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

08.08.2016

Wave of occupations marks step forward for Black Lives Matter

Wave of occupations marks step forward for Black Lives Matter

By Ashoka Jegroo August 8, 2016 Activists in New York City seeking to defund the police have successfully occupied City Hall Park for a week and seen one of their demands met with the resignation of Commissioner Bill Bratton. While blocking roads and highways… »

27.07.2016

8 ways to defend against terror nonviolently

8 ways to defend against terror nonviolently

By George Lakey January 22, 2015 for Waging Nonviolence One of my most popular courses at Swarthmore College focused on the challenge of how to defend against terrorism, nonviolently. Events now unfolding in France make our course more relevant than ever. (The syllabus was… »

11.07.2016

Resisting the extremism of the Dhaka attack with radical love

By Tekendra Parmar for Waging Nonviolence. On Saturday, I learned what it means to truly grieve during a national tragedy. Terror was brought to my home in a way that didn’t happen with the attacks in Turkey and Orlando. No longer an abstraction of… »

11.07.2016

What will it take to stop extrajudicial killings in East Africa?

What will it take to stop extrajudicial killings in East Africa?

By Phil Wilmot for Waging Nonviolence. Kenya is often praised as a beacon of democracy and stability in East Africa, but recent squelched demonstrations and recklessness by police have led Kenyans to question whether the benchmarks of their nation’s progress are being quickly… »

29.06.2016

As Britain exits, the need for a strong climate movement remains

As Britain exits, the need for a strong climate movement remains

By Kate Aronoff Britain’s vote last night to leave the European Union will be a disaster for the climate — both physical and political — on both sides of the Atlantic. Most obvious are all of the direct impacts Britain’s departure from the European… »

26.06.2016

Puerto Ricans mount historic decolonization effort amid calls to free Oscar Rivera Lopez

Puerto Ricans mount historic decolonization effort amid calls to free Oscar Rivera Lopez

By Matt Meyer for Waging Nonviolence The opening annual hearings of the U.N. Special Committee on Decolonization, or the Committee of 24, have long been a time of conflicting viewpoints regarding the archipelago island’s status. This year, however, the peoples of Puerto… »

12.04.2016

How Bernie Sanders can harness the kind of momentum transforming British politics

How Bernie Sanders can harness the kind of momentum transforming British politics

By Kate Aronoff After his double-digits win in Wisconsin last night, Bernie Sanders’s insurgent campaign has a fair amount of momentum behind it. Still, many are asking what comes next, and how to carry the political revolution forward — whether he wins the Democratic nomination or not. Lessons for Sanders… »

19.03.2016

How empathy, not protest, can defeat Trump and right-wing extremism

How empathy, not protest, can defeat Trump and right-wing extremism

By George Lakey In Orson Scott Card’s great 1985 strategy novel “Ender’s Game,” a boy named Ender enters a training school where students learn skills for outwitting an opponent. They play computer games that become ever more challenging. The stakes in the training are high because their world is threatened… »

08.02.2016

What happens to the Bernie Sanders movement if he loses?

What happens to the Bernie Sanders movement if he loses?

By George Lakey January 15, 2016, for Waging Nonviolence You may have heard the story of the woman who was walking her dog one night and found a man on his hands and knees, searching the sidewalk under the streetlight. “Can I help you find something?” she asked. “I dropped… »

19.11.2015

‘Suffragette’ raises question of property destruction’s effectiveness

‘Suffragette’ raises question of property destruction’s effectiveness

By George Lakey for Waging Nonviolence “Suffragette,” a British film now in U.S. theaters, tells a gripping story drawn from the direct action wing of Britain’s woman suffrage movement. Because it spotlights one tactic – property destruction – the film raises the question… »

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