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

12.02.2014

Idle No More — no more is it just for Canada

Idle No More — no more is it just for Canada

By Imani Altemus-Williams for Waging Nonviolence What began with four women organizing local teach-ins and rallies in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, last fall has grown into a global grassroots movement of indigenous and non-indigenous allies fighting for the sovereignty of indigenous people, the honoring of treaty rights, and the protection of… »

09.01.2014

Jerry Seinfeld’s ‘heckle therapy’ offers a lesson in nonviolent self-defense

By Bryan Farrell editor at Waging Nonviolence. It takes a lot of courage to be a stand-up comic — one person in front of a room of people who are waiting to be impressed. And when they aren’t, a few of those people will then turn to heckling. More than simply… »

04.01.2014

5 movies that show the power of nonviolent resistance during World War II

5 movies that show the power of nonviolent resistance during World War II

[divide]   Bryan Farrell for Waging Nonviolence Hardly a year goes by without at least one Hollywood film that takes place during World War II. And when Hollywood isn’t making them, other countries are. In fact, there hasn’t been a year since the war ended without several movies featuring… »

15.12.2013

Transforming anger into nonviolent power

Transforming anger into nonviolent power

[divide] By Stephanie Van Hook for Waging Nonviolence Anger is reasonable and justified in the face of abuse and exploitation. What matters is what we do with it As Leymah Gbowee stood in front of a crowd of women at her church in Monrovia, praying for an end… »

05.12.2013

In Mexico, a victory for indigenous liberation

In Mexico, a victory for indigenous liberation

By Marta Molina for Waging Nonviolence After 13 years of unjust imprisonment, Mexican political prisoner Alberto Patishtan Gomez walked free on October 31. Over the course of his incarceration, the 42-year-old indigenous Tzotzil professor became one of Mexico’s leading voices protesting the unjust… »

26.11.2013

Spain’s housing activists scale up squatter movement

Spain’s housing activists scale up squatter movement

Ter Garcia and Diego Sanz Paratcha November 18, 2013   What makes a movement turn into a landlord? Over the past two years in Catalonia, Spain, more than 700 people have made empty houses owned… »

21.11.2013

We need local movements, not more expensive NGOs — just look at India’s Gulabi Gang

We need local movements, not more expensive NGOs — just look at India’s Gulabi Gang

By Andres Jimenez for Waging Nonviolence Sampat Pal is an unlikely hero. She is a single mother of five, born to a poor and conservative family of Indian farmers and was able to undergo only basic formal education during her youth. Yet she is the founder of one of… »

13.10.2013

WNV Series Living Revolution Living Revolution A revolution comes in stages — Occupy or otherwise

WNV Series Living Revolution Living Revolution A revolution comes in stages — Occupy or otherwise

By George Lakey for Waging Nonviolence All of us hold an idea about how progressive change might happen, whether or not we spell it out explicitly. For some it’s an elaboration of grassroots alternative-building, for others it starts with flooding legislators with advocacy. One… »

27.09.2013

Hundreds of Bangladesh garment factories shut down as women take to streets in Dhaka

Hundreds of Bangladesh garment factories shut down as women take to streets in Dhaka

Laura Gottesdiener, September 23, 2013, Exclusive stores in Manhattan, London and Milan are busily stocking shelves with the one-shouldered dresses and Miley Cyrus-esque crop tops that were on display earlier in September at New York City’s Fashion Week. But half a world away, in… »

30.05.2013

President Obama speaks at the National Defense University on May 23

President Obama speaks at the National Defense University on May 23

A presidential war speech often doubles as a gauge of the antiwar movement’s weakness or strength. This was borne out again last week when President Obama delivered what the administration billed as amajor address on the wars over which he is presiding. In his May 23 presentation at the National Defense… »

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