Jamila Raqib: Building People-Power - Lessons from Global Movements


As an unprecedented number of people across the world are mobilizing to face a range of crises, from racial injustice to rising authoritarianism to the climate crisis, it’s more important now than ever to understand the theory and history behind how ordinary people wield power and achieve change in their societies. Join Jamila Raqib in conversation with prof. Elizabeth Beaumont for a discussion focused on the major trends in the field today, the importance of strategic nonviolent action in democracies, and her insights from twenty years of working with activists on every continent.



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Also, join us on May 6th for our follow-up workshop Strategic Nonviolent Action Workshop: Skills for building movements that win. 



Jamila Raqib is a specialist in the study and practice of strategic nonviolent action and the executive director of the Albert Einstein Institution, which works to advance the research and application of nonviolent action worldwide. For more than 15 years, she worked closely with late Right Livelihood Laureate Dr. Gene Sharp, the world’s foremost scholar of the field of strategic nonviolent action, and collaborated on the publication of Self-Liberation: A Guide to Strategic Planning for Action to End a Dictatorship or Other Oppression. Since 2002, she’s focused on the development and distribution of educational resources on nonviolent action and has conducted workshops on strategic planning for human rights organizations, universities, governmental bodies, and groups opposing dictatorship and combating corruption, and struggling to attain political rights, economic justice, environmental protection, and women’s empowerment. As a Director’s Fellow at the MIT Media Lab, she conducted research on designing better systems for nonviolent action research and education. She’s currently working on the development of a learning platform to help groups prepare strategic plans to conduct struggles for the defense and attainment of their civil and political rights.

This is a student-initiated and student-run event hosted by the Right Livelihood Club at UC Santa Cruz. Cosponsors include Albert Einstein Institution; Institute for Social Transformation; Social Sciences Division; Kresge and Rachel Carson Colleges; Politics, Anthropology, and Sociology Departments, and; the Resource Center for Nonviolence. 

We are pleased these will also be the first events for the new Civic Discourse and Democratic Engagement Initiative of the UCSC Politics Department.



Parking permits are not required after 5:00 PM in these nearby lots: Campus Facilities (Lot 116), Granary (Lot 118), Carriage House (Lot 115), Cardiff House (Lot 151), and East Remote (Lot 104).

*Please note that UC Santa Cruz has COVID-19 guidelines for in-person events. When you arrive, please provide proof of vaccination OR a recent negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of the start of the event (must be a lab PCR test; home tests/antigen tests are not valid).

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Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Hay Barn
1008 Ranch View Road, Santa Cruz, California 95064

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