Movement for a New Society: Nonviolent Action Training, Strategy
LATEST LINKS & resources:
- Beautiful Trouble: Free monthly trainings. Find more.
- How Agent Provocateurs Harm Our Movements free booklet (2022)
- More Books & Resources from Movement for a New Society alums
- Ukraine and Nonviolent Resistance
- How to Rig an Election: The RACIST History of the 1876 Presidential Contest: Share Tom Hanks’/Washington Post 7-min. film
- The Movement and the ‘Madman film free on PBS American Experience or Passport: How activists used strategic nonviolent action to build a movement and thwart Nixon’s plan to nuclear bomb Vietnam
Dancing with History:
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.
Altar to an Erupting Sun
Chuck Collins’s new novel for and about climate and justice activists and change comes out May 2023. See his 5-min. video interview, description, praise and buy now.
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.
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
MNS trained, inspired and empowered thousands of progressive activists and organizations on all continents. So many have gone on and continue to lead and develop numerous subsequent campaigns and groups… MORE
Authors & Books
MNS members have published scores of books and thousands of articles fostering worldwide, Movement for a New Society: “analysis, training, strategy”. Its most notable are 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 Press. MORE
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
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.
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