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, Vols 1 and 2 (published by Merlin Press, 2013 and 2015). Vol. 1 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. focuses on transnational social movements for social and economic justice (including indigenous, feminist and LGBT campaigns and resistance to neoliberal economic policies) and on green and peace movements. It also includes some campaigns which arise out of particular national circumstances, against perversion of democratic standards and/or political corruption, or for regional autonomy or independence.

Both volumes have been transferred to the web in substantially the same form as the printed versions, but with some changes appropriate to their joint presence online, and with a few corrections and some factual updating incorporated into introductory text. New books and articles relevant both to nonviolent action in general and to specific movements or campaigns have appeared since the volumes were printed, and some have been or will be added to the appropriate sections. In addition important new protests which are part of the movements covered, or significant new movements, have emerged since the volumes were printed. The aim is to incorporate these once there is a reasonably substantial literature to cite.

In addition this website provides  pdf and Word versions of a few important books on civil resistance that are out of print. 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

Nonviolent Anarchism / Nonviolent Revolution

Fri, 14 September 2018

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David McReynolds 25 October 1929 – 17 August 2018

Mon, 10 September 2018

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Featured News from ICNC

Curriculum Fellowship Awardees 2018

Tue, 21 August 2018

In 2014, ICNC launched the Curriculum Fellowship Program to support development of courses on nonviolent conflict and promote teaching in the growing field of civil resistance studies by selecting seven curriculum fellows. In 2016, ICNC added a new component to the curriculum support program: online courses that interested fellows taught in 2016 and Spring 2017.  Online teaching became an …
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2018 High School Curriculum Fellowship Awardees

Tue, 21 August 2018

In Fall 2016, ICNC launched a grant program for high school educators from around the world to support development and implementation of educational initiatives on civil resistance movements and nonviolent action for their students. Fall 2018 is our second round of awarding fellows. Four exceptional fellows were selected to develop and teach courses on this topic …
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News from Waging Nonviolence

Guatemalans protest president’s decision to end a popular anti-corruption body

Sat, 15 September 2018

by Jeff Abbott
Police hold back protesters as a member of the Guatemalan congress leaves the congressional building on Sept. 11. (WNV/Jeff Abbott)
Almost three years to the date after the largest protests against the corruption of Otto Pérez...

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How Afghanistan’s peace movement is winning hearts and minds

Thu, 13 September 2018

by Roshni Kapur
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In May 2018, a group of seven Afghans in the mostly Taliban controlled province of Helmand set off on a more than 370-mile peace journey to the capital city, Kabul, sparking a nationwide movement.
Residents of Helmand have been paying a high price ever since the...

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