A major limiting factor to the success of civil resistance movements is the worldwide lack of “infrastructure, processes, and information available to prepare organizers for the challenges of one of the toughest (and often underappreciated) jobs in the world” (Hardy Merriman, "Movement Building and Civil Resistance: Key Resources for Movement Organizers"). Activist learning, training, and education happens in many different forms, whether in the field or in a designated learning space. This series explores the theme of activist education and offers a broad picture of opportunities that are available to develop new skills and capacities for improving movement effectiveness.
January 21 is a national holiday in the United States that honors Martin Luther King, Jr., who first came to prominence as a civil resistance leader during the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Yet, the boycott was not inspired by King. It was inspired by Rosa Parks, one of the Highlander Folk School's best-known graduates [...]
One of the reasons civil resistance movements and campaigns have achieved a relatively high success rate in spite of challenges is that many activists learn by doing in the midst of organizing campaigns. How can activist learning be deepened to further improve movement effectiveness? [...]
Over the past few years, I have been working as a civil resistance trainer and educator in various parts of Pakistan including Azad and Jammu Kashmir. At times, my work to spread knowledge about civil resistance for human rights, peace, and democracy has brought me to cross red lines drawn by patriarchal principles in Pakistani society (and so many other places in the world). [...]
In my previous blog post, I shared with you my personal journey to becoming a civil resistance trainer and outlined a few takeaways about effective training approaches. In this post, I expand on those takeaways, which I hope civil resistance trainers in other parts of the world can use to improve their work. [...]