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

Fashion, Fury and Feminism

Thu, 16 August 2018

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The Perilous Void

Thu, 9 August 2018

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Featured News from ICNC

Civil Resistance and Democratization Blog Series

Tue, 31 July 2018

With the Arab Spring uprisings of 2010-2012 in our hindsight, Minds of the Movement decided to explore a begging question among academic and international observers: What are the long-term effects of civil resistance on democratization? The series below takes on this challenging question, drawing on a rich set of case studies and data to make …
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Thematic Series

Mon, 30 July 2018

Civil Resistance and Digital Security “When you give in to privacy nihilism and you decide that you are not going to do anything, you’ve let the government win already.” – Eva Galperin, EFF Director of Cybersecurity In 2018, ICNC’s Minds of the Movement blog is rolling out a thematic series exploring important digital security questions …
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News from Waging Nonviolence

As the far-right descends on Portland, police target counter-protesters

Tue, 14 August 2018

by Shane Burley and Alexander Reid Ross
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For an event forecasted by media as the “next Charlottesville,” indicating a possible tragedy resulting from clashes between Patriot Prayer and anti-fascist protesters, the scene on Aug. 4 was remarkably familiar. Over the past couple of years...

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New NYC regulations on Uber and Lyft a victory for union organizing

Sat, 11 August 2018

by Skanda Kadirgamar
From left, Taxi Workers Alliance executive director Bhairavi Desai and organizer M. Tippu Sultan after the City Council hearing on Aug. 8. (WNV/Skanda Kadirgamar)
The New York City Taxi Workers Alliance achieved a crucial victory on...

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