JOIN US FOR A PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION
VIA SKYPE WITH CO-AUTHOR PAUL ENGLER ABOUT
Wednesday, October 5, 7:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron, 3300 Morewood Road, Akron, 44333
From protests around climate change and immigrant rights, to Occupy, the Arab Spring, and #BlackLivesMatter, a new generation is unleashing strategic nonviolent action to shape public debate and force political change. When mass movements erupt onto our television screens, the media consistently portrays them as being spontaneous and unpredictable. Yet, in this book, Mark and Paul Engler look at the hidden art behind such outbursts of protest, examining core principles that have been used to spark and guide moments of transformative unrest.
With incisive insights from contemporary activists, as well as fresh revelations about the work of groundbreaking figures such as Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Gene Sharp, and Frances Fox Piven, the Englers show how people with few resources and little conventional influence are engineering the upheavals that are reshaping contemporary politics.
Nonviolence is usually seen simply as a philosophy or moral code. This Is an Uprising shows how it can instead be deployed as a method of political conflict, disruption, and escalation. It argues that if we are always taken by surprise by dramatic outbreaks of revolt, we pass up the chance to understand a critical phenomenon—and to harness its power to create lasting change.
One of several activities taking place during Akron Peace Week
Sponsored by the NE Ohio American Friends Service Committee, Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron
More information: 330-928-2301, [email protected]
Moving Toward Action
Study Series on Oppression, Self-Determination and Making Change
First Thursday of Next 5 Months:
October 6, November 3, December 1, January 5, February 2
WOMB, 915 E. Market St., Akron, OH
Potluck at 5:30 pm – drinks provided. Study series begins at 6:00 pm
√ Define oppression and learn how illegitimate and unaccountable power uses oppression as a tool to damage self-determination and our chances of winning against abused power and unjust political, economic, corporate and media institutions.
√ Explore how oppression shows up in human interactions and reflect on ways to operate in ways beneficial to building broad based coalitions and allies.
√ Learn from past social movements frameworks, strategies, and mistakes made to apply to current struggles.
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[Links to readings will be forwarded after registering, so register early!]
Sponsored by: The W.O.M.B., Akron Organizing Collaborative, American Friends Service Committee