Key Guide for the Movement to Stop Trump! 

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Profiled in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Bustle as a critical reading for anyone seeking to protest Donald Trump, the new book This Is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt is Shaping the 21st Century provides important tools for how to make protests against the Trump administration effective.

“If you’ve ever wanted to know how nonviolent social movements get started, what makes them succeed, and what causes them to fail, then Mark and Paul Engler’s This Is an Uprising is the perfect read for you…. Both a collection of inspiring true stories about the world’s most influential movements and a practical guide to using nonviolence as a method of political and social change, This Is an Uprising shows readers how transformation really happens, and how you can help.” Sadie Trombetta, “7 Books About Activism to Help Prepare You for Trump’s Presidency,” Bustle 

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Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, writes: “For all those who are tired of tinkering with the machine and believe that truly transformative change is required if we are ever going to build an inclusive, multi-racial, multi-ethnic democracy that truly values all of us (and yet wonder how in the world we might go about building a movement that could actually achieve the scale of change required), this book is for you.

“It’s a virtual tool box — a highly engaging introduction to many of the strategies, tactics and methodologies for nonviolent, revolutionary change that have been employed in the United States and around the world with surprising results. The greatest lie told to the American people today is that we really have no power to change things, that the most we can do is vote for the lesser evil and keep our chin up. Yet history teaches the opposite is true.”

Special offer: Mark and Paul Engler are making available signed copies of their new book for just $19! Proceeds from the sale will be used to support social movement trainings and public education about the power of organizing.

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Praise for the book:

Bill McKibben, author and co-founder of, writes: “This is a landmark book… ‘Momentum-based organizing’ puts a name on something that many of us had dimly intuited. It’s a powerful method for making real change fast. And real change fast is in fact what our world requires.”

Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything writes: “Absorbing… Ambitious… Indispensable. A genuine gift to social movements everywhere.”

Erica Chenoweth, co-author of Why Civil Resistance Works, writes: “Mark and Paul Engler have compiled a true masterpiece on the history, logic, ethics, and power of nonviolent action…. Sure to inform and inspire for generations to come.”



Book description:

There is a craft to uprising—and this craft can change the world.

From protests around climate change and immigrant rights, to Occupy, the Arab Spring, and #BlackLivesMatter, a new generation is unleashing strategic nonviolent action to shape public debate and force political change. When mass movements erupt onto our television screens, the media consistently portrays them as being spontaneous and unpredictable. Yet, in this book, Mark and Paul Engler look at the hidden art behind such outbursts of protest, examining core principles that have been used to spark and guide moments of transformative unrest.

With incisive insights from contemporary activists, as well as fresh revelations about the work of groundbreaking figures such as Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Gene Sharp, and Frances Fox Piven, the Englers show how people with few resources and little conventional influence are engineering the upheavals that are reshaping contemporary politics.

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A signed copy of the book makes for a perfect gift. The hardcover will be signed by one of the authors.

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