Wende Marshall was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1961 at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. She worked as a student and community organizer in Central Harlem, New York City during the 1980s and graduated with an M.A. in religious studies from Union Theological Seminary in 1992. In 1999 she received a Ph.D. in anthropology from Princeton University. Her scholarly work centers on the study of race/class, medicine, science and social change, topics covered in her book (Potent Mana: Lessons in Power and Healing) exploring the effects of colonialism on the physical, mental, and spiritual health of Native Hawaiians. The book chronicles indigenous efforts to decolonize through healing, remembering, and political action. Marshall is also a leader of Stadium Stompers, a movement of North Philadelphia-based community members, students, and workers fighting to stop Temple University’s proposed football stadium. As an adjunct at Temple University, Marshall was a leader in the efforts to unionize adjuncts, resulting in their joining the Temple Association of University Professionals, for which she served as Chair of the Adjunct Constituency Council and member of the Executive Committee. Marshall is also a member of LeftRoots and of the Circle on Revolutionary Nonviolence.

Matt Meyer is an internationally recognized author, academic, organizer, and educator who was recently re-elected Secretary General of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA). Based in New York City, Meyer also serves as the Africa Support Network Coordinator for War Resisters’ International, and Chair of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) Financial Advisory Committee. As former National Co-chair of the FOR-USA, the oldest interfaith peace and justice group in US history, and former National Chair of the War Resisters League, he is second only to A.J. Muste—“dean of the US peace movement”—in having been elected to the top position of both historic organizations. Argentine Nobel Peace laureate Adolfo Perez Esquivel, who wrote the Introduction to Meyer’s encyclopedic anthology Let Freedom Ring (PM Press, 2008) on contemporary movements to free political prisoners, noted that “Meyer is a coalition-builder,” one who “provides tools for today’s activists” in his writings and his work. Meyer is Senior Research Scholar for the University of Massachusetts/Amherst Resistance Studies Initiative, and on the grassroots level is part of the local collective Resistance in Brooklyn (RnB). He is author, editor and contributor to over a dozen books, including: White Lives Matter Most and other “little” white lies (PM Press, 2018); Connecting Contemporary African-Asian Peace-making and Nonviolence (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018); Look for Me in the Whirlwind: From the Panther 21 to 21st Century Revolutions (PM Press, 2017, co-edited with dequi kioni-sadiki); We Have Not Been Moved: Resisting Racism and Militarism in 21st Century America (PM Press, 2012, co-edited with Elizabeth “Betita” Martinez and Mandy Carter); the two-volume Africa World Press mini-series Seeds of New Hope (2008) and Seeds Bearing Fruit (2010, with co-editor Elavie Ndura); and Time is Tight: Urgent Tasks for Educational Transformation: Eritrea, South Africa, and the US (2006).In the Foreword to Meyer’s first book, Guns and Gandhi in Africa: Pan African Insights on Nonviolence, Armed Struggle and Liberation (Africa World Press, 2000; co-authored with Bill Sutherland), South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu wrote that Sutherland and Meyer “have looked beyond the short-term strategies and tactics which too often divide progressive peoples…They have begun to develop a language which looks at the roots of our humanness.”

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  • Insurrectionary Uprisings: A Reader in Revolutionary Nonviolence

    A collection of both historic and new writings on the nexus of strategic unarmed resistance, radical ideologies, and the long struggles to build movements for justice and liberation. Beginning with the work of Gandhi, Arendt and Thoreau, the volume grounds the theories which undergird nonviolent resistance to capitalism, colonialism, white supremacy and heteropatriarchy.

    The volume includes two sections exploring nonviolence in the long Black freedom struggle within the US. From Ella Baker to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Fannie Lou Hamer, from Vincent Harding and Grace Lee Boggs to Colin Kaepernick, the two sections on the Black liberation movement highlight the theory of nonviolence in direct and indirect ways and foreground the relevance of these historic texts for the present moment of political uprisings on both the left and the right. Black strategies for survival and power are analyzed in terms of the ongoing US economic and epidemiological crises as well as the global climate crisis and ecological collapse. A section on revolutionary nonviolence in Africa presents a previously unpublished piece on the role of armed struggle by Franz Fanon, as well as essays by Amilcar Cabral, Barbara Deming, Graca Machel, Kenneth Kaunda, and Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge  This section clearly contextualizes the continent’s anti-colonial struggles with the practical thinking about military and unarmed tactics which those movements faced over the course of a half century.

    The section on nonviolence and feminist struggle highlights the work of Grace Paley, Audre Lorde, and Arundhati Roy, along with a little-read piece by Johnnie Tilmon, a leader of the 1960s welfare rights movement. The section on resistance against empire tilts toward Latin American scholars/activists with essays by Maria Lugones, Anibla Quijano and Berta Caceres. This section includes pieces that draw from current debates about the role of state power in building towards radical change and the push to build holistic perspectives on what liberation means for all peoples. The final section on social change in the 21st Century reflects on specific aspects of organizing which are facing campaigns and movements of today and tomorrow. Our goal is to provide challenges and insights for building effectively against all forms of oppression!

    Though primarily compiling key texts not often seen or contextualized together, the book also provides new strategic commentaries from key leaders including Ela Gandhi, Ruby Sales, ecofeminist Ynestra King, Africa World Press’ Kassahun Checole, and Palestinian Quaker Joyce Ajlouney. With a mix of past and current commentaries, from both academic and activist points of view, we uncover fault lines which have prevented mass, global movements of movements from solidifying over the last fifty years. Through this narrative, the book ends with visions of how best to use all that we know to bring about deeply rooted transformations in ways that will lift up not traumatize people as they move toward liberation.