Tag Archives: resistance

Can a Drag Queen be a leader!? Just ask the #KinseySicks…

The Kinsey Sicks, a Dragapella political satire group, have a lot of fun and share their irreverent take on history — based not only on fabulous singing but current statistics and ultra-conservative rhetoric. If you’re tired of progressives making fun of conservative politics, don’t listen in. But if you need a laugh, and some serious […]

Congressman John Lewis: Civil Rights Leader Models Peaceful Resistance

There’s good news if we look for it, in leaders who take the best of our history and stand up (or sit down to strike for) healthy change. Today, I want to remind us to Here’s Congressman John Lewis leading a sit-down strike with fellow democrats, a gesture that turned out, as these peaceful gestures […]

Democracy not Bombs: Meet the progressive Muslim women and girls who show us what courage is. They are the true face of Islam and the fight against political “religious” extremists.”

Meet the Progressive Muslim Activists fighting for Justice and Standing Up to Politicized Extremists: Pushing Conservative Oppression Off the Stage In the face of oppression, the arts are only one way of standing up against extremism in the name of God.   Women are stepping into battle against ISIS/Daesh, putting their lives on the line […]

Becoming The Leaders the World Needs: Dare to be Different

People do a lot of foolish things, and we know that because, in retrospect, we can see exactly how dumb we were! Take the hopeful, clueless love of science and propaganda that justified atomic bomb test viewing parties in Las Vegas — a real tourist draw! Mother and child watching bomb test (look at the […]

Teens Resisting the Taliban: Aitzaz Hasan and Malala Yousafzai

In the culture wars of Pakistan, standing up to the Taliban is the essence of courageous leadership, with activists risking their lives, not just economic and social status.  Malala Yousafzai has become an international leader for universal education but at great cost. Most resistance means martyrdom or exile. This week, Aitzaz Hasan sacrificed his life […]

Day 48 Manal al-Sharif: A Saudi woman who dared to drive (published June 2013)

Originally posted on civildisobedience100:
There’s no actual law against women driving in Saudi Arabia. But it’s forbidden. Two years ago, Manal al-Sharif decided to encourage women to drive by doing so — and filming herself for YouTube. Hear her story of what happened next. TEDTalks

Day 19 Laughtivism – Why Dictators don’t like Jokes (Otpor, Serbia late 1990’s)

Originally posted on civildisobedience100:
When Serbia’s non-violent pro-democracy movement, Otpor, was just a tiny group of 20 students with $50, they decided to play a prank and took an oil barrel, taped a picture of Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic to it, and set it up in the middle of Belgrade’s largest shopping district. Next to…

Gay Marriage, For and Against: Leaders in Crisis

The gay marriage debate is heating up with the Supreme Court considerations, and leaders are stepping up, battening the hatches and treading water in an effort to understand this transformational moment. Whatever the result of the deliberations, we’re witnessing a major challenge to politicians and activists reacting to the public discussion. (If you want to […]

Fighting Fear with Facts: Change Management is Never Easy!

We’re scared lately — of global warming, of terrorism, of changes in health care, of potential tax hikes in the face of the looming budget deadline. Many leaders are fighting our public anxiety with facts, and it’s ironic and a little frustrating how ineffective facts are in the face of fear. Repeating verifiable facts hasn’t […]

#GIRLWITHABOOK

Originally posted on LENA SHAREEF:
Last Monday, my friend Olivia and I decided to launch this idea called #GIRLWITHABOOK. At the time we were venting to each other about how horrified and utterly disgusted we were by the Taliban’s sick attempt at killing Malala Yousafzai on her school bus, and we wanted to do something…