Stories of the nonviolent resistance

A podcast from the Regional Institute on the Study and Practice of Strategic Nonviolent Action in the Americas.

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Episode 11 – Art as a means of nonviolent expression

Yoco Reyes is a Mexican artist who relates his artistic skills to nonviolent civil resistance movements. In Huitzizilapan, a Mexican community located between Toluca and Mexico City, Yoco has carried out some nonviolent artistic interventions. He learns more about art as a means of nonviolent expression in this podcast hosted by Carlos Flores.

Episode 10 – San José de Apartadó, a community of peace in Colombia

Don’t forget to listen to our #podcast. 🎙️The fact that the violence does not come only from one armed group but from many pushed San José de Apartado to seek an answer that does not mean collaborating with one of the parties, explains Juan Masullo, professor at the University of Leiden (Netherlands ). The idea of neutrality appeared, how was that achieved?

Episode 9 – Migrants in civil resistance processes

David is the protected name of a Colombian refugee who fled to a second country because of the Colombian conflict. As a migrant, he has articulated efforts with other cross-border displaced persons to carry out nonviolent actions. For what purpose do they do it? Pryanka Cevallos leads the conversation

Episode 8 – Brazil, nonviolent responses to the carrying of arms

It must be clear that Brazil is a very violent country, there is an international stereotype that we are a happy, dance and soccer country, says Thiago Rodrigues, a professor of strategic studies and international relations at the Fluminense Federal University in Rio de Janeiro. Rodrigues also tells us about the nonviolent strategies and campaigns that were promoted to reverse the policies on carrying weapons in Brazil. This episode was made in partnership with CRIES.

Episode 7 – How to support self-protection against armed actors?

Oliver Kaplan is Associate Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver (United States). In this podcast, Oliver explains, from peace and nonviolence studies, about the support of the International Red Cross to the El Bagre community (Bajo Cauca, Colombia), in contexts of armed conflict. This episode was made in partnership with CRIES.

Episode 6 – ReAcción, a fight against corruption

For more than 14 years, a Paraguayan organization has carried out a series of nonviolent civil resistance actions to confront one of the most widespread evils in Latin America: corruption, with a special emphasis on education. A few years ago they promoted the FOCO digital platform, what is it about?

Episode 5 – Spirituality, politics, public space

Arianne Van Andel is a Dutch theologian specializing in gender, spirituality, and environmental issues. She was in Ecuador to talk about spirituality and politics, what relationship do both terms have? How does spirituality manifest itself in nonviolent civil resistance?

Episode 4 – The feminist accompaniment of Las Comadres

To the clandestinity we do not return anymore! This is the slogan of the Las Comadres website, a feminist network that provides support for safe abortion in Ecuador. Sarahí Maldonado, a founding member, tells us about the lines of action and initiatives that they develop for women’s rights.

Episode 3 – Women peacebuilders

Alba Purroy is a social activist and director of Red Diálogo in Venezuela, which works from the concept of women as builders of peace. In a context like Venezuela, marked by deep social and political crises, it is innovative and novel to know organizations that are activated from the strategies of civil resistance and nonviolence. Alba gives us details of the actions they carry out, the national and international alliances, as well as the training that women receive in the organization.

Episode 2 – Bolivia: the path towards autonomous indigenous governments

Bolivia has recently approved a law that affirms the path for the realization of autonomous indigenous governments, legally speaking. However, behind these legal advances there is a historical demand of the indigenous movements. Manuel Menacho, a member of the technical team of the Center for Legal Studies and Social Research (Cejis), tells us about the non-violent strategies and struggles that were undertaken.

Episode 1 – Protests and mobilizations, what is happening in Peru?

Since the now former president Pedro Castillo tried to alter the constitutional order and subsequently led to his removal, Peru has gone through protests and mobilizations to demand urgent political changes (new elections and a new constitution). Giselle Huamaní, a Peruvian specialist in conflict management, explains the country’s situation from peace studies.