Srdja Popvoic, the Executive Director of The Centre for Applied
Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS), recently published an article in
Foreign Policy Magazine entitled, "The Secret of Political Jiu-Jitsu: How
to 'make oppression backfire' by peacefully leveraging the brutality of the
oppressors." The article can be found here: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/03/03/the_secret_of_political_jiu_jitsu.
CANVAS was a TNGO hosted visitor in 2012, and the Maxwell Public
Administration students did a capstone project with them.
About the article:
has traced and documented how grassroots activists from Ukraine,
Venezuela, Egypt and many other countries have dealt with oppression in the
course of their human rights struggles. Whether it is police brutality,
illegal detentions or even the open fire on brave civilians, oppression can
take many forms. But there are ways to deal with it accordingly - but that
comes only with proper strategy and knowledge of tactics.
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has created a three-fold strategy about how to deal with oppression, which is
discussed in depth in the article. With proper planning is it possible
for nonviolent movements to not only deal with oppression, it but make it work
in their favor. They have a booklet that is not available for here: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/files/fp_uploaded_documents/making-oppression-backfire.pdf. CANVAS would
appreciate you sharing this with your network so that as many activists as
possible may learn how to make oppression backfire in their own struggles.