Minds of the Movement

An ICNC blog on the people and power of civil resistance

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Greta Thunberg and the Power of Strategic Movement Messaging

Though Greta Thunberg is not the leader of the youth climate change movement (which defines itself as leaderless), she has emerged as an eloquent spokesperson and almost singlehandedly has fashioned a powerful moral narrative for the movement. She has done so by using imagery, subconsciously resonating with pop culture, pushing social boundaries, and evoking moral authority. […]

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Movement Commentary

The Meira Paibis: The Brave Mothers of Manipur at the Forefront of a Strong Nonviolent Resistance Movement

India is often referred to as the world’s largest democracy, but one may question what kind of democracy imposes martial law on its own people. The Meira Paibis (“women with bamboo torches”) of Manipur in northeast India have been organizing for decades against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), a controversial act that has spurred police impunity in the region. […]

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Ideas & Trends

The Youth Climate Movement’s Early Tactics and Gains: Declaring A Climate Emergency

Student climate strikers have sought to get local and national authorities to “treat the climate crisis as a crisis” by passing climate emergency declarations. The NGO Climate Mobilization now estimates that over 221 million people are represented by governmental entities that have made such declarations. This fundamental reframing work is a strategic first step in galvanizing power of ordinary citizens around the world to pressure their governments to take action.

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Movement Commentary

What’s Next In Puerto Rico’s Movement for Justice and Democracy

“This is a fight for democracy and decolonization… The people are asking for respect, transparency, and a decolonization process,” Puerto Rican activist Javier Smith Torres said. The talk of revolution, a radical change to the entire system of government, is still afoot in Puerto Rico. What has already crystallized here this summer, though, is that ordinary people have become the protagonists in their political sphere. […]

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Movement Commentary

From Local to Transnational: Puerto Ricans’ Struggle against Coal Ash Dumping

For the past 40 years, the community of Tallaboa Encarnación, in the municipality of Peñuelas, Puerto Rico, has been the site of sustained civil resistance campaigns against environmental polluters in the area. Yet the struggle has intensified in the past few months. […]

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Movement Commentary

Rural Ugandan Youth Turn to Direct Action, and It’s Curbing Deforestation

Uganda’s forests are disappearing at disturbing rates. After tireless but unproductive advocacy efforts, a small group of young farmers in the remote district of Amuru may have found a hack to curb deforestation with direct action. This year they’ve already impounded 27 truckloads of charcoal […]

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Movement Commentary

Cómo el levantamiento por la democracia de Sudán sacude los mitos prevalecientes sobre la Resistencia Civil

Una poderosa insurrección civil por la democracia en Sudán que ha derrocado a un dictador que ha permanecido por mucho tiempo en el poder, y con el sucesor aún en proceso de designación los sudaneses están esperanzados de obtener una completa transición a la democracia. […]

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Movement Commentary

North Macedonia’s Colorful Revolution is Over. What’s Next?

On the Minds of the Movement blog, Sonja Stojadinovic comments on the 2015-2016 nonviolent movements for freedom from corrupt government that have set the people and politics of North Macedonia on a new historical path.

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Movement Commentary

How Can Movements Effectively Counter Co-optation?

A natural response to suspected co-optation may be for activists to name and shame persons who were bought out, labeling them as traitors who cannot be trusted. Yet there might be a more shrewd way of handling co-optation: discreetly isolate, then disarm, then show them the exit. […]

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Movement Commentary

Tres maneras de reducir los conflictos internos en los movimientos de resistencia civil

Uno de los momentos menos favoritos en mi trabajo como gerente de emergencias en las protestas contra el oleoducto de Standing Rock en 2016-2017, fue contemplar el cierre de una cocina del campamento debido a conflictos culturales entre dos grupos tribales nativo americanos. La cocina del ‘Campamento California,’ inicialmente dirigida por una chef profesional de la tribu Kurok, servía hasta 400 comidas diarias en su apogeo. […]

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