Beautiful Rising: Creative Resistance from the Global South

Beautiful Rising: Creative Resistance from the Global South


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"Beautiful Rising offers insights and lessons for creative resistance from across the Global South, making it a crucial resource for change-makers."—Archbishop Desmond Tutu

"Beyond a brilliantly innovative toolkit for making social change, you will find here a 'deep structure' of activist patterns and principles that can unite millions in creating a new world beyond capitalist sociopathy and strong man despotism. Read this optimistic book for hope in grim times. " —Charles Derber, professor of sociology at Boston College and author of Welcome to the Revolution: Universalizing Resistance for Social Justice and Democracy in Perilous Times

Based on face-to-face jam sessions held in Yangon, Amman, Harare, Dhaka, Kampala and Oaxaca, Beautiful Rising includes stories of the Ugandan organizers who smuggled two yellow-painted pigs into parliament to protest corruption; the Burmese students' 360-mile long march against undemocratic and overly centralized education reforms; the Lebanese "honk at parliament" campaign against politicians who had clung to power long after their term had expired; and much more.

Now, in one remarkable book, you can find the collective wisdom of more than a hundred grassroots organizers from five continents. It's everything you need for a DIY uprising of your own.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781944869816
Publisher: OR Books
Publication date: 03/13/2018
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

JUMAN ABUJBARA is a social change campaigner, human rights defender, and aspiring philosopher based in Amman, Jordan.

ANDREW BOYD is co-founder of the Beautiful Trouble project, author of several odd books, and a long-time veteran of creative campaigns for social change.

DAVE MITCHELL is a writer, editor, organizer and troublemaker who divides his time between western Canada, southern Mexico, and points in-between. He serves as the editorial director of Beautiful Trouble.

MARCEL TAMINATO is an anthropologist, political strategist, learning facilitator, and co-founder of Escola de Ativismo (School of Activism) in Brazil.

Table of Contents

Foreword: The Planetary Satyagraha Vandana Shiva 1

Introduction Juman Abujbara Andrew Boyd Dave Mitchell Marcel Taminato 5

How to Read this Book 10


Battle of the Camel Loay Bakr (Egypt) 14

Boxing Gender Oppression Hope Chigudu (Kenya) 20

Burmese Students' Long March Joseph Wah (Myanmar) 26

Flower Speech Campaign Thinzar Shunlei Yi (Myanmar) 32

Hacking Apartheid Sophie Toupin (South Africa) 38

Honk at Parliament Hassan Tabikh (Lebanon) 44

Miniskirt March Angeline Makore (Zimbabwe) 50

Replacing Cops With Mimes Tomaz Capobianco (Colombia) 54

Schools of Struggle Carolina Munis Marcel Taminato (Brazil) 60

Sign Language Sit-in Agness Chindimba (Zimbabwe) 66

Stolen Gas Campaign Samar Saeed (Jordan) 72

Stop Prawer Plan Nisreen Haj Ahmad (Palestine) 78

Stripping Power in Eganda Phil Wilmot (Uganda) 84

Welcome to Palestine Ribal Al-Kurdi (Palestine) 90

Yellow Pigs in Parliament Norman Tumuhimbise (Uganda) 96

Zapatosta Caravan Sergio Beltrán Abraham García Gárate (Mexico) 100


Civil Disobedience Søren Warburg 108

Divestment Hoda Baraka Mahmoud Nawajaa 112

Jail Solidarity McDonald Lewanika 118

Music Video Emily Hong 124

Subversive Travel D.'Alwan 130


Activate International Mechanisms Ben Leather 138

Change a Name to Change the Game Hellenah Okiring 142

Change is the Only Constant Juman Abujbara 146

Seek Safety in Support Networks Ben Leather 150

Shame the Authroities by Doing their Job Gui Bueno 154

Use Humor to Undermine Authority Elspeth Tilley 160

Would You Life Some Structure with Your Momentum? Mark Engler Paul Engler 166


Al Faza'a (A Surge of Solidarity) Safa' Al Jayoussi 172

Baltajiah (Thugs) Ahmad Kassawneh 176

"Democracy Promotion" George Katsiaficas 180

Feminism Rudo Chigudu 184

The Global South Vijay Prashad 188

Neoliberalism Firoze Manji 192

Postcolonialism Ram Bhat 196

The NGO-Ization of Resistance Arundhati Roy 200


Art of Hosting Megan Martin Aerin Dunford 206

Pillars of Power Eric Stoner 210

Power Mapping Andrew Boyd 216

Public Narrative (Story of Self, Us, and Now) Nisreen Haj Ahmad 222

Smart Objectives Marcelo Marquesini 226

Spectrum of Allies Nadine Bloch 232

The Onion Tool Nils Amar Tegmo 238

Contributors 243

Resources 250

Index 252

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