by Satya Magazine –
Violence and Activism
Volume I of Satya’s Special Two-part Discussion
Featuring Reader Essays on the Weather Underground, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Animal Activist Pioneers Patty Mark, Paul Watson, Henry Spira and more!
In Shades of Grey, Editor-in-Chief Catherine Clyne frames the debate on the use of violence by activists, asking: What kind of world do we want to live in, and how are we going to get it?, and suggests the answer isn’t so black and white.
We start with voices of experienced activists who reflect on the effectiveness of their tactics.
• Ex-Weatherman Mark Rudd shares his experiences in Weathering the Storm.
• In Malcolm and Martin: Still Teachers of Resistance, theologian James H. Cone demonstrates the relevance of these two leaders in today’s struggles for justice.
• And peace activist Kathy Kelly explores The Further Invention of Nonviolence.
• Shifting to animal and environmental activism, we revisit the wisdom of Henry Spira in HyperActivism: The Phenomenon of Doing Without Achieving;
• Farm Sanctuary’s Gene Bauston is Walking the Talk to a Compassionate World,
• and Michael Greger asks, Morality Aside, is Violence an Effective Strategy?
• SHAC’s Kevin Jonas stirs the pot with Potlucks and Punches: Using Appropriate Actions for Appropriate Circumstances,
• Carol Adams reflects on Home Demos and Traumatic Knowledge.
• Rod Coronado argues Hypocrisy Is Our Greatest Luxury,
• HSUS’s Wayne Pacelle and J.P. Goodwin are Looking at the Bigger Picture: Violence, Change, and Public Opinion.
• We round the discussion out with Patty Mark, whose open rescues have been Opening Doors and Eyes to Animal Suffering;
• Paul Watson, who polices the oceans as The “Good” Pirate;
• and finally, What Would Henry Do? Pushing the Peanut Forward, a 1995 Satya interview with Henry Spira.
The Earth Liberation Front, Baader-Meinhof Gang /Red Army Faction, Animal Liberation Front, Earth First! of Humboldt County, Biotic Baking Brigade, Mano River Women’s Peace Network, Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty Campaign, and more.
Why Two Volumes?
We received so much material we had to create two volumes on violence and activism. Volume 2, to be published next month, will include more reader essays, and exclusive interviews with peace activist Medea Benjamin, Native American radical Ward Churchill, and David Hilliard, a co-founder of the Black Panther Party.
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