How Presence Stopped a Riot

Lee McLenon/ March 2, 2017/ Tactics/ 0 comments

It was during the second presidential inauguration of George Bush.  We were a group of over 5,000 “protestors” named Turn Your Back on Bush.  When Bush’s motorcade would go by the huge parade of people, we would literally turn our backs – a symbolic action that gained international media attention. My role was to train the street teams that would

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When Nonviolent Intervention Meets Terrorism: Which Side Wins?

Lee McLenon/ February 28, 2017/ Campaign Strategy, Tactics, Uncategorized/ 0 comments

When armed insurgents in Iraq abducted four members of Christian Peacemaker Teams two weeks ago, something was clearly wrong. Like other hostage situations in Iraq, a shadowy insurgent group took responsibility, The Swords of Truth Brigade. It made a tape of the hostage. They threatened to kill them if their demands – the release of Iraqi prisoners – were not

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