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For Immediate Release:  Contact: Daniel Lee  at daniel.lee@jameslawsoninstitute.org or (310) 936-7593 Website: www.james...
03/07/2019
James Lawson Institute – JLI

For Immediate Release:

Contact: Daniel Lee at [email protected] or (310) 936-7593
Website: www.jameslawsoninstitute.org

Legendary Civil Rights Leader James Lawson Assembles Institute on Nonviolent Civil Resistance, in Portland, Oregon, April 24–28

Portland, Ore., will be the site of a sixth assembly of a uniquely acclaimed program that prepares social justice advocates for effective civil resistance campaigns on a host of socio-political crises and predicaments across the nation.

The James Lawson Institute, named for the ordained United Methodist Church minister who advised and led several successful civil resistance campaigns at the height of the modern Civil Rights Movement, will be held April 24–28 in Portland, Oregon. Leaders, organizers, scholar-practitioners, and activists who want to improve their strategy, methods, and mastery required for successful justice campaigns voluntarily apply.

“Few grasp that nonviolent direct action requires planning, preparation, strategizing, recruiting, outreach, messaging and all the mechanisms needed for a campaign, including fierce discipline,” said the Reverend Dr. James M. Lawson in announcing the Institute in Portland. “This doesn’t happen spontaneously. It must be done systematically.”

A close colleague and friend of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Lawson led and guided some of the most capable campaigns of the 1960s and 1970s. Most notably, he organized sit-in campaigns at racially segregated lunch counters in Nashville, TN, which ultimately led to desegregation of those facilities and other public accommodations.

Dr. Lawson’s last five-day Institute was held at Ohio Wesleyan University in mid-summer 2018, in central Ohio, when he convened a program focused on Power and Struggle.

Participants in the Lawson Institutes start by focusing on the history of nonviolent action that has been found wherever scholars have searched for evidence of social movements. They will learn both the theory and practice of nonviolent struggle from case studies, planning tools, exercises and skits, and research, taught by a faculty of experienced scholar practitioners and facilitators.

The Institute’s teaching staff and facilitators contend that the spotlight has not been sufficiently turned onto the richness of U.S. history, yesterday and today. Thousands of nonviolent campaigns and drives during the 18th to 20th centuries produced tangible results for abolition of slavery, establishment of tenant rights, ending child labor, recognition of an 8-hour work day, nonviolent organizing for strikes and economic boycotts by the labor movement in seeking basic rights for organizing for labor unions, prison reform, the women’s vote, and even organizing electric power.

The Institute’s partners include the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict as an advisory partner, the Liberty Hill Foundation in Los Angeles, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, the Youth Engagement Fund and the Stewart Mott Foundation.

The Institute meets for portions of five days, starting Wednesday, April 24, 6–9 p.m. with a public talk by Dr. Lawson, Native American Center, Portland State University, to which the public is invited.

The Institute’s program concentrates on core elements for effective civil resistance campaigns:
●BuFor Immediate Release:

Contact: Daniel Lee at [email protected] or (310) 936-7593
Website: www.jameslawsoninstitute.org

Legendary Civil Rights Leader James Lawson Assembles Institute on Nonviolent Civil Resistance, in Portland, Oregon, April 24–28

Portland, Ore., will be the site of a sixth assembly of a uniquely acclaimed program that prepares social justice advocates for effective civil resistance campaigns on a host of socio-political crises and predicaments across the nation.

The James Lawson Institute, named for the ordained United Methodist Church minister who advised and led several successful civil resistance campaigns at the height of the modern Civil Rights Movement, will be held April 24–28 in Portland, Oregon. Leaders, organizers, scholar-practitioners, and activists who want to improve their strategy, methods, and mastery required for successful justice campaigns voluntarily apply.

“Few grasp that nonviolent direct action requires planning, preparation, strategizing, recruiting, outreach, messaging and all the mechanisms needed for a campaign, including fierce discipline,” said the Reverend Dr. James M. Lawson in announcing the Institute in Portland. “This doesn’t happen spontaneously. It must be done systematically.”

A close colleague and friend of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Lawson led and guided some of the most capable campaigns of the 1960s and 1970s. Most notably, he organized sit-in campaigns at racially segregated lunch counters in Nashville, TN, which ultimately led to desegregation of those facilities and other public accommodations.

Dr. Lawson’s last five-day Institute was held at Ohio Wesleyan University in mid-summer 2018, in central Ohio, when he convened a program focused on Power and Struggle.

Participants in the Lawson Institutes start by focusing on the history of nonviolent action that has been found wherever scholars have searched for evidence of social movements. They will learn both the theory and practice of nonviolent struggle from case studies, planning tools, exercises and skits, and research, taught by a faculty of experienced scholar practitioners and facilitators.

The Institute’s teaching staff and facilitators contend that the spotlight has not been sufficiently turned onto the richness of U.S. history, yesterday and today. Thousands of nonviolent campaigns and drives during the 18th to 20th centuries produced tangible results for abolition of slavery, establishment of tenant rights, ending child labor, recognition of an 8-hour work day, nonviolent organizing for strikes and economic boycotts by the labor movement in seeking basic rights for organizing for labor unions, prison reform, the women’s vote, and even organizing electric power.

The Institute’s partners include the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict as an advisory partner, the Liberty Hill Foundation in Los Angeles, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, the Youth Engagement Fund and the Stewart Mott Foundation.

The Institute meets for portions of five days, starting Wednesday, April 24, 6–9 p.m. with a public talk by Dr. Lawson, Native American Center, Portland State University, to which the public is invited.

The Institute’s program concentrates on core elements for effective civil resistance campaigns:
●Building an Escalating Intergenerational U.S. Nonviolent Movement—Inclusive of Women, Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Other;
●How Women a Century ago Changed President Wilson’s Policy on the Women’s Vote;
●Strategy, Tactics, and Methods in Nonviolent Struggles;
●How and Why the U.S. Freedom Movement Has Inspired Campaigns Worldwide;
●Women in Nonviolent Struggles; and
●Communication and Language for the “New Emerging Society”

Interested parties may apply for enrollment on the Institute’s website through March 10: www.jameslawsoninstitute.org
Applications received after March 10 may also be considered.
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ilding an Escalating Intergenerational U.S. Nonviolent Movement—Inclusive of Women, Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Other;
●How Women a Century ago Changed President Wilson’s Policy on the Women’s Vote;
●Strategy, Tactics, and Methods in Nonviolent Struggles;
●How and Why the U.S. Freedom Movement Has Inspired Campaigns Worldwide;
●Women in Nonviolent Struggles; and
●Communication and Language for the “New Emerging Society”

Interested parties may apply for enrollment on the Institute’s website through March 10: www.jameslawsoninstitute.org
Applications received after March 10 may also be considered.
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09/20/2017
Dealing with North Korean Missiles

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http://bit.ly/2xwuyBO

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Playing Nuclear “Chicken” With Our Lives

Please read this timely and urgent analysis by arguably the world's foremost academic expert on the history of public opinions and movements opposing nuclear weapons, Dr. Lawrence Wittner

http://bit.ly/2vA73Gx

“What kind of civilization have we developed when two mentally unstable national leaders, in an escalating confrontation with each other...” Lawrence S. Wittner Published in: Common Dreams, Antiwar, The Sentinel-Progress, Chicago Sun Times, Intrepid Report, Huffington

08/04/2017
Now

With all the scintillating sideshows, many of us are missing what might be the main event...

http://bit.ly/2vxFgqE

“We have been living with nuclear weapons for 72 years, so that must make them safe and sustainable, right?...” Tom H. Hastings Published in: The Daily Nonparareil, The Orange Leader, Newberry Observer, Sierra County Prospect, City

07/31/2017
Opening Gitmo to the world

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http://bit.ly/2ucsYQl

“To read Witnesses of the Unseen: Seven Years in Guantanamo is to run your mind along the contours of hell...” Robert C. Koehler Published in: Common Dreams, Free Press, Counterpunch, Common Dreams, The Smirking Chimp, Newberry

07/27/2017
Jamboree travesty

This essay by a rueful Eagle Scout--and Executive Editor of West Virginia's largest newspaper--on the speech Donald Trump gave at the Boy Scouts Jamboree in which he bragged as usual and referred to the boys as voters last November--clearly inappropriate and more 'alternative facts'.

http://bit.ly/2v1eO9e

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How Much is a Boss Worth?

Pay has always been unequal, of course, between corporate officers and workers, but I hope you'll agree that this revealing piece by Dr. Lawrence Wittner should be read by Americans who wish to be informed about these radically striking changes.

http://bit.ly/2vXDjku

“An awful lot of Americans are skeptical about the value of their nation’s corporate executives...” Lawrence S. Wittner Published in: Common Dreams, Sierra County Prospect, Huffington Post, War is a Crime, Huffington Post, The Reader Magazine,

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http://bit.ly/2tFlrgw

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Uprooting the N-Word

Please read this carefully wrought examination of a delicate and divisive American issue, most recently lit up by Bill Maher and Ice Cube.

http://bit.ly/2s535UX

“The word, inappropriately uttered, has the news value of a bullet fired off at the mall. One word. It’s the ticking time bomb of American history. It pulsates with paradox.” Robert C. Koehler Published in: Date:

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Blind Slogans and Shallow Greatness

Please consider this account of an interaction between two sorts of Americans: those who rely on evidence and those who accept fact-free ideology, and an attempt at dialog between them. Rivera Sun is a novelist, community organizer, and commentator with an eye for the sublime moments that help define us.

http://www.peacevoice.info/2017/04/28/blind-slogans-and-shallow-greatness/

“The airplane is packed shoulder to shoulder. In my row, sat a young couple from Texas. She is wearing a red "Make America Great Again" tee-shirt...” Rivera Sun Published in: Sierra County Prospect, Counterpunch, Bainbridge Island

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Happy Earth Day

An Earth Day story:

http://bit.ly/2psRrTL

“It was 21 years ago today I awoke in the middle of the night, got my co-actor up, then roused the others and we all got into two vehicles, drove to a deserted part of

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Please read this magisterial review of the global phenomenon we see as politics lurches to the protectionist, isolationist, fearful fascist right. Dr. Wittner is a consummate historian, placing our current situation in context.

http://bit.ly/2osFfgP

“Political parties on the far right are today enjoying a surge of support that they have not experienced since their heyday in the 1930s...” Lawrence Wittner Published in: Date: 957 Words For the full article: The

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How many civilians can we kill?

Please read this timely call by Robert Koehler for all of us to think about how we pay to kill babies. This just happened and the calculus is not one most Americans would consider legitimate, if we would discuss it publicly. Koehler is trying. I hope we gain wisdom soon.

http://bit.ly/2nA6APb

“And so . . . another “precision” bomb strike in America’s war against terror. This was the scene in Mosul earlier this month, as reported by the Washington Post...” Robert C. Koehler Published in: Date: 915

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http://bit.ly/2k7EOv5

“When reality show celebrity Donald Trump won the 2016 Presidential election, many of us who professionally and passionately work for peace and justice knew...” Patrick T. Hiller Published in: Date: 905 Words For the full article:

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Deliberately Irrational and Dangerously Ignorant

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http://bit.ly/2lvkVuC

“Donald Trump said at CIA headquarters January 21: “Trust me, I’m like a smart person,” and “I love honesty.” If he is not “professionally unprepared...” John LaForge Published in: LA Progressive, Counterpunch, The Reader Weekly Date: February

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http://bit.ly/2k7wLym

“Years ago, I visited our state’s former black mental hospital and fell into conversation with a witty, friendly, black psychiatrist.He taunted me: “You’re a racist, you know.”” James A. Haught Published in: ArcaMax, Online Athens,

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http://bit.ly/2iGznT5

“The inauguration of a new President is looming and incoming administration officials like billionaire Betsy DeVos—Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education...” Patrick T. Hiller Published in: Date: 839 Words For the full article: Guns Against Grizzlies

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