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

Ethnic cleansing in the Jordan Valley

Thu, 23 November 2017

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The Rabble Element – police interviews with Chris Cole and Milan Rai

Wed, 22 November 2017

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Featured News from ICNC

Upcoming: How Can Civil Resistance Work Against Violent Coups?

Tue, 21 November 2017

A Webinar with Stephen Zunes Thursday, December 7 at 12 Noon (Eastern Time-US) (Click To Register) Webinar Summary Based on his forthcoming ICNC Monograph, Civil Resistance Against Coups, Professor Zunes will examine civil resistance movements against efforts by the military or other elements of the power elite to forcefully overthrow democratic governments and replace them …
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Did the Arab Spring Revolutions Bring More Violence to the Middle East?

Mon, 20 November 2017

News from Waging Nonviolence

Labor fights back against end to ‘temporary protected status’ for 59,000 Haitians

Wed, 22 November 2017

by Max Zahn
SEIU 1199 Vice President Gerard Cadet speaks at a press conference in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday. (WNV/Max Zahn)
Wilna Destin, a UNITE HERE organizer, fled political unrest in Haiti 17 years ago for asylum in the United States. After arriving on...

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First Nations occupy fish farms in British Columbia to force government action

Tue, 21 November 2017

by Brandon Jordan
Indigenous people camping in a section of the Midsummer Island fish farm in British Columbia, Canada. (WNV/Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw Cleansing Our Waters)
The sign outside the protest encampment on Midsummer Island in British Columbia,...

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