September 11 -- A Century of Non-Violent Protest
Satyagraha -- meaning truth or soul force as a means of non-violently achieving justice and peace, first tested one hundred years ago on September 11th, is still a potent strategy. So argues David Cortright, one of the main organizers of the peace movement the Win Without War coalition which came together just before the Iraq war began in 2003. His book Gandhi and Beyond: Nonviolence for an Age of Terrorism takes a critical look at Gandhi the man, but distinguishes satyagraha as a strategy that has worked in many instances throughout this century. He outlines the influence of the strategy of non-violent social change through examples in the United States, such as Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez, Dorothy Day, Saul Alinsky and others making a strong case for the strategy even in today's age of terrorism.