• Addiopizzo: Sicily’s Anti-Mafia Movement, Past and Present

    The anti-mafia movement is often associated with the actions of the Italian police and criminal justice system against the mafia, but grassroots approaches to anti-mafia work have an even longer history. The Addiopizzo movement is the most recent in a long legacy of Sicilians organizing against the mafia.

  • Civil Protest in Northern Ireland

    Since the partition of Ireland in December of 1920, Northern Ireland has been characterized as a deeply polarized society…By the 1960s, a loose network, activists, groups, and organizations (known as the CRM network) began to challenge the discriminatory practices.

  • The Peaceful Revolution: The Fall of a Wall and the Rise of Democracy

    The Fall of the Berlin Wall was a monumental moment in history, signifying liberation for East Germans and the reunification of Germany. Now taught as the symbolic end of the Cold War, the collapse of this physical representation of the Iron Curtain abolished the oppressive Soviet regime over East Germany, the German Democratic Republic (GDR).

  • “We Want Albania to Be Like the Rest of Europe”

    “We want Albania to be like the rest of Europe” exclaimed Albanian university students whilst discussing their frustration in the governments' treatment of education as Albania is already experiencing persistent poverty that is exacerbated by a corrupt government.

  • Toppling the Walls of Patriarchy and Militarism: The Women of Greenham Common

    A fundamental tenet of civil disobedience, which entails deliberately violating the law as a means of exposing injustice, is encapsulated by the following phrase: “If you always do as you’re told, then you don’t ever change anything.” Roughly 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall—a physical representation of the regime that fell along with it—these words found their way into a documentary about a peace camp that played a critical role in ending the Cold War.

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