Waging Nonviolence

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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…

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 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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

What happened when Chile woke up

Despite horrific police violence and government concessions, protesters in Chile are holding firm in their calls for systemic change. By Cristian Opaso It has been a month since Chileans took to the streets in a surprising and mostly nonviolent uprising…

Despite uncertain future, Lebanon’s uprising remains united against political elite

Unlike previous movements, demonstrations in Lebanon have spread to all parts of the country and are targeting the entire political establishment. Jenny Gustafsson November 18, 2019 Holding a megaphone, a women chants to the crowds gathered at Martyrs’ Square in…

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