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

12.04.2016

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… »

24.10.2015

Book excerpt: How 10 women disarmed a warplane bound for genocide in East Timor

Book excerpt: How 10 women disarmed a warplane bound for genocide in East Timor

By Andrea Needham for Waging Nonviolence In January 1996, I was one of 10 women who carried out a Ploughshares action in England, disarming a Hawk attack aircraft at a British Aerospace factory in Lancashire. The Hawk was about to be delivered to… »

10.10.2015

Why the TPP should shake up environmentalism’s big tent

Why the TPP should shake up environmentalism’s big tent

By Kate Aronoff for Waging Nonviolence Suppose for a moment that the Trans-Pacific Partnership — “NAFTA on steroids” — would not spell colossal disaster for the environment. Pretend that it wouldn’t empower unelected corporate tribunals to gut basic regulations in the name… »

07.08.2015

To succeed, movements must overcome the tension between rationality and emotion

To succeed, movements must overcome the tension between rationality and emotion

By George Lakey for Waging Nonviolence When it comes to action, we are pulled by two tendencies that seem compatible but in practice are often in tension. We want our movements to be rational – that is, to strategize well, use resources efficiently,… »

05.06.2015

Thousands march against femicide in Argentina

Thousands march against femicide in Argentina

By Ashoka Jegroo for Waging Nonviolence Thousands of protesters marched on June 3 in Buenos Aires and dozens of other cities across Argentina against violence towards women. Shortly before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, massive crowds of protesters gathered in the Dos Congresos square… »

05.06.2015

Germans march in Munich against G7 talks and trade deal

By Ashoka Jegroo for Waging Nonviolence Over 30,000 people crowded onto the streets of Munich, Germany on June 4 to protest the upcoming meeting between leaders of seven of the world’s richest countries. “I’d say I’m here against the inequality that continues to… »

01.06.2015

It’s time for a new political and economic system – A conversation with Gar Alperovitz

It’s time for a new political and economic system – A conversation with Gar Alperovitz

By Geoff Gilbert May 13, 2015 for Waging Nonviolence Our society’s institutions are in crisis — with looming ecological collapse, historic concentration of capital, incarceration rates far beyond those of any other country, the diminishing civil liberties that come along with a permanent “war… »

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