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

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… »

10.05.2013

New coalitions push to cut the Pentagon

New coalitions push to cut the Pentagon

By Jake Olzen, Waging Nonviolence With polls showing that a majority of the public is war-weary and that there is growing support for cutting military spending, the peace movement finds itself in a rare moment of opportunity. Concentrating efforts on building broad coalitions, there is a renewed energy among peace and economic justice… »

29.04.2013

Disobeying to transform the world: A conversation with Enric Durán

Disobeying to transform the world: A conversation with Enric Durán

By Marta Molina April 29, 2013 To commit an act of civil disobedience requires one to let go of their fear, understand their enemy and their enemy’s power. It must be rooted in good strategy and be supported by an organized group. But most importantly, the action must help to… »

28.03.2013

Religious leadership takes to the streets with urgent anti-violence call

Religious leadership takes to the streets with urgent anti-violence call

By Ken Butigan. This past Monday hundreds of Episcopalian bishops, clergy and lay people challenged the U.S. culture of violence by prayerfully enacting the Stations of the Cross in the streets of Washington, D.C. Drawing on what for Christians is a solemn ritual depicting Jesus’ journey to his crucifixion, a … »

11.02.2013

Arab women’s virtual uprising goes physical

Arab women’s virtual uprising goes physical

By India Stoughton In late 2011 four Arab women, inspired by the success of the Arab Spring demonstrations but horrified by the backlash against the women who had protested side-by-side with men in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Syria, decided to start their own Facebook group. They called it “… »

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