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Nadine Bloch

Nadine Bloch is currently Training Director for Beautiful Trouble. She is an innovative artist, nonviolent practitioner, political organizer, direct-action trainer, and puppetista. Her work explores the potent intersection of art and politics; where creative cultural resistance is not only effective political action, but also a powerful way to reclaim agency over our own lives, fight oppressive systems, and invest in our communities — all while having more fun than the other side! Her affiliations include work with Greenpeace, Labor Heritage Foundation, Nonviolence International, Ruckus Society, HealthGAP and Housing Works, and Bread & Puppet Theater. She is a contributor to Beautiful Trouble book and We Are Many, Reflections on Movement Strategy from Occupation to Liberation (2012, AK Press). Check out her monthly column on WagingNonviolence, “The Arts of Protest.”

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Case Study: The Salt March

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June 10, 2012

Any collection of creative actions worth its salt would include a reference to Gandhi’s famous march — and the conversation would be flavored with strategic and practical lessons still resonant today. In 1930, the Indian National Congress adopted satyagraha (essentially, nonviolent protest) as their main tactic in their campaign for   …Continue Reading

Principle: Use others’ prejudices against them

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June 5, 2012

Your enemy’s prejudices about you are a weakness that you can exploit to your advantage.

Principle: This ain’t the Sistine Chapel

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June 5, 2012

Sky-high artistic expectations can not only slow you down, but can also critically impair execution of your tactic and strategy.

Principle: Make the invisible visible

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June 1, 2012

Many injustices are invisible to the mainstream. When you bring these wrongs into full view, you change the game, making the need to take action palpable.

Principle: If protest is made illegal, make daily life a protest

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May 30, 2012

When standard dissent is made impossible by overwhelming state repression, find ways to make ordinary acts subversive.

Principle: Balance art and message

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May 28, 2012

Effective creative interventions require a judicious balance of art and message. It’s not just what you say, it’s how you say it. If the role of the artist is to “deepen the mystery,” what is the role of the political artist?

Tactic: Trek

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May 20, 2012

To link disparate locations that seek to have impact on a common issue; to model alternative community; to demonstrate commitment to a cause through endurance; to physically embody a pathway to an alternative.

Tactic: Banner hang

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May 15, 2012

To boldly articulate a demand; to rebrand a target; to provide a message frame or larger-than-life caption for an action.