Jamila Raqib: The secret to effective nonviolent resistance
Jamila Raqib - Peacemaker
Jamila Raqib works on pragmatic approaches to nonviolent action for activists, human rights organizations, academics and governments globally. Full bio
since I can remember.
just six months after the Soviets invaded,
to understand what was happening,
and the fear around me.
on how I now think about war and conflict.
have a fundamental issue at stake,
to resist and to fight back.
and terrible violence is,
with the level of violence in the world.
that violence is morally wrong.
and as effective as violence.
situations around the world
struggle to conduct conflict.
with Gandhi and Martin Luther King.
nonviolent action for thousands of years.
that we have today in this country --
with the environment --
who fought for them
from this history,
is widely misunderstood.
of Ethiopian activists,
that I hear a lot.
tried nonviolent action,
and that was the end of that.
is equivalent to street protests
way to show that people want change,
actually create change --
people what they want
by destroying an opponent,
that an opponent needs to survive,
those sources of power.
can neutralize the military
through strikes and boycotts.
that can be used to do this.
of nonviolent action.
by corrupt former military officials
to do anything about it --
just 12 regular people,
to their friends
holding signs with a message:
as protests spread throughout the country.
to various government buildings
from running for office,
that they couldn't just keep protesting
the country refused to work.
and schools shut their doors.
blocked major roads.
of people using nonviolent action
are confused about what to do with them.
the color of the ruling party.
are getting better at grabbing headlines,
his troops into battle
nonviolent movements operate.
as military warfare,
and have clear objectives,
of how to achieve those objectives.
over thousands of years
dedicated to understanding
is rarely systematically studied,
in the world who are teaching it.
approaches of dealing with conflict
challenges that we're facing.
in its war against ISIS.
using nonviolent action.
in place a new public school curriculum,
homeschool their children
of just one act of defiance
of nonviolent resistance
was part of a larger strategy
that ISIS needs to function;
to extract and refine oil;
and communications networks
that ISIS relies on?
to imagine defeating ISIS
the way we think about conflict
nonviolent action has worked
systems and technologies
to better meet human needs.
used in place of war.
could then be abandoned
with weapons that are more effective.
nonviolent struggle more powerful
technologies of war.
lies not in condemning violence
About the speaker:Jamila Raqib - Peacemaker
Jamila Raqib works on pragmatic approaches to nonviolent action for activists, human rights organizations, academics and governments globally.
Why you should listen
Jamila Raqib is the executive director of the Albert Einstein Institution, which promotes the study and strategic use of nonviolent action worldwide. Since 2002, she has worked closely with Dr. Gene Sharp, the world's foremost scholar on strategic nonviolent action. Together, they developed a curriculum titled Self-Liberation: A Guide to Strategic Planning for Action to End a Dictatorship or Other Oppression. The publication is intended to provide in-depth guidance for planning a strategic nonviolent struggle.
Raqib represents the Institution at a number of domestic and international forums such as the Oslo Freedom Forum and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. Her work centers on presenting a pragmatic approach to nonviolent action to activists, human rights organizations, academics and governments. She travels throughout the world conducting consultations and workshops for individuals and groups seeking to achieve diverse goals such as opposing dictatorship, combatting corruption, attaining political rights, economic justice, environmental protection and women's empowerment.
She holds a B.A. in Management from Simmons College in Boston, MA, and is a Research Affiliate of the Center for International Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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