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Posts tagged nonviolent action

The Laboratory of Democracy

The United States is a laboratory for democracy – a centuries-long experiment in what does and does not work for people making decisions together. Moments of abject failure and soaring success punctuate long periods of disruption, shut-downs, and the regular ransacking of our laboratory. Our experimental efforts have often been thwarted by undemocratic interests. The […]

Throw Off the Tyranny of Poverty! ...

An Essay of the Man From the North by Rivera Sun Curse the war culture! It leaves us at a loss for words, bereft of metaphors to describe our situation. Our minds become blank slates, unable to recognize dangers at the door unless they carry assault weapons or drop bombs on our heads. Poverty and […]

Polite and Apolitical? Repression By ...

An Essay of the Man from the North by Rivera Sun There are those who would have us fold up our banners and take down our protest signs. They urge us to be reasonable and polite. They expect us to cram our dissent into narrow boxes of occasional grumbling comments and take our frustration out […]

Schoolyard Bullies on Capitol Hill

An Essay of the Man From the North by Rivera Sun Politicians have devolved into nothing more than schoolyard bullies stealing lunch money from small children, harassing the defenseless, and expecting to receive rewards and gold stars of approval. They plunder the public coffers, destroying shared wealth that we, the People, have worked arduously to […]

Nonviolent Resistance to Trump: Creat...

The rise of Donald Trump has been infuriating, horrifying, and ridiculous all at once. Meanwhile, what we, the People, are doing to resist injustice, oppression, discrimination, hate, bigotry, and authoritarianism is downright inspiring. Nonviolent action is reaching new heights of creativity in the United States, widening in frequency and participation. Here’s just a sample of […]

Emergence: Revolution Within and With...

An Essay of The Man from the North by Rivera Sun A self-organizing movement like the Dandelion Insurrection relies on the collective and individual capacity of our participants. We are only as strong as the synergistic sum of our parts. The weaknesses of each person affect the effectiveness of the whole movement. The wisdom or […]

Winter Webinar Series! Nonviolent Cha...

Exciting News! Four Free Winter Webinars with Rivera Sun On Nonviolent Change! Sponsored by the Netherlands-based organization SVAG, this webinar series with Author and Educator Rivera Sun is offered free to the public (although donations are gratefully accepted).  The series is intended to bring US-based and international activists together to learn, understand, advocate and move towards […]

Fuel For Change: Excerpt from The Dan...

  (This is an excerpt from Rivera Sun’s novel, The Dandelion Insurrection, which you can find here.)   Charlie and Zadie drove down the main street of the rural Pennsylvanian town. The locals stood in the doorways, frowns carving their faces as they stared at the teeming soldiers. The waitresses at the diner peered through […]

Disrupt! Interrupt! The Ground of Res...

An Essay of The Man From the North A smoothly functioning society is created and maintained by the people. Children go to school, workers show up at their jobs, shipments are made, groceries and purchases are bought, bills are paid, goods and services are delivered; and so on. In times of justice, when the workings […]

Know Your Nonviolent History: The Bal...

Know Your Nonviolent History: The Baltic Way

This story appeared as part of Pace e Bene/Campaign Nonviolence‘s inspirational email service: This Nonviolent Life. Sign up here. On August 23rd, 1989, two million people joined hands to form a human chain crossing the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, in protest against the Soviet Union, and in support of each nation’s […]

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