Civil Disobedience Index

"Those who profess to favor freedom, yet depricate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will."

Frederick Douglass, African-American abolitionist


The history of Civil Disobedience is a long and international one. ACT UP practices a form that comes from a variety of progressive movements. Below are several pages describing some of the history, theory, and practice of civil disobedience.

Many of these sections were taken (with love) from the Handbook for Nonviolent Action available from the
War Resister's League in New York City.

civil disobedience training


see also the following DOCUMENT links:


Civil Disobedience Training

Civil Disobedience TrainingACT UP, an activist group famous for its direct action against government inaction and drug company profiteering involving AIDS, is widely acknowledged as re-energizing civil disobedience tactics in America. From its inception in 1987, ACT UP continually held 5-hour training sessions for its members. DIVA TV (Damned Interfering Video Activists) taped one of these sessions and edited a 29 minute video, which was originally telecast on public access. The video describes how to do civil disobedience and what must be planned for it to take place safely and successfully.

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