According to Doug McAdam and David Snow, a social movement is:

“a collectivity acting with some degree of organization and continuity outside of institutional channels for the purpose of promoting or resisting change in the group, society, or world order of which it is a part.”

Doug McAdam and David Snow, eds., Social Movements: Readings on Their Emergence, Mobilization, and Dynamics (Los Angeles: Roxbury Publishing Company, 1997), xviii.

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Civil Liberties

Movements: Left-Wing

(Offsite & compiled by David Walls)

  • Animal Rights Movement
  • Civil Rights Movement
  • Children's Rights Movement
  • Conservative Movement
  • Disability Rights Movement
  • Elders Rights Movement
  • Environmental Movement
  • GLBT Movement
  • Human Rights Movement
  • Labor Movement
  • Music and Social Movements
  • Peace Movement
  • Progressive Movement
  • Women's Movement
  • Movements: Right-Wing

  • Organized White Supremacist Groups
  • The Armed Citizens Militia Movemen
  • Organized Labor and Organized Wealth

    Think Tanks, Right-Wing Framing, & Social Control

    Prejudice, Bigotry, & Discrimination

  • Prejudice & Scapegoating
  • Religion

  • Antisemitism
  • Antisemitism - Examples of
  • Antisemitism & Genocide
  • Apocalypticism, Millenarianism, & Millennialism
  • Christian Reconstructionism & Dominion Theology
  • Christian Identity & Neofascism
  • Christian Right: Dominionism & Theocracy
  • Islamophobia
  • Islamic Militancy
  • Islamic Insurgency, Terrorism, Neofascism, & Islamophobia
  • Islamophobia - Examples of
  • Religion and Violence
  • Social Movement Studies

  • Conspiracism
  • Insurgency and the Internet
  • Scares and Panics
  • Social Movements
  • Terrorism & Violence

  • Leaderless Resistance & Lone Wolves
  • Other

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    What Policymakers, Journalists, and All of Us
    Need to Know about Social Movements

    • Most people who join social movements, political movements, or religious movements are not mentally ill or stupid. They have adopted an ideology and constructed an identity that in their view justifies their actions--whether these actions are deemed constructive or destructive by society.
    • The vast majority of movement activists never engage in violence.
    • There is no correlation linking religious piety with violence.
    • The radicalization process itself does not cause violence.
    • Dissent, movement activism, and non-violent civil disobedience are part of the democratic process in civil society.

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    Spirit House Project uses the arts, research, education, action, and spirituality to bring diverse peoples together to work for racial, economic, and social justice, as well as for spiritual maturity.

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    Marquette University has acquired a large collection of FBI files on US right-wing organizations and individuals. The files were released under the federal Freedom of Information Act to researcher Ernie Lazar. The Lazar Collection is also ONLINE!

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    Why this Webpage?

    The goal of the website is to provide online linkages to a variety of existing and new transatlantic resources for the study of social movements that seek to expand or restrict access to full democratic human rights for all people. The mission is to illuminate the relationship of hierarchies of race, gender, and class to societal conflicts, especially those involving social movement organizations and their specific ideologies, frames, and narratives.

    This website is a demonstration platform that is under development. The goal is to turn over control and operation of this website to a collaborative oversight board drawn from existing groups involved in social movement scholarship in the United States and Europe.

    This website is sponsored by a group of scholars in the United States and Europe for the purpose of providing reliable resources for scholars, researchers, students, journalists, and organizers for human rights as defined by various international documents and United Nations declarations.

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    The global human rights movement challenges the
    systems, structures, and institutions that create, defend, and extend
    oppression and repression in a society.

    “Without a struggle, there can be no progress.”
                          --Frederick Douglass

    “There Is No Hierarchy of Oppressions.”
                          --Audre Lorde

    "The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion."
                           -- Molly Ivins

    Democracy is not a specific set of institutions but a process that requires dissent.

    Democracy is a process that assumes the majority of people,
    over time, given enough accurate information, the ability to participate in a free and open public debate,
    and can vote without intimidation, reach constructive decisions that benefit the whole of society, and
    preserve liberty, protect our freedoms, extend equality, and defend democracy.

    Without dissent there is no progress in a society: Dissent is Essential

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