Articles and Essays by Mark Engler

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No More Miss America: A Collective Memory of Liberatory Action

Fifty years ago, a protest against the Miss America pageant kicked off a new phase of the women’s liberation movement. We present a narrative history of that landmark protest, as told by the participants themselves.

How ‘No More Miss America’ Announced a Feminist Upheaval

A bold and irreverent protest 50 years ago put a renewed women’s liberation movement on the public map—and offers important lessons for today’s resistance.

There’s More Than One Way to Strike the Boss

From fare strikes to sick outs, movements are deploying a variety of creative tactics to disrupt business as usual.

Shutting Down Guns and Greed

Two of the most important recent developments in US politics have come from social movements involving schools. Each has a different look and generational profile, but they are united in a common tactic: the use of disruptive power.

Down with America’s Racist Monuments

Taking down monuments to people who fought to defend slavery should not be controversial at all. Yet in the US today, it is.

How ACT UP Fought Back

Lessons from the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Boosting the Backlash Against Trump

Progressives have to try to maximize the liberatory potential of a growing discontent.

When Sanctuary is Resistance

In the United States in the 1980s, the simple act of providing refuge became a form of civil disobedience. Three decades later, in the era of Trump, providing sanctuary may again qualify as a radical stance.

Gandhi’s strategy for success — use more than one strategy

How creating a "healthy ecology of change" can help propel social movements.

When Women Revolted

A wave of disruptive protest fifty years ago helped put women’s liberation on the map–and showcased a radical feminist vision of that remains relevant in the age of Trump.