Beautiful Rising

Beautiful Rising

Creative Resistance from the Global South

Edited by Juman Abujbara, Andrew Boyd, Dave Mitchell and Marcel Taminato


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In the struggle for freedom and justice, organizers and activists have often turned to art, creativity, and humor. In this follow-up to the bestselling Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution, Beautiful Rising showcases some of the most innovative tactics used in struggles against autocracy and austerity across the Global South.

Based on face-to-face jam sessions held in Yangon, Amman, Harare, Dhaka, Kampala, and Oaxaca, Beautiful Rising includes stories of the Ugandan organizers who smuggled two yellow-painted pigs into parliament to protest corruption; the Burmese students’ 360-mile-long march against undemocratic and overly centralized education reforms; the Lebanese “honk at parliament” campaign against politicians who had clung to power long after their term had expired; and much more.

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“Beyond a brilliantly innovative toolkit for making social change, you will find here a ‘deep structure’ of activist patterns and principles that can unite millions in creating a new world beyond capitalist sociopathy and strong man despotism. Read this optimistic book for hope in grim times.”

– Charles Derber, professor of sociology, Boston College

“Some of the most tactically imaginative ways people can turn the resources they have into the power they need to achieve the change they want.”

– Marshall Ganz, senior lecturer in public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government

“Beautiful Rising offers insights and lessons for creative resistance, making it a crucial resource for change-makers.”

– Archbishop Desmond Tutu


Foreword The Planetary Satyagraha
Vandana Shiva
Juman Abujbara, Andrew Boyd, Dave Mitchell, and Marcel Taminato
How to Read This Book
Battle of the Camel
Loay Bakr (Egypt)
Boxing Gender Oppression
Hope Chigudu (Kenya)
Burmese Students' Long March
Joseph Wah (Myanmar)
Flower Speech Campaign
Thinzar Shunlei Yi (Myanmar)
Hacking Apartheid
Sophie Toupin (South Africa)
Honk at Parliament
Hassan Tabikh (Lebanon)
Miniskirt March
Angeline Makore (Zimbabwe)
Replacing Cops With Mimes
Tomaz Capobianco (Colombia)
Schools of Struggle
Carolina Munis and Marcel Taminato (Brazil)
Sign Language Sit-In
Agness Chindimba (Zimbabwe)
Stolen Gas Campaign
Samar Saeed (Jordan)
Stop Prawer Plan
Nisreen Haj Ahmad (Palestine)
Stripping Power in Uganda
Phil Wilmot (Uganda)
Welcome to Palestine
Ribal Al-Kurdi (Palestine)
Yellow Pigs in Parliament
Norman Tumuhimbise (Uganda)
Zapatista Caravan
Sergio Beltrán and Abraham García Gárate (Mexico)
Civil Disobedience
Søren Warburg
Hoda Baraka and Mahmoud Nawajaa
Jail Solidarity
McDonald Lewanika
Music Video
Emily Hong
Subversive Travel
D. 'Alwan
Activate International Mechanisms
Ben Leather
Change a Name to Change the Game
Hellenah Okiring
Change is the Only Constant
Juman Abujbara
Seek Safety in Support Networks
Ben Leather
Shame the Authorities By Doing Their Job
Gui Bueno
Use Humor to Undermine Authority
Elspeth Tilley
Would You Like Some Structure With Your Momentum?
Mark Engler and Paul Engler
Al Faza'a (A Surge of Solidarity)
Safa' Al Jayoussi
Baltajiah (Thugs)
Ahmad Kassawneh
"Democracy Promotion"
George Katsiaficas
Rudo Chigudu
The Global South
Vijay Prashad
Firoze Manji
Ram Bhat
The NGO-ization of Resistance
Arundhati Roy
Art of Hosting
Megan Martin and Aerin Dunford
Pillars of Power
Eric Stoner
Power Mapping
Andrew Boyd
Public Narrative (Story of Self, Us, and Now)
Nisreen Haj Ahmad
Smart Objectives
Marcelo Marquesini
Spectrum of Allies
Nadine Bloch
The Onion Tool
Nils Amar Tegmo