Waging Nonviolence

WagingNonviolence.org is a blog site which focuses on the use of nonviolent methods—from strikes and mass protests to art and reflection—by people around the world every day in their struggles for justice, often under the most difficult of circumstances. Waging Nonviolence is a source for news, analysis, and original reporting about the practice of nonviolence, as well as for discussion of the theory behind it. wagingnonviolence.org

50 years ago, the Pentagon Papers’ success hinged on a personal conversion to nonviolence

Daniel Ellsberg’s release of the Pentagon Papers 50 years ago this week represents one of the most dramatic — if not the most dramatic — nonviolent actions of the movement that helped end the Vietnam War. It was also one…

Palestine solidarity sweeps the US as Israel continues assault on Gaza

Hundreds gathered in Terry Schrunk Plaza in downtown Portland, Oregon with signs denouncing the violence that is now crushing the Gaza Strip’s over two million residents. At this storytelling rally, Palestinians — who are so often rendered invisible in discussions…

How Chileans went from jumping subway turnstiles to rewriting the Constitution

While most Chileans want deep systemic change, the vote to create a new constitution is a historic moment in the struggle to undo the legacy of Pinochet’s dictatorship. Jordan Flaherty By Jordan Flaherty Mass protests that began in 2019 in…

Daniel Berrigan and his fearless nonviolence, at 100

“One is called to live nonviolently,” Daniel Berrigan once wrote, “even if the change one works for seems impossible. It may or may not be possible to turn the United States around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favors such…

Myanmar’s protesters have achieved significant victories — now is the time to double down on nonviolent resistance

The military’s brutal attack on peaceful protesters has understandably sparked calls for armed insurgency. But such a move could set the movement back. By Maria J. Stephan Since Feb. 1, when the Tatmadaw military leadership launched a coup against the…

Kashmiri human rights defenders continue to fight injustices amid growing repression

Humanitarian work in one of the world’s most militarized zones has only gotten more difficult as India resorts to new levels of intimidation and hostility. Mehk Chakraborty In Indian-administered Kashmir, anything remotely anti-establishment has been consistently labeled as terrorism, a…

Martin Luther King’s vision of an interconnected world is more relevant than ever

One of King’s last and most overlooked writings, The World House, offers insight into what he’d advise after the Capitol attack. Arthur Romano We are facing converging global crises — a horrific pandemic, worsening economic inequality both in the United…

Ten things you need to know to stop a coup

While keeping people focused on a strong, robust election process is a must, we also need to prepare for a coup. Daniel Hunter We have a president who has openly said he might not respect the outcome of our election. We have…

What activists who fought the AIDS crisis can teach us about organizing during a pandemic

More than 30 years after ACT UP was founded, their bold activism in response to the AIDS crisis offers critical lessons for those mobilizing around COVID-19. Loretta Graceffo During the peak of the coronavirus pandemic in New York, Avram Finklestein…

After 4 decades of Plowshares actions, it’s nuclear warfare that should be on trial — not activists

“Nuclear warfare is not on trial here, you are!” said Judge Samuel Salus, in exasperation. Before him were eight activists, including two priests and a nun. As Judge Salus tried to preside over the government’s prosecution of them for their…

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