James Lawson Institute

Key Resources for Movement Organizers

June 3, 2017 Essentials 0

Hardy Merriman, “Korbel Quickfacts of Peace and Security: Key Resources for Movement Organizers,” Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, December 2016.

  • Civil resistance movement organizers face many common challenges, including developing a unifying vision, building trust among different communities, eliciting widespread participation, coordinating coherent local and national strategies, training participants committed to nonviolent action, and withstanding repression.
  • In many parts of the world there is also little information available about how to successfully organize civil resistance movements, and virtually no infrastructure or standardized edu- cational processes for learning about this eld.
  • It is remarkable that civil resistance movements have achieved a relatively high success rate in spite of these challenges. How effective might such movements be if movement organizers had greater support in their learning and work?[…]

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