Welcome to CivilResistance.info

Popular movements round the world have used unarmed or strictly nonviolent resistance to topple oppressive regimes, demand democratic reforms, resist wars, protect the environment and claim social justice or rights for those suffering discrimination.  There is a growing amount of information about these movements and campaigns both in print and on the web.  The aim of this website is to provide a guide to the range of literature and resources available, and to enable users to look in more depth at particular movements, key figures and organisations in the practice of nonviolent action, as well as the theory of civil resistance and important debates about nonviolence.    
This guidance is provided in particular by the online version of A Guide to Civil Resistance Vol. 1, which provides summary historical background to numerous people power movements since 1945, i.e. movements which seek to overthrow dictatorship, authoritarian regimes,end foreign occupation or more generally bring about fundamental change in the political or economic system, and annotated bibliographies on each, as well as a wide ranging introduction to the theory and practice of nonviolent action. Vol. 2, which focuses on social movements, i..e.movements for social, economic and political reform, is in preparation – in the interim we are maintaining on this site relevant sections on social movements from the  2006 bibliography People Power and Protest Since 1945 compiled by April Carter, Howard Clark and Michael Randle.
In addition this website provides  pdf and Word versions of a few important books on civil resistance that are out of print, as well as making links to classic works available elsewhere online and providing regular updates on  books recently published that are specially relevant.  Since important campaigns using predominantly or exclusively nonviolent methods are continually taking place (many not covered the by the mainstream media) this website also has up-to-date news from other websites specialising in reporting nonviolent action. 

News from Peace News

Better World Links

Tue, 2 February 2016

An internet directory of many thousands of links to global peace organisations and resources, as well as a host of related topics.


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The Housmans World Peace Database

Tue, 2 February 2016

The Housmans World Peace Database is an authoritative listing of peace and related organisations around the world. It’s the most comprehensive and up-to-date database of its kind.


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News from War Resisters' International

Video: Sister Megan Rice talk in London

Mon, 8 February 2016

In 2012, Megan Rice was part of a group that entered the Oakridge National Laborotory in the United States, where nuclear weapons are developed and weapons-grade uranium is stored. The group - called 'Transform Now Plowshares' - hammered on the storage building, dawbed the walls of the storage building with blood and slogans, and hung banners. All three were arrested, and spent two years in prison. A detailed written overview of the action can be found here.

No to Equality in Militarism!

Fri, 29 January 2016

Statement of the feminist collective TO MOV (Greece) co-signed by the Association of Greek Conscientious ObjectorsAt a time when the democratic demand is the abolition of compulsory military service, the ministry of Defense, on the contrary, seems to wish the extension of this service to women. According to publications, a new bill is prepared for the foundation of military secondary schools (lycea) in which all those planning to follow military or police professions will enrol, and...

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Burma: How much change can be achieved?

Mon, 23 November 2015

Christian Caryl, New York Review of Books, November 17, 2015
On November 8, when the Burmese went to the polls in their first relatively free election in 25 years, they voted overwhelmingly for the party that advertised itself with a simple slogan: “Time for Change.” Voters seized the chance to demonstrate their support for the National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. But that doesn’t mean that Suu Kyi will be able to implement the sort of changes that the electorate expects. The constitution seriously constrains her freedom of action, and the military has so far made it clear that it isn’t prepared to allow it to be amended.

Angola: Rapper accused of rebellion

Mon, 23 November 2015

BBC, November 16, 2015
Luaty Beirao, an Angolan rapper, is among 17 activists who have gone on trial in Angola's capital, Luanda, charged with preparing acts of rebellion and plotting against the president and state institutions. He was arrested in June with book club members discussing the 1993 book by Gene Sharp called From Dictatorship to Democracy: A Conceptual Framework for Liberation. The rapper has been an outspoken critic of the government, calling for a fairer distribution of the country's oil wealth.

News from Waging Nonviolence

As the movement for black lives shifts to policy, several options emerge

Mon, 8 February 2016

by Kate Aronoff

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Since the moment protests broke out in Ferguson in the summer of 2014, commentators — supportive and otherwise — have asked when and how the movement for black lives would channel its rebellious energy into policy. Last week, leading voices in that movement made very different attempts to do just that.
Late last Thursday, prominent activist DeRay McKesson enlisted the the Washington Post, New York Times and Baltimore Sun to help announce that he’ll throw his hat into Baltimore’s upcoming mayoral race. McKesson will join 13 other contenders for the Democratic primary, all vying...

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Time spent in Guantánamo is time no one gets back — whether soldier or prisoner

Fri, 5 February 2016

by Frida Berrigan

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I love my local paper. The Day is locally owned and based right in downtown New London, Connecticut. They publish an actual, physical newspaper every single day and have a first rate photo department. Their news pages feature a mix of national and international articles from The New York Times and AP wire service stories, as well as locally produced articles of local interest — with headlines like...

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