Westward Ho!

Marches, music, and Mace: A street-level account of the WTO debacle

Whatever happens with the WTO, my estimate is that the week of actions moved nonviolence forward by a quantum leap. I have not heard people talking so earnestly about nonviolence, or seen so many creative experiments with nonviolence, since the early Seventies. I think--I hope--that the environmentalists began to understand that nonviolence is more than getting arrested (a really common confusion), and I hope that the church people began to understand that civil disobedience is a form of nonviolence, rather than lawlessness that spoils demonstrations.

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