Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Examples of Civil Disobedience

Civil Disobedience PDF Handout

Most of the examples of Civil Disobedience that we hold up are ancient history to many of our students. They “get” Gandhi’s Salt March and Rosa Parks refusing to sit in the back of the bus but have trouble relating it to contemporary issues. This .pdf handout is a list of 17 recent examples of civil disobedience that we’ve used as a discussion starter. They are meant to be provocative. I struggle, for example, with including pharmacists refusing to fill morning-after pill prescriptions because it infringes on the rights of the women presenting their prescriptions, but it generates interesting discussions.

We would use this list after having read and discussed Thoreau’s essay, defining civil disobedience (“Civil disobedience is a public, non-violent and conscientious breach of law undertaken with the aim of bringing about a change in laws or government policies”) and perhaps engaging in a few other activities, such as watching the civil disobedience debate scene from “The Great Debaters” and acting out a short scene from “The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail.” By this point in the Class of Nonviolence we will also have studied Gandhi (and have shown the Salt March and Dhrasana Salt Works scenes from the film “Gandhi”) and shown the Nashville lunch counter episode from “A Force More Powerful” as part of our exploration of Martin Luther King, Jr.

30 comments:

  1. pokemon wunt obay meh afta eye trad dem ovr 2 otr acownt

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  2. black eyed peas ftw!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. It's not enough information. Ghandi, and Martin L. King and Rosa Parks is very well known. Don't you know of any other examples that have happened recently?

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  4. do you like waffles?
    yes i like waffles!
    do you like pancakes?
    yes i like pancakes!
    do you like french toast?
    yes i like french toast!!

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  5. do do do do do do dooo WAFFLES!!!

    Ghandi liked waffles...

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  6. You should really make sure that your pokemon listen to you, otherwise Pikachu's gonna get chu...

    Also pancakes > waffles. Just sayin'.

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  7. you scare me. end of story...

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  8. purple monkey dishwasher

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  9. waffles is da bomb

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  10. m@h p0k3m0n lluvs d3m w@ffl3s 4 r3@lz

    &h3@rts, chase hogan

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  11. wow racheal gonzalez

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  12. i only like waffles when they come with girls.

    love chase hogan.
    peace.

    eggplant

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  13. hi evry1 im rachel

    i like waffls in my mouth followed by men

    Ha HAHAHAHA ha hehe tehe hahah bahahaha ha

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  14. YUGEOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    kincaid 4lif3

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  15. pokemon wunt obay meh afta eye trad dem ovr 2 otr acownt

    da rite

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  16. my ass wont obey me.. :(

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  17. this is really important, powerful stuff; you are making a mockery out of it by acting like idiots. grow up.

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  18. yo bro!!! ant your spot to tell dem wat da fuk to do so watch yo fuking moth yo motha fuka!!

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  19. and word i said my name with pride! cause i mean wat i say, and i say wat i mean!

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  20. This is funny! all the comments don't even relate to the article. Most of the people commenting sound like they're illiterate and have failed to receive proper education! Shame!

    P.S Waffles are truly inferior to that of French toast.

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  21. I agree with the post above me! The comments have no relation to the actual article. What a shame! Pokemon is for children. Children should have limitations on the internet. Based on the time period in which these were posted, don't you think children should be in school, being productive?

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  22. wow... who cares? just let it go.. people can say what they want. just ignore it? tnx

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  23. nothing is superior to muffins!!
    i will rule the world with muffins someday....


    MUAHAHAHA!

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  24. no waffles will destroy you

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