ländern gerecht werden. Dieser Leitfaden skizziert das...
We are witnessing the biggest surge in global protest activity since the early 2010s, when a "movement of the squares" saw mass rallies in capital cities across the Arab world, followed by Occupy demonstrations in the global north, writes Jack Shenker.  "I’m 22 years old, and this is my last letter,” the young man...
Recent protests in cities across the world show that “people are hurting and want to be heard” by political leaders who must now address a “growing deficit of trust”, says the UN chief. Speaking to correspondents at UN Headquarters in New York, António Guterres said that although “every situation is unique” there are...
Combining analysis, outrage and active citizenship can build and sustain large-scale public engagement, writes Stephen McCloskey for openDemocracy Transformation. While Greta Thunberg has mostly targeted governments and multilateral bodies for their failure to tackle the climate crisis, the global Climate...
Our planet needs action on a truly planetary scale. That cannot be achieved overnight, and it cannot happen without the full engagement of those contributing most to the crisis, writes the UN secretary general. On the eve of the September UN climate action summit, young women and men around the world mobilized by the...
We are currently running a postcard campaign in the United States, and invite you to join us with the smallest effort and expense. The aim is to send a continuous stream of postcards—signed by members of the public with a short personal message—to progressive individuals and groups who are already highlighting social...
We recently collaborated with the team at Seven Billion Today to produce a short promotional video that summarises STWR's key campaign message for use on social media. The online advertisement brings to life our simple call for ordinary citizens to resurrect the United Nations founding vision for implementing basic...
Many notable activists and celebrities are calling for a global climate strike on 20 September. Disrupting our normal lives is the only way to secure our future, says Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben and others. On 20 September, at the request of the young people who have been staging school strikes around the world, we’re...
Nonviolent protests are twice as likely to succeed as armed conflicts – and those engaging a threshold of 3.5% of the population have never failed to bring about change, writes David Robson. In 1986, millions of Filipinos took to the streets of Manila in peaceful protest and prayer in the People Power movement. The...
In his 900th column for openDemocracy, Paul Rogers shows how economics and climate demand a new approach to international security. What will be making the world a more dangerous place in the coming two decades? There’s no shortage of looming threats: weapons of mass destruction; automation and artificial...
Contents Summary Overview of news and website postings Campaigning and events New website and online communications Plans for future work Summary As public awareness grows of a multifaceted global emergency, STWR has persisted throughout 2018 in its efforts to promote international economic sharing as the only...
We're in a new climate moment, but social movements must ramp up pressure towards a Second World War–scale mobilization for ending the fossil fuel age, writes Bill McKibben.  On Wednesday, the British House of Commons, led by the Conservative Party, voted to declare that the planet was in a “climate emergency.” The...