Movement for a New Society: Nonviolent Action Training, Strategy

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George Lakey’s memoir tour. Over 100 author events cover Lakey’s (age 85) six decades of nonviolent action and strategy. Email to schedule a fall gig near you. More.

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Visit Professor Stephen Zunes’s site for his many articles, interviews, videos and books, including: Western Sahara: War, Nationalism, and Conflict Irresolution; Nonviolent Social Movements; and Tinderbox. Also see videos of his and other presentations at the MNS 50th Anniversary plus best nonviolence resources.

Download Free: How Agent Provocateurs Harm Our Movements by Steve Chase (2022, 45 pages), from Solidarity 2020 and Beyond and ICNC Press. Or order the paperback or e-book copies. See George Lakey’s review in WagingNonviolence.org and the trailer to Lakey’s bio-doc.

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About MNS & Site

This site presents the many vital impacts of Movement for a New Society: Nonviolent Action Training, Analysis, Vision, Strategy. Indeed from 1971-1988, MNS was a global training and action network of local and transnational groups. That’s how MNS successfully developed and “spread tools, skills and consciousness for effective nonviolent social change.” Moreover, MNSers trained, inspired and empowered thousands of progressive activists and organizations on all continents. So many have gone on to continue to lead and develop numerous subsequent campaigns and groups. MORE

Authors & Books

MNS members have published thousands of articles, books and videos fostering  Movement for a New Society’s “analysis, training, strategy” worldwide. In addition to founders and top strategists George Lakey and Bill Moyer, over a dozen other MNS leaders have also collectively founded and/or dramatically developed scores of organizations, campaigns and projects. These include two activist publishing houses: New Society Publishers and Common Courage PressMORE
Read “Oppose and Propose: Lessons from MNS

Strategy & Tactics

For every thousand hacking at the branches of evil, there’s only one digging at its roots.”
Henry David Thoreau

Veteran organizers from the Civil Rights, anti-war, peace and other movements for nonviolent progressive social change of the 1950s-60s founded MNS in 1971. Its leaders fostered and further developed the “hands-on” and “in-the-streets” experience, teachings, strategies and tactics pioneered by Gandhi, King and so many more. Thus they successfully integrated these with theories and findings of experts and academics such as Dr. Gene Sharp.


“Be the change you want to see…” – M.K. Gandhi

MNS established and ran activist training centers through the 1970s and 1980s in Philadelphia and other cities across North America, until formally
disbanding in 1988. However, in that year George Lakey and Barbara Smith co-founded TRAINING FOR CHANGE. Moreover MNSers Betsy Raasch-Gilman, Erika Thorne and Nancy Brigham were its chief  co-developers. So find links to its website, programs, resources, and opportunities for Nonviolent Action Training, Analysis, Vision, Strategy, at ActivistTraining.org

MNS Book Nonviolent Action Training, Strategy: How We Win by George LakeyMNS Book Nonviolent Action Training, Strategy: Resource Manual for a living Revolution MNS Book Nonviolent Action Training, Strategy: Nonviolent Social Movements by Zunes MNS Book Nonviolent Action Training, Strategy: Class Matters by Betsy Leondar-Wright

Find more at ActivistTraining.org,
ActivistTools.org & MNS 50th Reunion.

See George Lakey’s timely video Polarization & “How We Win” (30-min.),
2023 Author Tour, books, videos; and trailer for his new bio doc.
Also Bill Moyer’s final training video; and MNSers play “Rainstorm
a 2-minute “light-and-lively” (ice-breaker game) in 2009.

Movement for a New Society: Training, Vision, Strategy

Rainstorm Video | Oppose & Propose
MNS records archive is at Swarthmore Peace Collection | Privacy

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