Nonviolent Direct Action
By Cliff DuRand
Center for Global
A Force More Powerful: Six Case Studies in Nonviolent Direct Action
Tue, Jan 26, 1pm, “Part 1: India, Nashville, South Africa”
Thu, Jan 28, 1pm, “Part 2: Denmark, Poland, Chile”
Teatro Santa Ana
Some of the 20th century’s most inspiring and least known stories are about where nonviolent popular power overcame oppression and authoritarian rule. The documentary A Force More Powerful tells some of those stories in a two-part film being presented by the Center for Global Justice. It recounts the story of how Gandhi’s nonviolent weapons helped win independence for India, and how black college students in Nashville, Tennessee, used disciplined nonviolent direct action to desegregate downtown lunch counters. Nonviolent civil disobedience was also used against apartheid in South Africa and against the German occupation of Denmark in the 1940s. Polish workers in solidarity and Chilean workers also were successful in making significant social change through nonviolent struggles. These struggles give proof to the often heard slogan “The People United Will Never Be Defeated.” It just sometimes takes a little time.