Nonviolent Action from Civil Rights to Climate Justice
Time: April 13, 2023, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: 114 Bird Library; Peter Graham Scholarly Commons
Part of the Syracuse Symposium series.
George Lakey (Swarthmore College, emeritus)
In this fourth set of anchor events associated with Environmental Storytelling CNY and supported by the CNY Humanities Corridor, legendary social justice activist and author George Lakey draws on principles from his 2018 book, How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning. His work with youth pursues ecojustice at the intersections of race, class, queerness, and the climate crisis. He shares insights on how to successfully mobilize cross-sections of society to address the massive structural challenges we face in the United States, and how event attendees can also create inclusive nonviolent campaigns.
Questions? Contact Envirostorycny.
Biography: George Lakey is a living legend of the Civil Rights Movement and the author of numerous books on methods for creating positive social change. From a paradigm of nonviolent direct action, Lakey writes and speaks about the ways in which, through the use of nonviolent direct action tactics, every human is given the option to see themselves on the winning side of complex environmental and social issues. Now 88 years old and retired from Swarthmore College and the historic American Friends Service Committee, Lakey has mentioned that this is his last book tour, but, due to the deep roots of peace and justice activism in Syracuse, he has accepted our invitation to visit for these events.