Waging Nonviolence launches new movement media platform

Brooklyn, NY — March 20, 2019 —  Nonprofit news organization Waging Nonviolence is celebrating 10 years of covering social movements this spring with the launch of a fully redesigned website, including a new community section that unites world-leading peace and justice organizations onto a single platform.

With over 3,500 articles, podcasts and videos from a diverse network of contributors in more than 80 countries, Waging Nonviolence is already a tremendous resource for anyone interested in learning about how movements work. The redesign enhances the publication’s high-quality content by offering a clean and modern reading experience.

The site’s new community model offers an exciting new chapter for movement media. Member organizations will use the platform to share their own news, analysis and stories of their work, as well as to more broadly support movement journalism. The views they express will be their own, but together they will make Waging Nonviolence a more vibrant publication and collectively paint a more dynamic picture of peace and justice work.

The Fellowship of Reconciliation, an interfaith organization devoted to ending structures of violence and war, is a founding member of the new platform and provided critical financial support for the redesign of the publication. “We are excited to join with Waging Nonviolence in this new media partnership,” said Fellowship of Reconciliation executive director Emma Jordan-Simpson. “We are merging our 100-plus years of interfaith, grassroots movement-building expertise with Waging Nonviolence’s dynamic journalism model and community engagement.”

The Fellowship of Reconciliation will be joined on the platform by the War Resisters League — another antiwar organization with roots going back to the early 20th century — as well as Pace e Bene and Metta Center for Nonviolence, two groups offering extensive resources and educational materials helping to build a culture of nonviolence. Meanwhile, three university research centers bring their academic expertise to the platform: Rutgers-Newark’s International Institute for Peace, University of Massachusett, Amherst’s Resistance Studies Initiative, and Juniata College’s Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies.

Waging Nonviolence is the most serious news outlet for nonviolent struggles, one that applies professional journalistic standards and understands the research on nonviolent activism,” said UMass Amherst professor Stellan Vinthagen. “Therefore, it makes total sense for us at the Resistance Studies Initiative to collaborate with Waging Nonviolence, making it possible for us to communicate our research findings with a broader audience, and create links with movements.”

As part of the redesign, Waging Nonviolence’s new archive will easily sort the publication’s last decade of coverage, serving as an aid to researchers and a resource to today’s organizers. With its new privacy policy, the publication is also prioritizing the security and anonymity of its readers, who can use the site without revealing any personal information.

All of this content is published free of charge and without any kind of paywall. It also falls under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license, which means anyone is free to republish Waging Nonviolence stories — and they do. Over the past decade, its work has appeared in The Guardian, The Nation, In These Times, Salon, Huffington Post, Yes! Magazine and openDemocracy.

In the coming year, Waging Nonviolence plans to grow the platform with more community members, while also rolling out new features, like a podcast network and expanded video content. Site co-founders Bryan Farrell and Eric Stoner are excited to work with additional organizations to continue making movement media stronger.

“Since launching Waging Nonviolence in 2009, we have seen a sharp decline in movement media, particularly by the many historic nonviolence groups that have inspired us,” said co-founder and editor Bryan Farrell. “Sharing a platform with them is a great honor.”

“With the launch of this new site, the future of movement media looks brighter today,” said co-founder and editor Eric Stoner. “And with the explosion of activism around the world over the last few years, it couldn’t come at a better time.”

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