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

What happens when US teens link gun violence at home to America’s wars abroad?

  Students taking part in a March for Our Lives action in Boston, Massachusetts last year. (Flickr/AnubisAbyss) This article was first published by TomDispatch. In the wake of the February 14, 2018, mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland,…

How young activists turned the old idea of a Green New Deal into a powerful movement

Nick Engelfried March 5, 2019 Last week over 250 young people converged on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office in Washington, D.C. for a sit-in marking one of the latest escalations in the youth-led campaign for a Green New Deal. The…

The Irish Revolution’s overlooked history of nonviolent resistance

By David Carroll Cochran January 20, 2019 This month marks the 100th anniversary of Dáil Éireann, Ireland’s Parliament. Amid the better-known events of a century ago that led to Ireland’s independence from its union with Britain, such as the Easter Rising…

Unauthorized WaPo offers a fantasy grounded in movement wisdom

By Sarah Freeman-Woolpert On Wednesday morning, as commuters in Washington D.C. made their way to work, the front page of what appeared to be the Washington Post had people stopping in their tracks. The headline read: “UNPRESIDENTED: Trump hastily departs White House, ending crisis.” Upon…

How the yellow vests are reinventing French politics

Last weekend, 50,000 people flooded the streets of France for the first protest of 2019 organized by the yellow vests, or gilets jaunes. This protest is a continuation of a national movement for economic justice that has shaken the country since…

Street vending is legal in Los Angeles after a decade of organizing

By Adolf Alzuphar and Ivy Beach Street vending was legalized in Los Angeles on Jan. 1, marking an important victory for economic and immigrant justice in the city. This comes after statewide decriminalization through the Safe Sidewalk Vending Act, or…

#MeToo movement honored at Disobedience Award celebrating the power of women

On Nov. 30, the MIT Media Lab hosted its second annual Disobedience Award presentation. It was a celebration of individuals who defied the law in conscientious efforts to promote justice in the areas of gender equity, immigration rights, economic fairness…

Lessons on Building Democracy after Nonviolent Revolutions

By Jonathan Pinckney In 2011, Egypt began a political transition following a nonviolent revolution. There was tremendous optimism both from within the country and abroad that the transition was likely to lead to a democratic outcome. In 2014, Burkina Faso also began a…

How Afghanistan’s peace movement is winning hearts and minds

By Roshni Kapur September 13, 2018 In May 2018, a group of seven Afghans in the mostly Taliban controlled province of Helmand set off on a more than 370-mile peace journey to the capital city, Kabul, sparking a nationwide movement. Residents of…

Undocumented immigrants plan statewide halt, escalating campaign for driver’s licenses in New Jersey

By Catalina Adorno After 15 years of calling and lobbying state legislators to no avail, undocumented immigrants in New Jersey are coming together to launch a new campaign for driver’s licenses — this time with a unique twist. On Sept.…

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