Chicago, ILDec 02, 2008

Republic Windows and Doors Occupation

200 workers at the Republic Windows and Doors factory occupied their workplace in response to the announcement that it would close because of the 2008 financial crisis.

Fairfield, ConnecticutMar 21, 2009

Bus Tour to Bankers’ Homes

The Working Families Party organized a bus tour of people hit by the financial crisis to visit the homes of bailed-out bankers and invite them to see the damage they’d done.

Atlanta, GAApr 15, 2009

Tax Day Tea Party

Tea Parties were held around the country on Tax Day, 2009, to protest government spending after the financial crisis and Obama’s election.

Chicago, ILOct 26, 2009

Showdown in Chicago

National People’s Action and allies held multiple actions in Chicago to protest bank malfeasance after the financial crisis.

Ripley, MississippiOct 31, 2009

Tea Party Protest

J.D. Meadows joined the Council of Conservative Citizens and hosted a Tea Party protest in his hometown of Ripley, Mississippi.

Chicago Teachers Union Headquarters, Chicago, ILJun 01, 2010

Chicago Teachers Union Election

After two years of organizing in the community, the Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE) took power in the Chicago Teachers Union and began to build a strong, social movement union.

Madison, WIFeb 14, 2011

Wisconsin Capitol Occupation

After Gov. Scott Walker proposed a bill eliminating collective bargaining for state workers, protesters occupied the state capitol for a month, holding daily rallies and marches.

Ohio Statehouse, Columbus, OhioFeb 22, 2011

Ohio Capitol Protests

Gov. John Kasich passed a bill similar to Scott Walker’s in Wisconsin, sparking similar protests in Ohio and a ballot measure that ultimately repealed the law.

NYCSep 17, 2011

Occupy Wall Street

The location of the first Occupy protest, where organizers camped out for nearly three months protesting inequality and Wall Street greed. “We Are the 99%” became the rallying cry.

Savannah, GASep 21, 2011

Rally for Troy Davis

Rallies around the country were held to attempt to stop the execution of Troy Davis, who maintained his innocence. Savannah was Davis’s hometown.

Brooklyn Bridge, New York, NYOct 02, 2011

700 Arrested at Occupy Brooklyn Bridge

During a march from Occupy Wall Street, protesters were led onto the Brooklyn Bridge and then “kettled” by police. 700 of them were arrested, including reporters.

Woodruff Park, Atlanta, GAOct 06, 2011

Occupy Atlanta

One of many Occupy spinoffs, Occupy Atlanta spun off into Occupy Our Homes Atlanta after its eviction from the park.

Oscar Grant Plaza, Oakland, CAOct 10, 2011

Occupy Oakland Oscar Grant Plaza

When Occupy Oakland took Frank Ogawa Plaza, they renamed it “Oscar Grant Plaza” after a young black man shot in the back by Bay Area Rapid Transit Police on New Year’s 2009.

Oakland, CAOct 25, 2011

Occupy Oakland Eviction

The conflicts with police at Occupy Oakland were some of the most dramatic in the country, including the one that happened the night the park encampment was evicted and Iraq veteran Scott Olsen was hit with a beanbag bullet.

Minneapolis, MNNov 01, 2011

Occupy Homes Minnesota

Activists from the Occupy movement fought to defend homes from foreclosure using direct action and community organizing.

Port of Oakland, Oakland, CANov 02, 2011

Oakland General Strike

After the eviction of Occupy Oakland, the occupiers called for a general strike across the city and succeeded in shutting down the Port of Oakland and holding actions across the city.

Atlanta, GANov 08, 2011

Occupy Our Homes Atlanta

Activists from the Occupy movement fought to defend homes from foreclosure using direct action and community organizing.

Los Angeles, CANov 30, 2011

Occupy Los Angeles Eviction

Occupy Los Angeles was one of the last to be evicted, and one of the most dramatic—police came in garbed in shiny white hazardous materials suits to cart away protesters.

Bronx, NYFeb 06, 2012

Rally for Ramarley Graham

18-year-old Ramarley Graham was unarmed when he was shot in his bathroom by a police officer, sparking protests and rallies across New York weeks before the killing of Trayvon Martin kicked off nationwide actions.

South Bronx, NYFeb 14, 2012

South Bronx Unite Actions

South Bronx Unite organizes around the continued location of polluting industries, waste disposal, and power plants in the neighborhood, which has mostly been home to low-income people of color.

Union Square, New York, NYMar 21, 2012

Million Hoodie March

When George Zimmerman was not arrested for shooting unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, protests rocked the country, including a “Million Hoodie March” in New York City.

Daytona, FL to Sanford, FLApr 06, 2012

Dream Defenders March for Trayvon

The group that would become the Dream Defenders marched from Daytona to Sanford, Florida and occupied the Sanford police station, demanding Zimmerman’s arrest.

Brooklyn CollegeApr 25, 2012

“1-T Day”

Student activists and Occupiers marked the day that the total student debt burden in the US reached $1 trillion with protests.

Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL May 23, 2012

Chicago Teachers Union Rally

A massive pre-strike rally on May 23 brought out thousands of teachers and community members.

Breaux Bridge, LAJun 06, 2012

CJ’s Seafood Strike

Guestworkers at CJ’s Seafood, a Walmart supplier, went on strike over abusive conditions.

Fifth Avenue, New York, NYJun 17, 2012

Silent March Against Stop and Frisk

Organizers who had been fighting the NYPD’s “Stop and Frisk” tactics organized a massive silent march down New York’s Fifth Avenue.

Buffalo, NYJul 26, 2012

PUSH Buffalo National Fuel Protest

PUSH Buffalo, a community organization that began its work around housing, shifted to energy democracy organizing after a long campaign targeting National Fuel that included a camp-out at National Fuel’s headquarters.

Ohio State University, Columbus, OHAug 11, 2012

National Student Power Convergence

Student organizers, in the wake of the Occupy movement, came together to plan student organizing, meet one another, and exchange strategies.

Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, ILSep 10, 2012

Chicago Teachers Strike

After 90 percent of CTU members voted to strike, the teachers struck for nine days, holding massive marches and rallies that drew community support and brought the mayor to the bargaining table in a win for the union.

Elwood, IllinoisSep 15, 2012

Walmart Distribution Center Strike

Workers at the Walmart distribution center in Elwood went on strike for safer conditions after repeated complaints.

Normal, IllinoisOct 30, 2012

Illinois People’s Action Against Fracking

The members of Illinois People’s Action held several dramatic protests against fracking in their state, including a “Zombie protest” where costumed activists took over part of uptown Normal to dramatize the dangers of polluted water.

Brooklyn, NYNov 03, 2012

Occupy Sandy

When Superstorm Sandy hit New York’s outer boroughs, power and services were wiped out. The Occupy network sprang into action, opening relief hubs across the city.

Queens, NYNov 08, 2012

YANA Medical Clinic, Occupy Sandy

In addition to many relief hubs, Occupy Sandy coordinated medical care for people hit by Sandy—including many people who were already lacking health care options, before the storm.

Burger King, Brooklyn, NYNov 29, 2012

First Fight for $15 Strike

New York Communities for Change and the Service Employees International Union partnered to kick off what would become a nationwide movement to raise wages with a one-day strike across New York City.

Macy's, Chicago, ILApr 24, 2013

Second Fight for $15 Strike

Following the model of the New York Fight for $15 strike, Chicago workers organized with Action Now and SEIU walked off the job, spreading the movement.

North Carolina General AssemblyApr 29, 2013

Moral Mondays

Beginning in the spring of 2013, protesters from a variety of backgrounds gathered as part of the “Moral Movement” to commit civil disobedience outside of the state legislature.

Captain D's, St. Louis, MOMay 08, 2013

Third Fight for $15 Strike

St. Louis might have been an unlikely choice for the third Fight for $15 city (called Show Me $15 for the state’s motto), but its strong local labor movement helped lay groundwork for the protests that would come the following year after the death of Michael Brown Jr.

Seattle, WAMay 30, 2013

Seattle Fight for $15 Strike

Seattle’s first fast-food strikes came later than New York, Chicago and St. Louis, but the city’s movement for $15 saw its goal enacted into law faster than any of the others.

Lafayette Elementary, Chicago, IL Jun 19, 2013

School Closings Protest and Occupation

Teachers, parents, and students fought to save 100 schools slated for closure after the Chicago teachers strike, including an occupation at Lafayette Elementary. They succeeded in saving half the schools.

Binghamton, NYJun 24, 2013

Fracktivists Haunt Andrew Cuomo

As part of New Yorkers Against Fracking, protesters followed Andrew Cuomo around the state, demanding that he ban hydraulic fracturing for gas in the state.

Oakland, CAJul 13, 2013

Founding of #BlackLivesMatter

Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, and Patrisse Cullors, three organizers based in different cities, created the #BlackLivesMatter network in response to George Zimmerman’s acquittal, first as a set of online platforms that became a chapter-based organization spread around the country.

Jul 13, 2013

Founding of #BlackLivesMatter

Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, and Patrisse Cullors, three organizers based in different cities, created the #BlackLivesMatter network in response to George Zimmerman’s acquittal, first as a set of online platforms that became a chapter-based organization spread around the country.

University of Chicago, Chicago, ILJul 13, 2013

Founding of BYP100/Rally for Trayvon

Young black activists had gathered in Chicago to discuss organizing beyond electoral politics and were together when the verdict in George Zimmerman’s trial for shooting Trayvon Martin came down. BYP100 was born from that moment.

Florida Capitol, Tallahassee, FLJul 16, 2013

Dream Defenders Occupation for Trayvon

When the verdict came down and George Zimmerman was found not guilty, the Dream Defenders held a march to the capitol and stayed for a month.

Yadkinville, NCSep 23, 2013

Rural Moral Monday

Moral Mondays spread across the state, even to rural Yadkinville, population 2800, where migrants and faith leaders spoke together.

SEIU Local 775 Headquarters, Seattle, WANov 17, 2013

Kshama Sawant Elected

Socialist Kshama Sawant was elected to the Seattle City Council in November of 2013, the first socialist in a major legislative body in the US in quite a long time.

Secaucus, NJNov 29, 2013

Walmart Black Friday Action

Black Friday, the busiest retail day of the year, became central to the OUR Walmart actions in order to maximize impact on the company’s bottom line.

SeaTac to Seattle, WADec 05, 2013

March for $15

Marchers symbolically brought the Fight for $15 from SeaTac to Seattle after the win in SeaTac in the winter of 2013.

Shaw University, Raleigh, NCFeb 08, 2014

Moral March

Formerly, the annual march on the state capitol had been known as the Historic Thousands on Jones Street, but in 2014, the massive Moral March dwarfed its previous incarnations and was described as the largest march in the South since Selma.

Seattle, WAJun 02, 2014

$15-An-Hour Wage Vote

With Kshama Sawant on the City Council, $15 an hour moved quickly from utopian demand to reality.

New York, NYSep 21, 2014

People’s Climate March

The People’s Climate March was designed to signal a new and different environmental movement, one made up of frontline communities done waiting for elite leaders to act. Well over 100,000 people attended.

Wall Street Bull, New York, NYSep 22, 2014

Flood Wall Street

For those who wanted a more militant action, Flood Wall Street, the day after the People’s Climate March, was designed as a direct action to send the message that, as one sign read, “Capitalism = Climate Chaos.”

Pico Rivera, CAOct 04, 2014

First Walmart Workers’ Strike

After years of failed attempts to organize Walmart workers, members of the group OUR Walmart held the first strikes at the retail giant’s southern California stores.

Los Angeles, CAOct 04, 2014

Corinthian Students’ Debt Strike

Students and graduates from the defunct for-profit Corinthian Colleges, members of Occupy spinoff the Debt Collective, went on debt strike, demanding relief from fraudulent loans.

Oct 06, 2014

OSA Occupation for John Crawford III

John Crawford III was shot by police in a Beavercreek, Ohio Walmart in August of 2014; Ohio Student Association members and allies occupied the police station and demanded the firing of the police officer in question and the overhaul of police training.

San Francisco, CANov 05, 2014

$15-An-Hour Wage Ballot Measure

San Francisco became the second city to raise its wage to $15 after a ballot initiative in November of 2014. The state of California followed suit in 2016.

Ferguson, MONov 24, 2014

Ferguson Uprising, Non-Indictment Protests

After it was announced that Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot Michael Brown, would not be indicted, protesters across the city faced a massive police crackdown—MoKaBe’s, a common hangout, was teargassed.

Washington Square Park, New York, NYDec 13, 2014

Millions March

Just days before the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Eric Garner was killed by New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo. The officer was not indicted for the killing, and organizers pulled together the massive Millions March in response.

New York State Capitol, Albany, NYMar 09, 2015

New York Moral Mondays

Moral Mondays New York New Yorkers began their own Moral Mondays in 2015, gathering each Monday on a different theme and making demands of the state legislature.

Greater St. Mark's Church, Ferguson, MOMar 14, 2015

People’s Movement Assembly

Organizers who had been mobilized after the killing of Michael Brown held a daylong assembly to plan next steps for the movement.

Elliott Bay, Seattle, WAMay 16, 2015

“Shell No” Kayaktivist Blockade

When Shell Oil brought its Arctic drilling rig to Seattle’s Elliott Bay, Seattle activists—including City Council member Mike O’Brien—created a kayak blockade on the water to slow down the rig.

Thompson Center, Chicago, ILMay 18, 2015

Illinois Moral Mondays

Illinois Moral Mondays took various targets, including the Chicago Board of Trade and the office of billionaire Sam Zell, for its protests that included creative drama and civil disobedience.

Waterfront Park, Burlington, VTMay 26, 2015

Bernie Sanders Campaign Launch

Independent socialist Senator Bernie Sanders declared his intention to run for the Democratic party’s presidential nomination, challenging not just Hillary Clinton, but the party’s pro-business, pro-capital shift of recent decades.

Fayetteville, ARJun 05, 2015

Walmart Shareholder Meeting

Walmart workers continued to attend the company shareholder meeting and present shareholder resolutions challenging the Walton family’s grip on the company.

Emanuel AME Church, Charleston, SCJun 21, 2015

March for Black Lives

After white supremacist Dylann Roof shot nine people at a Bible study at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, a massive rally and march gathered to support the victims and pledge an end to racist violence.

South Carolina Statehouse, Columbia, SCJun 27, 2015

Bree Newsome Takes Down Confederate Flag

In response to the Charleston shootings, activist Bree Newsome scaled the flagpole and removed the Confederate Flag. On July 10, the state legislature voted to take it down for good.

Dyett High School, Chicago, ILAug 17, 2015

Hunger Strike for Dyett High School

Parents and community members alongside the CTU went on a 34-day hunger strike to save Dyett High School and reopen it as a green technology school.

Eagleton Courthouse, St. Louis, MOOct 08, 2015

St. Louis Moral Monday

Activists involved in the protests in Ferguson over the killing of Michael Brown held a Moral Monday on the first anniversary of his death, which included arrests of prominent leaders like Cornel West and Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, and protesters who traveled from North Carolina to be part of the action.

Grant Park, Chicago, ILApr 01, 2016

CTU One-Day “General Strike”

With the support of community groups, the Fight for $15, movement for Black lives groups, and more, CTU held a one-day strike to demand a budget for the schools.

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NYApr 17, 2016

28,300 people Attend Bernie Sanders Rally

Nearly a year into the campaign, Bernie Sanders drew massive crowds around the country even after his defeat seemed certain—including in his hometown of Brooklyn.

Fort Myers, FLAug 17, 2016

Corinthian Students’ Debt Strike

Students and graduates from the defunct for-profit Corinthian Colleges, members of Occupy spinoff the Debt Collective, went on debt strike, demanding relief from fraudulent loans.

Ferguson, MOOct 22, 2016

Ferguson Uprising

The shooting of eighteen-year-old Michael Brown Jr. touched off massive street protests in Ferguson, amplifying the spark that had begun after the death of Trayvon Martin and spreading across the country.