Suggestions from the Commons Librarians about resources to explore in the Nonviolent Direct Action topic area, including NVDA theory, practical guides and case studies.
Nonviolent Direct Action
Strategic nonviolence is a rich tradition within social change movements, generating theoretical exploration, research, different group formations and tactical innovation. In this topic you’ll find case studies, manuals, inspiring quotes, training materials, and practical how-to-guides.
Tasmanian Wilderness Society activists blockaded the Tasmanian Franklin below Gordon Dam site, proposed by the Hydro Electric Commission.
Street marches and trade union action typified Australian resistance to the building of nuclear reactors and uranium mining and export.
A study of 44 dilemma actions over the last 90 years examines the many benefits of creative protests for social movements.
Actions and learnings from Australia’s Disrupt Land Forces Campaign at the Brisbane’s 2021 Land Forces weapons expo.
Greenpeace and Sea Shepherds force Japanese seafood company Nissui to sell stakes in whale hunting ships 2005-2006
Greenpeace and Sea Shepherd initiated a consumer boycott against Sealord Tuna to end whaling by its parent company, Nissui.
The Gurindji of Wave Hill Station (Northern Territory) protested by a walkout against low wages, leading to the land rights movement.
Torres Strait Islander soldiers strike to end discrimination in the army during World War Two.
Torres Strait Islanders refused work in the Native Affairs pearling fleet due to racial discrimination and held a maritime strike in 1936.
Australian civil society groups resisted military participation in the war in Vietnam through organised and nonviolent action, from the late 1960s to the early 1970s.
A practical guide to help groups and individuals understand legal issues around organising and participating in non-violent direct actions in the Australian Capital Territory.
The S11 Alliance protested againsts the World Economic Forum in Melbourne in September 2000. Their blockades were met by police violence.
A video series from the Social Change Lab, University of Queensland explores how to use learnings from psychology to create social change.
Blockades that changed Australia including Jabiluka, the Bentley blockade, S11, Nookanbah and the Knitting Nannas.
Historical overview of the Australian movement against uranium mining, focussed on two major campaigns: Roxby and Jabiluka.
Introduction Stepping Out For Peace is an oral history of activism carried out by Western Australian groups People for Nuclear Disarmament (WA) and its forerunner the Campaign Against Nuclear Energy. It includes a detailed and heavily illustrated account of campaigns from the 1970s onwards against uranium mining, nuclear reactors, nuclear weapons, and militarism. In doing […]
Are you looking for a dictionary, glossary and terminology related to civil resistance, activism and organising? Here is a list of resources.
These new resources (publication and webinar) from the International Center of Nonviolent Conflict ICNC adds new methods of nonviolent action to the list of 198 methods categorized by Gene Sharp in 1973 in his book, The Methods of Nonviolent Action. It inspires, analyzes, and summarises Dr. Sharp’s tactics and updates his work by documenting additional methods of nonviolent action and scholarship.
Learn how to organize your first protest – Resources from the Article 20 Network including a recorded discussion with experience organizers.
Resources about resisting repression, defending civil liberties, promoting alternatives to repression and fostering nonviolent methods of social defence and social change.