Meeting online in these times, advice from the People’s Hub

1. Ground in values of anti-oppression and decolonization. Just because we are moving online doesn’t mean we shouldn’t still acknowledge the land we are on and the ways we are interconnected to each other and the earth. We need to be showing up as three dimensional humans with feelings, dreams, hopes and grief. Now is a time to bring in …

The Struggle to Keep Justice Central within Extinction Rebellion US

By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Clearing the FOG. March 9, 2020 | PODCAST The Extinction Rebellion is a nonviolent direct action campaign that started in the United Kingdom in the Fall of 2018 to push governments to declare a climate crisis and to take action to rapidly cut net carbon emissions. It quickly spread to more than 50 countries including the …

Slavery Was Defeated Through Mass Politics: Democratic revolution through the unpredictable and transformative experience of democratic struggle itself

What accounted for this astonishing change? Not just the sagacity of Republican statesmen, or the audacity of abolitionist activists, but the unpredictable and transformative experience of democratic struggle itself. BY MATT KARP, Catalyst The overthrow of slavery in the United States wasn’t a byproduct of capitalist development nor the triumph of an enlightened activist vanguard. It was a battle waged …

Dialog between an organizer and an elder

The following exchange is between 33-year-old organizer Yotam Marom and 82-year-old George Lakey, whose activism, organizing and training spans over 50 years. As journalist/activist Bill McKibben says, even Congress cannot suspend the laws of physics. Growing failure on the environmental front produces what political scientists consider a recipe for rapid change and even revolution: the demonstrated inability of a government …

Popular Assemblies Old and New: Part of Popular Movements in Chile

 Bree Busk, Roarmag.org December 14, 2019 | RESIST! Chile has a long history of radical neighborhood organizing — a tradition that is now put at the service of drafting a new constitution for a country in turmoil. More than fifty days have passed since the Chilean uprising burst into existence. For those living it on the ground, it feels like much longer. The …

6 takeaways for a new decade of people power

By Shaazka Beyerle, Nonviolent-conflict.orgDecember 12, 2019 | STRATEGIZE! What comes next? How can people power be harnessed for the long haul? How can we move from the year of protest to a new decade of transformation? What can we learn from research, the practice of strategic nonviolent action, and social movements and organized civic initiatives targeting corruption on the ground? To start the conversation, …

Solidarity: secret to success for nonviolent movements for change: solidarity. Instead of “going it alone”

By Rivera Sun, Wagingnonviolence.org December 7, 2019 | STRATEGIZE! Instead of “going it alone,” movements can amplify their message, leverage collective power, and build strength by seeking solidarity from aligned organizations and groups. There’s a secret to success for nonviolent movements for change: solidarity. Instead of “going it alone,” movements can amplify their message, leverage collective power, and build strength by seeking solidarity from …

Excerpts from Endgame

Derrick Jensen is a force for the common good. His books are mandatory reading in the study of culture and social change. Derrick Jensen is a contemporary philosopher with his feet firmly on the ground.”—Terry Tempest Williams, author of The Open Space of Democracy Hailed as the philosopher poet of the ecological movement, best-selling author Derrick Jensen returns with a passionate …

David Solnit’s insights

Wednesday, December 04, 2019byCommon Dreams A Few Things From the WTO Shutdown I Carry Into the Future There is an incredible opportunity to use street theater—art, dance, music, giant puppets, graffiti art and theater—and nonviolent direct action to simplify and dramatize the issues of corporate globalization and to develop and spread new and creative forms of resistance.by David Solnit We …

Only Bridging Can Heal a World of Breaking

Meaningful bridging—like real integration—must acknowledge, respect, and appreciate difference as a starting point. John a. powell posted Nov 12, 2019 At a time of heightened polarization and intense inequality in the United States and around the world, social differences run the risk of being turned into fault lines, and exploited for divide-and-conquer politics. As political scientists Rose McDermott and Peter K. …