America Abroad: Civil Resistance: The Power of the People

America Abroad: Civil Resistance: The Power of the People

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 9:00pm - 10:00pm

Credit: PRI

All across the world people are using nonviolent resistance to tackle corruption, to challenge their governments, and to protect their lands and their culture.

The strategies for a successful movement have evolved since the days of Gandhi, but at its heart, civil resistance harnesses the power of many to oppose those in power. On Civil Resistance: The Power of the People, airing Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370, America Abroad travels from Latin America to Africa to Southeast Asia to see what's happening on the ground and to gain perspectives from successful nonviolent movements.

Listeners will hear from a woman in Zimbabwe whose organization is pressing President Robert Mugabe to expand social and economic freedoms; visit Chennai, India, to meet a group that's found an innovative way to stand up to bribery; and travel to the isolated village of San José de Apartadó in northwestern Colombia, where for close to two decades they have remained committed to non-violence despite recurring attacks and numerous losses.

Guests Include: Walter Conser, History professor, University of North Carolina, Wilmington; Erica Chenoweth, Professor, University of Denver's School International Studies; Jesús Emilio Tuberquia, Leader of the San José de Apartadó Peace Community in Colombia; Mary King, political scientist and the author of the Freedom Song: A Personal Story of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement; Rev. James Lawson, Leading tactician of non-violence within the Civil Rights Movement; Hardy Merriman, President of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict; and Jenni Williams, Co-founder of Woman of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA).