Across the world, nonviolent movements are at the forefront of resistance against repression, imperial aggression and corporate abuse. However, it is often difficult for activists in other countries to know how best to assist such movements.
The contributors to People Power place nonviolent struggles in an international context where solidarity can play a crucial role. Yet they also warn that good intentions are not enough, solidarity has to listen to local movements.
Examining movements from Zimbabwe to Burma and Palestine, the contributors assess various forms of solidarity, arguing that a central role of solidarity is to strengthen the counter-power of those resisting domination and oppression.
Howard Clark was a coordinator for War Resisters' International and embedded in civil peace initiatives in Kosovo throughout the 1990s. He is a founder of the Balkan Peace Team, and the author of People Power (Pluto, 2009).
Foreword Introduction, by Howard Clark Section I: Resisting Repression, Civil War and Exploitation 2000-2008: Analyses of Unarmed Struggle 1. Serbia - Nonviolent struggle for democracy: the role of Otpor by Danijela Nenadic and Nenad Belcevic 1a. Serbia Eight Years Afterby Ivan Franovic 2. Burma - Dialogue with the Generals: the sound of one hand clapping by Yeshua Moser-Puangsuwan 3. Zimbabwe - Unarmed resistance, civil society and the limits of international solidarity by Janet Cherry 4. Nonviolent Movement for Peace in Colombia and International Solidarity by Mauricio Garcia Duran 5. India - MacroViolence and MicroResistance: Development Violence and Unarmed Grassroots Resistance by Anand Mazgaonkar Section II: Nonviolent Citizens' Intervention Across Borders 6. Making Accompaniment Effective by Brian Martin 7. Developing Strategy for Accompaniment by Luis Enrique Eguren 7a. With Peace Brigades International in Colombia by Louise Winstanley 8. Civilian Peacekeeping: Providing Protection without sticks and carrots by Christine Schweitzer 8a. Making Peace Practical with Nonviolent Peaceforce in Sri Lanka by Rita Webb 9. Cross-border Nonviolent Advocacy during the second Palestinian intifada: the International Solidarity Movement by Veronique Dudouet 9a. The work of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) by Ann Wright 9b. International Women's Peace Service in Palestine by Angie Zelter 10. Voices in the Wilderness: Campaigning against Sanctions on Iraq 1995-2005 by Kathy Kelly and Milan Raid Section III: Bases of Solidarity: Shared Identities, Interests and Beliefs 11. Feminist solidarity: Women in Black against War by Cynthia Cockburn 12. Transnational solidarity and war resistance: the case of Turkey by Andreas Speck 13. Solidarity based on Sexual Orientation: Regional Organising in Africa by Chesterfield Samba 14. Diasporas: potential partners in struggle by Andrew Rigby 15. Global Movements and Local Struggles: The Case of World Social Forum by Stellan Vinthagen 16. Worker Solidarity and Civil Society cooperation: blocking the Chinese arms shipment to Zimbabwe, April 2008 Section IV: Controversies in transnational action 17. External Financing of Opposition Movements by Jorgen Johansen 18. Nonviolence Training and Charges of Western Imperialism: a Guide for Worried Activists by George Lakey Afterword: the Chain of Nonviolence by Howard Clark Works Cited Index