People Power

People Power : Unarmed Resistance and Global Solidarity

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Across the world, nonviolent movements are at the forefront of resistance against repression, imperial aggression and corporate abuse. However, it is often difficult for activists in other countries to know how best to assist such movements.

The contributors to People Power place nonviolent struggles in an international context where solidarity can play a crucial role. Yet they also warn that good intentions are not enough, solidarity has to listen to local movements.

Examining movements from Zimbabwe to Burma and Palestine, the contributors assess various forms of solidarity, arguing that a central role of solidarity is to strengthen the counter-power of those resisting domination and oppression.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 150 x 230 x 20.32mm | 476.27g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 12 b&w photographs
  • 0745329020
  • 9780745329024

Table of contents


Introduction, by Howard Clark

Section I: Resisting Repression, Civil War and Exploitation 2000-2008: Analyses of Unarmed Struggle

1. Serbia - Nonviolent struggle for democracy: the role of Otpor by Danijela Nenadic and Nenad Belcevic

1a. Serbia Eight Years Afterby Ivan Franovic

2. Burma - Dialogue with the Generals: the sound of one hand clapping by Yeshua Moser-Puangsuwan

3. Zimbabwe - Unarmed resistance, civil society and the limits of international solidarity by Janet Cherry

4. Nonviolent Movement for Peace in Colombia and International Solidarity by Mauricio Garcia Duran

5. India - MacroViolence and MicroResistance: Development Violence and Unarmed Grassroots Resistance by Anand Mazgaonkar

Section II: Nonviolent Citizens' Intervention Across Borders

6. Making Accompaniment Effective by Brian Martin

7. Developing Strategy for Accompaniment by Luis Enrique Eguren

7a. With Peace Brigades International in Colombia by Louise Winstanley

8. Civilian Peacekeeping: Providing Protection without sticks and carrots by Christine Schweitzer

8a. Making Peace Practical with Nonviolent Peaceforce in Sri Lanka by Rita Webb

9. Cross-border Nonviolent Advocacy during the second Palestinian intifada: the International Solidarity Movement by Veronique Dudouet

9a. The work of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI)

by Ann Wright

9b. International Women's Peace Service in Palestine by Angie Zelter

10. Voices in the Wilderness: Campaigning against Sanctions on Iraq 1995-2005 by Kathy Kelly and Milan Raid

Section III: Bases of Solidarity: Shared Identities, Interests and Beliefs

11. Feminist solidarity: Women in Black against War by Cynthia Cockburn

12. Transnational solidarity and war resistance: the case of Turkey by Andreas Speck

13. Solidarity based on Sexual Orientation: Regional Organising in Africa by Chesterfield Samba

14. Diasporas: potential partners in struggle by Andrew Rigby

15. Global Movements and Local Struggles: The Case of World Social Forum by Stellan Vinthagen

16. Worker Solidarity and Civil Society cooperation: blocking the Chinese arms shipment to Zimbabwe, April 2008

Section IV: Controversies in transnational action

17. External Financing of Opposition Movements by Jorgen Johansen

18. Nonviolence Training and Charges of Western Imperialism: a Guide for Worried Activists by George Lakey

Afterword: the Chain of Nonviolence by Howard Clark

Works Cited

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Review quote

'Without shying from the difficult debates, this book gives great insight into unarmed resistance movements. Highlighting their empowerment, diversity, and creativity, it shows how these movements provide solidarity and hope for all. -- Carmen Magallon, Vice-president, Spanish Association for Peace Research 'One of the world's most knowledgeable practitioners of the technique of non-violent civil resistance is the British activist-intellectual, Howard Clark. Based on his own broad experience from several decades of assisting local or national unarmed movements, he has gathered into one bracing volume a well-organised series of essays by seasoned observers or participants from across the globe' -- Professor Mary E. King, UN-affiliated University for Peace, and prize-winning author of Freedom Song: A Personal Story of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr: The Power of Nonviolent Action, A Quiet Revolution: The First Palestinian Intifada and Nonviolent Resistance, and The New York Times and Democratic Transitions in Eastern Europe, 1977-2005. 'Timely and stimulating' -- Professor Paul Rogers, Department of Peace Studies, Bradford University 'These cases are excellent analyses on how to generate non violent global transformation by working and acting locally' -- Professor Kevin P Clements, Director National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, The University of Otago Dunedin New Zealand.
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About Howard Clark

Howard Clark was a coordinator for War Resisters' International and embedded in civil peace initiatives in Kosovo throughout the 1990s. He is a founder of the Balkan Peace Team, and the author of People Power (Pluto, 2009).
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