Rights & Democracy Vermont’s mission is to bring people together to take action to build healthy communities and make the values of their communities guide the policies of our government. They are building a popular movement to advance rights and build a real democracy. They work in partnership with community groups, progressive unions, faith communities,…
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Reading time: 4 minutes Malawi just swore in its new leader, President Lazarus Chakwera. He won a rerun election, unseating the incumbent, former President Peter Mutharika. Mutharika had been in office since 2014, two years after his brother, President Bingu Mutharika’s demise in office. In May 2019, elections were held in Malawi. Sitting President Mutharika was re-elected in an…
Reading time: 3 minutes The Coronavirus pandemic has enhanced barriers to movement organizing, but it’s also proven how resilient civil resistance is. Despite fragile public health infrastructures and confinement measures, movements and organizers have skillfully redesigned their approaches to strengthen their campaigns and build people power. These methodical shifts are strategic and necessary for a movement’s survival. Not only…
This article details the strategic advantage of nonviolent resistance in fighting corruption by examining anti-corruption efforts among civilians in Indonesia and Kenya. The author concludes that corruption will persist globally as long as people do not become a nonviolent force for fighting such injustice.
This webinar explores how empowered citizens are engaging in civil resistance to curb graft and abuse. The webinar will identify the limitations of top-down, technical approaches to combating corruption, and present successful cases of citizen empowerment through nonviolent campaigns.
This dialogue explores how campaigns have empowered and mobilized citizens to counter corruption in their communities; it is a space to learn about and share experiences in these kinds of campaigns as well as the sharing of ideas, resources, and stories.
Youths have played crucial roles in numerous nonviolent struggles, which require, among other things, well-formed strategies. Only Young Once: An Introduction to Nonviolent Struggle for Youths is a practical guide geared alike towards university or secondary school students, young soldiers, young professionals, civil society leaders, and youthful parliamentarians. It challenges the blind faith in violence so often found where there is conflict while also explaining the basic ideas and principles of nonviolent action. In the classroom, it can be used to supplement Teaching Model: Nonviolent Transformation of Conflict. It also complements “Bite Not One Another”: Selected Accounts of Nonviolent Struggle in Africa.
All over the world, activists use humour, irony, satire, parody and lampooning to express dissent and challenge the absurdities of institutional power. Through culture jamming, which embodies all these tactics and more, they interrupt the flow of information controlled by governments, corporations, the advertising industry, media corporations, fundamental religious leaders and other powerful people in society. In doing so, they expose the lies, deceptions and sheer absurdities in their speech.