Peaceful protest is often seen as weak or ineffective, but practicing non-violence requires greater strength than violent confrontation. The strategy requires great courage and self-control, and peaceful protest is an effective means of facilitating change.
Peaceful protest lessens the moral legitimacy of those who use violent strategies. This reduction in legitimacy fuels coalition-building efforts and facilitates widespread condemnation of violent parties. Peaceful protest counters violence’s power with the strength of an integrative system.
When you protest a war peacefully, you set an example by not succumbing to the temptations of violence. Your audience will also be more likely to listen Read the rest of this entry…
In this country, we have the right to peacefully protest and boy do we love it. If you get your CSPAN or your Fox News through www.DirectSpecialTV.com, then you’ll see us out there taking to the streets and protesting something.
Sometimes these protests are nothing more than people literally making their voices heard and sometimes they turn violent. It’s not always the fault of the protestors either – sometimes the police and the enforcers make a wrong call and jump the gun and, before you know it, the fight is kicked off.
In order for peaceful protest to work, there must be an equal respect and sense of recognition on both sides.
The protestors must understand that they have the right to free speech and protest…WITHIN the law. That means that if they try to deviate their route beyond what was agreed or physically push through the police barricade, they are the ones at fault.
Alternatively, the police must recognize the protestors as valid citizens with very valid rights to express their discontent in a peaceful forum. They must not antagonize, bully or in any way throw their authoritative weight around that will instigate a fight.
At the end of the day, peaceful protestors and peacekeepers want the same thing and it can be achieved through a mutual understanding and respect for each other’s positions.
A peaceful protest is basically a display of a belief, excluding the any act of violence. Very few situations in history represent peaceful movements that have had an effect. A few of these movements are known as the March 1st Movement, it took place in Korea during 1919, as Korean protesters marched in Seoul during Japanese occupation and another is known and believed to be inspired by the Korean march is the Dandi march led by Gandhi against the British Empire. These two peaceful protest inspired many Read the rest of this entry…
Without peaceful protest, things would be dramatically different in America. The South might still be segregated, women might not be allowed to vote, and there would be no labor protection. Most wars have been halted by public dissent and a massive outcry for peace. Without protests, the Vietnam and Iraq Wars might still be going on. There is no denying that peaceful protests have saved many lives and brought mercy to many people’s suffering.
There would be no justice in America without our heroes who were brave enough to take to the streets Read the rest of this entry…
Peaceful protest is one of the most effective forms of getting your voice out into the public’s ear, and it will always draw attention to you and to those that support your cause. Additionally, it should always be your first option, since peaceful protest is typically the best chance you have of working within a system to gain widespread support for what you want changed.
Whether you want civil rights, a change in government policy or you just want your voice heard, peaceful protests Read the rest of this entry…
I recently watched the Pianist again. Have you seen that movie? It follows one man’s terrible story of survival of the second World War. It’s utterly wrenching.
Every time I watch this movie, I’m struck by the instinctively submissive nature in human beings. We yield to authority even if that authority has no real right over us. We yield even when doing so costs us our lives. The Jews outnumbered the Nazi soldiers. Why did it take so long for them to resist being treated like animals, being Read the rest of this entry…
When wars end, peace begins. War and peace cannot coexist, for they are opposite. It follows, therefore, that wars cannot be ended by other wars, or by violent means. That only substitutes a new war for the old one. We know from many revolutions exactly how that works out. The only way for war to end is for it to be replaced by peace, and peaceful protest is the only way to accomplish it.
Right now there are people Read the rest of this entry…