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Bloodless Lies: book review of “This is an uprising.”


The 1990 Oka Crisis is a good example of a diversity of tactics being used.

This is an Uprising, a widely celebrated new book about how social movements change history, distorts their histories to celebrate non-violence

By Lorenzo Raymond, The New Inquiry, November 2, 2016

THE black revolt of 2014 was a turning point in how Americans discussed the use of force in social movements. In the pages of the Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates acknowledged that “violence works.” Rolling Stone and the Huffington Post echoed much the same sentiment. Laci Green–a YouTube star and one of the “30 most influential people on the Internet,” according to Time–posted a popular video drawing favorable comparisons between the Ferguson riots and the revolution depicted in The Hunger Games. This sea change was led by the movement itself as African American youth in Ferguson rejected Al Sharpton and other older leaders, partly due to disagreement on strict nonviolence.

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‘We’re protectors, we’re not protesters:’ Northerner talks about Dakota arrest


Daniel T’seleie — who has roots in Fort Good Hope and Yellowknife — and two other men were arrested on Sept. 14 and charged with reckless endangerment for attaching themselves to construction equipment with a steel device. (Facebook)

Activist Daniel T’seleie says his arrest is part of an escalation of state force against pipeline opponents

By Mark Rendell, CBC News, September 21, 2016

A Northern activist arrested last week while protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline plans to return home later this week, although he’ll have to head back south for his court date, he says.

Daniel T’seleie — who has roots in Fort Good Hope and Yellowknife — was arrested on Sept. 14, for allegedly attaching himself to an excavator at a Dakota Access work site. Read the rest of this entry

Review: The Failure of Nonviolence: from the Arab Spring to Occupy

by Peter Gelderloos, Left Bank Books, Seattle 2013

Occupy Barcelona cops pacifists

Protesters in Barcelona learn that pacifism is not a very practical way to resist.

Review by Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, August 11, 2013

The basic premise of this book is that advocates of pacifism have lost the debate over tactics and strategies used by social movements, and only those that have used a diversity of tactics have been successful. A promising premise and even more promising title, considering the recent manifestations of revolt and protest that characterized the Arab Spring and Occupy movements, and the “official” pacifist narrative that portrays these as victorious examples of nonviolence. Since these two movements are both recent and have served as inspiring examples for a new generation (including, it could be argued, the Idle No More wave of protests), the task of unraveling the false narratives pushed by pacifists seems both timely and highly relevant. Read the rest of this entry

Smash Pacifism; A Critical Analysis of Gandhi and King

Smash Pacifism; A Critical Analysis of Gandhi and King is a 72 page, 8×11, zine critiquing pacifism and the legacies of  Gandhi and Martin Luther King.  

Smash Pacifism zine