Creating a Culture of Peace: Nonviolence and Civil Disobedience

Written by Veronica Pelicaric // Civil disobedience is normally understood as the refusal to follow a law that our consciousness deems unjust, harmful or in a moral sense unacceptable. The big question here is: Shall I obey the law of my state or the law of my conscience? For example, shall I pay taxes that … Continue reading Creating a Culture of Peace: Nonviolence and Civil Disobedience

When Civil Disobedience Becomes Necessary: The eToll Debacle

Written by Wayne Duvenage // The public protest against the introduction of an electronic tolling (eToll) system to finance an urban freeway upgrade in Gauteng - South Africa’s economic hub - is regarded as the biggest and most successful civil disobedience campaign since democracy in 1994. But how did an unjust eToll system come into … Continue reading When Civil Disobedience Becomes Necessary: The eToll Debacle

A vandalized mural for LatinX Heritage Month that has been repainted by its creators to read "They tried to bury us, they didn't know we were seeds" with a raised fist.

Accompaniment, Direct Action, and Deportation: A Conversation with Noah Rubin-Blose

A Conversation with Noah Rubin-Blose //  Background: On November 23rd, 2018 Samuel Oliver-Bruno, an immigrant from Mexico who had been living in sanctuary at CityWell church for 11 months, was arrested by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) during a trap appointment at a U.S. Immigration Services office in Morrisville, North Carolina. 28 people of the many … Continue reading Accompaniment, Direct Action, and Deportation: A Conversation with Noah Rubin-Blose

Theme Overview: Civil Disobedience

The phrase “civil disobedience” might seem, at first glance, an oxymoron. How can someone break the law in a way that others would consider “civil?”  The contributors to this section are all asking that question, and come up with answers particular to their contexts. There are many ways, it seems, for conscientious people to resist … Continue reading Theme Overview: Civil Disobedience