Nonviolent Action Reading List – 1st Draft – 17 Jan/17
“This Is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century” by Mark Engler, Paul Engler – 2016 – http://a.co/2qCDnev – The first chapter of this book was one of the readings for the recent Civil Disobedience Workshop in Hamilton.
“Blueprint for Revolution: How to Use Rice Pudding, Lego Men, and Other Nonviolent Techniques to Galvanize Communities, Overthrow Dictators, or Simply Change the World” by Srdja Popovic, Matthew Miller – 2015 – http://a.co/duVoRKL
- “Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution” by Andrew Boyd, Dave Oswald Mitchell – 2016 – http://a.co/brr6lj5 – This book is also available on Scribd: https://www.scribd.com/read/235106273/Beautiful-Trouble-A-Toolbox-for-Revolution
- BeautifulTrouble.org is the fullest expression of the Beautiful Trouble Project. The Website includes all the book’s contents and much more.
- Further, after contributions from all over the world, a sister website went live on the Internet in 2016 – Beautiful Rising – https://beautifulrising.org Bursting with stories and hard won insights from activists across the Global South, this toolbox is an interactive platform for building better movements and designing more effective actions. Inspired by the concept of a “pattern language,” Beautiful Rising teases out the key elements of creative activism
“Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything” by Becky Bond, Zack Exley – 2016 – http://a.co/6M148Ms
“The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution” by Micah White – 2016 – http://a.co/0GLJE1e – This book is also available in the Hamilton Public Library
The Greenpeace Mobilization Cookbook – Free PDF Download – http://www.mobilisationlab.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/The_Mobilisation_Cookbook_2.pdf
Historical works of note; important background and context
Doing Democracy: The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements Only available in paperback – Jan 1 2001 by Bill Moyer (Author), JoAnn McAllister (Author), Mary Lou Finley (Author), Steve Soifer (Author) – https://www.amazon.ca/Doing-Democracy-Organizing-Social-Movements/dp/0865714185
“Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals” by Saul Alinsky – http://a.co/1j8asVe
Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals is the last book published in 1971 by activist and writer Saul D. Alinsky shortly before his death. His goal for the Rules for Radicals was to create a guide for future community organizers to use in uniting low-income communities, or “Have-Nots”, in order for them to gain social, political, legal, and economic power.
Free Full text of “Rules for Radicals”: https://archive.org/stream/RulesForRadicals/RulesForRadicals_djvu.txt
From Dictatorship to Democracy: A Conceptual Framework for Liberation – Fourth U.S. Edition – By Gene Sharp. 93 page PDF version freely available here: http://www.aeinstein.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/FDTD.pdf
How Nonviolent Struggle Works – By Gene Sharp – 2013, updated 2015. This small book offers the principal contents of the 902 pages of the original 1973 The Politics of Nonviolent Action to anyone who wants to learn the substance of how nonviolent struggle works: http://www.aeinstein.org/free-resources/free-publications/english/