Nonviolent Action: What Christian Ethics Demands but Most Christians Have Never Really Tried
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A noted theologian and bestselling author shows how nonviolent action has been practiced in history and in current social-political situations to promote peace and oppose injustice.
475 elected black officials in the whole nation; five years later, there were about 2,240.40 Nonviolent protest was changing America. Unfortunately, the civil rights coalition began to fall apart after the successful events of 1965. Riots erupted in American cities. Black radicals denounced the participation of whites in the campaign against segregation. And white liberals turned much of their attention to the war in Vietnam. In the summer of 1965, Watts, a large black section of Los Angeles,
of the ruling regime.”8 After an hour with no response, they headed downtown to the Communist Party headquarters to announce their strike to the whole town. About one thousand workers marched out of the shipyard heading toward downtown Gdansk, armed with tools and clubs in case the militia should attack them. On the way, others joined them.9 When the crowd, now swelled to three thousand, approached party headquarters at 4:00 p.m., they met a motorized militia demanding that they disperse. When
since 1931. Unfortunately for him, when El Salvador’s dictator fled to Guatemala in May 1944, he brought along a contagious example of nonviolent resistance. The widespread opposition to Ubico’s tyranny took heart. First students, then schoolteachers went on strike. When cavalry charged a silent procession of women and killed a schoolteacher, a total strike occurred in the capital, Guatemala City. Workers stopped. Businesses and offices closed. The streets were deserted. On July 1, 1944, Ubico
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