Nonviolent Action Method #149: Quasi-Legal Evasions and Delays

Elijah Harper (image credit: CBC.ca)

In 1987, Canada attempted to approve a new constitution, one that would give renewed rights and recognitions to Quebec but which failed to even make mention of the presence or rights of the First Nations. First Nation representatives in Manitoba contacted one of their representatives, Elijah Harper, who agreed to help. Each time a motion to vote on the new Constitution came up in the Manitoba Legislature, Harper motioned “No,” delaying the vote until past the deadline.

(You can read more about the different methods of nonviolent protest in Gene Sharp’s book The Politics of Nonviolent Action. Access CSA’s catalogue of Sharp’s methods here, or download the full list of 198 methods here.)

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Nonviolent Action Method #8: Banners, Posters, Displayed Communications

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The Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace was a movement of thousands of women who, among other efforts, bravely took to the streets united under a banner that said, “The women of Liberia want peace now.” The movement’s organizer, Leymah Gbowee said, “It was the first time in the history of Liberia that Muslim women and Christian women came together.”

(You can read more about the different methods of nonviolent protest in Gene Sharp’s book The Politics of Nonviolent Action.