Robert Levering
Article published on 19 March 2018
Rubrik : Die Flamme nähren, nicht die Asche bewahren / Feed the flame instead of conserving the ashes

Only the Vietnam era protests match the size and breadth of the movement unleashed by the election of Donald Trump. One point of comparison: The massive march and rally against the Vietnam War in 1969 was the largest political demonstration in American history until the even more massive Women’s March in January.

All around us we can see signs that the movement has only just begun. Consider, for instance, that a large percentage of those in the Women’s March engaged in their very first street protest. Or that thousands of protesters spontaneously flocked (...)

CND at 60:
Article published on 3 February 2018
zuletzt geändert am 19 February 2018
Rubrik : Neuerscheinungen

CND at 60: Britain’s most enduring mass movement

By Public Reading Rooms Publications

Due for publication in early 2018, Kate Hudson’ new book provides detailed coverage of the inside story of six decades of CND.

This book is timed to (...)

Milan Rai
The most effective actions exert power and engage conscience, argues Milan Rai
Article published on 29 January 2018
Rubrik : Fondements - Grundsätzliches

Someone rang up the other day and asked what PN thought about ‘peace education’. I said that there was a range of things going on, from super-fluffy let’s-just-be-nice-to-each-other talk which does more harm than good, through activist history and analysis, to training that helps people to gain skills and to become more powerful in their work for change. (We like the ‘direct education’ approach to activist training developed by George Lakey and others.)

Peace isn’t about ‘being nice to people’. Peace has to be built on justice and equality. That means confronting, undermining and overthrowing oppression.

The boycotts and the sit-ins and the defiant marches of the US civil rights movement were not (...)

Feature by Sue Smith and Denise Drake
Going to the source
Article published on 27 January 2018
zuletzt geändert am 8 February 2018
Rubrik : Die Flamme nähren, nicht die Asche bewahren / Feed the flame instead of conserving the ashes

Turning the Tide (TTT), a 20-year-old Quaker programme dedicated to spreading the skills for and understanding of nonviolence for positive social change, draws on the long Quaker history of working for peace and justice as the basis for our approach.

Our approach is experiential. Nonviolence training is a learning experience of the mind and body, both an individual and a collective experience. It’s radically different in its content and approach to formal schooling; a notebook and pen may be helpful but are not essential.

One of TTT’s volunteer facilitators, Kiyo Miyamoto, asked this question: ‘where does nonviolence training for activists come from?’ She then went about tracing this back through the local and global movements of the 20th century from which TTT sprang in 1994. Kiyo reported on her progress in a report called ‘Turning the Tide Pre-history: Tracing the origins of transformative nonviolence training’, which is available on our website.

This whole research project remains unfinished, but the initial findings are a treasure trove of this little-known and little-celebrated history.

We want to shine the light on this work, hoping PN readers will find it interesting and that it (...)

Sophia Lysaczenko
Article published on 24 January 2018
Rubrik : Weder Produktion noch Export von Waffen!

Sophia Lysaczenko will appear in court on 14 February. She is one of 43 people standing trial over attempts to disrupt the Defence and Security Equipment International fair in September.

I was only 15-years-old when millions of people marched against the military invasion of Iraq. Since then it feels like I have watched our world become more and more violent.

Last September, I finally decided to stand up, be counted and (...)

Charles C. Walker
Article published on 20 November 2017
zuletzt geändert am 23 November 2017
Rubrik : Die Flamme nähren, nicht die Asche bewahren / Feed the flame instead of conserving the ashes

Gandhi’s influence on the peace movement in the United States was felt as early as the 1920s. An effective exponent of Gandhi’s ideas was John Haynes Holmes, a prominent Unitarian minister and reformer, and an outspoken pacifist in World War I. He first set forth his discovery of Gandhi in a 1922 sermon titled “World Significance of Mahatma Gandhi” which was widely circulated. In another sermon the same year, “Who is the Greatest Man in the World Today?” this designation of Gandhi amazed many listeners, most of whom had never heard the name before. Gandhi’s autobiography was first published in America in the magazine Unity, which Holmes edited.

There were landmark books: by Romain Rolland in 1924, and three by C.F. Andrews published in 1930 and 1931. The Power of Nonviolence by Richard B. Gregg first appeared in 1934, and two revised editions were subsequently published. Probably no (...)

11TH - 15TH JUNE 2018
Article published on 17 November 2017
zuletzt geändert am 18 November 2017
Rubrik : Weder Produktion noch Export von Waffen!

Every Eurosatory***, we are there and we have been joined by many peace and faith groups in the past, and the network continues to grow.

We have lots of exciting things coming up in 2018, as we are working to raise awareness within France and (...)

New in print
Larzac 1971-1981
Article published on 12 November 2017
zuletzt geändert am 17 November 2017
Rubrik : Neuerscheinungen

Osman Murat Ülke, a Turkish CO was sentenced some years ago to 2 1/2 years of prison, where he started translating Wolfgang Hertles book (his thesis on political science) on the successfull Larzac struggle "LARZAC 1971-1981- Nonviolent (...)

Jorgen Johansen
Article published on 12 August 2017
Rubrik : Die Flamme nähren, nicht die Asche bewahren / Feed the flame instead of conserving the ashes

What was done to counter the ’rise and rise’ of Adolf Hitler, fascist German leader, in the 1930’s? What could have been done?

”What effect could nonviolence have had against Hitler?” This is one of the most frequent questions I get when I lecture on nonviolence. And it is a good one. To answer we need to look at different phases of the conflict and recognise the complexity of a world war. I see no good arguments why the answer should focus solely on the early phase of WWII, when the Nazi army was at its strongest. Neither will I avoid what could have been done, and was done, during those years.

I have often wondered what Europe would have looked like in the first half of the twentieth century if Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna had admitted the young Adolf, who twice tried to be accepted as a student! We will never know. More (...)

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Anti-nuclear campaigns
Article published on 5 August 2017
zuletzt geändert am 11 August 2016
Rubrik : Widerstand gegen Atomwaffen - Resistance against nuclear weapons

Within days of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, AFSC (American Friends Service Committee) and other religious organizations called on President Truman to ban nuclear weapons completely. Since then, tens of thousands of people have worked with AFSC to halt weapons testing, arms acceleration, and the spread of nuclear technology.

Large-scale campaigns to prevent nuclear annihilation began in the 1950s—when the Committee for SANE Nuclear Policy (co-founded by AFSC) focused popular energy on a test ban treaty. Anti-nuclear efforts peaked with the No Nukes and Nuclear Freeze (...)

Ralph Hutchison
blockade main gate; meet with Base Commander
Article published on 18 July 2017
zuletzt geändert am 2 August 2017
Rubrik : Widerstand gegen Atomwaffen - Resistance against nuclear weapons

A delegation of eleven U.S. citizens joined with activists from China, Russia, Germany, Mexico, The Netherlands, Belgium and Britain at a peace encampment at the German airbase in Büchel, Germany, where U.S. B61 bombs are deployed.

On Sunday, July 16, following the celebration of a Christian liturgy, Dutch and U.S. citizens removed the fence blocking the main entrance to the airbase and proceeded on site, the Dutch delegation carrying bread for a “Bread Not Bombs” action and (...)

On web

Toujours les anti-nucléaires, beaucoup (...)
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Site d’un groupe d’actions au Wendland, (...)
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