Non-Violent Activism In The Face Of Violent Oppression



According to Ethical Consumer, there are currently 38 oppressive regimes in the world, with Iran, China, Burma, Sudan, and Yemen leading as the top five. The fact that authority is still being practiced through unjust and cruel treatment in some parts of the globe in the 21st century is unfathomable to some, but it's a very real and harsh reality. 
So what can be done to do away with these atrocities? Combatting violence with violence only leads to more oppression. However, Srdja Popovic, political activist and executive director of the Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS), says there is a way to to carry out nonviolent strategies and tactics when fighting against oppression. In fact, in his book Non-Violent Struggle: 50 Crucial Points, Srdja highlights the pillars of power, the pillars of support, and a number of non-violent alternatives for restoring balance during times of great turmoil. 
There is a reason the adage history repeats itself came into existence; because it does. And, this means great acts of peace can transpire just as they did decades ago. In "50 Crucial Points," Srdja reflects on how India achieved independence from the British Empire in 1947 through a non-violent struggle. He also features the abolition of Apartheid as effective non-violent action led by Nelson Mandela. Later in the piece, Srdja breaks down important steps to coming up with a non-violent plan, how to break that plan into phases, how to devise strategies, and how to manage and run a non-violent campaign to change public opinion. 
In the book "Making Oppression Backfire," Srdja and Tori Porell explore the concept of preparing for oppression as part of instigating and developing an effective movement. Comprehending the nature of corrupt authority and fear are vital aspects of this exercise. The authors discuss how activists can best be supported and protected -- something often overlooked in modern society. 

Here Srdja shares his own expertise, as well as important advantages in fighting against an oppressive regime in with non-violent action. 

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