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  King Encyclopedia
It was the Montgomery bus boycott of 1956, however, that would demonstrate to King the power of nonviolent resistance as a tactical weapon against racial discrimination.
The nonviolent resister is just as strongly opposed to the evil against which he protests as is the person who uses violence.
The nonviolent resister must often express his protest through noncooperation or boycotts, but he realizes that noncooperation and boycotts are not ends themselves; they are merely means to awaken a sense of moral shame in the opponent.
www.stanford.edu /group/King/about_king/encyclopedia/nonviolent.resist.html   (821 words)

 Road Raging:Top Tips for direct action campaign s - Chapter 1
It's a big mistake to assume that the spontaneity, passion and daring of good direct action should only be used in a limited section of the campaign, or only by a "special" group of activists.
Briefly, direct action implies acting yourself, in a way that directly addresses the problem which you're confronting, and without relying on, or seeking approval from, politicians, bureaucrats or other mediators.
Direct action also implies rejection of the procedures and rules of the roadbuilders, and having the initiative to decide for yourself what is right and what needs to be resisted, rather than obeying laws or orders.
www.eco-action.org /rr/ch1.html   (1732 words)

Nonviolence (or non-violence) is a set of assumptions about morality, power and conflict that leads its proponents to reject the use of violence in efforts to attain social or political goals.
Leon Trotsky, Frantz Fanon, and Malcolm X were fervent critics of nonviolence, arguing variously that nonviolence and pacifism are an attempt to impose the morals of the bourgeoisie upon the proletariat, that violence is a necessary accompaniment to revolutionary change or that the right to self-defence is fundamental.
Advocates of nonviolence have argued that many critics of nonviolence focus their critique on the moral justifications for nonviolence while neglecting to examine the practical political advantages of nonviolence as a technique for social struggle.
www.sciencedaily.com /encyclopedia/nonviolence   (1371 words)

 Nonviolent direct action - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about Nonviolent direct action
Later, in India, Gandhi again employed nonviolent methods, including the boycotting of British goods and hunger strikes (see noncooperation movement).
More recently, non-violent pro-democracy movement was led in the Philippines in 1986 by Corazon Aquino, in Myanmar by Aung San Suu Kyi, and in Indonesia in 1998 by Amien Rais.
This information should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional.
encyclopedia.farlex.com /Nonviolent+direct+action   (202 words)

A variety of different nonviolent actions will be organized, based on the numbers and intent of those participating, as well as on the Senate schedule for that week.
The action was organized by the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (formerly the Iraq Pledge of Resistance), as part of the week of anti-war actions around the country organized by the Declaration of Peace campaign.
The resistance actions around the third anniversary got rolling the previous week, when a number of individuals working with the Chicago-based Voices for Creative Nonviolence joined with activists in Washington DC to disrupt a meeting of the House Appropriates Committee as it took up the $67 supplemental funding bill for the Iraq war.
www.iraqpledge.org   (911 words)

 Principles of Nonviolent Direct Action
Nonviolence requires a steadfast and conscious willingness to mentally separate respect for all people from disrespect for what some people are doing in a given situation.
Nonviolent resistance is the final step, to be added to the first four as a last resort.
Individual actions are much more effective if they are integrated in a nonviolent campaign which may have to continue not only for months but for years.
dfong.com /nonviol/nda.html   (861 words)

 Direct Action
Direct action differs from symbolic protest action, which is lobbying someone in authority to change their policies.
An advantage to direct action is that it doesn’t require the cooperation of the authority to be effective.
Direct action is only one form of engaging in social change.
www.nonviolence.org /issues/direct_action.php   (460 words)

 Nonviolence, Nonviolent Direct Action and Civil Disobedience bibliography
and the Paradox of Nonviolent Direct Action." Phylon 47 (1)(1986): 16-28.
Johansen, Robert C. "Radical Islam and Nonviolence: A Case Study of Religious Empowerment and Constraint among Pashtuns." Journal of Peace Research 34 (1) (February, 1997): 53-71.
The Purple Shall Govern: A South African A to Z of Nonviolent Action.
www.peacemakers.ca /bibliography/bib37nonviolentdirect.html   (695 words)

 Martin Luther King - Letter from Birmingham Jail
We had no alternative except to prepare for direct action, whereby we would present our very bodies as a means of laying our case before the conscience of the local and the national community.
Knowing that a strong economic with with-drawal program would be the by-product of direct action, we felt that this would be the best time to bring pressure to bear on the merchants for the needed change.
Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue.
www.almaz.com /nobel/peace/MLK-jail.html   (5350 words)

 Strategic Nonviolent Direct Action   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-22)
Historically, strategic nonviolence resisters have overthrown dictators, freed colonies, defended countries from occupying forces, and advanced social justice in a variety of circumstances and countries.
These more fundamental levels of operation in nonviolent action, which may produce shifts of loyalties and invisibly undermine the power of a hostile regime, often operate more quickly than dramatic acts which might only be possible by secrecy.
"Nonviolent action was grasped by the Negro masses because it embodied the dignity of struggle, or moral conviction and self sacrifice.
www.animal-lib.org.au /lists/nonviolent/nonviolent.shtml   (1545 words)

 Ariga: The Case for Palestinian Nonviolent Direct Action by William J. Thomson, Ph.D. July 29, 2002 Part 2
Nonviolent leaders do not use violent sanctions to maintain their positions, and are therefore more subject to popular control than leaders of violent movements which may apply violent sanctions against internal opposition.
Nonviolence causes the violence of the opponent's repression to be exposed in the worst possible light, which in turn may lead to shifts in opinion and then to shifts in power relationships favorable to the nonviolent group.
Nonviolent action should be approached with the same spirit of training as a military campaign.
www.ariga.com /billt2.htm   (6491 words)

 Voices in the Wilderness : Recent Actions
"Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and establish such creative tension that a community that has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue.
Voices for Creative Nonviolence and Justice Not Vengeance call for bell ringing ceremonies to grieve and protest the deaths of Iraqis in the US/UK war and occupation.
Washington, D.C. - In a pre-dawn civil disobedience action Monday morning, 41 War Resisters League members and others sat down and were arrested at a pedestrian entrance to the Pentagon, slowing foot traffic at that location and prompting officials to close the U.S. military headquarters’ sole stop on Washington’s Metro line for a period.
www.vitw.org /nv_direct_act   (1399 words)

 Road Raging: Preparing for direct Action, training etc - Chapter 8
When considering Nonviolent Direct Action (NVDA), and particularly as the start of work looms, there are lots of things you can do to set up a framework for sustained action.
Action Observers (sometimes called Legal Observers, but the courts don't like this name) are people who do not take part in direct action Instead, they simply "observe", with the hope of calming security guards' behaviour and helping people with witness statements.
Action Observers should also be prepared to be court witnesses for criminal cases and for proactive legal action - for instance, police complaints or suing security guards and police (this is a long term commitment).
www.eco-action.org /rr/ch8.html   (6120 words)

 Reclaim nonviolent direct action to end organized violence in Iraq - Commentary
Direct aims and strategies to combat the problem are essential.
Mending the wounds of violence, especially the organized violence in Iraq, consists of having concrete pursuits, ones founded on the principles of nonviolent direct action.
According to the Constitution, article III, section 4, military actions are approved by the Constitution only when they're needed to defend the United States from invasion and against domestic violence, not to overpower and domineer another state, country or nation.
www.dailyemerald.com /news/2006/02/21/Commentary/Reclaim.Nonviolent.Direct.Action.To.End.Organized.Violence.In.Iraq-1964944.shtml   (519 words)

 *** Palestinian Nonviolent Direct Action - Part 1 ***
Nonviolent leaders do not use violent sanctions to maintain their positions, and are therefore more subject to popular control than leaders of violent movements which may apply violent sanctions against internal opposition.
Effective use of nonviolent struggle may be a step in the direction of increased substitution of nonviolent for violent sanctions in that society.
Nonviolence causes the violence of the opponent's repression to be exposed in the worst possible light, which in turn may lead to shifts in opinion and then to shifts in power relationships favorable to the nonviolent group.
work.colum.edu /~amiller/pnda-1.htm   (5362 words)

 United for Peace & Justice
Nonviolent Direct Action, Peacekeepers Training - Thursday, August 24, 6:30PM - 9:30PM, at the Friends Center/Martin Luther King Room, there will be a training session for direct action/demonstration peacekeepers, a necessary and vital element for successful nonviolent action.
The last planned workshop and session is for those planning to face arrest by participating in nonviolent civil disobedience in Phila.
The Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Training Session will be held on Thursday, September 7, 6:30PM - 9:30PM, at Friends Center/Martin Luther King Room, 1510 Cherry St., Phila., PA. Attendance is required for those doing civil disobedience as part of the Declaration of Peace week in the Phila.
www.democracyinaction.org /organizations/ufpj/event/index.jsp?event_KEY=16402   (207 words)

 CRInfo -
Power and Struggle examines the nature and sources of political power, and then explores the potential for nonviolent action to serve as an effective alternative to the use of violence in controlling political power.
The Dynamics of Nonviolent Action will be of interest to those who seek a better understanding of the mechanism and operation of nonviolent resistance.
Exploring Nonviolent Alternatives examines potential for techniques of nonviolent resistance to replace reliance on violence as the means of final resort in conflict.
v4.crinfo.org /action/recommended.jsp?nid=-1&list_id=385   (502 words)

 RMPJC - Call for Nonviolent Direct Action - 12-10-2002   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-22)
We are willing to take nonviolent direct action and endure the suffering it entails in order to stop the war.
The exact location of the action will not be disclosed until the morning of the action.
Nonviolent Civil Disobedience on December 10 may encourage larger numbers of people to do nonviolent civil disobedience in the weeks ahead.
www.rmpjc.org /2002/Dec10Action.html   (656 words)

 *** Palestinian Nonviolent Direct Action - Part 2 ***
For nonviolent action to succeed, there needs to be a clear understanding of the principles and tactics of nonviolence.
Nonviolent action should be approached with the same spirit of training as a military campaign.
I would submit that nonviolent action is the best, and perhaps the only way in which the Palestinian people can achieve their destiny.
work.colum.edu /~amiller/pnda-2.htm   (4871 words)

 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Freedom Ride
However, the volunteers still had to use their doctrine of nonviolent resistance in facing both mob violence and mass arrest by authorities who were determined to stop this protest.
The Freedom Rides were a series of nonviolent, direct action protests performed in 1961 as part of the US civil rights movement.
The Freedom Rides were first conceived in 1947 when the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) organized an interracial bus ride across state lines to test a Supreme Court decision that declared segregation on interstate buses unconstitutional.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Freedom-Ride   (608 words)

 Voices in the Wilderness : Nonviolent Education
Nonviolent Education can be carried out in our universities and schools, our homes and streets and applied to counter violence in our own communities as well as a culture of violence that allows wars and institutional violence to persist.
Peaceed.org is a resource for an active growing network of individuals and groups to share information, build community and connections, and support local, regional and national efforts to address the roots of violence by educating for a culture of peace.
Nonviolence.org: ‘Direct Action’ is a term which is often misunderstood.
www.vitw.org /nonviolent_education   (864 words)

 Civil Disobedience at the RNC
Though this nonviolent die-in may result in our arrest and may block or inconvenience Republican delegates and others, we think this is a small price to pay to dramatize and call attention to the enormous horrors inflicted on the world by the U.S. government.
Among the other organizations organizing actions around the Republican Convention are United for Peace and Justice, CounterConvention, and RNC Not Welcome.
Believing war to be a crime against humanity, the War Resisters League, founded in 1923, advocates Gandhian nonviolence as the method for creating a democratic society free of war, racism, sexism, and human exploitation.
www.warresisters.org /RNC_call-to-action.htm   (928 words)

 Palestine Chronicle - Why Nonviolent Resistance is Important for the Palestinian Intifada: A Response to Ramzy Baroud
Baroud uses faulty logic when he claims that choosing nonviolence implies that use of violence is a choice, never mind a strategic one.
First and foremost, there is no guarantee that the use of nonviolence as a strategic element of resistance as part of a larger Intifada would end the occupation, deliver justice or resolve the conflict.
Additionally, the use of nonviolence is about control and power — those who maintain nonviolence and exploit the use of violence by the oppressor maintain control and power, which is something that can be manipulated to present a story, a case or an image.
www.palestinechronicle.com /story-20020129050221695.htm   (1623 words)

 Political Protest and Cultural Revolution: Nonviolent Direct Action in the 1970s and 1980s   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-22)
From her perspective as both participant and observer, Barbara Epstein examines the nonviolent direct action movement which, inspired by the civil rights movement, flourished in the United States from the mid-seventies to the mid-eighties.
The nonviolent direct action movement galvanized originally in opposition to nuclear power, with the Clamshell Alliance in New England and then the Abalone Alliance in California leading the way.
She argues that to gain a real understanding of the direct action movement it is necessary to view it from the inside.
www.enotalone.com /books/0520084330.html   (282 words)

 The Original 17 Step Journey: Step 14
Any direct action must be planned and conducted to win the heart and mind of our opponent, not to terrorize, overwhelm, embarrass, shame or force him into submission.
A direct action is taken when we know no other way to end the impasse and to revive the discussion that will lead us to a third position we both can accept.
Any direct action(s) we take must be as pure and as loving as the end we seek.
www.soulforce.org /article/546   (1354 words)

 Product list per category
The finale of the book is a practical guide to strategic planners that draws on Sharp's research and experience, charting the future of nonviolent direct action as a reflexive and deliberate strategy rather than improvised response to concrete historical situations.
Waging Nonviolent Struggle is particularly valuable in its use of logic and close analysis of specific historical cases of nonviolent struggle to debunk common myths concerning the practice.
Such myths include the contention that nonviolence is ineffective against dictatorships and genocide, or that nonviolent methodologies rely upon an appeal to the moral character of the opponent (in fact, nonviolent coercive techniques such as economic boycott and social noncompliance have an impact regardless of the humanitarian stature of the regime in question).
www.spywareguide.com /shop/az_detail_0875581625.html   (886 words)

 Turn Your Back On Bush
This simple, direct action was taken by people from all walks of life: grade school students and ministers, veterans and artists, union organizers and single mothers, military families and environmental activists.
Beyond the live shots of people turning their backs during the parade, this action generated a huge amount of media coverage that allowed participants to voice their opposition to President Bush's policies.
Nonviolent direct action is nothing new - for centuries people have used it to engage the powerful and struggle for justice.
www.turnyourbackonbush.org   (364 words)

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