Five years ago today Waging Nonviolence published its first post — a short story about Dreamworks acquiring the life rights of Martin Luther King and the questions that arise when Hollywood gives its sanitizing treatment to a complex political figure. While that film project has remained stalled, Waging Nonviolence has not.
Despite starting out as a blog and the pet project of a few restless young journalists, Waging Nonviolence managed to avoid the blogosphere’s 95 percent abandonment rate. It then grew into a full-fledged news site with a staff and network of more than 250 contributors covering struggles for peace and justice all around the world.
These have been five incredible and historic years of people power. Since 2009, we have witnessed the Green movement in Iran, the Arab Spring, an uprising in Wisconsin, the European Indignados, the emergence of a climate justice movement and Occupy Wall Street. But that’s just the highlight reel. There are more struggles being waged each day around world than we are able to cover — a shortcoming that we are happy to admit!
So while Hollywood bides its time, waiting to tell the version of one story that most people already know, Waging Nonviolence will continue doing its best to tell as many of the little ones happening every day that you don’t.
Seventy-five years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the anti-nuclear movement is taking big steps toward abolition.
“Prison By Any Other Name” authors Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law caution against quick-fix solutions and spotlight grassroots abolitionist movement building.
As the 19th Amendment turns 100 amid a summer of mass protest, it’s important to remember the decisive role nonviolent direct action played in hastening its ratification.