[Sayma-Announce] Save the Date for George Lakey, June 14-17

Carol Nickle carolsnickle at att.net
Sat Jan 27 10:27:34 EST 2018



SAYMA Friends will have a rare and uniquely valuable opportunity at this year’s Yearly Meeting, June 14-17 at Warren Wilson College. George Lakey, a Friend from Philadelphia who has been a living witness to Friends' testimonies spanning a career of nearly 60 of his 80 years, is leading our plenaries on Thursday and Friday evenings.  A veteran of the civil rights movement, co-founder of AQAG (A Quaker Action Group), MNS (Movement for a New Society), and countless campaigns, he has authored numerous books and articles on Strategic Nonviolence and most recently Viking Economics, a visionary book on economic justice. George is not only a gifted teacher and a committed nonviolent activist and trainer, he is a Quaker whose life speaks from a depth of love and joy that truly lifts the heart.

More Information on George Lakey from Wikipedia:

  George Russell Lakey (born 2 November 1937) is an  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Activist> activist,  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sociologist> sociologist, and  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Writer> writer who added academic underpinning to the concept of  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nonviolent_revolution> nonviolent revolution.[ <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Lakey#cite_note-1>  He also refined the practice of experiential training for activists which he calls "Direct Education".  A  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quaker> Quaker, he has co-founded and led numerous organizations and campaigns for justice and peace.

He was born to Dora M. and Russell George Lakey (a slate miner) in  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangor,_Pennsylvania> Bangor, Pennsylvania. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Lakey#cite_note-swarthmore.edu-4> [4] He graduated from  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheyney_University> Cheyney University in southeastern  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pennsylvania> Pennsylvania, and also studied at the University of  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oslo> Oslo, Norway, where he married Berit Mathiesen in 1960, and taught at an  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oslo> Oslo high school. He continued his sociology studies at the  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Pennsylvania> University of Pennsylvania. 

In the late 1950s Lakey was active in the  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campaign_for_Nuclear_Disarmament> ban-the-bomb movement, then participated in the  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_rights_movement> civil rights movement, in 1963 being arrested in a sit-in. The following year he was a trainer for  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississippi_Freedom_Summer> Mississippi Freedom Summer and co-authored his first book, A Manual for Direct Action, which was widely used in the South by the  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_rights_movement> civil rights movement. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Lakey#cite_note-6> [6] In 1966 he co-founded the national body  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Quaker_Action_Group> A Quaker Action Group (AQAG), whose activities took him in 1967 to  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam> Vietnam to participate in the sailing ship Phoenix's protest action in  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Vietnam> South Vietnam seeking to give medical supplies to the anti-war  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhist> Buddhist movement there.

In 1970 Lakey was active within AQAG in the successful direct action in the  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Rico> Puerto Rican struggle to stop the  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Navy> U.S. Navy from using the island of  <https://enwikipedia.org/wiki/Culebra,_Puerto_Rico> Culebra for target practice.  In 1971 he helped found  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Movement_for_a_New_Society> Movement for a New Society (MNS), a network of autonomous groups working for a  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nonviolent_revolution> nonviolent revolution. The network featured living collectives and  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Co-ops> co-ops as well as participation in national movements of the 1970s and '80s. The network's training program at the  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia> Philadelphia Life Center Association became highly influential in the US and abroad in spreading  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paulo_Freire> Paulo Freire's  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popular_education> Popular education and other participatory training methods.

During the 1970s he also gave national leadership to the Campaign to Stop the  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockwell_B-1_Lancer> B-1 Bomber and Promote Peace Conversion, which succeeded in persuading  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congress> Congress and  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Carter> President Carter to de-fund this Air Force program. In 1976 he co-organized Men Against  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriarchy> Patriarchy, a pioneering anti- <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexism> sexism movement for men. In 1982 he organized the  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pennsylvania> Pennsylvania section of a national labor/community coalition named "Jobs with Peace" and directed that effort for seven years.

In 1991 he co-founded with  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia> Philadelphia activist  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Smith> Barbara Smith, Training for Change (TfC). Building on previous training at the  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King> Martin Luther King School for Social Change and  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Movement_for_a_New_Society> Movement for a New Society, Training for Change developed a new  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedagogy> pedagogy called "Direct Education". Training for Change did trainings and consultations for activists and nongovernmental organizations in 20 countries.

In 2009 Lakey co-founded Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT), to build a just and sustainable economy through nonviolent direct action campaigns. The group won its first campaign, forcing  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PNC_Bank> PNC Bank to stop financing  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountaintop_removal> mountaintop removal coal mining in  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appalachia> Appalachia. In that campaign, while in his seventies Lakey was arrested, and also led a 200-mile march.

Academic career

Lakey's first teaching post in higher education was in the  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King,_Jr.> Martin Luther King, Jr., School of Social Change, a division of  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crozer_Theological_Seminary> Crozer Theological Seminary in  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chester,_Pennsylvania> Chester, Pennsylvania. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Lakey#cite_note-16> [16] Lakey helped formulate the curriculum and then taught there for its first four years, 1965–69. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Lakey#cite_note-17> [17] In this period he systematized the field of "Experiential Nonviolence Training" and the students were supported in efforts to connect field training with theory in  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Direct_action> direct actions. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Lakey#cite_note-18> [18]

Later Lakey joined the Peace Studies program at the  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Pennsylvania> University of Pennsylvania, successfully expanding its undergraduate offerings and the participation of minority students. In addition, he helped lead a University of Pennsylvania group dynamics lab promoting innovative  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feminist> feminist leadership. He also taught  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_studies> peace studies at  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haverford_College> Haverford College.

He later taught at  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_University> Temple University and much later he accepted the endowed Eugene M. Lang Visiting Professorship in Issues of Social Change at  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swarthmore_College> Swarthmore College. He continued at  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swarthmore_College> Swarthmore as a Lang Professor and then as a research professor until his retirement.

In 2010 Lakey was named by the National  <https://en.wikipediaorg/wiki/Peace_and_Justice_Studies_Association> Peace and Justice Studies Association as "Peace Educator of the Year".

LGBT activism

In 1973 Lakey came out in public as a gay man, and joined the  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_movement> LGBT movement, becoming part of what he later would call " <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay_Liberation> Gay Liberation's early visionary days."[19] <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Lakey#cite_note-19> [20] <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Lakey#cite_note-20> 


·         A Manual for Direct Action: Strategy and Tactics for Civil Rights and All Other Nonviolent Protest Movements, co-author with Martin Oppenheimer; Chicago IL:  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quadrangle_Books> Quadrangle Books, 1965

·         In Place of War: Moving toward a New Society, co-author with the American Friends Service Committee working party; lead author: James E. Bristol) New York City NY:  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grossman> Grossman, 1967

·         A Manifesto for Nonviolent Revolution:Toward a Just World Order, Vol. 1  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boulder> Boulder CO:  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westview_Press> Westview Press, 1982 (originally published by  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_Resisters_International> War Resisters International (WRI) in 1972)

·         Strategy for a Living Revolution: a World Order Book; New York City:  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grossman> Grossman, and San Francisco CA:  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W.H._Freeman> W.H. Freeman, 1973

o    Revised and published as Powerful Peacemaking, Philadelphia, PA:  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Society_Publishers> New Society Publishers, 1987

o    Revised and published as Toward a Living Revolution London England:  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_News> Peace News, 2013, then published with the same title in a North American edition by  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wipf_%26_Stock> Wipf & Stock, 2016 (The central thesis of the above book on nonviolent revolution is found in "A Manifesto for Nonviolent Revolution" also by George Lakey and released by  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_Resisters_International> War Resisters International (WRI), 1975 (see above).)

·         Moving toward a New Society (co-author), Philadelphia, PA: New Society Publishers, 1975

·         No Turning Back: Lesbian and Gay Liberation in the ‘80s" (co-author with Erika Thorne), Philadelphia, PA:  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Society_Publishers> New Society Publishers, 1983

·         Grassroots and Nonprofit Leadership: A Guide for Organizations in Changing Times (co-author with Berit Lakey, Rod Napier, and Janice Robinson), Philadelphia, PA:  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Society_Publishers> New Society Publishers, 1995; new edition (self-published), 2016; also published in translation in Cairo, Belgrade, and Bangkok

·         Opening Space for Democracy: Curriculum and Manual for Training for Third Party Nonviolent Intervention; co-author with Daniel Hunter), Philadelphia, PA: Training for Change, 2004

·         Facilitating Group Learning: Strategies for Success with Diverse Adult Learners. San Francisco CA:  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jossey-Bass> Jossey-Bass, 2010

·         Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians got it right and how we can, too; New York, NY and London, England:  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melville_House> Melville House, 2016

Internet Development and Writing:

·         Global Nonviolent Action Database, internet - ongoing

Over 1,000 researched cases from nearly 200 countries with focus on campaigns back to  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Egypt> ancient Egypt that used  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nonviolent_direct_action> nonviolent direct action. Searchable, and includes a narrative for each case. Developed by George Lakey with  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swarthmore_College> Swarthmore and other university students.

·         Living Revolution. column internet website WagingNonviolence.org, ongoing

·         Waging Nonviolence. Blog (featured columnist) internet website WagingNonviolence.org, ongoing on-line blog where George Lakey has been a regular featured columnist since 2010.


The Advance Program with Registration Forms will be available in late March. Save the date June 14-17 to hear George Lakey at Yearly Meeting!

carol nickle, Yearly Meeting Planning Committee clerk

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