Minds of the Movement

An ICNC blog on the people and power of civil resistance

Paradigm Shift: Media Imagery and the BLM Movement

There is no denying the drama of the worldwide mass demonstrations against systemic racism generally, discriminatory policing particularly, and George Floyd’s murder specifically. For weeks and weeks, it has unfolded in both predictable and surprising ways. In my experience, honed from decades in the news media, newsrooms begin to lose interest in such phenomena after about two weeks. But, as with practically everything else associated with this movement, the media attention has held steady. […]

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Interviews & People

Brazil’s Struggles for Indigenous Land Protection and LGBTQI Rights (Interview)

“I met Mariah Rafaela Silva in December 2019, at an EU Parliament conference on the trade agreements negotiated and signed between the EU and Mercosur. Mariah spoke passionately about the nonviolent struggles of indigenous and LGBTQI people to protect their human rights in her native Brazil. The stakes are high: the Bolsonaro administration itself verbally attacks and has adopted discriminatory policies against these communities, and indigenous land has been destroyed by fire or stolen by the government and its oligarchic allies. […]”

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Ideas & Trends

¿Despertar de la resistencia en América Latina?

2019 resultó ser un año muy movido para las sociedades del mundo que decidieron escribir nuevas páginas de resistencia civil. Las acciones no violentas en demanda de derechos, justicia y libertad fueron increíblemente diversas, enérgicas e inspiradoras en América Latina, donde el despertar popular sacudió regímenes y cambió gobiernos capturando la atención mundial.

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Ideas & Trends

Property Damage, Violence, Nonviolent Action, and Strategy

The opinions about property damage during protests are all over the map. Please entertain mine for a minute, as I’ve been thinking a lot about this since the 1960s, when my friends destroyed Selective Service files to interfere with the draft for the preposterous Vietnam war. I thought about property destruction harder when some of my mentors hammered on nuclear weapons in symbolic disarmament. I followed their footsteps and reflected on it while incarcerated for these sorts of acts. […]

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Ideas & Trends

Have Movements Disappeared during Lockdown?

Such a long period of lockdown, dominated by social distancing, fear of the virus spreading, and the omnipresence of state leaders in mainstream media all certainly represent challenges for movements. Holding demonstrations would present health risks and/or are outlawed, and alternative forms of protest do not draw as much media and public attention. Have movements disappeared? […]

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Ideas & Trends

Too Much Coverage of U.S. Anti-shutdown Protests? A Journalist Chimes In

You are not imagining things if you think recent anti-COVID-19-shutdown protests captured the news media’s attention with speed, regularity and intensity that many civil resistance campaigns can only envy. Several scholars and co-founders of a website that tracks news accounts of U.S. protests compared coverage of the anti-shutdown protests with that given to bona fide civil resistance actions such as last September’s nationwide climate strikes. As the researchers reported on Vox last week, the difference is stark. […]

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Scholarship & Research

¿Por qué algunos movimientos fracasan en conseguir resultados positivos y cómo se puede cambiar?

Mi post anterior arrojó una mirada sobre cómo los movimientos noviolentos frecuentemente juegan un rol en las transiciones políticas y la democratización. Sin embargo, en algunos casos, los movimientos noviolentos logran terminar con un gobierno autoritario en funciones, pero son incapaces de consolidar sus conquistas y por el contrario, la situación se deteriora. Ese tipo de impacto puede ser observado en tres tipos de movimientos […]

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