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Remembering Vaikom satyagraha in the light of Sabarimala

By Ramachandra Guha, The News Minute, Sunday, January 06, 2019. In the last week of January 1924—fully 95 years ago—two radicals in Kerala formed an ‘Anti-Untouchability Committee’. They were TK Madhavan, a journalist and a follower of the great Shri Narayana Guru; and KP Kesava Menon, a Congressman and a follower of Mahatma Gandhi. In the months…
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January 18, 2019 0

Lawson to receive Congressional Gold Medal

By Deryl Davis. November 15, 2018 In the course of his life as an activist, the Rev. James Lawson has endured racial epithets, accusations of anarchy, threats of physical violence, expulsion from a leading university, overnight lock-ups and months in prison. Now, the government which often opposed Lawson’s work for civil and human rights in decades past…
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December 5, 2018 0

Inoculating Your Movement Against Violent Flanks

By Tom Hastings // with PeaceVoice From tossing a brick through the plate glass window to throwing bottles at cops, violent flanks have been harming movements for a long time. The results are predictable; they are disastrous for campaigns. As with all movement decisions, your first filter inquiry toward a decision is How will this…
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June 14, 2018 0

The Surprising Success of Nonviolent Resistance

By Erica Chenoweth, TEDxBoulder, September 21, 2013


June 14, 2018 0

Rev. James Lawson on Dr. Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Act – 50 Years Later

In the 1950s, Rev. James Lawson of Ohio went to India as a Methodist missionary. There, he studied “satyagraha,” a set of principles and methods of nonviolent resistance developed by Mohandas Gandhi. In 1957, Dr. Martin Luther King asked Rev. Lawson to assist the nonviolent resistance movement for civil rights by sharing satyagraha with activists,…
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April 6, 2018 0

Civil Resistance in the Contemporary U.S.: Challenges, Opportunities, and Implications

  In the aftermath of President Donald J. Trump’s inauguration on January 20th, we have seen a spate of resistance across the U.S., ranging from street protests to legal challenges. New alliances are formed, often across what just a few months ago would have been thought of as insurmountable political divides. Over the past few…
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December 23, 2017 0

Nonviolence: The Only Road to Freedom

By Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The year 1966 brought with it the first public challenge to the philosophy and strategy of nonviolence from within the ranks of the civil rights movement. Resolutions of self-defense and Black Power sounded forth from our friends and brothers. At the same time riots erupted in several major…
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September 5, 2017 0

“Give Us the Ballot, We Will Transform the South”

By Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In this speech, King makes a significant point: “avoid the temptation of being victimized with a psychology of victors.” Gandhi, too, was concerned to avoid triumphalism. . . .  Mr. Chairman, distinguished platform associates, fellow Americans. Three years ago the Supreme Court of this nation rendered in simple,…
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September 5, 2017 0

Beyond Vietnam

By Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen, I need not pause to say how very delighted I am to be here tonight, and how very delighted I am to see you expressing your concern about the issues that will be discussed tonight by turning out in such large numbers. I…
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August 30, 2017 0

My Pilgrimage to Nonviolence

By Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On 10 July 1959, Christian Century editor Harold Fey asked King to write an article for “How My Mind Has Changed,” a series of “statements by significant thinkers” reflecting their intellectual and spiritual development over the previous ten years. In this essay, King stresses the academic influences that have led…
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August 30, 2017 0