Annual Peace Lecture/Waging Peace Book talk
given by David Hartsough in Salem, OR, on Oct 15, 2014.

David Hartsough knows how to get in the way! He has used his body to block Navy ships headed for Vietnam and trains loaded with munitions on their way to El Salvador and Nicaragua. He has crossed borders to meet “the enemy” in East Berlin, Castro’s Cuba, and present-day Iran. He has marched with mothers confronting a violent regime in Guatemala and stood with refugees threatened by death squads in the Philippines.

Free Chapters from David’s book, WAGING PEACE
in PDF format plus links to reviews:

CHAPTER 2: One Common Humanity: Meeting Dr. King and a Lunch Counter Showdown

CHAPTER 7: Blockade: Standing in the Way of Bombs Headed for Nam

CHAPTER 10: Assault on the Tracks: Facing Violence with Love and Courage

RESOURCES SECTIONS: Resources for Further Study and Action: What You Can Do

REVIEW: Giants on the Earth: A Review of Waging Peace by David Hartsough

REVIEW: Waging Peace and the ordinary, extraordinary life of David Hartsough – A review by Ken Butigan

REVIEW: FROM Catholic Agitator Vol. 45/No. 1, February, 2015 – Review by Sandi Huckaby 

ENDORSEMENTS Waging Peace--book by David Hartsough

Waging Peace: Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist  

Authors: David Hartsough with Joyce Hollyday • Foreword by John Dear • Introduction by George Lakey • Afterword by Ken Butigan Publisher: PM Press   –  ISBN: 978-1-62963-034-2 Paperback   –  $20.00

Signed copies available now from Peaceworkers (postage included) for a sliding-scale price of $20 to $25. Peaceworkers, 721 Shrader St., San Francisco, CA 94117

Waging Peace is a testament to the difference one person can make. Hartsough’s stories inspire, educate, and encourage readers to find ways to work for a more just and peaceful world. Inspired by the examples of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., Hartsough has spent his life experimenting with the power of active nonviolence. It is the story of one man’s effort to live as though we were all brothers and sisters.

Engaging stories on every page provide a peace activist’s eyewitness account of many of the major historical events of the past sixty years, including the Civil Rights and anti–Vietnam War movements in the United States and the little-known but equally significant nonviolent efforts in the Soviet Union, Kosovo, Palestine, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines.

Hartsough’s story demonstrates the power and effectiveness of organized nonviolent action. But Waging Peace is more than one man’s memoir. Hartsough shows how this struggle is waged all over the world by ordinary people committed to ending the spiral of violence and war.


“Peace will only come when all of us become the change we wish to see in this world. David Hartsough became that change and has spent the best part of sixty years working to bring peace to our troubled world. His book is one that every peace-loving person must read and learn from.” —Arun Gandhi, president, Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute (grandson of Mahatma Gandhi)

“It has been my privilege to work with David Hartsough over the years and to be arrested and jailed with him for nonviolent civil disobedience. I highly recommend Waging Peace to every American who wishes to live in a world with peace and justice and wants to feel empowered to help create that world.” —Daniel Ellsberg,  Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers

“When great events happen, such as the falling of the Berlin Wall, we must never forget that people like David Hartsough and many others have worked hard to prepare the ground for such ‘miracles.’ David’s belief in the goodness of people, the power of love, truth, and forgiveness and his utter commitment to making peace and ending war will inspire all those who read this book.” —Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Peace People, Northern Ireland

“David Hartsough has lived an exemplary nonviolent life. Waging Peace highlights the numerous ways he has done this in many troubled parts of the world as well as in the United States.” —Martin Sheen, actor

“If you want to know what it means to live a ‘life well lived,’ read David Hartsough’s masterful book. It is not only a page turner, but it will probably transform the way you look at your own life—your priorities, your lifestyle, your future.” —Medea Benjamin, cofounder of Code Pink and Global Exchange

“Over thirty years ago with great trepidation I went through nonviolence training in order to join the blockade at the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.   David Hartsough was my trainer, and his personal stories inspired me to put myself on the line for what I believed in.   Later I went on to become a trainer myself, and for some years Hartsough and I were in a training collective together.   Now he’s compiled his tales of moments of crisis and his life story into this wonderful book.   Waging Peace will inspire anyone who is concerned with social and environmental justice, and will help you formulate your own approach to the activism so crucial now for the world!” —Starhawk, Author,The Fifth Sacred Thing, San Francisco

Waging Peace is a collection of powerful and moving stories about how one remarkable person has acted on his belief that peace is possible. It’s a must-read for anyone who wants to help create the world we all hope and pray for. Be prepared to be empowered!” —Parker J. Palmer author of Healing the Heart of DemocracyLet Your Life Speak, andThe Courage to Teach

“For courage, perseverance, and commitment to a nonviolent world, David Hartsough is my teacher.   So I treasure this long-awaited memoir where, in his unassuming, ordinary way, he takes us along with him on extraordinary encounters that challenge our notions of what one person in one lifetime can do.   From Guatemala to Kosovo, from Moscow to Palestine, he lets us see the kind of adventures that are possible for us as well, when we share his faith in the power of truth and nonviolence.” —Joanna Macy, author, Active Hope: How to Face the Mess we’re in Without Going Crazy.

“A remarkable man, and a remarkable story, pointing, always, forward, to what needs to be done, and can be done. It is a book of incitement to action. It will leave readers challenged to find their own path, with a greater confidence that nonviolence is not a way of avoiding conflict, but a way of changing the world.” —David McReynolds, former chair, War Resisters International, long time staff member of War Resisters League, and Socialist Party candidate for President in 1980, and 2000

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Waging Peace: 2014 Interview on Dedham, MA, Public Television

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Presented in cooperation with Peaceworkers, San Francisco, CA.

A collection of articles, interviews and book chapters of interest to peacemakers. (All items on this page are free of charge and may be reproduced for non-commercial, educational purposes. All items on this page are distributed in accordance with the “fair use” copyright doctrine for scholarly materials.)

Strategies for Transformation

It’s Time to Claim Our Highest Vision: Let’s Embrace the Great Turning Saturday, February 25, 2017 –  By Chris Moore-Backman, Truthout | Op-Ed

10 Point Plan for a Movement of Movements George Lakey  February 2017

How anti-Vietnam War activists stopped violent protest from hijacking their movement Robert Levering — March 7, 2017 —

Jim Douglas and Nonviolent Resistance to War and Nuclear Weapons

Six articles about, and interviews with, peace activist Jim Douglass, by Terry Messman

Life at Ground Zero of the Nuclear Arms Race Blockading the ‘White Train of Death’ Street Spirit Interview with Jim Douglass (Part 1) Street Spirit Interview with Jim Douglass (Part 2) The Acts of Resistance and the Works of Mercy (Part 3) Gandhi’s Vision of Nonviolence: Holding Firm to Truth (Part 4)

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Principled Nonviolence: An Imperative, Not an Optional Extra Prof. Kevin P. Clements from the Asian Journal of Peacebuilding Vol. 3 No. 1 (2015): 1-9 [Exploration of nonviolence from a Peace and Conflict Studies perspective] This article compares principled and strategic nonviolent movements. While pragmatic, strategic nonviolence is [more] effective [than principled nonviolence] for movements seeking to overthrow corrupt repressive and dictatorial regimes, [pragmatic, strategic nonviolence] is much less successful in the progressive transformation of state and political systems. This [difference in outcomes] is because principled nonviolence and movements associated with such value systems are ambivalent about political power and the role of the Weberian state. Conversely strategic nonviolent movements, are willing to utilize the coercive power of the state for their own political purposes and in doing so often become fatally compromised, as happened in Egypt, Palestine and Syria. The promise of principled nonviolence is social, political, and economic institutions capable of transcending Machiavellian politics because of a radical commitment to pacifism and emancipatory political processes. Read more…


Recent Reflections on the Occupy Movement

Seattle WTO Shutdown ’99 to Occupy: Organizing to Win 12 Years Later By David Solnit – December 5, 2011

Building the World We Want By Michael Nagler – Metta Center for Nonviolence –  Dec. 22, 2011

Nonviolent Success  (PDF)
A review of Gene Sharp’s Waging Nonviolent Struggle
by Robert Irwin

From the review…
“Sharp is a remarkably single-minded and hopeful person. Decades after many people have laid aside whatever youthful idealism they had, Sharp still affirms, “if understood accurately and applied intelligently, wisely, and courageously, this alternative type of struggle… offers great hope for a better future for our world.” Hopefulness tends to vary with temperament. But Gene Sharp’s research provides solid evidence and reasoning that can sustain realistic hope for persons of any temperament.”
“Waging Nonviolent Struggle is an indispensable work. It is an up-to-date guide and a gateway to other valuable resources. Clear organization (and a detailed index) make this book “consultable” as well as readable, and at $14.95 it is very reasonably priced. When it comes to nonviolent struggle, Sharp does not have all the answers; but you can find more of them by starting with his writings than any other way I know.”   read more…

The African-American Freedom Movement Through the Lens of Gandhian Nonviolence
MA Thesis   – 137 pages – 2 MB PDF
By Chris Moore-Backman, MA
This thesis explores the meaning and application of the three definitive aspects of the Gandhian approach to nonviolence—personal transformation, constructive program (work of social uplift and renewal), and political action, then details the African-American Freedom Movement’s unique expression of and experimentation within those three spheres.  Drawing on an in-depth review of historical, theoretical, and biographical literature, and an interview series with six living contemporaries of Martin Luther King Jr., the study highlights key similarities between the nonviolence philosophies and leadership of Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., as well as similarities between the movements of which these leaders were a part.  Significant differences are also noted, such as the African-American Freedom Movement’s relative lack of focused and systematized implementation of a constructive program along Gandhian lines.  The study illustrates the degree to which the African-American Freedom Movement manifested Gandhian principles and practices, while also suggesting that contemporary nonviolence practitioners can identify ways in which the Gandhian approach can be more fully adopted.

Richard Deats Active Nonviolence Across the World by Richard Deats, 2009 In the 19th century, Victor Hugo wrote, “An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.” Looking back over the past century, especially since the movements Gandhi and King led and inspired, we see the growing influence and impact of nonviolence as an idea whose time has come.

David HartsoughDavid Hartsough interview videos / articles:

Role of Media

Lessons Learned re Nonviolence

Peaceworkers History and Vision

Peace Activism

Marching in Gandhi’s Footsteps 

compassionate listening cover imageCompassionate  Listening: An Exploratory Sourcebook About Conflict Transformation
Gene Knudsen Hoffman and colleagues.

A Dialogue on Nonviolent Resistance and Liberation Theology – by Terry Messman This essay presents a heartfully imagined  “conversation” between Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Archbishop Oscar Romero, Gustavo Gutierrez, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Father Daniel Berrigan, Dorothee Sölle, Mohandas Gandhi, Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Lynne Shivers, Gene Sharp, Thomas Merton, Fernando Cardenal, Miguel D’Escoto, members of a base community in Brazil, and Sister Ita Ford, who was assassinated in El Salvador in December, 1980.

Courageous Compassion:
A page of quotes from Gandhi summarizing
the fundamental principles of nonviolent

Compiled by Dennis Rivers.

Muscle Building for PEACE and JUSTICE
A nonviolent workout routine for the 21st century
Article by Pamela Haines
People prepare for war by going to boot camp. They are challenged to do things they have never done before, use muscles they never knew they had. They practice, stretch and exert. It’s hard work, and they sometimes wonder if it’s worth all the struggle and pain. But they come out better prepared to wage war. What if we put the same kind of intention, practice and hard work into developing the skills to wage peace?  read more…

Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System   Article by Donella Meadows.  Meadows (1941-2001) taught environmental science at Dartmouth College for many years.  She wrote “Leverage Points” partly to debunk the popular ‘leverage point’ idea that there were magical points in any system where a small amount of effort would create a big improvement.  In the process, she created a careful and readable description of the many different levels at which one can work at intervening in all systems, great and small.  This article has many implications for advocates of peace, justice and sustainability. read more…

Articles by Dennis Rivers

The Chord of Conscience: Eight Audiences of Nonviolent Protest

There MUST Be a Better Way – Thoughts as the USA Stumbles Blindly Toward War

Hope from Ashes: Why Remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki


Visualizing Peace:  Posters and more


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Poster by Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson

Nicaragua: Surviving the Legacy of U.S. Policy

From the photographic exhibit by Paul Dix: Nicaragua: Living With the Consequences Of U.S. Policy

Poster by Dennis Rivers

for a large collection of anti-war posters, please click here