People using civil disobedience and nonviolent direct action have successfully created change for hundreds of years.  The civil rights movement, suffragettes and people power driving the overthrow of dictators have inspired many. 

In Australia, we have seen significant wins. Hundreds of people participated in civil disobedience in the Franklin River and Jabiluka campaigns. Direct action has saved forests across the country. Deportations of refugees have been halted. Staunch picket lines have secured wins for workers and so much more.

When nonviolent direct action is done well it can be relatively safe, a positive experience and lead to significant social change. Here are some old favourite resources to help you with practical direct action.

We'll be adding more to this section, including: 

* reference material on the difference between direct action and protest;
* where civil disobedience and direct action cross over, and where they don't; 
* a range of perspectives on all kinds of direct action: from mutual aid, to guerilla gardening, to food not bombs; 
* recent resources on what most people commonly are referring to when they say direct action: an activity that is directly intervening to stop something destructive or fill a need, rather than asking others.

Direct Action resources

Black and white image of a woman in 1980's fashion with short dark hair holding a D lock for a bike
Activists lying down on Manari Road in a blockade direct action
Photo: Julia Rau

Please note: Just because we have listed a range of websites that collectively link to thousands of resources and web pages doesn’t mean that we endorse every tactic listed within. It’s up to every individual to make up their own mind about what tactics they want to use.