Posts by Philip Wight

Yeb Sano’s fast for the climate offers sanity amid the madness of global inaction

Filipino lead negotiator Yeb Sano undertook a 13-day fast for the climate at the U.N. climate talks in Warsaw. ( By Philip Wight. Originally posted on Waging Nonviolence, November 25th, 2013.   Less than two weeks ago, Filipino climate negotiator Yeb Saño delivered a landmark speech on climate change. Speaking before delegates of 195 nations at the 19th conference… read more

Why Gender Matters For Building Peace

By Mary Elizabeth King First published on Waging Nonviolence, November 24th, 2011 One of the most extraordinary nonviolent, transnational movements of the modern age was the women’s suffrage movement of the first two decades of the 20th century. New Zealand first extended the franchise in the late 19th century—after two decades of organizing efforts. As… read more

Pushing the Powerful Into a Moral Corner at India’s Barefoot College

Women working in a solar engineering lab at Barefoot College. Photo by Miki Kashtan.   By Miki Kashtan Originally posted on Waging Nonviolence, March 7th, 2012. One of the challenges that nonviolent campaigns face is how to engage those in power. Whether it be the British officials, as in Gandhi’s case, or the 1 percent, as… read more

The Power of Wangari Maathai

By Ken Butigan. First published on Waging Nonviolence, September 29th, 2011. The first thing Wangari Maathai did after being notified that she had won the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize was to plant a tree in her backyard. She said she did this whenever she celebrated something. Maathai died of ovarian cancer [on September 25th, 2011] in Nairobi.… read more

Remembering the Resistance of Rosa Parks

By Bryan Farrell. Originally published by Waging Nonviolence on December 2nd, 2010. Yesterday [December 1st, 2010] marked the 55th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ refusal to move to the “colored” section of a public bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her act of civil disobedience led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which lasted for more than a year,… read more’s Bold New Plan to Save the Climate

By Philip Wight From Waging Nonviolence (December 3, 2012) It’s a cold fall evening in Columbus, Ohio, but nearly a thousand people are ready to contemplate the consequences of man-made global warming. A tall, slender man strolls on stage and the crowd instantly rises, applauding for nearly two minutes, much to the discomfort of the humble speaker.… read more

Alice Paul’s Enduring Legacy of Nonviolent Action

Suffragists picketing in front of the White House in 1917. (Harris & Ewing/Library of Congress) By Ken Butigan Article originally posted on Waging Nonviolence Turning points are easier to recognize long after they’ve occurred than while they’re taking place. One of those shifts happened 100 years ago next month, setting in motion a dramatic strategy… read more

George McGovern’s Imperfect Peace

By Metta Blogger Philip Wight This past Sunday, October 21st, former U.S. senator and presidential candidate George McGovern died at the age of ninety. Since his death, newspapers and the internet have buzzed with tributes to the “idealism” and “optimism” of the late McGovern, especially praising his role as a “peacenik” during the Vietnam War.… read more