Nonviolence Resources

Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns

In February 2009 WRI will launch its latest publication the “Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns”.

WRI has often been asked for material on nonviolence training, or for introductory workshops. And finally decided it was time to produce its own training resource, where we could present an approach to nonviolence based on participatory forms of organising and reflecting what has been learnt from years of international work.

Training for what? - it is not all about strategies and tactics

With the new electronic format of The Broken Rifle we want to use the opportunity to also get the WRI network using the forums in our re-developed website. This article will be posted on the WRI forum, we invite people to react to it.

Dealing with gender in training in nonviolence

This article is the result of material published in the Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns and a session on gender and nonviolence at WRI's International Nonviolence Training Exchange, in Bilbao in October 2008.

It may seem simple and obvious that we want both men and women involved in our struggles against war and injustice. However, if we want to fully utilise people's talents, energy, and insights, we need to apply gender awareness to how we organise ourselves, how we design our campaigns, and how we conduct our trainings for action.

Nonviolence Training for the Campaign to Close the School of the Americas

On November 16, 1989, six Jesuit priests, their co-worker and her teenage daughter were massacred in El Salvador. A U.S. Congressional Task Force verified that those responsible were trained at the U.S. Army School of the Americas (SOA) at Fort Benning, Columbus, Georgia, USA. This is only the most notorious incident in the school's history of providing special training to Latin American military personnel known to have committed atrocities and engaged in torture.

Editorial

Welcome to the first issue of The Broken Rifle in electronic format only. For you to receive our quarterly publication you need to subscribe by going to http://lists.wri-irg.org/sympa/subscribe/thebrokenrifle or by sending and email to thebrokenrifle-subscribe@lists.wri-irg.org.

2008 Annual Report of the Nonviolence Programme

2008 has been a fruitful year for WRI's Nonviolence Programme, bringing important developments in the main areas of the programme's work. The programme's main aims are to strengthen and deepen understanding of nonviolence, nonviolent strategies, and nonviolent campaigning, and to develop and provide tools and support to groups using nonviolence. The following were the main projects for 2008.

International Nonviolence Training Exchange

15th of May - International Day of Conscientious Objection

Since 2001, War Resisters' International has coordinated international activities around 15 May - the International Day of Conscientious Objection. The day began in 1982 as European CO Day, but since 1986 has been celebrated as International Day of Conscientious Objection.
War Resisters' International sees activities around 15 May as an opportunity for conscientious objection activists to share their experience, and learn from each other's struggles and campaigns. Since 2002, these activities include an international event, often with a nonviolence training and a nonviolent action as major parts.

Gender Awareness

A list of resources on gender issues in groups, organisations, and society.

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