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Remembering Nonviolent History: Blue ...

Remembering Nonviolent History: Blue Revolution – Kuwaiti Women Gain Suffrage

This week in nonviolent history commemorates the successful conclusion of Kuwait’s Blue Revolution. On May 17th, 2005, Kuwaiti women gained suffrage after more than 40 years of struggle. The women used a wide variety of approaches to achieve their goals, including lobbying, introducing repeated legislation, protests and demonstration, marches, rallies, and mock elections. Like many […]

Yes to Assertive, No to Aggressive by...

Yes to Assertive, No to Aggressive by Tom Hastings

I teach and write in the field of Peace and Conflict Studies, with a special focus on strategic nonviolence. It is a rich field, growing in its scholarship and its widespread usage. I’m so enthused by this—the more we wage our conflicts with nonviolence the lower the costs. Counting the costs of conflict, we normally […]

Remembering Nonviolent History: Freed...

Remembering Nonviolent History: Freedom Rides

By May 1961, federal law had already ruled that segregation on interstate, public buses was illegal. Southern states, however, maintained segregation in seating, and at bus station bathrooms, waiting rooms and drinking fountains. The Interstate Commerce Commission refused to take action to enforce federal law. To change this, the Civil Rights Movement (CORE, SNCC, NAACP) […]

Mother’s Day Poems

Mother’s Day Poems

Happy Mother’s Day to my incredible, artistic, courageous, wonderful mother, Kate Simonds! Bouquets of Mother by Rivera Sun My mother, Kathryn, a name standing tall on two feet strong like the black coffee she drank. My mother drove tractors and wrangled five children through chores last minute homework breakfast cereal dish duty and onto the […]

“Midwife to Change” from ...

“Midwife to Change” from The Dandelion Insurrection

This is an excerpt from Rivera Sun’s novel, The Dandelion Insurrection, featuring a moment when Zadie Byrd Gray commits to being a love-motivated changemaker and living up to her inner potential. Find the whole novel here. “There are three hundred million people in this country and someone has to pull their love from the womb […]

Mother Jones and May Day

Mother Jones and May Day

“In all my career I have never advocated violence. I want to give the nation a more highly developed citizenship.” – Mother Jones This week commemorates the anniversary of the Haymarket Affair, International Workers’ Day, and the claimed birthday of Mother Mary Harris Jones.  While the United States’ official Labor Day falls in September, the […]

The Original Treehuggers

"Surviving Members of the Original Reni Squad at the Chipko 30th Anniversary 2004" By Ceti at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0

The next time someone calls you a treehugger, say thank you . . . then proceed to tell them the origins of the treehuggers. In 1730, in India, local villagers of the Bishnoi sect, led by a woman named Amrita Devi, threw their arms around the trunks of a sacred forest, trying to protect the […]

Celebrating Boycotts on St. Patrick&#...

Celebrating Boycotts on St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is nearly here, and while many will be headed to pubs with shamrocks pinned to their jackets to celebrate all things Irish, there is one contribution from Ireland that bears a toast (or two!): the boycott. Coined in 1880 during the Irish Land Wars, the phrase refers to Captain Charles Boycott, a […]

Midwife to the Coming World – a...

Ready-to-be-reborn

This is an excerpt from Rivera Sun’s novel, The Dandelion Insurrection, featuring a moment when Zadie Byrd Gray commits to being a love-motivated changemaker and living up to her inner potential. Find the whole novel here. That afternoon, Zadie’s mother had delivered an ultimatum to her girl. “There is a whole new way of life […]

10 Things To Know About Nonviolent St...

10 Things To Know About Nonviolent Struggle

Nonviolent struggle is on the rise globally. Neither passive, nor inaction, this powerful way of working for change is proving Gandhi’s audacious claim that “nonviolence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind” to be correct. Here are ten things you should know about nonviolent struggle and how it works. 1. Nonviolent action is […]