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

20.10.2014

Turning fear into power — an interview with unarmed peacekeeper Linda Sartor

Turning fear into power — an interview with unarmed peacekeeper Linda Sartor

Stephanie Van Hook for Waging Nonviolence Linda Sartor is not afraid to die. Dedicated to nonviolence, she spent 10 years after September 11, 2001 traveling to conflict zones throughout the world as an unarmed peacekeeper, with roles ranging from protective accompaniment to… »

16.10.2014

The greatest coping strategy is helping others — a conversation with Liberian activist B. Abel Learwellie

The greatest coping strategy is helping others — a conversation with Liberian activist B. Abel Learwellie

By Bryan Farrell for Waging Nonviolence Liberian human rights activist B. Abel Learwellie has seen more death and destruction than any person should have to endure. He’s lived through two civil wars, during which he lost family members, witnessed brutal killings, and was… »

12.10.2014

Addressing domestic violence — together

Victoria Law Given that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I’ve been thinking about ways in which friends, loved ones and other community members have helped support survivors in their circles. If 75 women are abused every hour, readers most likely know at… »

26.09.2014

How one Latin American peace group has persevered over 40 years

How one Latin American peace group has persevered over 40 years

Published on Waging Nonviolence By Stephan Brües Blas Garcia Noriega, a small man who wears glasses, is thoughtful and vivid, especially when he talks about his activities with Servicio Paz y Justicia, or SERPAJ. Founded 40 years ago in Medellin, Colombia, SERPAJ promotes nonviolent resistance and peaceful conflict resolutions… »

18.09.2014

Grassroots campaigning turns Scottish independence vote into a cliffhanger

Every day, a stream of volunteers approaches the unofficial Yes Scotland office in Edinburgh. None of these people are political activists; they are members of the public who’ve stopped at the office to do their part for Yes Scotland, the campaign dedicated to making Scotland an independent country. As a… »

12.09.2014

Drop Your Weapons. When and Why Civil Resistance Works

By Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan for  Foreign Affairs via Waging Nonviolence Over the past three years, the world has witnessed a surge of nonviolent resistance movements. Pictures of huge demonstrations in public squares have become a staple of international news broadcasts, and Time named… »

22.08.2014

From Assad to ISIS, a tale of Syrian resistance

From Assad to ISIS, a tale of Syrian resistance

Julia Taleb, August 22, 2014, for Waging Nonviolence In July of 2013, when activists in the Syrian city of Raqqa feared demonstrating in front of the headquarters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, Suad Nofel marched onto the streets… »

16.08.2014

As fracking expands in the UK, so does resistance

As fracking expands in the UK, so does resistance

Kate Aronoff, August 5, 2014, for Waging Nonviolence As of last week, energy companies will once again be invited to explore and bid on shale gas reserves in the United Kingdom. Under “exceptional circumstances,” they can even submit applications to drill in… »

16.08.2014

Despite danger, Iraqis unite to protest religious persecution by Islamic State

Mariam Elba, August 8, 2014, for Waging Nonviolence Iraqis are taking to the streets and to social media to protest the persecution of Christians by the Islamic State — the fringe extremist group formerly known as ISIS. Since the group seized control… »

21.07.2014

From Ellsberg to Snowden — from risks to hacks

From Ellsberg to Snowden — from risks to hacks

Nathan Schneider July 19, 2014 for Waging Nonviolence. Sharing the stage today with a video feed of Edward Snowden, Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg noted that the new generation of whistleblowers has improved his reputation. Government officials and others seeking to discredit… »

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