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Additional Resources About Nonviolent Paths to Social Change

Books and Articles

  • Ackerman, Peter, and Christopher Kruegler. Strategic Nonviolent Conflict: The Dynamics of People Power in the Twentieth Century. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1994.
  • Asher, Sarah Beth, Lester R. Kurtz, and Stephen Zunes, eds. Nonviolent Social Movements: A Geographical Perspective. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 1999.
  • Barash, David P. The Survival Game: How Game Theory Explains the Biology of Cooperation and Competition. New York, NY: Times Books, 2003.
  • Chernus, Ira. American Nonviolence: The History of an Idea. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2004.
  • Helvey, Robert. On Strategic Nonviolent Conflict: Thinking About the Fundamentals. Boston, MA:
  • The Albert Einstein Institution, 2004.
  • Horgan, John. “Has Science Found a Way to End All Wars?” Discover, published online (March 13, 2008).
  • King, Mary. Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Power of Nonviolent Action. Paris: UNESCO Publishing, 1999.
  • King, Martin Luther. Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Radio Address to India. All India Radio (March 1959). 
  • Kurlansky, Mark. Nonviolence: Twenty-Five Lessons From the History of a Dangerous Idea. New York, NY: Modern Library, 2006.
  • Kurlantzick, Josh. “Terrorists Against Terror.” Asia Pacific Defense Forum, vol. 33, no. 3 (3rd quarter, 2008): pp. 36-40.
  • Lakshmi, Rama. “Son Retraces King’s ’59 India Pilgrimage.” The Washington Post (February 18, 2009).
  • Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story (in English and Arabic, comic book format).
  • Sharp, Gene. Politics of Nonviolent Action. Boston, MA: P. Sargent Publishers, 1973.
  • Shirky, Clay. Here Comes Everybody: How Digital Networks Transform Our Ability to Gather and Cooperate. New York, NY: Penguin Press, 2008.
  • Staples, Lee. Roots to Power: A Manual for Grassroots Organizing. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2004.
  • Talbot, David. “The Geeks Behind Obama’s Web Strategy.” The Boston Globe (January 9, 2009).


Filmography: Documentaries and Biographies

A Force More Powerful (2003)  Producer: York Zimmerman, Inc. Synopsis: This television series profiles how millions of people chose to battle brutality and oppression during the 20th century with nonviolent weapons — and won.

Running Time: 180 minutes

Bringing Down a Dictator: From Dictatorship to Democracy (2003)

Producer: York Zimmerman, Inc. Synopsis: Learn about nonviolent struggle and action as a means of political defiance. This film also explores how nonviolence helped depose Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic.

Running Time: 56 minutes

Eyes on the Prize (1987)

Producer: Harry Hampton

Synopsis: Eyes on the Prize is an award-winning documentary series on the U.S. civil rights movement that brilliantly illuminates the struggle for racial equality and social justice.

Running Time: 14 hours


The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers’ Struggle (1997)

Producer: Paradigm Productions

Synopsis: The Fight in the Fields follows the first successful organizing drive of farm workers in the United States, while recounting the many failed and dramatic attempts to unionize that led up to this victory. Among the barriers to organizing was the Bracero Program, which flooded the fields with Mexican contract workers between World War II

and the 1960s. Running Time: 120 minutes


Freedom on My Mind (1994)

Producer: Connie Field

Synopsis: Telling the dramatic story of the Mississippi voter registration project from 1961 to 1964, Freedom on My Mind is a landmark documentary that chronicles the most tumultuous and significant years in the history of the U.S. civil rights movement. Running Time: 104 minutes


Gandhi (1982)

Producer: Richard Attenborough

Synopsis: The biography of Mahatma Gandhi, who rose from a small-time lawyer to India’s spiritual leader through his philosophy of nonviolent but direct-action protest. Running Time: 188 minutes


Nongovernmental Organizations That Promote Nonviolence Burma Global Action Network

Día de Solidaridad con Cuba

Global Youth Movement


Invisible Children


One Million Voices Against FARC


One Million People Against Crime in South Africa


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