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What does it take to get a government to move, or to make a corporation stop in its tracks? Across the world, in movements that transcend borders and in others that operate in a single neighborhood, citizens are engaged in the fight for social, economic, and environmental justice. What can we learn from one another about what works? Getting Action is the Democracy Center’s blog and forum where we look behind the scenes of current issues and campaigns, a space where we can debate strategy, swap lessons, and make all our work stronger. Tell your friends!

Getting Action: Infinito Gold and the power of mining corporations in a poor country like Costa Rica

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New on Getting Action: Broad social mobilization helped ban open-cast mining in Costa Rica. But a Canadian mining company is attempting to force over $1bn in compensation using international arbitration.

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Getting Action: Unfair, Unsustainable, and Under the Radar


An article by report author Thomas Mc Donagh on how global investment rules and state-investor arbitration undermine sustainable development efforts.

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How Do We Take Effective Citizen Action on the Climate Crisis? A Debate Across Three Continents


In December, I wrote an article that appeared in Climate Progress, Yes Magazine, AlterNet and elsewhere, which took a hard look at citizen action on the climate crisis.  The article raised some pointed questions about the value of global summitry …

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Looking Back with Fears for the Future

A satellite image of Hurricane Sandy approachng the east coast of the United States

In the wake of election climate silence and a superstorm, Shawn, Leny and Aldo from the DC team reflect on their research with Bolivian communities impacted by climate change.

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Getting Action: COP Should Set Carbon Budgets for Real Progress


Former UNFCC negotiator Nele Marien on something real that Doha could deliver.

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Getting Action: Dragging the TPP Out of the Shadows


Arthur Stamoulis of Citizens Trade Campaign asks why we’ve heard so little about the Transpacific Partnership – and points out what is being done to stop it.

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Some good news from the climate battlefield…

New Yorkers Against Fracking poster

Getting Action on Climate: We just published an inspiring and, we hope, valuable new series of profiles on global climate activism. Read the blog post and follow the links to find out more…

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Getting Action at Rio+20: Asking Hard Questions in the Marvelous City

Reflections from one climate activist on the role of summits like Rio and what else we need to be doing.

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From the Mines to the Streets: New Book on Bolivian Political Activism

Ben Kohl and Linda Farthing’s collaboration with miner and activist Felix Muruchi now available

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Rio+20 and Green Economics

The DC team were in Rio. Here’s Jim Shultz on the ‘green economics’ debate.

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