” … an informative and inspiring how-to handbook of direct, confrontational social activism … “

Dennis Hiebert, Geez magazine

Duncan Meisel


Duncan Meisel is a strategic troublemaker who lives in Brooklyn, where he conspires on how to respond to the impending end of the world. He is particularly interested in trying to stop the warming of the earth, ending the impoverishment of America by corporate power, and putting an end to the prison system as we know it. He is honored to have been a part of campaigns such as Tar Sands Action, US Uncut, The Other 98% and several different “Billionaires for X or Y” efforts.


Contributed Modules

Case Study: Wisconsin Capitol occupation

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June 11, 2012

From February 14 to early March 2011, opponents of Governor Scott Walker’s legislation to strip civic unions of collective bargaining rights filled Wisconsin’s state capitol with a non-stop protest that became one of the largest labor mobilizations in the U.S. in a generation. Though the protests were ultimately unsuccessful, they   …Continue Reading

Case Study: Tar sands action

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June 10, 2012

Because tar sands oil emits four times the carbon dioxide as standard crude, renowned climate scientist James Hanson has declared that if the Canadian tar sands were fully developed, it would be “essentially game over for the climate.” Seeking to draw a line in the (tar) sands, activists successfully organized   …Continue Reading

Case Study: Bidder 70 (Tim DeChristopher)

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May 28, 2012

In December 2008, word got out about an illegal Bureau of Land Management auction of oil and gas leases for drilling near beautiful Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in Utah. The auction was Bush’s parting gift to his good friends in industry. Student Tim DeChristopher set out with the intention of physically disrupting the event, but   …Continue Reading

Theory: Hashtag politics

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May 23, 2012

Your action or campaign doesn’t just send a message, it convenes a conversation. By strategically defining the hashtag and curating the ensuing conversation, you can expand and deepen your support base.

Tactic: Creative petition delivery

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May 14, 2012

To translate online outcry into offline action; to make mass public opposition unavoidably visible to a campaign target.