local community or neighborhood-level campaign

LOCAL COMMUNITY OR NEIGHBORHOOD-LEVEL CAMPAIGN. This tag is not primarily about scale of the activity — whether participation was geographically widespread or localized. There might be a national campaign with very limited organizational strength and in which participation was primarily in one locality — but in some countries if that "locality" is the capital, the national campaign still might win. This tag is primarily about the nature of the goal and the targeted opponent. A campaign that seeks to drive the drug trade out of a particular neighborhood, or prevent a super-highway from coming through the center of a town, or prevent the dumping of toxic waste in a community, gets this tag. The purpose of the tag enables readers especially interested in community organizing, also called "grassroots organizing," to locate campaigns whose goals and/or opponents are local, even if the local goals and targets also have wider implications.

Clean Air Coalition of Western New York hold Tonawanda Coke accountable for air pollution, 2005-2009

 

By the start of the 21st century, there were 53 active industrial plants in the area around Tonawanda, New York. Residents of the area had complained about air quality problems for decades, but regulators failed to intervene to ensure plants complied with federal law. Many people living in the area reported severe and chronic health problems, such as fibromyalgia, asthma, and cancers—including lung cancers in non-smokers.

Haverford College Black Students' League's campaign to eradicate institutionalized racism 1972

 

As Haverford College became more racially diverse in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the actions of minority students protesting against discrimination became increasingly visible.

High Point high school students sit-in for U.S. civil rights, 1960

U.S. Civil Rights Movement (1950s-1960s)
 

High Point, North Carolina was a city viewed as progressive on racial relations, but the black community felt alienated as nearly all of High Point’s public institutions were segregated.

On 1 February 1960, a group of four college students began a sit-in at a Woolworth’s in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina. News spread quickly to High Point, about 16 miles away.

National campaigners join Massachusetts locals to close Brayton Point coal plant, 2013

 

The Brayton Point Power Station, a coal burning power plant in Somerset, Massachusetts, regularly emits mercury, lead, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide into the atmosphere. Brayton Point is one of the largest single sources of pollution in all of New England. Local activists had been fighting the coal plant for a decade when other organizations joined to escalate the struggle.

Vancouver’s Downtown East Side Drug User Community Fights for Supervised Injection Site 1990 - 2003

 

In the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, many activists and organizers in the neighborhood of East Side (DTES) initiated a campaign in 1990 to change policies regarding intraveneous drug use. Intravenous drug use was rampant – the spread of HIV/AIDS, drug overdoses and deaths were reaching epidemic proportions. From 1988 – 1993 illicit drug deaths in British Columbia increased 800% and 60% of these cases took place in Vancouver.

British prison inmates strike to oppose new system of control, Full Sutton prison, 1995

 

At the start of November in the year 1995, a new system was instated in the correctional institution of Full Sutton, located near York in New Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Over the few months before November changes to the system had begun to surface. The changes culminated in the incentives and earned privileges scheme, which added another level of control to prisons, to the prison rules, and to govenors' discretionary powers. In Full Sutton Prison, prisoners were already allowed to be punished for what seemed to be virtually anything according to the inmates.

Winnipeg women stop the removal of the Wolseley Elm 1957.

 

Mary Ann Good planted the tree that came to be known as the Wolseley Elm, along with many others, on her family farm in 1860, before Wolseley Avenue existed. Mary’s elms began to be removed as the city of Winnipeg expanded, until the Wolseley Elm was the only elm remaining that did not stand on the side of the road. The city of Winnipeg made its first attempt to remove the tree to make way for Wolseley Avenue sometime between 1907 and 1909. The City paved Wolseley Avenue with asphalt in 1925 and the Elm came

Parents of Los Angeles, California students win humane discipline practices in high schools, 2006-2007

 

The Los Angeles, California, Unified School District had one of the highest high school drop-out rates in the entire United States in 2000. Parents of Latino and African American students were deeply worried about how their children were being punished and the relationship between punishment and dropping out.

In 2001they formed an organization to empower themselves to act, named Community Asset Development Re-defining Education (CADRE).

Mayan pacifist group Las Abejas pressures Chiapas military base to close, 2000, Mexico

 

Las Abejas is a Christian pacifist group of about 6,000 Tzotzil Maya indigenous people who live in Chiapas. Las Abejas means "The Bees" in Spanish, reportedly indicating the value of collective work and life that shares the honey with those who need it. Forty-five members of the group were killed on 22 December 1997 when caught in a cross-fire between the Mexican army and the rebel Zapatistas, the Acteal Massacre.

Chicago students, teachers protest school closings, 2013

 

21 March 2013 Chicago Public School officials announced a plan to close 54 schools with the goals of reconciling a $1 billion dollar deficit, making better use of resources, and improving education. District CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said that the plan addressed the underutilized and under-resourced schools in order to raise the quality of education in the remaining schools. The plan was expected to affect 30,000 students in the Chicago Metropolitan area and cost 300 teachers their jobs.

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