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Introduction

From: Educating for Action

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This book is about changing the world through peace. By “peace” we do not mean standing around in a circle, holding hands, and expressing our affection for one another. That has its time and place. But we understand peace as a political force for social justice and progressive

social change. We must actively work to attain that peace, and that involves opposition, conflict, and struggle. These words usually conjure up negative associations, as if “opposition, conflict, and struggle” are antithetical to “peace.” But that’s not true. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed."

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Jason Del Gandio

Jason Del Gandio, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and public Advocacy at Temple University. His areas of scholarly expertise include the philosophy of communication, social and political theory, rhetoric, and critical analysis with a focus on social movements and radical social change. Jason has participated in the Global Justice Movement, the Anti-war movement, the anti-Republican National Committee demonstrations of 2004, fair trade campaigns, Latin American solidarity work, and the Occupy movement. Jason has appeared on television and radio, and regularly speaks on college campuses and at public venues. His first book is entitled Rhetoric for Radicals: A Handbook for 21st Century Activists.

Anthony J. Nocella II

Anthony J. Nocella II, PhD, award-winning author, community organizer, and educator, is Visiting Professor in the School of Education at Hamline University and Senior Fellow of the Dispute Resolution Institute at the Hamline University School of Law. Nocella is a scholar-activist rounded in the field of education and peace and conflict studies. His interests include social justice education, school-to-prison pipeline, critical pedagogy, disability pedagogy, ecopedagogy, transformative justice, hip-hop pedagogy, critical animal studies, and eco-ability. Dr. Nocella has published more than 50 scholarly articles and 15 books.