Nonviolence Resources

NATO Game Over: 800 activist from all over Europe shut down NATO

1 April 2012. Around 2am 800 peace activists from more than ten European countries gathered near NATO headquarters in Evere, Brussels. 500 people tried nonviolently to enter the NATO compound.About 20 activists succeeded to enter the military site, 483 people were arrested. At the main entrance of the NATO headquarters 300 supporters cheered the intervention teams.

How to Start a Revolution – the power of nonviolence

Javier Gárate

After living for nearly seven years in London, for the first time ever I was inside the grandiloquent Houses of Parliament - which I have seen from the outside so many times during my daily cycle commute. The occasion was the presentation of a new documentary entitled: “How to Start a Revolution” by Ruaridh Arrow, with Gene Sharp and Jamila Raquib of the Albert Einstein Institute as guest visitors for the Q&A session. The event was organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues. I often get invitations from the Parliamentary Group and don't remember another including the word “revolution” – I guess it's not a word used much in Parliament. This caught my attention, so I opened the email and saw that actually the event sounded quite promising. The fact that Gene Sharp himself was going to be present made me finally decide to attend.

Sixth Report from Gangjeong 8th March 2012

I am so tired as the last 2 days have been very intense so excuse me if this is a bit rambling. The evening of 6th March was a busy time as the town was called for an emergency meeting to decide what to do as the dynamite was to be delivered the next day. The Mayor called on the whole village to come out with their cars and lorries and block the roads early the next morning to try and stop it being delivered. I heard later that around 20 vehicles were used by the village and several hundred people blocked the road at 2 or 3 places.

Effective Nonviolence in the 21st Century

Javier Gárate lecture at the Irish School of Ecumenics on effective nonviolence in the 21st century, given in Belfast on October 13, 2011.

Link to the talk: http://www.ecumenics.ie/news/javier-garate-talk/

Global Nonviolent Action Database

The Global Nonviolent Action Database includes brief accounts of nonviolent action campaigns from more than 200 countries. Initiated by George Lakey, it has been set up through Swarthmore College and can be accessed at http://nvdatabase.swarthmore.edu

The ever-expanding database already includes:

  • 430 cases (and growing) of campaigns from around the world that used nonviolent direct action.
  • 35 cases of people's struggles for democracy against domestic dictatorships
  • an additional dozen cases of people's struggles against repressive regimes of occupation
  • War starts here – Newsletter #3

    This is a newsletter for the international peacecamp “War starts here” in Luleå, Sweden the 22nd to 29th of july 2011.

    Content

    1. International seminar
    2. Participating organisations
    3. Portraits of resistance
    4. War starts here <3 Finland
    5. Holiday ideas
    6. Show your support

    1. International seminar

    Trouble Making in Gujarat India

    During the month of February (2011) I visited India. Why India? People go to India for different reasons, many are attracted by its cultural and natural diversity, or for a spiritual journey, with the aim of getting a new yoga certificate, etc. Last year I also visited India, that time organising the International Conference - “Nonviolent Livelihood Struggle and Global Militarism: Links & Strategies” - where I had the opportunity of working together with the people who would again host me, this time for a full month, and open their doors for me to live and follow them around wherever they went. Initially my hosts were my dearest friends Anand, Michael and Swati, but it got extended to the whole Mozda collective, Daniel, Krishnakant, Lakhanbhai and many others. Last year I was very impressed by the work of Anand, Michael and Swati (in short “trouble makers”) that I decided that it would be good to use my sabbatical month with them. I was particular interested in how you combine doing resistance work with constructive programme and all these within a day-to-day life reflecting this ethos.

    Techniques for consensus decision making in large groups: the spokespersons council method

    back to table of content The processes and techniques which can be found below show/ prove that even in large groups of hundreds and thousands of people, it is possible to make decisions in a democratic, horizontal, participative manner, without hierarchy, delegations, hierarchies or votes/ voting.

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