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We All Must Become Zapatistas

The most important anti-globalization movement of the last two decades has shown us how to resist. And it grasps, as Subcomandante Marcos made clear in his final public appearance, that resistance must be wedded to nonviolence.

Posted on Jun 1, 2014 READ MORE



They Can’t Outlaw the Revolution

Cecily McMillan could get up to seven years on her conviction of hitting a plainclothes policeman who grabbed her in Zuccotti Park. The persecution of the Occupy activist has become emblematic of the state’s use of the courts to criminalize nonviolent dissent and try to crush new mass movements.

Posted on May 18, 2014 READ MORE



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Italian Woman ‘Sexually Assaulted’ Riot Cop With a Kiss?

An Italian student protester faces possible sexual assault charges after a photograph of her kissing a riot cop during a demonstration against the construction of a rail link became a symbol of peaceful protest.

Posted on Dec 15, 2013 READ MORE


Tape of MLK Interview Turns Up in an Attic

“ ... If one is truly nonviolent, that person has a loving spirit; he refuses to inflict injury upon the opponent because he, he loves the opponent,” the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. says in a newly discovered tape of an interview made nearly three years before his “I Have a Dream” speech.

Posted on Aug 24, 2012 READ MORE



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How Empires Fall: An Interview With Jonathan Schell

Since Occupy and the Arab Spring, the animating message of Schell’s “Unconquerable World”—that, in the age of nuclear weaponry, nonviolent action is the mightiest of forces—has undergone a renaissance of sorts.

Posted on Mar 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Mad, Passionate Love and Violence: Occupy Heads Into the Spring

Occupy had its glorious honeymoon when old and young, liberal and radical, comfortable and desperate, homeless and tenured all found that what they had in common was so compelling the differences hardly seemed to matter.

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Evan Vucci

Occupy Draws Strength From the Powerless

There is a recipe for breaking popular movements. I watched it play out over five years in the war in El Salvador. I now see these familiar patterns in the assault against the Occupy movement.

Posted on Feb 13, 2012 READ MORE



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More From Chris Hedges on Black Bloc

With his column “The Cancer in Occupy,” published earlier this week at Truthdig, Chris Hedges angered many on the radical left with his harsh criticism of the Black Bloc anarchists. Truthout’s J.A. Myerson, an activist and journalist involved in OWS since the occupation’s earliest days, got hold of Hedges by phone to press the issue.

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Real Hope Is About Doing Something

Many of us will, after our rally in Lafayette Park, attempt to chain ourselves to the fence outside the White House. It is a pretty good bet we will all spend a night in jail. Hope, from now on, will look like this.

Posted on Nov 29, 2010 READ MORE



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Palestinians Turn to Gandhi, Dr. King

While armed militias get all the attention, some Palestinian organizers are embracing nonviolent strategies like peaceful marches and boycotts as a more effective avenue to peace. As one organizer quoted by The Christian Science Monitor put it: “It’s not a war between two armies. By using non-violence, we take away the security excuse from the Israelis.”

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE


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