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

Call for support for spycop whistleblower Peter Francis

Mon, 16 March 2015


As Theresa May announced a public campaign into the scandals around undercover policing, campaigners against police racism and corruption, The Monitoring Group, have launched a petition to stop the gagging of undercover whistleblower Peter Francis.

ImagePeter Francis, who infiltrated anti-racism and trade union groups in the 1990s, has been at the forefront of exposing a secretive undercover unit, that targeted campaigns since 1968. It is now known that hundreds of officers from the Special Demonstration Squad were deployed across the political spectrum, many using the identities of dead children...

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The World is My Country individual posters and broadsheets

Mon, 9 March 2015

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Posters from the First World War centenary project, The World is My Country, celebrating key figures and events from the anti-war movement. Produced by Peace News.

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News from War Resisters' International


Thu, 26 March 2015

In August 2014 we launched a website specifically on the topic of youth militarisation. It's a place where you can add your own resources - to share documentation on how young people come into contact with the military, and how to challenge the militarisation of young people around the world. Find it here: antimili-youth.net

U.S. AWOL Soldier André Shepherd’s Request for Asylum

Fri, 20 March 2015

The European Court of Justice: Having published its preliminary ruling, what is the next move? by Rudi FriedrichOn February 26, 2015, the European Court of Justice (ECJ), having been asked by the Munich Administrative Court (Verwaltungsgericht) to submit a decision on U.S. AWOL soldier André Shepherd’s request for asylum, published its preliminary ruling. As many media observers now believe that Mr Shepherd’s prospects of being granted asylum status are very remote, Rudi Friedrich from Connection e.V. has now summarized his initial thoughts on whether pessimism is indeed justified and what ramifications the court's preliminary ruling will have. (ed.)

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US: Civil rights leader James Lawson insists on protracted campaigns

Tue, 24 March 2015

Lou Fancher, Contra Costa Times, March 23, 2015 The use of violence as a means to gain freedom never fulfills its promises, the Rev. James Lawson said in a lecture in Oakland, California this week. In the 1960s as a Vanderbilt University graduate student, Lawson was expelled for his leadership in the Nashville lunch-counter sit-ins, which were a major victory in the U.S. civil rights struggle. Lawson said protests like the Occupy movement and activities in Ferguson, Missouri, are "one-shot affairs" compared to protracted campaigns involving sit-ins, marches, boycotts, strikes, petitions, speeches, lobbying, symbolic public acts, mass assemblies and other activities that lead to pragmatic, actual change.

Tunisia: Democracy will prevail, needs help

Tue, 24 March 2015

Larry Diamond, The Atlantic, March 23, 2015 Does the March 18 attack signal that Tunisia will be the next Arab state to be swallowed by violence and repression? No. Alone among the Arab Spring states, it has achieved a remarkable level of political compromise among secular parties and the principal Islamist party, Ennahda. In contrast to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Ennahda agreed to a secular constitution, embracing religious freedom and equality of women. But Tunisia needs help from the West. The U.S. and the European Union made lavish promises following Tunisia’s peaceful revolution in 2011, but most of the pledged aid never materialized.

News from Waging Nonviolence

Meet the new group that wants to disarm and displace the NYPD

Thu, 26 March 2015

by Ashoka Jegroo
Jose LaSalle of Copwatch Patrol Unit speaks at a Disarm NYPD event on March 21. (WNV/Ashoka Jegroo)Jose LaSalle of Copwatch Patrol Unit speaks at a Disarm NYPD event on March 21. (WNV/Ashoka Jegroo)
A newly-formed group of activists are teaming up with Copwatch, an anti-police brutality group that records video of police conduct in their communities, to create “no-cop zones,” and maybe even disarm the police, through the use of direct action.
“Disarm NYPD” is a new collective seeking to immediately stop the New York Police...

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Building for long-term progressive revival in Ohio

Wed, 25 March 2015

by Geoff Gilbert
The Ohio Student Association organized an 11-mile march from the Walmart where John Crawford was killed to the Beavercreek police station on September 25. (Facebook)The Ohio Student Association organized an 11-mile march from the Walmart where John Crawford was killed to the Beavercreek police station on September 25. (Facebook)
Retail workers organizing for higher pay and union recognition. Rural communities resisting environmental consequences of the fracking boom. Racial justice protests...

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