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

Florian Zollmann, Media, Propaganda and the Politics of Intervention

Fri, 1 June 2018

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Jeremy Brecher, Against Doom: A Climate Insurgency Manual

Fri, 1 June 2018

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Featured News from ICNC

How Can Resistance Movements Limit Mass Killings By Repressive Governments?

Wed, 9 May 2018

Presented by Evan Perkoski on Wednesday, June 20, from 12 Noon to 1 pm (US Eastern Time) REGISTER HERE! Webinar Summary Evan Perkoski, is the co-author of ICNC’s recent Special Report Nonviolent Resistance and the Prevention of Mass Killings During Popular Uprisings. His webinar will address how resistance movements can limit or eliminate the use …
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Co-Resistance or Normalization?: The Past and Future of Israeli-Palestinian Joint Civil Resistance Against the Occupation

Mon, 26 March 2018

Presented by Dr. Sa’ed Atshan on Thursday, May 24 at Noon (Eastern-US) REGISTER HERE! Webinar Summary All successful civil resistance movements need to build unity, develop creative strategies, and increase their level of nonviolent discipline. They also need to secure defections of many key pillars of support for the institutional target opposing the movement’s goals …
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News from Waging Nonviolence

Guatemalan farmers occupy plantation formerly owned by drug traffickers

Wed, 23 May 2018

by Jeff Abbott
Two children ride a bike through the plantation known as Las Palmeras in Guatemala. (WNV/Jeff Abbott)
Guatemala’s southern coast is in a constant conflict caused by the expansion of agro-industry. Across the region, small farmers struggle to feed their families as companies buy up more and more land for export crops....

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International resistance builds to save Sudanese teen from death penalty

Fri, 18 May 2018

by Phil Wilmot

Trigger warning: The entire article talks about sexual assaults and abuse.
Last Thursday, Sudanese...

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