* MOVEMENT FOR A NEW SOCIETY AUTHORS
George Lakey’s Memoir Dancing with History: A life for peace and justice
His national tour of over a hundred author events covers Lakey’s (85) six decades of nonviolent action and strategy.
Altar to an Erupting Sun
Chuck Collins’s new novel for and about climate and justice activists and change comes out May 2023. See his 5-min. video interview, description, praise and buy now.
More MNS-Related Authors & Titles
More about MNS Authors+Books
Visit Professor Stephen Zunes’s site for his many articles, interviews, videos and books, including: Western Sahara: War, Nationalism, and Conflict Irresolution; Nonviolent Social Movements; and Tinderbox. Also see videos of his and other presentations at the MNS 50th Anniversary plus best nonviolence resources.
Download Free: How Agent Provocateurs Harm Our Movements by Steve Chase (2022, 45 pages), from Solidarity 2020 and Beyond and ICNC Press. OR Order the paperback or e-book copies. See George Lakey’s review in WagingNonviolence.org and the trailer to Lakey’s bio-doc.
Movement for a New Society alumni have published scores of books and hundreds of articles and pamphlets including:
David Albert, Michael Beer (NonviolenceInternational.net), Steve Chase (Solidarity 2020 and Beyond), Chuck Collins (IPS-DC.org), George Lakey, Robert A. Irwin ( Building a Peace System ; digital searchable), Barbara Jensen, Jerry Koch-Gonzalez, Pamela Haines, Betsy Leondar-Wright, Peter Woodrow & Christopher Moore , and Stephen Zunes. Prolific MNS writers now deceased include: Felice Yeskel and MNS co-founders Lynne Shivers, Lillian and George Willoughby, and Bill Moyer, whose organizing manual Doing Democracy presents his widely acclaimed Movement Action Plan.
- Steve Wineman: Power-Under: Trauma and Nonviolent Social Change
No Turning Back: Lesbian and Gay Liberation for the ’80s
by Gerre Goodman, George Lakey, Judy Lashof and Erika Thorne
- Kathy Baxter, a memoir: In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree
- Sandra Boston’s 2015 memoir: Out of Bounds Adventures in Transformation
- A Biography of Lillian and George Willoughby by Greg Barnes, 2007
- Resource Manual for a Living Revolution by Coover, Deacon, Esser, Moore, 1978
Perhaps no process MNSers developed has been more ambitious or used than “Macroanalysis” study groups, in which participants prepare presentations summarizing select readings so all may discuss and benefit from a wide range of articles on each week’s topic. Alumni are now updating both the process and readings, but meanwhile, please
Download and use free these 4 editions of the Guide (Creative Commons download):
1973, 1976 Pages 1-42 & Pages 43-106, 1981 and START 2014 (i.e., Study Think Act Respond Together)
Members also established two activist publishing houses, New Society Publishers and Common Courage Press. Former MNSers founded and/or contribute frequently to other news and activist sites, including: Institute for Policy Studies and WagingNonviolence.org, whose writers have appeared on the BBC, NPR, Al Jazeera and Democracy Now! Many larger outlets have republished their movement coverage, including: The Guardian, The Nation, In These Times, Salon, Huffington Post, Yes! Magazine and OpenDemocracy.org . Some have been cited by The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, Vox and Peace News (UK).
Find key and historic MNS documents in the Swarthmore Library Peace Collection.
For a critique of MNS and why it disbanded, read “Oppose and Propose: Lessons from MNS“