Author: Daniel Lee

Oakland: The Rev. James Lawson, a longtime nonviolent activist, practices what he preaches

The Rev. James Lawson addresses the audience at the Allen Temple Baptist Church at a commemorative service for Martin Luther King Jr. By LOU FANCHER | Correspondent PUBLISHED: March 23, 2015 at 3:12 pm | UPDATED: August 15, 2016 at 10:08 am OAKLAND — The use of violence as a means to gain freedom or to protect a citizenship never…
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July 18, 2017 0

“A Totally Moral Man”: The Life of Nonviolent Organizer Rev. James Lawson

Reprinted with permission from the author and Truthout. Peter Dreier offers an inspiring book for progressives describing  how 100 people in the 20th century brought positive change to the United States. Dreier describes his book as a “Social Justice Hall of Fame.”  You can obtain it with a minimum contribution to Truthout by clicking here.…
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June 26, 2017 0

When Does Protest Actually Work?

Erica Chenoweth, “People Are in the Streets Protesting Donald Trump. But When Does Protest Actually Work?” Washington Post, November 21, 2016. The politics of dissent is back in the United States. Since 2011, the country has witnessed the resurgence of popular action — from Occupy Wall Street to Flood Wall Street to Black Lives Matter…
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June 14, 2017 0

Proving Martin Luther King Right

Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan, “How the World is Proving Martin Luther King Right about Nonviolence,” Washington Post, January 18, 2016. “I left India more convinced than ever before that nonviolent resistance was the most potent weapon available to oppressed people in their struggle for freedom.” – “The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr.,”…
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June 13, 2017 0

Civil Rights Movement: Methods of Nonviolent Action

King, Mary Elizabeth. Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace, s.v. “Civil Rights Movement: Methods of Nonviolent Action,” vol. 1, 318–23. New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. The U.S. civil rights movement (1955–1965) of the mid-twentieth century owes its success in part to its implementation of the technique of nonviolent struggle, using scores of nonviolent methods,…
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June 12, 2017 0

Agents of Change and Nonviolent Action

Hardy Merriman, “Agents of Change and Nonviolent Action,” Conservation Biology (slightly modified) 22, no. 2 (April 2008), 241-2. Nonviolent action is a way for ordinary people to fight for their rights, freedom, and justice. It is frequently associated with moral or ethical nonviolence, but I will address it here as a distinct phenomenon, separate from…
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June 9, 2017 0

Strategic Nonviolent Struggle: A Training Manual

Christopher A. Miller, Strategic Nonviolent Struggle: A Training Manual, in Nonviolent Transformation of Conflict–Africa, ed. Mary E. King (Addis Ababa and Geneva: University for Peace, 2006), pp 54–56. Goals and Themes: Pragmatism or Principles Thus far, nonviolent struggle has been discussed strictly in political and pragmatic terms. Nonviolent action is commonly confused with or incorrectly…
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June 8, 2017 0

The Hidden History of the SNCC Research Department

Derek Seidman, “The Hidden History of the SNCC Research Department” May 2, 2017 “AT LAST!! THE PAPER YOU HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR!! WHAT IS THE SNCC RESEARCH DEPARTMENT……” This was the headline of a February 1965 circular, typed and mimeographed, that went around to chapters of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee — or SNCC,…
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June 7, 2017 0

Nonviolent Struggle in Africa: Essentials of Knowledge and Teaching

Mary E. King, “Nonviolent Struggle in Africa: Essentials of Knowledge and Teaching,” Africa Peace and Conflict Journal 1, no. 1 (December 2008): 19-44. Nonviolent struggle, also called civil resistance or nonviolent resistance, is often misunderstood or goes unrecognized by diplomats, journalists, and pedagogues not trained in the technique of nonviolent action; to them, events ‘just…
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June 4, 2017 0

Key Resources for Movement Organizers

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…
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June 3, 2017 0