This is Ethiopian Review Policy Research Center’s series on From Dictatorship to Democracy extracted from books published by Albert Einstein Institution.
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A successful nonviolent struggle requires ongoing organizational efforts in the following areas:
▪ Publicizing facts and grievances.
▪ Promoting sympathy.
▪ Training, incorporating into actions.
▪ Developing leadership skills among the members.
▪ Preparing advance replacements for arrested leaders.
MOVEMENT IN GENERAL:
▪ Preparing training manuals.
▪ Preparing participants to act without leaders when necessary.
▪ Maintaining communications.
But what form should the organization itself take? The lesson from past nonviolent struggles is clear: don’t have a centralized organization. A centralized organization makes it easy for the tyrant to destroy his opposition by arresting the leadership. With a decentralized organization, there is no head to cut off. Avoid having a central leadership, instead have many local organizations that coordinate efforts.
As someone said, “Chaos always wins out over order, because it is better organized.” Not more organized — just better organized. Nonetheless, having a decentralized organization is not the same as having no organization at all.
Autonomous local organizations, in which the members know each other personally, will want to cooperate with each other and coordinate efforts. They will want to share ideas and training materials; coordinate actions and campaigns for greater effect; and discuss strategy and tactics with each other.
To VIEW the suggested organizational arrangements CLICK:Organizational Design for Beka! Uprising
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