"What's Next"? We Hope More Nonviolent Campaigns!

Image: Liam James Doyle, Pioneer Press

“What next?”

The big question after our weekend of resistance.
Movements are made of large demos, lobbying and grassroots campaigns.
But nonviolent actions are most effective as part of nonviolent campaigns and we need build our skills to build campaigns.


We need tools to organize campaigns.

Our "Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns" is chock full of them, including 'developing strategic campaigns', 'organizing effective actions', case studies from Chile under the Pinochet regime and South Africa under apartheid that show how people resisted and noncooperated with oppressive regimes.

Check it out!


War Resisters League believes change happens through the implementation of revolutionary nonviolence. Nonviolent Direct Action is powerful. There are many dramatic images of nonviolent action; indeed, the ability to dramatise an issue is one of the strengths of nonviolence. However, this drama doesn't just happen. It gestates – in groups or cells of activists, in discussions, in training sessions, in reflecting on previous experiences, in planning, in experimenting, in making contacts. As a 94 year old organization, War Resisters League has been training for, and doing, nonviolent direct actions since the 1940's. We ground ourselves in what groups around the world, in the War Resisters International community, have done and how they have done it. We do not try to present a definitive model, but to suggest methods that have worked in various contexts, that can be adapted by creative nonviolent activists in their own situations. We want to share these lessons with you: click here for some of them!