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Making Nonviolence Work

by Starhawk An ecological understanding of violence sees it as a pattern of relationships that underlies all systems of domination and control. Such systems are characterized by: –the concentration of resources and the fruits of labor to benefit the few. –top-down decision making. Bosses who give orders and issue directives that others must obey. Violence underlies these systems. Violence is : –the capacity to inflict physical pain, harm or death. –the capacity to punish by restricting freedom and limiting choices. –the capacity to withhold vital resources or rewards. –the capacity to inflict emotional and psychological damage and to shame and humiliate. Systems of domination, no matter how powerful they seem, are unstable. They are inherently unsustainable, because to...

posted on: Dec 2, 2012 | author: organizingforpower

Coming Out of Jail Stronger

by Starhawk In the many times I’ve been to jail, here are some of the overwhelming responses I’ve noticed in myself and which you might be experiencing: Rage: Jail is simply the distilled form of the larger violence around us. Anger is a sane and healthy response, but you may find it deflected onto your friends and families instead of directed to the systems of oppression we’re fighting. Warn your friends and coworkers to tread gently and not order you around for a while. Be prepared for flashes of rage, and try to remember whom we’re really angry at. Self-Blame: You’ve been in a system designed on every level to make you feel bad, wrong, inadequate and powerless....

posted on: Dec 2, 2012 | author: organizingforpower

Deconstructing Empire, with Starhawk & Lisa Fithian...

posted on: Oct 1, 2012 | author: organizingforpower