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. 

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Israel is a terrorist state

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US climate breakthrough

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Featured News from ICNC

How We Win: Reflections on Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning

Sun, 24 February 2019

Presented by George Lakey on Thursday, February 21 at Noon (Eastern-US) Webinar Summary In this webinar, George Lakey, a long time social movement organizer and the author of How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning, shares some of the key lessons he’s learned about how to organize powerful, strategic, and effective movements. …
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Nonviolent discipline survey result

Tue, 15 January 2019

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News from Waging Nonviolence

Waging Nonviolence marks 10 years of publication with new website and community model

Wed, 20 March 2019

Today, we are unveiling a fresh new look on Waging Nonviolence. Even more importantly, we’re also launching a new approach to the way we cover movements. In short, Waging Nonviolence is now a platform for movement media. We will continue to publish the in-depth news and analysis you’ve come to expect from us, but we have also added a new community section where peace and justice organizations — as well as university research centers — will share their perspectives and stories. With all of our voices on a shared media platform, we’re confident that the sum of our parts will produce a more powerful message than any of our individual efforts.

Before we introduce you to the new members of our community and explain some of the other new site features, we’d like to...

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3 ways Sunrise Movement and Justice Democrats are changing what is winnable

Wed, 20 March 2019

A week after the midterm elections, 200 activists from the Sunrise Movement occupied Sen. Nancy Pelosi’s office with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to demand a Green New Deal. It came at just the right time, as the 24-hour news cycle made this bold proposal — advanced by a new generation of the climate movement and the Democratic Party — the next big story. The visionary urgency of the new guard contrasted powerfully with the plodding pace of the old guard, especially as Pelosi’s office showed no signs of major proposals a week after winning a new majority in the Senate. Since then, the Green New Deal has shaped the terms of debate around climate change — while also...

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