Newspapers and Journals

Nonviolent action is effective and legal. There are number of ways to take action with nonviolence such as newspapers and journals. Using newspapers and journals allows you to communicate with a wider audience.

According to the Bill of Rights under the Constitution of the United States, Article 1, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”. The freedom of press includes newspaper and journals among other resources. Newspapers have been used for centuries to inform people about events and stories from around the world and locally. Newspapers are very detailed allowing specific information to printed that may be given through televised news or even radio stations.

Journals are used to record findings, personal views and feelings. For a person involved in a civil movements, strikes, and protests, taking action is important because it sends a message to the receivers about your purpose. There is more freedom to express opinions and thoughts in journals especially if it is done on a personal level without publishing it. For example, you may choose to print in your newspapers stories about Occupy and the effects it is having on participants on both sides. Newspapers are also a great to coordinate public gatherings such as protests on a specific date and time.

You may even write about your personal beliefs, opinions concerning public institutions, and influential people. If you have the authority to do so but you must be careful not encourage or promote violence of any sort in any way. Taking this form of action is illlegal and can lead to imprisonment. Whether you are using newspapers or journals or both to take action be mindful of influence you can have on your audience by making a clear distinction between your opinions and the facts. This allows for your readers to form their own opinions and draw their own conclusions about what you are writing or printing.

Continue reading the 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action.

Also check out The Politics of Nonviolent Action Part One / Part Two / Part Three.

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