The following article was re-blogged from the current monthly newsletter of the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Geneva, NY) under the category “Social Justice”. It was written by By George Payne, The Ghandi Earth Keepers International Director. You can visit its web page and Facebook page for more information about this organization.
By George Payne, The Ghandi Earth Keepers International Director
Mohandas K. Gandhi, the man who led India to national independence by using nonviolent civil disobedience, has inspired every major social movement since his assassination in 1948, including what I am calling the “Green Revolution” happening today.
The methods that Gandhi employed against the British are the same ones being used to oppose several powerful corporations behind the Keystone Pipeline in Alberta, natural gas development, and LPG storage in New York State. What Gandhi demonstrated over 80 years ago is that, simple non-cooperation with powerful entities through sit-ins, boycotts, and group fasting can be the most potent weapons available to marginalized communities with less economic and political power than their adversaries. In historic nonviolence campaigns, such as the Salt March in 1931, Ghandi demonstrated how ordinary people could fight back against colonialism by simply refusing to go along with the agenda…
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