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Readings - How to Prevent a Coup

Readings - How to Prevent a Coup



Time to Rebuild with Nonviolence - Metta Center

Posted on November 13, 2020

by Prof. Michael Nagler

One thing is already certain: the last four years have deepened the already painful divisions between people of different races and persuasions.  We must do everything we can to heal those divisions, not only for its own sake (differences are normal, divisions painful and can be healed), but to restore faith in democracy worldwide. 

What Trump's claim of a ‘stolen election’ means for activists today

George Lakey
November 11, 2020

The point of claiming a stolen election is not to set the stage for a coup, but to add to the right's list of grievances for building political power in the future.

How to face right-wing violence while defending the election — a conversation with George Lakey

October 15, 2020

As Americans prepare to stop a coup, concerns for safety are rising. Longtime trainer George Lakey offers lessons on overcoming fear and minimizing violence.

Preparing for a November Surprise

Erica Chenoweth

Good overview of what all may go wrong in the election and some ways to deal with these scenarios

What will it take to defend the election?

George Lakey

very good proposal for how to deal with Trump's repeated claims that he may ignore the election results since they will be "rigged."

We need a plan to prevent a Trump takeover — and this anti-coup research shows the way

George Lakey

By studying the research that shows how other countries have handled coup attempts, we can better counter or even prevent one of our own.

Choose Democracy

contains the pledge to count all votes we are asking election officials to make, and how we will respond if Trump does attempt a coup

10 things you need to know to stop a coup

Daniel Hunter

very good background and advice on how to carry out Lakey's strategy. Point 5 is especially helpful

What's the game plan if Trump really does try to steal the election? 7 tactics to stop a coup - Waging Nonviolence

Daniel Hunter

As coup prevention has gained mainstream attention, here’s a series of tactics with a plan to defend our democracy.

November Surprise? Here WE come

Rivera Sun

We shared 13 tactics in Nonviolence News this week, especially emphasizing dispersed actions (or relatively dispersed) and acts of economic noncooperation. 

Our More Vulnerable Election

New York Review

Although we have had many critical elections, none of them since the end of Reconstruction has occurred under anything like the cloud hanging over this one.

The Election that Could Break America

The Atlantic

If the vote is close, Donald Trump could easily throw the election into chaos and subvert the result. Who will stop him? There is a cohort of close observers of our presidential elections, scholars and lawyers and political strategists, who find themselves in the uneasy position of intelligence analysts in the months before 9/11. As November 3 approaches, their screens are blinking red, alight with warnings that the political system does not know how to absorb. They see the obvious signs that we all see, but they also know subtle things that most of us do not. Something dangerous has hove into view, and the nation is lurching into its path.

How to Achieve Robust Discipline to Succeed: A Guide for Pro-Democracy Movements | ICNC

Maciej Bartkowski

Discipline is the aspect of our daily lives that helps us get things done, both personally and professionally. It is needed to be a successful doctor, lawyer, soldier or, for that matter, an effective activist or a seemingly almighty dictator.

Dictatorships project unwavering discipline when they exercise—or aspire to exercise—enduring control over their societies. In response, movements must work on honing and harnessing their own discipline. Being more disciplined than their opponents gives movements an edge in winning.

USA OK? My FAQs about Trump, Biden, the election and what happens next

Robert Reich

Ahead of Election Day, here are my answers to some of the most frequent questions I've been asked about the future of America.

Handbooks & guides to handling potential situations

Hold the Line: a guide to defending democracy

Hardy Merriman

detailed scenarios for an illegitimate 2020 election, historical backgrounds, advice from several scholars connected with the International Center for Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC)

Protect the Results Event Host Toolkit

detailed guide and resources for organizing events and actions post election to ensure the results are counted and respected

Resource Sites   

Protect the Results Coalition 

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Albert Einstein Institution 


Safety Planning for Protesting Tips for Individuals

Regardless of your political beliefs, if you or your loved ones decide to participate peacefully in a protest march or demonstration, we want all of you to be as safe as possible and to be prepared to make wise choices in case the situation starts to become violent or dangerous. In the social disruption of these troubled times, we are getting questions from worried people such as, “My 21-year-old daughter wants to be part of the protest marches in our community. How can I prepare her to take charge of her safety?” Or, “I feel very upset about what is going on right now in our country. Even though I have never gone to a demonstration before, I feel that I must in order to be true to myself. What do I need to keep in mind?”