TAG: Protest

Ways To Celebrate Your Freedom Like A Rebel – Humor

Heather Callaghan, Guest Waking Times If we’re not laughing, we’re crying, right? It’s hard to find humor when depressing reports constantly assault our psyches by depicting the blatant trampling of our rights. But being a “rebel” today means different types of battles and fronts than in the days of our founding fathers – although the

Becoming Real and Taking Action: Eschewing Indifference

Christina Sarich, Staff Writer Waking Times When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow. ~ Anais Nin In our stories of ‘once upon a time’ we are like Pinocchio turning back to wood, or like a robot that stands idly in the corner waiting

Worldwide ‘March Against Monsanto’ Protests Planned for May 25th

Anthony Gucciardi, Natural Society Waking Times Countless individuals will soon assemble in small and large groups around the nation and the globe alike in protest against Monsanto’s genetic manipulation of the food supply. Organized under the May 25th movement known as the ‘March on Monsanto’, the massive new rally reveals how the grassroots public has truly had

He Who Isn’t Busy Being Born…

Julian Rose, Contributor Waking Times “He who isn’t busy being born is busy dying.” –Bob Dylan You know the expression, “Rightful Indignation”? Well that’s a fire which we must not put out. “Rightful anger” is a direct extension of rightful indignation. It is a burning sensation in the chest and heart and it is a

Propaganda Gardening – The Evolution of Revolution

Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer Waking Times “The will to live life differently can start in some of the most unusual places.” – Pam Warhurst, Incredible, Edible Town Gardening, especially public, renegade gardening, is one of the most important things conscious and awakening people can do right now to affect global change in favor of good health,

Florida Students Take on Private Prison Industry

Ken Butigan, Waging Nonviolence Contributor Waking Times Let’s imagine it’s 2063. Florida Atlantic University’s board of trustees has established a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to disentangle the school’s historical support for the for-profit prison system — including its decision a half-century earlier to award its football stadium naming rights to the GEO Group, the nation’s

Refusing Smart Meters to Protect Your Health and Privacy

Anna Hunt, Staff Writer Waking Times Smart meters are being deployed by electric companies worldwide, replacing old, yet functioning analog meters, because it gives them a way to interact with the homes of their customers, monitor electricity consumption, and offer “smart home” control and functionality. Oh, and let’s not forget that they also save money. At

The Idle No More Movement – In Defense of the Earth for Future Generations

Gyasi Ross, Indian Country Today Waking Times Lately, Native people have taken to the streets malls in demonstrations of Public Indian-ness (“PI”) that surpasses the sheer volume of activism of even Alcatraz and the Longest Walk. There’s a heapum big amount of PI going on right now! Many people, non-Native and Native alike, are wondering what the heck is going with their

Occupy Homes, One Year On And Growing Daily

Laura Gottesdiener, Waging Nonviolence Contributor Waking Times  Occupy Homes MN supporters march down Portland Avenue to reclaim a vacant foreclosed house in Minneapolis. Photo credit: MrBrownPhoto.com via Occupy Homes MN. “We are about to take this house over, okay?” shouted Reneka Wheeler, speaking slowly and emphasizing each word as she stood in front of a

Spain Halts Evictions Under Popular Pressure

Ter Garcia, Waging Nonviolence Contributor Waking Times After two years of struggle for housing rights, the Spanish government and the country’s banks have announced an end to evictions for two years in cases of extreme need. Although activists say that this will not stop the “drama of the mortgages,” as it is called by the

Compost Capitalism

Chris Bourne, Openhand Contributor Waking Times Capitalism is a lower consciousness that serves only the few at the expense of the many. Once lauded as the utopic path to a consumeristic, ‘heavenly’ abundance, it is now clear to most that radical change is due. Not only is it damaging our planet, it lowers our collective

Don’t Mess with Texas’ Tar Sands Blockade

Will Wooten, Waging Nonviolence Contributor Waking Times One year after more than 1,200 people were arrested in front of the White House during two weeks of sit-ins against the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline, a coalition of Texas landowners and activists will attempt to physically halt its construction. Led by veteran climate justice organizers,

The Tao & Social Action

Editor’s Note: Waking Times is excited to feature this article by the editor of IMOS Journal, The International Journal of Qigong and Taiji Culture.  Anthony Guilbert’, Contributing Writer Waking Times Whether you believe movements like ‘Occupy Wall Street,’ or ‘We are the 99%,’ represent valid social concerns, what is clear is that they are representative

Occupy the Bomb: People Power Challenges Nuclear Power with Nationwide Demonstrations

Peter Rugh, Waging Nonviolence Contributor Waking Times  Occupy Nukes demonstrations were held in towns and cities across the United States on Monday, marking the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Approximately 140,000 civilians were killed by the bomb, code-named Little Boy, while hundreds of thousands died later of cancer, and thousands more

The Frack War Comes Homes

Peter Rugh, Contributor Waking Times  The war came home this weekend, as thousands of people whose land has been under siege by the U.S. government and corporate interests gathered in Washington, D.C. No, they weren’t victims of drone attacks or 10-plus years of fighting in Afghanistan. They were ordinary Americans, whose neighborhoods, townships and states

Everything is OK: The Absurd Revolution of The Love Police

Buck Rogers, Staff Writer Waking Times There are a million and one ways to revolt against an over-indulgent and self-destructive social and political system, but, sadly, history leaves us with the impression that a revolution requires firearms and bloodshed. Perhaps at times it has, however, in this thrilling digital age, the age of hyper-connectivity and

Russia Prepares for Second March of Millions

Anna Derinova Waking Times “We are not giving up just when we started the engine,” declared a protestor during the March of Millions in Moscow on May 6, the day before Vladimir Putin’s inauguration. That day, 700 protestors were arrested and more than 150 others, resisting nonviolently, were injured in a clash with riot police.

Maui Activists Join Forces To Protest Monsanto Corporation

James W. Macey Waking Times Occupy Wall Street Maui, GMO-Free Maui and the March On Maui group joined together Thursday to gather in front of Monsanto’s facility and GMO corn fields in protest of Monsanto Corporation using their islands as their own personal experimental laboratory. According to the group’s Facebook call to action; “Monsanto is one

Icelanders Force Accountability for Banks – Why Can’t We?

George Lakey, Contributor Waking Times Ever since Iceland’s economy collapsed in 2008, the country has been busy reinventing itself. The first step was to restore democracy through a turbulent nonviolent struggle, then to force resignations in the financial sector and secure a criminal conviction of their prime minister for dereliction of duty. Now they are

Non-Violent Action: Veterans Gather at NATO Summit to Return Medals

Ken Butigan, Contributor Waking Times “I was in Iraq in ’03, and what I saw there crushed me,” former U.S. Army sergeant Ash Woolson told thousands of people last Sunday afternoon from a makeshift stage at the edge of the security perimeter around Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center, where the NATO summit was being held.