MNS Authors+Books

New FREE booklet: How Agent Provocateurs Harm Our Movements by Steve Chase, Assistant Director, Solidarity 2020 and Beyond.
From ICNC Press 45-page book– Download it free, or order paperback or e-book copies. Also see George Lakey’s column praising it in and the trailer to Lakey’s upcoming bio-doc at

Cover for the book: Western SaharaDon’t miss Professor Stephen Zunes’s latest articles, interviews, and new expanded paperback edition of Western Sahara: War, Nationalism, and Conflict Irresolution. Also videos of his and other presentations at the MNS 50th Anniversary plus recommended nonviolence resources.

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MNS members have published scores of books and hundreds of articles and pamphlets addressing and fostering Movement for a New Society: Training, vision, strategy more. Here are a few of the more prominent MNS authors, theorists and strategists. Find  many more on the MNS 50th Anniversary page. Click each name to find their writings, bios and photos, or on any cover image above or below:

David AlbertMichael Beer (, Steve Chase (Solidarity 2020 and Beyond), Chuck Collins (, George Lakey, Robert A. Irwin ( Building a Peace System ; digital searchable), Barbara JensenJerry 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. Also see:


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:
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, 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 . 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

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