Waging Nonviolence

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

13.10.2020

Ten things you need to know to stop a coup

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 to be ready… »

09.10.2020

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

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 was inundated by the… »

09.09.2020

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

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 trespass onto — and destruction of — private property, the… »

22.07.2020

Militarized lockdowns and a predatory quarantine — the unique story of Uganda’s pandemic response

Militarized lockdowns and a predatory quarantine — the unique story of Uganda’s pandemic response

Uganda’s COVID-19 experience underscores the seemingly universal opportunism of authoritarians amidst crisis, as well as opportunities for resistance. Phil Wilmot Eight young Ugandan men swarmed the streets of a bustling-yet-militarized Kampala. They were banging empty saucepans to demand food, which the government had promised… »

14.06.2020

‘The conversation is the protest’ — how Black Lives Matter forced us to imagine a world without police

‘The conversation is the protest’ — how Black Lives Matter forced us to imagine a world without police

Momentum organizer Nicole Carty discusses how the movement built consensus on racial justice and the strategy needed to make the goal of defunding police a reality. Eric Stoner  Prior to the historic groundswell of protest over the last two weeks, many in the… »

11.06.2020

The conversation is the protest: How Black Lives Matter Forced us to Imagine a World without Police

The conversation is the protest: How Black Lives Matter Forced us to Imagine a World without Police

Prior to the historic groundswell of protest over the last two weeks, many in the media had written Black Lives Matter’s obituary — either lamenting or celebrating its supposed demise. But that narrative was clearly premature.  Not only was the movement not dead, it was simply progressing through the… »

25.02.2020

When the people lead, leaders follow — lessons from the fight to impeach and remove Trump

When the people lead, leaders follow — lessons from the fight to impeach and remove Trump

The Senate may have betrayed the American people, but the movement for impeachment secured critical victories that will propel us forward in the longer battle for democracy. By Anthony Torres Without hearing from witnesses or reviewing new evidence, the Senate declared last week that our Constitution does not apply to… »

04.02.2020

Blocking trains and removing coal, climate activists fight to close one of New England’s largest power plants

Blocking trains and removing coal, climate activists fight to close one of New England’s largest power plants

By Sarah Freeman-Woolpert and Arnie Alpert Under cover of darkness, dozens of climate activists snuck into the forest in the small town of Harvard, Massachusetts. The air was buzzing with nervous excitement as the group filed along a dirt path next to the railroad tracks, carrying heavy metal scaffolding. After… »

14.01.2020

How Generation Z is leading the climate movement

How Generation Z is leading the climate movement

From the rise of organizations like Zero Hour to Greta Thunberg’s Fridays For Future, the youth climate movement is only just getting started. By Nick Engelfried For the first decade and a half of her life, Jamie Margolin was like any other U.S. teen living in the suburbs. She went… »

08.12.2019

Is it time to put the Baby Trump blimp to bed?

Is it time to put the Baby Trump blimp to bed?

By Erica Etelson -This article was originally published on Waging Nonviolence It began as an irreverent stunt during Donald Trump’s 2018 visit to London, a helium-filled swirl of yellow hair atop an obese, orange, diaper-clad Trump, his small hands clutching a phone. After a brief nap, Baby Trump has been… »

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