non-violent resistance

Use of the Word “Resistance” in Campaigning

          Appropriating World War II Language for 2018 U.S. Mid Term Elections We need a leader, not a movement. – Candidate for Governor of the State of Connecticut When I began reading Sophie Scholl’s story to audiences during my book tour this year, I wanted to educate people  about using the…

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Resistance Then and Now: Social Media vs. Leaflets

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Young people in the Islamic Republic of Iran are taking great risks to publicly protest against their President Rouhani and cleric leader, Ayatollah Khameni. With the help of social media, Iranians are gathering in the streets to protest theocratic corruption – rampant hunger and an estimated 40% unemployment plagues their country. The state controls all…

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Reading #4 from “With You There Is Light: Based on the True Story about Sophie Scholl and Fritz Hartnagel”

November 17, 2017. Books & Books in Grand Cayman, B.V.I.                     “Is today’s information overload the opposite problem of censorship?” The interested diverse crowd at my reading in November wanted to talk about Nazi Germany’s censorship and elimination of personal freedoms. We were discussing the Party’s control…

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer (German, 1906-1945)

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German theologian, pastor and political resistance activist involved in Berlin’s July 1944 plot to kill Hitler.  Bonhoeffer assisted in providing intelligence that led to the uprising. Executed before the war’s end, he left behind diaries and letters written while in prison that testify to an enduring and unwavering faith. Here below is…

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#Resistance during the Age of Trump: Not at all like German Resistance during World War II

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Note: The below personal essay describing a reading experience in September, 2017 provided this writer with the opportunity to further define “With You There Is Light” and its publicity platform. Although “resistance” is a popular word at present, future author readings will not address today’s appropriation and the attempt to often equate it with its…

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Civil Disobedience as Resistance

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 A Series of Posts (Part One of Four) On Political History, Context and President Trump Civil Disobedience As Resistance in America and Europe during the 19th and 20th Centuries “We should be men first, and subjects afterwards.”-Henry David Thoreau, American (1817-1862) “Laws change; our conscience does not.” -Sophie Scholl, German (1921-1943) It is doubtful that Sophie Scholl read the…

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Why Civil Resistance Works: Book Review by Alexandra Lehmann

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Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Non-Violent Conflict by Erica Chenoweth. My rating: 3 of 5 stars. This book’s concept is pretty huge and its far-reaching case studies work to prove it. The author does not, however, clearly outline the criteria for a non-violent resistance’s success. It lacks the mention of the Czech resistance which successfully…

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