The Blog — Civil Resistance Tactics
One the day when the U.S. celebrates a national holiday reserved for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Movements.org takes a moment honor the legacy of a man who inspired his generation and countless others to non-violent revolution against the tyranny of an unjust status-quo.
This morning we are following the livestream of Sifting Fact from Fiction: The Role of Social Media in Conflict featuring speakers such as Jillian C. York, Andy Carvin, Clay Shirky, Marc Lynch, and Alec Ross. Follow the conversation via the livestream or on Twitter: #USIPblogs. This event accompanies the release of a paper, "Blogs and Bullets: Social Media in Contentious Politics" which examines the role of social media in political movements.
Imran Khan of Khdui Pakistan reflects on non-violent resistance and other things he learned at the Fletcher International School course on Strategic Non-Violent Action earlier this summer.
A day after the world’s largest democracy (India) celebrated its 65th anniversary of Independence, the Indian government arrested the non-violent resister and anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare from the place he was staying at in the suburbs of Delhi. His close associates Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi also courted arrest.
Here's look at the street protests that made (or didn't make) the news over the course of the past week.
This week, the Spanish protesters who launched the "yes we can" campaign are returning to the streets in their fight against austerity measures. As opposed to in other protest movements that emerged in the sprin gof 2011 (Ahem, Egypt) the "indignado" movement boasts the support of pretty much the entire population, according to this Al Jazeera report.
The Abahlali baseMjondolo logo Technology + a Shared Message = A Louder Political Voice in South Africa
In 2005, a shack dwellers community in Durban were denied land that they had been promised by the newly elected African National Congress - a party supposedly elected to serve them. This land would have significantly improved the community’s living situation by reducing overcrowding. This action by the government prompted members of this community to create a physical blockade to the planned development, and ultimately earn this land as their own. The Abahlali baseMjondolo (Shack Dweller’s) movement was born
A teenager was killed during demonstrations in Tunisia this weekend, and a video of 14 year old boy being raped by police is circulating on Facebook. As the country tries to move towards democracy, whoever decided it was a good idea to crack down on protests was clearly not thinking straight.