NW Regional Conference at Seabeck, WA

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Jamila Raqib

Workshop Title:  Civilian-Based Defense

Workshop Description:  In this workshop, participants will learn about the recent resurgence of a powerful but little-known type of nonviolent action:  civilian-based defense.  In recent years, civilian-based defense has been increasingly adopted by diverse populations and groups around the world to advance their struggles and defend against internal and international aggressors.  Environmental activists—especially those fightng climate change—have been applying this form of defense with great success.  Corporations and governments are studying this type of nonviolent action in order to prepare for civilian-based defense targeted against them, and also in order to use it to achieve their own objectives.  In this workshop, Jamila Raqib will explain the power and potential of this model, and participants will be invited to reflect on how it could strengthen their own work.

Bio: Jamila Raqib serves as the Executive Director of the Albert Einstein Institution and as a Research Affiliate of the Center for International Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  She works closely with Dr. Gene Sharp, the World’s foremost scholar on strategic nonviolent action.

Jamila joined the Albert Einstein Institution in 2002, focusing on the promotion and distribution of writings and translations, on the technique of nonviolent struggle and its potential in acute conflicts worldwide.  Her work involved consulting with translators to develop terminology for accurate dissemination of understanding about strategic nonviolent struggle in numerous languages.

Since 2005, she has served as the Institution’s Executive Director, responding to inquiries from individuals and groups around the world, facilitating access to material through online and print dissemination, providing editorial assistance to Dr. Sharp, coordinating numerous publication agreements with international publishers, and speaking with members of the domestic and international media about the importance of tools and resources on nonviolent struggle for social and political movements.  More recently, she has represented the Institution at a number of domestic and international events on a host of issues related to its programs, research and policy studies, educational initiatives, and fundraising.

In 2009, she collaborated with Dr. Sharp to create a new curriculum titled Self-Liberation: A Guide to Strategic Planning for Action to End a Dictatorship or Other Oppression.  The publication is intended to provide in-depth understanding of nonviolent struggle to individuals in order to enable them to develop effective strategies for their struggles.  Since its publication, it has been translated into Mandarin, Vietnamese, and Italian.

Jamila is fluent in Pashto and has knowledge of Dari.


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