Module 1

What Is Civil Resistance?

Civil resistance – the strategic use of nonviolent tactics such as strikes, boycotts, sit-ins, mass demonstrations, and civil disobedience to affect political, social, or economic change – is being increasingly acknowledged as a pragmatic and effective way to wage a struggle against oppressions, injustice, and autocracy.

This method of struggle is not new, however.  For hundreds of years, ordinary people have exercised civilian-based power to protect and defend human rights, overthrow brutal dictators, gain independence, and  establish democratic self-rule.  Watch this introductory video to get glimpse into the rich history of civil resistance and then dig a little deeper by exploring some of the case studies and interviews.

Additional Resources:

Your Assignment:

Check out the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict’s library of nonviolent conflict summaries.  Pick one conflict to read (ideally one in which you are not familiar).  Then post a comment on this page describing a specific nonviolent tactic the movement used and how it applied pressure and affected some type of political, social, or economic change.

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