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Nonviolent Action

Why Hong Kong's #OccupyCentral Used Nonviolent Action as Tactic

Michael Shank | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

The Occupy Movement has returned and is resurrecting itself in Hong Kong. But in this case, the "occupying" is not associating itself with the Occupy Wall Street of recent years.

Race and the Soul of the Country -- An Open Letter to People of Faith

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 10.18.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Today, I write a letter from the jailhouse of race. This jail has no visible walls, but there are walls nonetheless. If we do not rise up against them and tear them down, we will remain trapped and afraid.

Straight Talk on Ukraine

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

Whether for good or for ill, however, and despite whatever attempts Western powers have made to influence the outcome, the change of government is ultimately the responsibility of Ukrainians, not the Obama administration.

Regime Repression and Paranoia Grows in Egypt

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

The Egyptian military clearly has the upper hand at this time, but their hold on power is ultimately fragile. The younger generation of Egyptians will not likely be satisfied with military rule any more than they were with Mubarak or the Muslim Brotherhood.

Celebrating Valentine's Day as a Gay Christian: A Modest Proposal

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 04.14.2014 | Gay Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

Together, we can choose to celebrate this Valentine's Day by expressing unconditional, real love in its deepest and widest sense -- truly affirming love for our LGBTQ selves, for each other, for our allies and even for our "enemies."

Sharing Dreams: Reflecting on King, Gandhi, and Jainism at Houston's Rothko Chapel

JAINA | Posted 03.26.2014 | Religion
JAINA

by Katy Dycus If you have weapons, take them home; if you do not have them, please do not seek to get them. We cannot solve this problem through reta...

Shocked by Violence? Try Being Surprised by Peace

Dan Cardinali | Posted 01.10.2014 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

Sandy Hook, Columbine, Virginia Tech -- three schools, three places that should be associated with learning and growth and brighter futures. Instead,...

Mandela's Utilitarianism and the Struggle for Liberation

Stephen Zunes | Posted 02.17.2014 | World
Stephen Zunes

In the weeks since his death at age 95, Nelson Mandela's thinking on the strategic direction of the liberation struggle in South Africa has been oversimplified by proponents of nonviolent and armed resistance alike.

Here's Why I Love the Che Guevara Jesus Poster

Paul N. Alexander | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Paul N. Alexander

I love this picture. I've been showing it in my classes for more than a decade. But why in the world would I -- an activist committed to consistent nonviolence -- appreciate a portrayal of Jesus that is blended with Che Guevara?

This Time It Was Different: Antoinette Tuff and the Use of Non-Violence

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 10.22.2013 | Religion
Andre E. Johnson

For those who follow the Christian faith, as Ms. Tuff does, she anchored her faith not in a violent response, but remembering her pastor's teachings (you hear that pastors!) she empathized with Mr. Hill and related to him by reflecting on her own life and the lives of her children.

Life Begins At 90: Many Thanks!

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

My 90th birthday is here. Did I make a contribution, have a good time, live wisely, maybe accomplish something? Frankly, I don't know. I didn't find life a big performance as much as a steady marathon race.

Mali's Struggle: Not Simply of Their Own Making

Stephen Zunes | Posted 07.09.2012 | World
Stephen Zunes

Despite formally handing over power on April 12, however, the junta continued to arrest opponents and still wields considerable influence. Scattered fighting between rival armed forces erupted in the capital last week.

Unarmed Resistance Still Syria's Best Hope

Stephen Zunes | Posted 03.31.2012 | World
Stephen Zunes

The best hope for Syria is that continued protests, strikes and other forms of nonviolent resistance will cause enough disruption that powerful economic interests would force the government to negotiate with the opposition for a transfer of power to a democratic majority.

Arab Revolutions And The Power Of Nonviolent Action

Stephen Zunes | Posted 02.02.2012 | World
Stephen Zunes

There are still reasons to be hopeful that the so-called "Arab Spring" will transform the Middle East for the better. It took nearly a decade between the first strikes in the Gdansk Shipyard and the fall of communism in Poland.

This Is What Compassion Looks Like: A Buddhist View Of Occupy Wall Street

Roshi Joan Halifax | Posted 12.14.2011 | Religion
Roshi Joan Halifax

Thich Nhat Hanh offers this precept: "Do not accumulate wealth whilst millions are hungry. ... Live simply and share time, energy and material resources with those who are in need."

Imagining Nonviolence in the Middle East

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 12.01.2011 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Nonviolence in the Middle East sounds idealistic to be sure; and to some, dangerously naive. But think of the alternative.

What One Palestinian Learned From Gandhi

Sami Awad | Posted 11.19.2011 | Religion
Sami Awad

This is the greatest lesson I have learned as a Palestinian: to be the change that I want to see take place, not only in Palestine and Israel but in the world.

Lessons and False Lessons from Libya

Stephen Zunes | Posted 10.31.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

The downfall of Muammar Gaddafi's regime is very good news, particularly for the people of Libya. However, it is critically important that the world not learn the wrong lessons from the dictator's overthrow.

Nonviolent Revolution Clarified: Five Myths and Realities Behind Egypt's Uprising

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 09.13.2011 | World
Cynthia Boaz

At the end of the day, the Egyptian uprising was one of history's most significant nonviolent struggles and that is how history will remember it.

Tim DeChristopher: Solar Mosaic "Transforms Our Energy System in the Fundamental Way" We Need

Caroline Henderson | Posted 09.11.2011 | Green
Caroline Henderson

Tim represents a new breed of disruptive, bold climate activists who are putting their lives on the line to bring about the transformational change we need.

Yemen on the Edge

Stephen Zunes | Posted 07.17.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

It's time for the United States to recognize that the future of the Middle East is not in the hands of aging autocrats like Saleh or even traditional elite oppositionists, but in civil society.

Libya: Was Armed Revolt and Western Intervention the Only Option?

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.31.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

Just because the incumbent regime may be evil and resistance to the regime is just, its replacement could end up being worse -- a possibility greatly enhanced if power is seized through force of arms.

The Principal Challenge We Face

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

It has now become clearer to me than ever before that the challenge confronting the world is to find innovative forms of verbal and written communication to enable us to resolve disputes nonviolently.

Toppling Dictators with a Lethal Dose of Technology and Nonviolent Action

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Stephanie Rudat

Ahmed Salah, an Egyptian journalist and activist who had survived torture while incarcerated in jail for pushing against the regime, brought his mission to the United States.

Pro-Democracy Protests Spread to Oman

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

Although most Americans may not be familiar with Oman, Omanis are certainly familiar with the United States and its support for their sultan.