Mark Engler and Paul Engler

Three Things That Most Successful Uprisings Have in Common

The following is an excerpt from the new book This Is an Uprising by Mark Engler & Paul Engler (Nation Books, 2016): 

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How to Replicate the Remarkable Success of Same-Sex Marriage

Not long ago, same-sex marriage in America was not merely an unpopular cause; it was a politically fatal one — a third-rail issue that could end the career of any politician foolish enough to touch it. The idea that gay and lesbian couples would be able to legally exchange vows in states throughout the United States was regarded, at best, as a far-off fantasy and, at worst, as a danger to the republic.

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Should We Fight the System or Be the Change?

It is an old question in social movements: Should we fight the system or “be the change we wish to see”? Should we push for transformation within existing institutions, or should we model in our own lives a different set of political relationships that might someday form the basis of a new society?

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Building Organizations or Creating Movements? How Two Theories on Change Can Work Together

Although Saul Alinsky, the founding father of modern community organizing in the United States, passed away in 1972, he is still invoked by the right as a dangerous harbinger of looming insurrection. And although his landmark book, “Rules for Radicals,” is now nearly 45 years old, the principles that emerged from Alinsky’s work have influenced every generation of community organizers that has come since.

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When the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Gave Up His Guns

This article originally appeared on Waging Nonviolence, and is reprinted here with their permission.

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