Online Conversation: Nonviolent Protest in US
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Join us for a conversation presented by Grace Cathedral and City Lights, with Michael G. Long, editor of We the Resistance: Documenting a History of Nonviolent Protest and Miguel Bustos, Senior Director of the GLIDE Center for Social Justice, moderated by Patrick Thompson, a veteran antitrust litigator.
As worldwide protests against racial injustice continue, a historical perspective on social justice activism is crucial for strategizing long-term goals.
While historical accounts of the United States typically focus on the nation’s military past, a rich and vibrant counter-narrative remains basically unknown to most Americans. This alternate history of the formation of our nation—and its character—is one in which courageous individuals and movements have wielded the tools of nonviolence to resist unjust, unfair, and immoral policies and practices.
Join the conversation to gain perspective on the ingredients of a successful nonviolent protest, what problems arise for the movement when protests turn violent, the roots of today’s protests and the answers to the questions: Have violent protests ever worked, how have earlier presidents responded to nonviolent protests, and what are the most important lessons we can learn from the past?