Nonviolence Handbook

A.J. Muste Memorial Institute - International Nonviolence Training Fund

This fund gives grants of up to $3,000 for trainings that help people learn how to collectively use the theory and practice of nonviolent action to effectively carry out struggles for social justice. Projects must be located outside the United States or within Native nations in the United States.

Projects eligible for support include:

  • those which build capacity and leadership among people engaged in nonviolent struggles;
  • those which prepare participants for specific nonviolent actions or campaigns;

Who Has Power in a School?

Exercise to help people see that virtually everyone has some power and to convey the basic nonviolent understanding of power – that power comes from the obedience of others, and that there are various kinds of sources of power.

Why do what teacher says?

This exercise is to convey the basic nonviolent understanding of power – that power comes from the obedience of others, and that there are various kinds of sources of power.

Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns

Social change doesn't just happen. It's the result of the work of committed people striving for a world of justice and peace. This work gestates in groups or cells of activists, in discussions, in training sessions, in reflecting on previous experiences, in planning, in experimenting and in learning from others. Preparing ourselves for our work for social justice is key to its success.

Principles of the Students' Union of the University of Prishtina, 1997

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1) We are firmly determined for nonviolence in our thoughts, opinions, words and behaviour, even when provoked by police or when it uses violence against us.

2) We are going to be open and honest towards everybody, without distinction.

3) The purpose of our protest is not political. Its intention is obvious: the unconditional release of premises, buildings and campus of the University.

4) We do not try to defeat our adversary, but we are demanding the respect of human rights and civil freedoms equally for all people.

Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns

In February 2009 WRI will launch its latest publication the “Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns”.

WRI has often been asked for material on nonviolence training, or for introductory workshops. And finally decided it was time to produce its own training resource, where we could present an approach to nonviolence based on participatory forms of organising and reflecting what has been learnt from years of international work.

Dealing with gender in training in nonviolence

This article is the result of material published in the Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns and a session on gender and nonviolence at WRI's International Nonviolence Training Exchange, in Bilbao in October 2008.

It may seem simple and obvious that we want both men and women involved in our struggles against war and injustice. However, if we want to fully utilise people's talents, energy, and insights, we need to apply gender awareness to how we organise ourselves, how we design our campaigns, and how we conduct our trainings for action.

The applications of Augusto Boal's “Theatre of Oppressed” in Turkey

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By Hilal Demir and Ferda Ülker

Two books by Augusto Boal have been translated into Turkish and various periodicals have discussed his work and "Theatre of the Oppressed". We generally use his methods in nonviolence trainings, especially 'sculpture theatre' and 'simultaneous dramaturgy' and we also use them in our personal life. Boal's techniques offer simple and creative responses to stereotyped situations. If someone stares at you like a sex object, how about you simply picking your nose?

What Makes a Campaign Nonviolent

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Whether or not it includes a clear commitment to nonviolence, most of the basic steps in campaigns are the same: research and collect information, educate and train, develop a strategy. What, then, is unique about a 'nonviolent campaign'? It's certainly more than simply not being violent.
Many organisations and campaigns committed to nonviolence have statements of their nonviolent principles that explain their perspectives. WRI's Statement of Principles describes what we mean when we say we embrace nonviolence:

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