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04 August 2005 @ 08:29 am
Peaceful Tactics  
What minority groups in the past who strongly objected to something won their way through peaceful means? What were their tactics?
Douglaschiaspod on August 4th, 2005 03:43 pm (UTC)
An obscure political figure by the name of Mahatma Ghandi comes to mind.

And maybe a quiet, poorly spoken preacherman from Atlanta named Michael Luther King. He was later renamed Martin when he turned 6.
intrepid_reasonintrepid_reason on August 4th, 2005 09:00 pm (UTC)
Segregation of buses, sit-ins, and obstinant protests. i.e. I will sit here. I will go to jail to protect my rights. Also women's right to vote.
AsterothXasterothx on August 5th, 2005 06:07 pm (UTC)
Absolutely Martin Luther King's side of the equal rights movement as opposed to other leaders (blank panthers etc). By asking for justice, and not backing down, without partaking of injustice, they had the credibility, and changed hearts around the nation. My personal opinion is that it's the only long term successful way to really make a difference.

I think its one of the problems behind the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Both sides are so focused on "Getting Even" that they both lose their credibility of their vision. If one side said "we will not engage in injustice that the injustice of our opponents be fully manifest before all", there might be a change.
kensal on August 5th, 2005 08:53 pm (UTC)
Well the first thing that springs to mind is the Zapatista movement in Southeastern Mexico - Peaceful because violence did not work, so they took the road of their enemies, Congressional hearings, television, and the internet.

Secondly, and possibly most recently. The IRA (ireland) Diarmed totally, immediatly reducing any hostilities in the area -

Ghandi is the most popular, and celebrated figure of peaceful protest, even while he was in the middle of his protest(s), he was getting news coverage.

Jesus would be a peaceful option - although he did turn over that tax collectors table. ( on the other hand, moses would be a BAD option for peaceful protest examples.)

Chief Seattle did what Martin Luther did 100 years earlier... argueably with less of an impact, since his people were slaughtered. But he still is an excellent example, and rather local for you.