Healing Resistance: A Radically Different Response to Harm
An expert in the field offers a mindfulness-based approach to nonviolent action, demonstrating how nonviolence is a powerful tool for personal and social transformation
Nonviolence was once considered the highest form of activism and radical change. And yet its basic truth, its restorative power, has been forgotten. In Healing Resistance, leading trainer Kazu Haga blazingly reclaims the energy and assertiveness of nonviolent practice and shows that a principled approach to nonviolence is the way to transform not only unjust systems but broken relationships.
With over 20 years of experience practicing and teaching Kingian Nonviolence, Haga offers us a practical approach to societal conflict first begun by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement, which has been developed into a fully workable, step-by-step training and deeply transformative philosophy (as utilized by the Women’s March and Black Lives Matter movements). Kingian Nonviolence takes on the timely issues of endless protest and activist burnout, and presents tried-and-tested strategies for staying resilient, creating equity, and restoring peace.
An accessible and thorough introduction to the principles of nonviolence, Healing Resistance is an indispensable resource for activists and change agents, restorative justice practitioners, faith leaders, and anyone engaged in social process.
Paperback, Parallax Press, January 2020, ISBN-13 9781946764430
About the Author
--Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
"To resist today's violence exploding everywhere, in ways that can actually heal our world, seems a pipe dream--until Kazu Haga makes it real. In his wry, funny, and utterly grounded fashion, he helps me believe we can do it, and begin to become the Beloved Community. We need this book like oxygen. Kazu is my teacher."
-- Joanna Macy, author of World as Lover, World as Self
"Kazu Haga has written an accessible, thorough, and deeply personal introduction to nonviolence as a power for personal and social transformation. He reflects upon common myths about nonviolent resistance, offers practical insight from his own experiences, and challenges readers to consider a radical, healing approach to confronting injustice. An inspiring read."
--Erica Chenoweth, Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School and author of Civil Resistance: What Everyone Needs to Know
"Kazu Haga broadens the landscape of nonviolence from an idealistic, often passively perceived, aspiration into a practical path of being deeply engaged and lovingly transformative of our world. Beautifully accessible and profound, Haga is a masterful teacher connecting our internal and external experiences: of intending, of doing, and of being--living together with care and justice."
-- Larry Yang, core teacher and leader at the East Bay Meditation Center, member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, and author of Awakening Together: The Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity and Community
"In Healing Resistance, Kazu Haga takes on the why of violence, breaks it down, and then builds us upfor the work we need to do now."
--Mushim Patricia Ikeda, Buddhist teacher, racial justice community activist, and author of viral article "I Vow Not to Burn Out"
"At a time when the literature is often divided between advocates of nonviolence out of principle and advocates of nonviolent action for strategic and utilitarian reasons, Kazu Haga puts forth a compelling argument as to why both are important to challenge the forces of oppression and build a better world."
--Stephen Zunes, professor of politics and international studies at the University of San Francisco and author of Nonviolent Social Movements and Tinderbox: US Foreign Policy and the Roots of Terrorism