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Monthly archives for October, 2016

Lithuania’s Nonviolent Civilian...

On December 19th, 1996, the small country of Lithuania became a world leader in the field of nonviolence. After waging nonviolent struggle to regain independence and end Soviet occupation in 1991, Lithuanians had learned the power of active nonviolence . . . and as their new independence government began to draw up policy around defense […]

Levitating the Pentagon

On October 21st, 1967, thousands of nonviolent activists attempted to levitate the Pentagon in an act of absurdist protest to the horrific absurdity of the Vietnam War. Originally conceived as a massive march on Washington, DC, the plans took a bizarre and memorable turn when activists Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman came up the concept […]

Know Your Nonviolent History: Iceland...

On October 24th, 1975, ninety percent of women in Iceland took “a day off”. Refraining from working, childcare, and household tasks, they brought the nation to a complete standstill (or utter chaos, depending on your perspective) in protest over women’s rights and equality. One interview about the day reports, “Gudrun Jonsdottir still remembers what she […]

Old Toads and Millennial Votes

Old Toads and Millennial Votes

I am an old millennial, one who just barely squeezes into the age category.  I graduated high school in 2000. My first presidential election was Bush vs. Gore – a rigged election with widespread allegations of electoral voting machine manipulation and a dubiously-legal intervention of the Supreme Court to stop the pivotal Florida vote count, […]

Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh

Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh was born on October 11th, 1926 in central Vietnam. He became a novice monk at the age of sixteen. In the early 1950s, he got involved in the movement to renew Vietnamese Buddhism. He broke new territory in many ways, including by being one of the first monks to […]

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