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

Peace News an exhibit in Picasso exhibition

Fri, 1 May 2015

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A reader in Germany has sent us news of PN appearing as an artefact in an art exhibition!

A display case in the 'Picasso and contemporary art' exhibition in the gigantic Deichtorhallen art centre in Hamburg, Germany, contains a recent edition of Peace News!

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Common ground with Corrymeela

Fri, 1 May 2015

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The Corrymeela peace centre in Northern Ireland is holding a summer peace event at the same time as Peace News Summer Camp.

Corrymeela Community, in County Antrim in Northern Ireland, is celebrating 50 years of peacemaking this year with a summer festival called Aperture – a space through which light travels (Friday 31 July to Sunday 2 August).

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News from War Resisters' International

Switzerland: Activists block entrance of military base to protest drones deal

Tue, 26 May 2015

Source: http://www.gsoa.ch/medien/02327/war-drones-activists-block-entrance-military-base-/Swiss activists blockade entrance to military baseSwiss activists blockade entrance to military baseThun, Switzerland – Since 9:30am on Tuesday 25th May, activists have been protesting against the purchase of war drones from the Israeli company Elbit Systems. The activists have blocked the entrance to one of Switzerland's biggest military bases, where members of the...

Stopping the War Business: 16 - 17 October: Seoul, Republic of Korea

Fri, 22 May 2015

[an international seminar on war profiteering] Stopping the War Businesstalking tactics and linking methods 16 - 17 October 2015: Seoul, Republic of Korea Please register hereSouth Korean activists take action against the ADEX arms fair in 2013South Korean activists take action against the ADEX arms fair in 2013For antimilitarists, disrupting war profiteering means knocking out the economic pillars that make war inevitable. It goes far...

Featured News from ICNC

Macedonia stands up: The "people have awakened"

Tue, 19 May 2015

Zoran Jordanovski, DW, May 18, 2015 Despite several government attempts to prevent the large demonstration on Sunday, people from all over Macedonia gathered in Skopje. Political party flags and banners were largely absent. Instead, the most unmistakable symbols were the different ethnic flags: Macedonian, Albanian, Serbian and those of other minorities. But the protesters were not there to convey a partisan or ethnic message: They were simply discontented Macedonian citizens. Their message to the Prime Minister was loud and clear: Your time is up, resign now! Now that the people have awakened and freed themselves of paralyzing fear, they will fight even more strongly to assert their right to live in a real democracy, not a sham.

Macedonia stands up: The "people have awakened"

Tue, 19 May 2015

Zoran Jordanovski, DW, May 18, 2015 Despite several government attempts to prevent the large demonstration on Sunday, people from all over Macedonia gathered in Skopje. Political party flags and banners were largely absent. Instead, the most unmistakable symbols were the different ethnic flags: Macedonian, Albanian, Serbian and those of other minorities. But the protesters were not there to convey a partisan or ethnic message: They were simply discontented Macedonian citizens. Their message to the Prime Minister was loud and clear: Your time is up, resign now! Now that the people have awakened and freed themselves of paralyzing fear, they will fight even more strongly to assert their right to live in a real democracy, not a sham.

News from Waging Nonviolence

How the ‘Paddle in Seattle’ plans to beat Shell — a conversation with kayak-tivist John Sellers

Sun, 24 May 2015

by Kate Aronoff
Kayak-tivists gathered in Elliott Bay on Saturday, May 16, where the Polar Pioneer drilling rig is docked. (Flickr / Backbone Campaign)Kayak-tivists gathered in Elliott Bay on Saturday, May 16, where the Polar Pioneer drilling rig is docked. (Flickr / Backbone Campaign)
Seattle has become a hub of anti-extraction activism. Protests...

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Thousands of Newark students walk out to demand local control of schools

Sat, 23 May 2015

by Ashoka Jegroo
Students in Newark block the street on May 22. (Twitter/ Blue Jersey)Students in Newark block the street on May 22. (Twitter/ Blue Jersey)
Thousands of high school students in Newark, New Jersey staged a walkout of school and blocked a major roadway on May 22 in what organizers say was the biggest student protest in the city’s history.
The walkout was in protest of Gov. Chris Christie and Superintendent Cami Anderson’s plans for changing the city’s school system through expanding charter schools, shutting down and merging...

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