What is Nonviolent Resistance?
The Nonviolent European Resistance, hereinafter nEUres, aims to spread among young people (age between 16-35) the knowledge on the historical events related to the Nonviolent Resistance to Nazi-Fascism in Europe, as a starting point for a shared reflection on Civil Society and civic participation in totalitarian regimes and in contemporary times, through an educational and training pilot action based on capacity building of Educators and Youth and the enhancement of participatory practices and active citizenship among young people.
7 countries (IT/ES/AT/RO/HU/MK/BE) will be involved in the production of Guidelines and Training materials. Pilot Action testingwill involveIT/ES/AT/RO/HU/MKand at least 90 direct beneficiaries among young/educators, reflecting on the forms of nonviolent organized/not-organized Resistance to nazi-fascism: individual/collective stories of solidarity, support and concrete aid to political and racial persecuted, fleeing soldiers and other war victims; focusing on the role of women, teachers, intellectuals and religious, clandestine press, peasants’ and workers’ struggles, resistance of Jews and others persecuted in concentration camps. 3 Modules will be delivered: a first train-the-trainerstransnational workshop for a preliminary knowledge transfer to educators to be involved in further implementation with young, mainly focusing on project methodology, the historical phenomenon and the learning outcomes to be achieved; a 3-months module implemented nationally at schools/youth aggregation places engagingtutored educators in transferring knowledge to young, including a training session on Multimedial/Digital Storytelling, and Photojournalism, as tools for civil youth engagement; Nonviolent Resistance Tours (visiting significant sites in Italy, Germany, Austria) and furtherReflective Laboratories dedicated to peer/intergenerational learning. National Info Days and an international conference will be held, also for a nEUres continuation as a Volunteering/Solidarity project, in the framework of ESC.
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What’s the Nonviolent Resistance?
It is the refusal to obey certain laws or governmental demands for the purpose of influencing legislation or government policy, characterized by the employment of such nonviolent techniques as boycotting, picketing, and non-payment of taxes failure or refusal to cooperate. A method or practice, as that established in India by Gandhi, of showing opposition to acts or policies of the government by refusing to participate in civic and political life or to obey governmental regulations.
In practice it is achieving goals through symbolic protests, civil disobedience, economic or political non-cooperation, satyagaha, and other methods, without using violence.
It is largely but wrongly taken as synonymous with civil resistance.
Nonviolent action differs from pacifism by potentially being proactive and interventionist.