Non-violent direct action

Non-violent direct action

Non-violent resistance works. We’ve seen it in action, from the suffragettes to the civil rights movement via Gandhi’s Satyagraha. Many would argue that, historically, non-violent resistance has been more effective than violence in resolving conflicts.

Non-violent resistance is based on the principle that violence is never the best way to achieve goals. However, it isn’t just about what we shouldn’t do. It’s about being proactive, creative and cooperative.

The Quaker movement has a longstanding commitment to non-violent resistance.  ‘Turning the Tide’ is a Quaker project that both informs and trains individuals who wish to know more and engage with non-violent direct action.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. The beauty of nonviolence is that in its own way and in its own time it seeks to break the chain reaction of evil’’.

Martin Luther King, Where Do We Go From Here?

Some recommended reading and ways to get involved

  • Turning the Tide run workshops on effective nonviolent activism based in the UK and their website has great links for further reading.
  • The Non-Violence Project focusses on educating young people around the world about non-violence and peace.
  • Waging Nonviolence has news and commentary analysed from a people power perspective.
  • Nonviolence International is a network of nonviolence groups around the world with useful educational resources and links for further reading.
  • Tipping Point Film Fund supports documentaries that seek to spread truth and inspire change.

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