Ruckus Updates

2013 In Review

From Arizona to Alaska, from California to New York, from Alabama to British Columbia, and even all the way to Istanbul — Ruckus has had another big year stepping up the front-line fights for migrant rights, climate justice, workers’ and indigenous rights, and more!

Now, the call from the front lines is clear: they want more Ruckus!  So we are doubling our staff to double our impact.

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Here’s a glimpse into some of our 2013 work that we were able to pull off on less than $200,000!

  • Our Power Camp with Climate Justice Alliance and Black Mesa Water Coalition – 4-day gathering for frontline organizers working for a just transition to a sustainable energy future – Black Mesa, AZ
  • CA State Building Blockade action demanding end to solitary confinement, in solidarity with California Prisoner Hunger Strike – Oakland, CA
  • Training for No One Is Illegal where we brought together frontline migrant rights activists from the U.S. to help train Canadian immigrant rights activists – Vancouver, BC
  • Action training for 200+ Walmart Workers at national conference in Bentonville, AR, and support for striking Walmart workers‘ actions in local stores and at corporate headquarters
  • Support for Blockade action shutdown of U.S. Oil Sands mining site – Utah
  • Released our new Action Framework – our theory of change and strategic guide to principled, accountable, frontline-led, transformative direct action
  • Alabama Arts Camp for Migrant Rights – 3-day training focusing on creative arts-based action techniques including puppet-making, stencils, screen-printing, street theatre, and more
  • Anti-Fracking 4-day advanced training camp focusing on blockades tactics – Ithaca, NY
  • Home Defenders League action at the Department of Justice – Washington, DC
  • Training and action support with Black Mesa Water Coalition to help fight the Navajo Generating Station, and implement community solution-oriented actions
  • Stop Keystone XL and Idle No More NVDA training and action support for Earth Day- San Francisco
  • Direct Action Trainings and strategy workshops at Global Power Shift, which brought together 500 climate activists from around the world – Istanbul, Turkey
  • Canyon Lands Action Camp training support – Utah
  • Alaska Our Power Camp – 5-day strategic action planning gathering with Resisting Environmental Destruction On Indigenous Lands (REDOIL) and Rising Tide Alaska
  • #Not1More Deportation actions that demanded Obama halt deportations, blockaded deportation buses, stopped Operation Streamline courts, and Shut Down ICE! – Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Tucson, San Francisco

Who We’ve Supported This Year
(a partial list) summer interns
Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice
American Association of University Professors
Anti-Coal activists
Asian Law Caucus
Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Faculties
Black Mesa Water Coalition
Buddhist Peace Fellowship
Causa Justa: Just Cause
Climate Justice Alliance
Contra Costa Community College (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Day)
Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights
Global Power Shift
Greenpeace Action Camp: So-Cal
Home Defenders League
Idle No More
Mountain Justice Action Camp
National Day Laborer Organizing Network
No One Is Illegal
#Not1More Deportation Campaign
Occupy Fights Foreclosures
Occupy Homes
OUR Walmart (Organization United for Respect)
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity
Puente Arizona
RAMPS: Radical Action for Mountain Peoples’ Survival
REDOIL: Resisting Environmental Destruction On Indigenous Lands
School of Unity and Liberation (SOUL)’s National Youth Organizing Training Institute
Shaleshock and other Anti-Fracking activists
Stop Keystone XL activists
Students for a Free Tibet
United We Dream
Utah Canyon Lands Action Camp
Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association (New Orleans)
Wellstone Earth Day
Western States Center – Activist Mobilization Project
Woolman Semester
Youth Justice Coalition