Rivera Sun’s Nonviolence News Round-Up; March 3-9th
These stories reflect nonviolent action and nonviolent practices, including constructive programs, alternative institutions, and policies rooted in structural/systemic nonviolence as opposed to violence.
This list is compiled by Author/Activist Rivera Sun and shared with Nonviolence Now and Metta Center’s Nonviolence Radio + Nonviolence News Segment. This weekly round-up illuminates how often nonviolence is used in large and small ways by ordinary, extraordinary people all around the world . . . and in our own communities. It can be reposted with a link back to the original posting. Thank you.
When we organize, we win. Here are a few small and large (and sometimes temporary) successes in a variety of social justice campaigns.
Customer petition convinces Trader Joes chain to phase out plastics. https://www.ecowatch.com/trader-joes-plastic-waste-2630818452.html
After 100 Students stage die-in and give speeches, NM Governor passes tighter Gun Violence Prevention Laws: https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/legislature/governor-signs-law-expanding-checks-on-gun-sales/article_7b06213f-5753-5d1f-9034-3f24e75e9f09.html
Mobilized Idaho Citizens stop “Guns At School” bill: https://www.boisestatepublicradio.org/post/proposed-guns-schools-bill-dead-idaho-house
After months of Indigenous Blockade, Unistoten Resistance Camp wins 6-Month cease work order on Coastal GasLink Pipeline. https://popularresistance.org/coastal-gaslink-ordered-to-cease-work-on-unistoten-trapline/
Citing protests and social risk management, JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo stop/reduce rnvestments in Private Prisons. https://money.usnews.com/investing/news/articles/2019-03-05/jpmorgan-backs-away-from-private-prison-finance
After years of tribal and community organizing, Skowhegan, Maine School Board Drops “Indians” Mascot. https://www.pressherald.com/2019/03/07/skowhegan-school-board-votes-to-retire-indians-nickname/
Around the World:
Stories of creative resistance emerge around the world. Here are a few movements, campaigns, and actions from across the globe.
Cote de Ivoire Disability Rights Movement uses Nonviolent Action to gain diplomas, public transit rights, and more. When asked why nonviolent action is effective for pushing for change, one trainer said: “Because it doesn’t break things! It only builds.” https://www.nonviolent-conflict.org/blog_post/interview-cote-divoires-nonviolent-struggle-disability-rights/
Solidarity Uganda shares some tips for crafting movement-friendly organizations: https://www.nonviolent-conflict.org/blog_post/five-tips-building-organization-supports-movements/
Anti-Corruption campaigns learn from Nigeria and Romania: protests alone are not enough. Movements that have combined several different civil resistance tactics have been more productive in curbing corruption than those relying simply on street protest. https://www.nonviolent-conflict.org/blog_post/protest-not-enough-nonviolent-struggles-corruption-nigeria-romania/
Protest held over slain Honduran Activist Berta Caceres, demanding justice: The daughter of slain land and water rights activist, Berta Caceres says her mother’s murder must be brought to justice, including indicting the European banks that financed the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam that Caceres fought against until her death three years ago. https://popularresistance.org/berta-caceres-daughter-demands-justice-for-mothers-murder-on-death-anniversary/
Tosepan Network in Mexico resists globalization and corporate extraction for 40 years and sees new surge of activities: https://popularresistance.org/tosepan-resistance-and-renewal-in-mexico/
In a country with almost no antiwar movement, 19-year-old Israeli war resister Hilel Garmi is creating openings for others to take action against the occupation. https://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/israel-war-resister-hilel-garmi/
Overworked and underpaid: the revival of strikes in New Zealand. https://theconversation.com/overworked-and-underpaid-the-revival-of-strikes-in-new-zealand-111728
Pakistani Women send message of peace to Indian Women, urging them to say: No War! https://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/pakistani-women-are-sending-a-message-of-peace-to-indian-women-and-urging-to-say-no-to-war-362910.html
Australia Surfers “blow up” the Internet w/ master class in protesting as they oppose would-be oil driller Equinor. https://nvcnews.org/content/australian-surfers-give-master-class-protesting
Rare Myanmar protest takes aim at army’s authority: https://nvcnews.org/content/rare-myanmar-protest-takes-aim-armys-authority
Covered with flowers, Brazil Beach becomes symbol of protest against gender violence. https://nvcnews.org/content/brazil-beach-becomes-symbol-protest-against-gender-violence
Tibet’s Nangchen Vegetable Boycott offers strategies for change. From February 2011 to July 2012, Tibetans in Nangchen boycotted Chinese vegetable sellers because of their exorbitant prices, and created an alternative source for vegetables. Now, this success is pointing a way forward for local economy and the anti-occupation struggle. https://nvcnews.org/content/tibet-success-nangchen-vegetable-boycott-and-potential-change
International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day on March 8th was marked with a surge of celebrations, protests, and reports on on-going campaigns.
International Women’s Day kicks off with celebrations and protests: https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2019/mar/08/international-womens-day-2019-celebrations-and-protests-kick-off-around-the-globe-live
New curriculum shares powerful stories of women & Nonviolent Resistance in Columbia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Kenya: https://pulitzercenter.org/builder/lesson/women-and-nonviolent-resistance-25771
8 photos of courageous women facing down hate with nonviolence, love, creativity, and determination: https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/saffiyah-khan-protest-photos-gender-equality/
Garment Workers organize 100+ years of strikes as they pay the human cost of fashion: https://nvcnews.org/content/garment-workers-have-organized-strikes-over-100-years-they-pay-human-cost-fashion
Feminist Knitting Circle in India upends patriarchal norms: https://nvcnews.org/content/feminist-knitting-circle-india-upending-patriarchal-norms
Women take to streets in Pakistan to rewrite their place in history: https://nvcnews.org/content/women-take-streets-pakistan-rewrite-their-place-history
French Women protest unequal pay: https://nvcnews.org/content/french-women-protest-unequal-pay-international-women%E2%80%99s-day
China’s Women’s Movement survives intense crackdown . . . and grows: https://nvcnews.org/content/chinas-womens-movement-has-not-only-survived-intense-crackdown-its-grown
#VivasNosQueremos (We Want Our Selves Alive) Mexican Women protest Femicides and Violence: https://nvcnews.org/content/vivasnosqueremos-mexican-women-take-streets-protests-femicides-and-violence
New York Times reports on why International Women’s Day isn’t going away. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/08/world/international-women-day-2019.html
Climate Actions Grow:
We’re seeing a surge of climate action (yay!). Here are a few examples and upcoming events.
On March 15th, the Climate Kids are coming: https://www.thenation.com/article/greta-thunberg-climate-change-strike/
In Belgium, where climate strikes have been large, organizers start asking, what next? https://www.resilience.org/stories/2019-03-05/after-mass-mobilizations-what-direction-for-the-belgian-climate-movement/
Climate Journalist Dahr Jamail challenges activists to respond in multi-pronged approaches to “Fix the Problem, Mitigate the Problem, and Adapt to the Collapse” to cover all the bases. https://www.resilience.org/stories/2019-03-05/rethink-activism-in-the-face-of-catastrophic-biological-collapse/
To fight a pipeline, this man lived in a tree. For almost five months, Phillip Flagg has been living in a chestnut oak tree 50 feet above the ground. He’s blockading a natural gas pipeline construction near Elliston, VA. https://popularresistance.org/to-fight-a-pipeline-live-in-a-tree/
Catching Energy Transfer Partners in a lie, Bayou Bride Pipeline Resisters sound the alarm on securities fraud, telling investors: the pipeline will not be operation at the end of the month, it is indefinitely postponed. https://lastrealindians.com/bayou-bridge-pipeline-construction-delayed-indefinitely-energy-transfer-lied-to-shareholders-according-to-louisiana-residents/
New Zealand asks tourists to sign pledge to protect the environment. https://www.facebook.com/worldeconomicforum/videos/357758491723458/
Miami bans Glypsophate use in effort to improve water quality. https://popularresistance.org/miami-bans-the-use-of-glyphosate-in-a-step-to-improve-water-quality/
Michael Bloomberg eschews presidential glory in favor of shutting down coal plants by 2030. The story, one reporter argues, is not that he’s dropping out of the presidential race, but rather that, “A man worth $55 billion and a track record of helping to shut down half the country’s coal plants has just committed to shutting down the rest by 2030, and then taking the country off fossil fuels entirely.” https://thinkprogress.org/bloomberg-president-coal-oil-gas-97d24a5a9fe1/
Lessons from Sunrise’s Movements Acceleration of the Green New Deal: https://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/green-new-deal-sunrise-movement-climate-action/
Nonviolence + Children
“If we would have real peace, we must start with the children.” – Gandhi
Here are some stories of nonviolence and social justice around children.
Washington Post reports on 7 ways parents can teach girls to build each other up instead of tearing each other down: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/on-parenting/7-ways-parents-can-teach-girls-to-build-each-other-up-instead-of-tearing-each-other-down/2018/10/29/92550976-c016-11e8-9005-5104e9616c21_story.html
Teaching For Change’s #StepUpScholastic Campaign mobilizes to stop colonial whitewashing in picture books and other children’s literature. https://actionnetwork.org/letters/scholastic-dont-whitewash-colonial-history
Singer Dolly Parton’s literacy campaign “Imagination Library” reaches 100 Million donated books: https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2018/03/01/589912466/dolly-parton-gives-the-gift-of-literacy-a-library-of-100-million-books
Constructive Programs & Creative Action
Nonviolence includes building up alternatives as well as stopping problems. Here are some stories of constructive programs, cultural resistance, creative action, and more.
Black Farmers are on the rise … and they’re integrating trauma healing, social justice, and collective values into their growing power. https://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/after-a-century-in-decline-black-farmers-are-back-and-on-the-rise-20160505
Dance is integral to culture … and to creative Indigenous resistance to pipelines, treaty rights violations, and many other injustices. https://www.clydefitchreport.com/2019/02/indigenous-dance-activism/
A pair of progressive moles with a sense of humor were apparently responsible for a grand — although short-lived — prank at the Conservative Political Action Conference that had 1000 members proudly waving tiny banners emblazoned with the name “Trump” that were actually Russian flags. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cpac-russian-flags-trump_us_58b0ca06e4b060480e0827ab
Cooperatives = Constructive Programs; Fifty by Fifty Reports on Chicagoland Cooperative Ecosystem Coalition. CCEC is educating the community and building capacity to scale up worker-owned businesses. For a city where wealth inequality is stark, worker cooperatives could improve the quality of jobs, mitigate discrimination, and build shared prosperity through businesses anchored in the local community. https://medium.com/fifty-by-fifty/chicago-turns-to-cooperatives-to-improve-opportunity-bc9eca21dc04
Post-Occupy, cooperatives counter Disaster Capitalism, popping up after Hurricane Sandy like mushrooms after the rain: https://truthout.org/articles/after-superstorm-sandys-rain-cooperatives-sprang-up-like-mushrooms/
Emerging + Ongoing Resistance
New stories of nonviolent resistance emerge every day. Here are a few recent events, and new surges for on-going campaigns.
More than 80 people arrested during protest over police killing of Stephon Clark in Sacramento, CA https://popularresistance.org/more-than-80-people-arrested-during-stephon-clark-protest-in-sacramento/
After legal complaints were riled, ICE releases 15 mothers & infants from immigration “Baby Jail”. https://www.democracynow.org/2019/3/5/headlines/ice_releases_15_babies_from_texas_immigration_jail
Port Workers rally to save Washington-Alaska Ferry: https://www.kiro7.com/video?videoId=926708221&videoVersion=1.0&fbclid=IwAR1vWDimabTNoOGu9tr3MoQaOBeB4vhnRKWUStUGq9qpvNqhJxHA6UBgy_I
Nurses and Veterans rally to protect Veterans’ Healthcare: https://www.veteransforpeace.org/pressroom/news/2019/03/01/rns-and-veterans-rally-protect-veterans-health-care-va
Vogue reports on how women are responding to the humanitarian crisis at the US-Mexico Border. https://www.vogue.com/projects/13549020/arizona-borderlands-aid-workers-women-crisis/
Carrying on a tradition of resistance, Chelsea Manning defies Wikileaks Grand Jury and goes to jail. https://shadowproof.com/2019/03/08/defying-wikileaks-grand-jury-chelsea-manning-carries-on-tradition-of-resistance-and-goes-to-jail/
US Methodist Churches openly and publicly rebel against their leadership’s Anti-LGBTQ vote at national convention. https://thegailygrind.com/2019/03/07/methodist-churches-across-u-s-are-publicly-rebelling-against-their-leaderships-anti-lgbtq-stance/
US Kentucky Teachers stage “Sick-Out” in protest of changes to retirement benefits. https://nvcnews.org/content/us-kentucky-teachers-stage-sick-out-protest-changes-retirement-benefits