Activists and social change agents, restorative justice practitioners, faith leaders, and anybody engaged in social progress and shifting society will find this mindful approach to nonviolent action indispensable.
Nonviolence was once considered the highest form of activism and radical change. And yet its basic truth, its restorative power, has been forgotten. In Healing Resistance, leading Kingian Nonviolence trainer Kazu Haga blazingly reclaims the energy and assertiveness of nonviolent practice (utilized by the Women's March and Black Lives Matter), and proves that nonviolent civil resistance remains the most effective strategy for social change in hostile times. With over 20 years of experience practicing and teaching Kingian Nonviolence, Haga offers us the practical approach to societal conflict first begun by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement, which has been developed into a fully workable, step-by-step training and deeply transformative philosophy. Kingian Nonviolence takes on the timely issues of endless protest and activist burnout, and presents tried-and-tested strategies for staying resilient, creating equity, and restoring peace.
"To resist today's violence exploding everywhere, in ways that can actually heal our world, seems a pipe dream—until Kazu Haga makes it real. In his wry, funny, and utterly grounded fashion, he helps me believe we can do it, and begin to become the Beloved Community. We need this book like oxygen. If it's all you can manage, read his Six Principles of Nonviolence. Kazu is my teacher."
— Joanna Macy, author of World as Lover, World as Self
"Kazu Haga broadens the landscape of nonviolence from an idealistic, often passively perceived, aspiration into a practical path of being deeply engaged and lovingly transformative of our world. Beautifully accessible and profound, Haga is a masterful teacher connecting our internal and external experiences: of intending, of doing, and of being—living together with care and justice."
— Larry Yang, core teacher and leader at the East Bay Meditation Center, member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, and author of Awakening Together: The Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity and Community
"In Healing Resistance, Kazu Haga takes on the why of violence, breaks it down, and then builds us up for the work we need to do now.”
—Mushim Patricia Ikeda, Buddhist teacher, racial justice community activist, and author of viral article “I Vow Not to Burn Out"
“At a time when the literature is often divided between advocates of nonviolence out of principle and advocates of nonviolent action for strategic and utilitarian reasons, Kazu Haga puts forth a compelling argument as to why both are important to challenge the forces of oppression and build a better world.”
—Stephen Zunes, professor of politics and international studies at the University of San Francisco and author of Nonviolent Social Movements and Tinderbox: US Foreign Policy and the Roots of Terrorism
"Kazu Haga pulls you in from the first page and propels you out the final page with a profoundly altered understanding of the nature of conflict. In a compelling, honest, and often humorous manner, he guides you through the philosophical and practical dimensions of Kingian Nonviolence in today's world. He unflinchingly addresses some of the complexities of our times, including racism, classism, police brutality, privilege and oppression, and other social injustices. As a strategist for nonviolent movements, I found new depths and insights into the dynamics of struggle and conflict, lessons that will be applied in my work many times over.”
—Rivera Sun, nonviolence trainer and author of The Dandelion Insurrection
About the Author:
Kazu Haga is the founder of East Point Peace Academy and one of the most experienced trainers in Kingian Nonviolence, a philosophy that comes out of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A leading voice nationally in various approaches to nonviolence, organizing and restorative justice, he works to empower incarcerated communities, youth and activists to work for Beloved Community. Kazu Haga lives in Oakland, California.