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Judith Malina, founder of Living Theater


Beautiful Trouble is reinventing itself… again!

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Hello Troublemakers, Last week we reported on what turned out to be the inaugural gathering of the Beautiful Trouble Training Network. We promised a follow-up post to describe the new collective vision for the Network that is unfolding, and outline a potential path forward. Well, this is that post. But   …Continue Reading

BT’s first ever Training for Trainers, um, Network Gathering (Part 1)

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Over Memorial Day weekend, 23 intrepid movement builders traveled by plane, train, automobile and bicycle (yes — bicycle! David Sievers from Avaaz rode his bike 14 miles from the train station) to the gorgeous Watershed Retreat Center in Millerton, New York for the first ever Beautiful Trouble Training for Trainers.   …Continue Reading

Joyeux Bordel — new French edition already causing trouble!

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In early February, while on the train from Paris, members of the non-violent Basque action group Bizi devoured an early release copy of “Joyeux Bordel” (that’s French for Beautiful Trouble) that they had just picked up from the ATTAC France offices. Inspired, they thought up the action “requisition cityoenne” before   …Continue Reading

From Ferguson to Palestine: Dispatch from the troublemaking frontlines

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  “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. If you’ve been to any of the #blacklivesmatter protests, you may have seen the slogan “Justice from Ferguson to Palestine”   …Continue Reading

What does Beautiful Trouble have to do with feminism and nonviolence?

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“I don’t have the privilege of losing hope,” said Nabila Espanioly, a Palestinian feminist activist speaking on stage. “The urgency of action requires reflection to be more sustainable and effective.” In two breaths, Espanioly addressed two ongoing philosophic activism questions — How can we find hope in such troubling times?   …Continue Reading

2015: More beautiful(s) than ever!

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Hello Beautiful Troublemakers, As my friend Max Haiven said this week, “Last year, we refused to keep losing. This year, we teach ourselves to win.” And Beautiful Trouble is right in sync with the movements teaching themselves to win. In 2014 we re-invented ourselves — into something more ambitious, more   …Continue Reading

Give a “gift edition” of Beautiful Trouble

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Give the gift of Beautiful Trouble to an activist   This holiday season, buy a gift edition of Beautiful Trouble that we’ll deliver to a deserving frontline campaigner   Please forward & share!   Beautiful Trouble is “A Toolbox for Revolution.” It doesn’t belong on the coffee table. It belongs in the hands of organizers and   …Continue Reading

Beautiful Rising — Call for ideas!

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  Call for Ideas   Beautiful Rising is seeking the best examples of game-changing creative activism from the global south   *Please forward and repost*   Share your ideas today by filling out this form. The global south has long been at the forefront of creative protest tactics and strategies.   …Continue Reading

German edition launches — Handbuch für eine unwiderstehliche Revolution!

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Hello Troublemakers! We’re thrilled to tell you about Beautiful Trouble: Handbuch für eine unwiderstehliche Revolution—the brand-new hot-off-the-presses THIRD international version of Beautiful Trouble.  Published by Orange Press, this German version of Beautiful Trouble features 62 chapters from the original edition, plus extra information, links, and examples of creative activism from the other side of the   …Continue Reading

Beautiful Trouble vs. climate chaos

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This past month was a big, big moment for the Climate Justice movement. And Beautiful Trouble was there. In fact, we were kind of everywhere: > Our stellar posse of  European Trainers teamed up with and GCCA to pull off our first-ever 5-day training in Budapest, giving Central &   …Continue Reading