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Non-Violent Manifestations of Conflict
Transcript of Non-Violent Manifestations of Conflict
Responses can be both violent and non-violent. This presentation is about non-violent responses to conflict and strategies for change.
Worldwide, Feb. 15th 2003
New York City, Fall 2011
Egypt, Feb. 2011
Brazil, June 2013
US, March 2012
Cairo, June 2013
Washington, DC Feb. 2013
In each of the following examples, answer the following two questions:
1. Issues: What is/are the main issue (s) at the heart of the conflict?
2. Methods: How are people responding to the conflict? What methods are they using?
What is non-violent resistance?
Howard Zinn on Civil Disobedience
Civil disobedience is a form of nonviolent resistance in which people are "disobedient to laws" that they consider to be unjust. It a tactic often employed by those taking part in social movements.
Henry David Thoreau, the Harvard-educated 19th-century philosopher and poet, remains a major symbol of peaceful resistance because of his 1849 work, "Civil Disobedience," in which he questions why people would obey a government whose laws they believe to be unjust. On account of his opposition to slavery, Thoreau refused to pay taxes, an act that briefly landed him in jail in 1846 (a relative bailed him out).
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Recent examples of
Nonviolent conflict is a method of struggle. It’s a nonviolent, nonmilitary way for groups
to prosecute conflict using methods like protests, boycotts, strikes, civil disobedience, in
order to fight and win basic rights and freedoms. As a form of struggle, it’s certainly
active, sometimes confrontational – it sometimes involves confrontational methods, but
the difference between this and we were talking about asymmetric violence is that it
doesn’t involve violence or the threat of violence.
Maria Stephan, Manager of Educational Initiatives at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict in Washington DC
NYC, Sept. 2014, Flood Wall Street