Strategic Nonviolence

The Center has had some Organizational Babies: Welcome the Momentum Community


January 9th, 2017

The Center for the Working Poor has been a leader in developing “non violent action”, or some people say “big ass protest” and a weird specialty in helping groups over the years that want to go on hunger strike for … Continue reading



Paul and Mark Engler’s New Book: This is an Uprising


December 26th, 2015

This is an Uprising

This is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the 21st Century By Paul Engler Praise for the Book: “Absorbing… Ambitious… Indispensable. A genuine gift to social movements everywhere.” –Naomi Klein “This is a landmark book. [It] puts a name … Continue reading



When the pillars fall — How social movements can win more victories like same-sex marriage


July 14th, 2014

When the pillars fall — How social movements can win more victories like same-sex marriage Mark Engler and Paul Engler July 9, 2014 Originally appeared on Waging Nonviolence. Not long ago, same-sex marriage in America was not merely an unpopular … Continue reading



Should we fight the system or be the change?


July 14th, 2014

Should we fight the system or be the change? Mark Engler and Paul Engler June 3, 2014 Originally appeared on Waging Nonviolence. It is an old question in social movements: Should we fight the system or “be the change we … Continue reading



Can Frances Fox Piven’s theory of disruptive power create the next Occupy?


July 14th, 2014

Can Frances Fox Piven’s theory of disruptive power create the next Occupy? Mark Engler and Paul Engler May 7, 2014 Originally appeared in Waging Nonviolence. Social movements can be fast, and they can be slow. Mostly, the work of social … Continue reading



Would Saul Alinsky break his own rules?


July 14th, 2014

Would Saul Alinsky break his own rules? Mark Engler and Paul Engler April 2, 2014 Originally appeared in Waging Nonviolence. Although Saul Alinsky, the founding father of modern community organizing in the United States, passed away in 1972, he is … Continue reading



Did nonviolence fail in Egypt?


July 14th, 2014

Did nonviolence fail in Egypt? Mark Engler and Paul Engler February 21, 2014 Originally appeared in Waging Nonviolence. Three years ago this month, the 82-year-old president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, stepped down amid historic protests against his dictatorial rule. News … Continue reading



When Martin Luther King gave up his guns


July 14th, 2014

When Martin Luther King gave up his guns Mark Engler and Paul Engler January 15, 2014 Originally appeared on Waging Nonviolence. Few are aware that Martin Luther King, Jr. once applied for a permit to carry a concealed handgun. In … Continue reading



Hunger Strike for Philadelphia Public Schools


September 12th, 2013

At the end of June, a threat arose in the Philadelphia school district of budget cuts that would eliminate many workers. I would like again to congratulate the parents, and staff, with UNITE HERE local 274, for their amazing 14 … Continue reading



Click Here to Kick Glenn Beck Off the Air: Web Activism’s Big Wins—and What to Do Next


August 5th, 2013

You may find the original article in Yes! Magazine or read the full text below. It was also published on Truthout.org. Click Here to Kick Glenn Beck Off the Air: Web Activism’s Big Wins—and What to Do Next Monday, 24 … Continue reading



Climate of Change: What Does an Inside-Outside Strategy Mean?


August 5th, 2013

I wrote this article with my brother Mark Engler about strategy in the movement to combat climate change. It was published in Dissent magazine and Truthout.org. You can read the complete article below or read it on Truthout.org: Climate of … Continue reading



The Rise of 99Rise | The Nation


November 5th, 2012

By Isabelle Nastasia The impact of the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission allowing unlimited and anonymous campaign spending has been profound and could yet be decisive in this election. With an estimated $9.8 billion … Continue reading



NYPD block off whole JPMorgan building to arrest three teens | Salon


October 24th, 2012

High school students staged a small sit-in to demand the bank reveal political expenditures BY NATASHA LENNARD The entire 60 floors of JPMorgan Chase’s downtown New York office building were temporarily blocked off Wednesday so that three high-schoolers could be … Continue reading



The Future of the #Occupy Movement: Solidarity and Escalation


December 14th, 2011

The Future of the #Occupy Movement: Solidarity and Escalation The movement can propel significant changes. But #OccupyWallStreet and its allied occupations still have a ways to go before realizing their potential. By Mark Engler Published on October 21, 2011. A … Continue reading



How #OccupyWallStreet Is Evolving and Gaining Power


December 14th, 2011

How the anti-corporate protests have evolved into the populist force now sweeping the nation. By Mark Engler Published on October 5, 2011. #OccupyWallStreet is evolving. Now in its third week, the protest movement not only continues to grow—it is maturing … Continue reading



Five Things That #OccupyWallStreet Has Done Right


September 21st, 2011

Occupy Wall Street

#OccupyWallStreet protests are now well into their second week, and they are increasingly capturing the public spotlight. This is because, whatever limitations their occupation has, the protesters have done many things right. I will admit that I was skeptical about … Continue reading







CENTER UPDATE 2016: STILL OTHER SEEDS FELL ON GOOD SOIL

January 9th, 2017

Many have asked how I am feeling after Trump was elected to President of the US. The largest natural disaster in my lifetime just hit my community. It reminds me of both the day after my father died in my … Continue reading

Click Here to Kick Glenn Beck Off the Air: Web Activism’s Big Wins—and What to Do Next

August 5th, 2013

You may find the original article in Yes! Magazine or read the full text below. It was also published on Truthout.org. Click Here to Kick Glenn Beck Off the Air: Web Activism’s Big Wins—and What to Do Next Monday, 24 … Continue reading

Climate of Change: What Does an Inside-Outside Strategy Mean?

August 5th, 2013

I wrote this article with my brother Mark Engler about strategy in the movement to combat climate change. It was published in Dissent magazine and Truthout.org. You can read the complete article below or read it on Truthout.org: Climate of … Continue reading

Keeping the flame alive: an appeal for our movement and community

December 18th, 2012

Dear Friends, In our journey to build a more just, a more democratic, and a more sustainable world, there are many challenges: cynicism, fear, despairs. But this holiday season, we are lifted up by the words Dr. Martin Luther King … Continue reading

Christmas Update From Paul Engler & The Center

December 17th, 2012

The Center for the Working Poor, (aka the Burning Bush Community), continues to share in the wonderful mix of serving the poor, communal living, prayer and meditation, and nonviolent movement organizing that distinguishes our beautiful home. In addition to delivering … Continue reading

The Rise of 99Rise | The Nation

November 5th, 2012

By Isabelle Nastasia The impact of the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission allowing unlimited and anonymous campaign spending has been profound and could yet be decisive in this election. With an estimated $9.8 billion … Continue reading

A Moment of Hope for a New Movement: Update from the Center for the Working Poor

December 15th, 2011

By Paul Engler Every once in a while, a rare and special moment comes when you realize that you are doing more than turning out for just another protest. Instead, you realize that you are in the middle of true … Continue reading

Center for the Working Poor House Journal

December 14th, 2011

By Paul Engler The Center for the Working Poor (aka the Burning Bush Community) is continuing to live in our balance of communal life, serving the poor, prayer and meditation, and organizing a non-violent movement. Paul Engler has been much … Continue reading