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What is Non-Violent Direct Action?

Non-violent resistance can take different forms. A common element is that a person acts to stir the conscience of the population or to apply pressure on decision-makers or industry to bring about a change in laws or practices. It's about using collective power to change our circumstance.

Civil disobedience is a refusal to obey a law or order which the protester considers unjust, such as Rosa Parks’ famous refusal to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in 1955, in violation of the local segregation laws.

Non-violent direct action usually aims to expose or confront an unjust activity - from decisions made behind closed doors to a point of destruction.  Non-compliance with the law is not the objective, but often an unavoidable consequence.

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