Authoritarian regimes can often seem too difficult to topple. But history shows that when mass numbers of people unite, they can achieve political rights even in the most brutal political systems. Learn how!
Why Strategic Nonviolent Action?
The concept of nonviolence can evoke many responses. There are some traits that nonviolence is and is not, though, that can help determine why we might choose strategic nonviolence in our movements.
STRATEGIC NONVIOLENCE IS...
Proactively using psychological, social, economic, and/or political methods
Able to engage widespread participation
Based on the ability and strength to disobey
Identified by the actions people take, not by what they believe
STRATEGIC NONVIOLENCE IS NOT...
A submissive/passive stance
Loving one’s enemy
A path cowards choose
Based only on verbal methods
Assuming people are inherently “good”
History shows that when enough people come together and challenge hierarchical power with strategic planning, unity of purpose, and nonviolent discipline, people power can win.
Below is a library of information on how communities have won through strategic nonviolent action. Prepare to be inspired!
Language is critical to maintaining culture and identity for people around the world. In Tibet, despite China’s systematic attempt to stamp out the Tibetan language, Tibetans continue to press for their rights.
Tibet is resource rich, exploited by China’s occupation. Like other communities, Tibetans are fighting practices that largely benefit outside interests, asserting their right to control their economies.
Religion and culture form the very fabric of Tibetan society. Through cultural expressions like dance, dress, and ceremonies, Tibetans are asserting their identity as Tibetan, including their right to religious freedom.
Environmental protection is a pressing global issue of our time. In Tibet, as around the world, countless inspiring people and communities are stopping mining, protecting endangered species, starting eco-tourism projects, and more.