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

Review: Kicked in the Sh*tter

Wed, 19 April 2017

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Review: Kicked in the Sh*tter

Wed, 19 April 2017

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News from War Resisters' International

CO day 2017: showing solidarity with war refusers everywhere!

Wed, 17 May 2017

Pedalling for peace in Seoul on CO dayPedalling for peace in Seoul on CO dayInternational Conscientious Objection Day was marked on Monday by antimilitarists around the world, celebrating those who have - and those who continue - to resist war, especially by refusing to be part of military structures. It’s a day when we celebrate refusal, disobedience, and everything...

War Stops Here: support international resistance at the London arms fair

Wed, 17 May 2017

Featured News from ICNC

Russian dissident Vladimir Kara-Murza talks about nonviolent resistance

Thu, 18 May 2017

ICNC sat down recently with renowned Russian dissident Vladimir Kara-Murza, vice chairman of the pro-democracy NGO, Open Russia. Kara-Murza, who has been in the Putin regime’s crosshairs for years, shared his thoughts on various aspects of nonviolent civil resistance in his native country.
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U.S.: Black Lives Matter tries a new tactic in the age of Trump

Mon, 15 May 2017

News from Waging Nonviolence

Teaching peace from a dictatorship

Sat, 20 May 2017

by Phil Wilmot
Screenshot from a video featured in Solidarity Uganda’s Nonviolent Action and Movement Building course.
In 2013, I co-founded the nonviolent resistance organization Solidarity Uganda, which works...

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Tearing down the walls that keep us from finding common ground

Thu, 18 May 2017

by JoAnn McAllister

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The current occupant of the White House wants to build a “real,” “big,” “serious” wall. To avoid a government shutdown, the administration wavered on the timing of funding. But that does not mean a wall, or walls, will not be built. Walls are material structures, and — maybe more importantly — they are metaphors. They promote ideas like possession, property and separation, as well as mine, yours, who belongs, and who doesn’t belong. They create emotional responses: safety, trust, envy, frustration, fear, anger, dread, hostility. The wall on the...

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