Strategic Nonviolence

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







Paul Engler Update: The Story Which Needs To Be Told

December 23rd, 2009

I apologize for the long wait for an update about myself and the Center for the Working Poor, the Burning Bush community. We have been very busy. This year we are serving more families than ever due to the economy, … Continue reading

In His Mother’s Footsteps: California Man Jailed for Five Days After Sit-In at Blue Cross Office in Los Angeles

December 15th, 2009

On Thursday, Sam Pullen was arrested at the Los Angeles offices of the insurance giant Blue Cross. He refused to give his information to police and vowed to remain in prison until Blue Cross agreed to hear demands that it … Continue reading

In These Times

December 12th, 2009

Sitting in for Healthcare A new group takes the fight for a single-payer system directly to insurers—and politicians. By Diana Novak November 16, 2009 Since September 29, when Mobilization for Health Care for All organized its first sit-in at health … Continue reading

46 Million Reasons for Health-Care Reform

December 5th, 2009

The moral imperatives for change. by Jim Wallis, John DiIulio Jr., Carol Keehan, E.J. Dionne Jr., Janelle Goetcheus, Rose Marie Berger, Tom Sine, and Arthur Waskow printer-friendly version For the Healing of the Nation: 46 million reasons for health-care reform … Continue reading

What the Catholic Worker Believes

December 1st, 2009

What the Catholic Worker Believes The Catholic Worker believes in the gentle personalism of traditional Catholicism. The Catholic Worker believes in the personal obligation of looking after the needs of our brother. The Catholic Worker believes in the daily practice … Continue reading

Starting The Center for the Working Poor: Don’t Mess With God’s Crazy Plan

November 22nd, 2006

By Paul Engler The Summary I still run the Center for the Working Poor, delivering food to impoverished workers, writing, speaking at churches, and supporting living wage boycotts. While doing this, the House of Representatives passed a law designed to … Continue reading