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In addition to turning out powerful leaders and building skills across communities and issues, our unique and creative actions and camps gain much needed media for our allies and issues, calling the public’s attention to what would normally escape unnoticed in the mainstream. Articles about Ruckus Society trainings have appeared in tons of major publications including the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), Adbusters, New York Times, Ms., The Times (England), and Rolling Stone. Please enjoy some of our media: 

No Money, No Cry
by Karen TopakianGrassroots Fundraising Journal
Grassroots Fundraising Journal featured Ruckus's story of success in the face of financial insecurity
Photo Essay: Detroit Incinerator Action
by Orin LangelleClimate Voices
June 26th, 2010
Check out photos from our Clean Air, Good Jobs & Justice Action against the World's Largest Incinerator in Detroit at the U.S. Social Forum!
Environmentalists march in protest of Detroit incinerator
by Christine FerrettiThe Detroit News
June 26th, 2010
The Detroit News
Adrienne Maree Brown talks with Amy Goodman about the USSF
April 2nd, 2010
Check out the video on Democracy Now!
Media Coverage of COP-15 Actions
Comprehensive list of media coverage from Indigenous Peoples' actions in Copenhagen December 2009
5 Days in Seattle that Shook the World
by Eric SciglianoSeattle Metropolitan Magazine
November 1st, 2009
Seattle Metropolitan Magazine collected reflections on the 10th Anniversary of the 1999 WTO shutdown
Klamath River Dam Removal Agreement
Check out the status of the successful direct action campaign to remove 4 dams owned by Warren Buffett
Causing a Ruckus
by Meg HewingsHour Magazine
August 27th, 2009
Hour Magazine from Montreal interviews Adrienne while she's in town to speak at Institut du Nouveau Monde
AMC09: Closing Keynote with Adrienne Maree Brown
July 19th, 2009
Adrienne's speech at the Allied Media Conference closing panel July 19, 2009 - Detroit, MI
"Activists Training for Showdown on the Shore"
July 15th, 2009
Our Localize This! Action Camp makes the Seattle evening News!
Reuniting a River
by Russ RymerNational Geographic
December 1st, 2008
National Geographic article about the Klamath Justice Coalition's campaign to un-dam the Klamath River
Klamath Dam-Removal Agreement Signed
by Jeff BarnardAssociated Press
November 14th, 2008
Hip Hop Political Convention Part II
by Future MajorityRoots Wire
August 3rd, 2008
Single-Payer Healthcare - Two Visions of Healthcare
by Adrienne Maree BrownThe Black Commentator
March 22nd, 2007
There are two visions to consider in any discussion of American healthcare. One is a vision of a world in which there are enough resources to cover healthcare for everyone, but millions of people are turned away. They are turned away because healthcare has fallen into the hands of insurance and pharmaceutical corporations. In this vision, the corporations can't help themselves, they exist to grow profits. This growth mentality results in a population of need. A large majority of the people cannot afford the healthcare they need.
What is Environmental Justice?!
February 18th, 2007
What is Environmental Justice?! Many of us are fairly familiar with the term “environmentalism” (think endangered species, deforestation, and pollution) as well as “social justice,”(think civil rights, labour unions and poverty) but have you ever thought about how these two movements fit together?
So You Wanna Throw a Protest?
by Rachel Holman, staff writer[X]press Magazine
February 12th, 2007
“It definitely opened my eyes to all the different tactics you could use for social change,” Leonard says. “Ruckus was the first time I had the experience to do it really strategically, really effectively and really smartly.”
Building A Movement: Prefaces and Visions
by Adrienne Maree BrownWireTap Magazine
February 5th, 2007
Adrienne Maree Brown - INNOVATOR
by Andre BanksColorLines
Adrienne Maree Brown, Executive Director of the Ruckus Society, was named one of the 15 Innovators, people moving big ideas in 2007, by ColorLines Magazine.
GM banking on electricity to power cars
by Richard WilliamsonRocky Mountain News
December 1st, 2006
Protesters bring out the big gun, lightly
by J.M. BergerBoston Globe
November 26th, 2006
In the old days, a high-tech protester might amaze friends and intimidate foes by using a fancy stencil to paint uniform letters on a placard. Welcome to the 21st century.
Karl Rove's Reputation May Be on the Line
by Dan HarrisABC News
November 6th, 2006
We Got Issues!
November 5th, 2006
We Got Issues! A Young Woman's Guide to a Bold, Courageous, and Empowered Life is now on the bookstands and available online. What does that have to do with The Ruckus Society?
Adrienne Maree Brown Gives Keynote at Web of Change Conference
September 22nd, 2006
On Thursday, September 21, The Ruckus Society Executive Director Adrienne Maree Brown gave the first keynote speech at the Web of Change Conference on Cortes Island, BC.
What Does an Anti-War Movement Look Like Today?
by Celina R. De LeonAlternet: Wiretap
August 7th, 2006
Campus Progress, Round Two
by Sam Graham-FelsenThe Nation
July 13th, 2006
Organizing the Campus Left
by Elia PowersInside Higher Ed
July 13th, 2006
Patagonia’s Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card
by Jolia Sidona Einstein Whole Life Times
July 1st, 2006
For youth, advice on military, and dissent
by Douglas BelkinThe Boston Globe
June 11th, 2006
Mr. Ruckus
by Bill
March 27th, 2006
John Sellers climbed the Sears Tower to protest nukes and unfurledan anti-logging banner over the Golden Gate. The left's Merry Prankster talks.
SourceCode Episode: Eco Dissent/Not Terrorism
by SourceCodeFreeSpeech TV
February 26th, 2006
Ford Redoubles Greenwashing Efforts; Activists Double Over Laughing
October 14th, 2005
Jumpstart Ford campaign announces Nov. 12 “Day of Intervention" and welcomes The Ruckus Society as new partner.
Plaza Climbers Tell of a Grim Night in Jail
by Susan SaulnyNew York Times
August 28th, 2004
Protester to protester, the sentiment was this: "Congratulations!" There were handshakes and high-fives and compliments like, "You looked great naked."
Protests Come Early, and So Do Arrests
by Diane CardwellNew York Times
August 27th, 2004
The anarchists have not even had their day in the streets, but the protests surrounding the Republican National Convention have already kicked into high gear, with arrests at three events yesterday totaling at least 21, more than three times the number of arrests during the entire Democratic convention in Boston.
You ready to rock? cries the not-in-charge person. Twinkle, twinkle, the crowd roars.
by Logan HillNew York Magazine
May 17th, 2004
To the anarcho-bureaucratic protest movement, the Republican convention is the opportunity of a lifetime. The only question is, to do what?
Go Forth and Process
by Joseph Plaster WireTap
February 9th, 2004
Advanced Action Camp for Global Justice 2003. " Close your eyes," directs a young workshop facilitator. In the sticky heat of a secluded Florida campground, under a large open-air tent, a group of activists closes their eyes. "Now I want you to picture an anti-corporate globalization activist." The campers furrow their collective brows. "Okay," says the facilitator, after a brief pause, "how many saw a white person?"
Would-be demonstrators train at Arcadia camp
by Joseph PlasterHerald Tribune
November 17th, 2003
ARCADIA -- It is a sticky afternoon in mid-October and Kate Chanton, a freckle-faced New College senior in a baseball cap, is finishing a meal of meat substitute and vegan cake after a day of workshops on white privilege.
Group Stacks Deck Against War Profiteers
by Chip Johnson San Francisco Chronicle
July 27th, 2003
The one thing you can say about the Ruckus Society, an Oakland organization dedicated to disrupting the affairs of evil government officials and corporate robber barons, is that they don't deal from the bottom of the deck.
Ruckus Society's ‘War Profiteers’ Playing Cards
by Candace CrockettUtne Reader
June 18th, 2003
The hell-raisers at the Ruckus Society have laid down their cards to reveal a full house of corrupt corporations, villainous U.S. government officials, shady defense contractors, and scandalous heads of industry, finance, and media.
Profiteering from War
by Peter RothbergThe Nation
May 22nd, 2003
Shortly after the US conquered Baghdad, the US Defense Intelligence Agency distributed a now famous deck of cards bearing the images of "Iraq's Most Wanted." This hit list of top Iraqi officials became a pop-cultural phenomenon, as well as a critical crutch for the US press, which virtually never reports on newly captured Baathists these days without noting their appropriate card rank among the US deck of fifty-five.
Los pacifistas hicieron su propia baraja para escrachar a los amigos
by ClarinClarin
May 19th, 2003
Desde que comenzó la invasión a Irak los mazos de cartas han encontrado un nuevo rol propagandístico. Los hay en contra del régimen de Saddam, contra famosos opositores a la guerra y, ahora, contra el gobierno de Bush y las grandes corporaciones.
Got a cause? Here's how to get online
by Rachel Konrad CNETCNET
July 3rd, 2002
Tech Toolbox Action Camp 2002. SONOMA COUNTY, Calif.--Greased in sunscreen and crusty with salt from bathing in the nearby Pacific Ocean, activists have transformed a rustic barn and hillside into a high-tech retreat dedicated to nonviolent political activism.
Raising a real Ruckus
by Nina Wu San Francisco Examiner
June 19th, 2002
He's been in more than 100 protests and arrested more than 20 times. Yet John Sellers, 35, isn't planning to quit protesting for a world of justice. As the director of the Ruckus Society, he trains others to do the same in civil disobedience camp.
Oakland group wants to help raise ruckus
by Dan Reed Mercury News
April 20th, 2002
Oakland group wants to help raise ruckus.
You Say You Want a Revolution?
by Dan BaumRolling Stone Magazine
July 5th, 2001
The Ruckus Society, a tiny band of battle-hardened Greenpeace vets, is training a new group of student activists in how to get their point across without losing their legs.