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

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… »

10.05.2015

Echoes of the original Mother’s Day Proclamation at home and abroad

Echoes of the original Mother’s Day Proclamation at home and abroad

By Frida Berrigan, May 8, 2015 for Waging Nonviolence “From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own. It says ‘Disarm, Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.’” Julia Ward Howe wrote… »

07.05.2015

British protests demand solution to migrant crisis

Ashoka Jegroo April 27, 2015, Waging Nonviolence Activists in England staged multiple demonstrations over the last week protesting the recent death of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, as well as the response by European governments to the growing migrant crisis. The protests come… »

04.05.2015

Real nonviolence is a weapon Baltimore police wouldn’t want to face

By Kate Aronoff for Waging Nonviolence. On Saturday night, Barack and Michelle Obama gathered with some of the country’s most well-respected journalists, comedians and celebrities in Washington, D.C., for the White House Press Correspondents Dinner, an annual event notorious for poking good-humored fun at the current administration. Praising the… »

31.03.2015

Spaniards refuse to be silenced despite new anti-protest law

Spaniards refuse to be silenced despite new anti-protest law

by Ashoka Jegroo for Waging Nonviolence Students and free speech defenders hit the streets of Madrid last week to protest two controversial new laws — one targeting students and the other dissent. Spain’s “3+2” law, which shortens undergraduate degrees from four to three… »

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