The Lokashakti Encyclopedia of Nonviolence, Peace, and Social Justice

In tandem with the Lokashakti Library, we've also been working on a brand new encyclopedia dedicated to enhancing knowledge and awareness of the history of nonviolent action, with a focus on furthering the ideals of peace and social justice. With the regular addition of interrelated pages painting an ever more complete picture, we hope for the Lokashakti Encyclopedia to quickly become a trusted source of information, featuring well-researched and well-documented work, always available free of charge. So take a look at some of the 80+ sample articles we've put up, and if you think you might be interested in helping write for us, send an email to and we'll be sure to be in touch.

Our four main categories of pages will include the following:

BIOS: One of the many ambitious projects we're taking on is compiling a comprehensive collection of authoritative biographies Henry David Thoreauon people whose place is significant in the history of peace and social justice. Similar to a typical online encyclopedia entry, each page will elaborate the contributions that people have made, devoting special attention to their relevance in today's world. As the project increases in scope, links will be added to new pages on related movements, concepts, and groups, as well as to complementary external resources. In addition, wherever possible we plan to make available full-text versions of associated written works, art, music, etc., all of which will help build the core of the new Lokashakti Library of Nonviolence, Peace, & Social Justice.

GROUPS: Information on a good core of well-known groups we feel is key to being able to understand the SNCC Historical Marker in Raleigh, NCways in which nonviolence can work. To see how others have organized themselves may shed some light on the best ways we can organize effectively today. Akin to our bio pages, these pages on groups attempt to tell a story, all the while keeping in mind the bigger picture. They are an integral part of the Encyclopedia, serving as the link between understanding the importance and contributions of both movements and individuals. The Symbol of Jainism: Nonviolence in Thoughts, Words, and Actions is the Highest Religion

CONCEPTS: We feel that a comprehensive treatment of nonviolence, peace, and social justice would not be complete without including explanations of some of the terms and ideas which come into play. We're not necessarily trying to redefine things here, but rather provide a certain consistent standard to which we refer back, helpful especially for concepts that are sometimes presented in a different light depending on where you look.  Central among the pages being developed, we have in mind articles on everything from Jainism and anarchism to in-depth analyses of such techniques as civil disobedience, the hartal, nonviolent interposition, and many, many more.

MOVEMENTS: At Lokashakti we've decided to try and house a master list of social movements throughout the years in which nonviolent techniques have played a significant role. With the aid of hindsight, we're able to evaluate decisions made sometimes on the spur of the moment and draw from them lessons on how the application of nonviolent action can be improved upon in the future. The Agrarian Reform Movement in BrazilWe therefore aim to compile a large amount of information on those who have come before, done in such a way that our actions in the nonviolent movements of today can reflect wisdom gained from having sufficiently studied the past.

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