Intervention (method) — CANVAS

Intervention

Intervention

“Because of the risk involved, the people who carry out methods of nonviolent intervention are often the best-trained, most committed members of your movement who may be willing to take on greater sacrifice than others in your movement.”

CANVAS Core Curriculum (2007: pp.70)

Intervention includes actions such as: sit-ins, blocking roads, overloading of facilities, establishing parallel (alternative) institutions, occupying buildings, acts of civil disobedience, and deliberately seeking imprisonment. These methods directly disrupt the ability of the opponent to function. The risk level is often high: failure can damage the movement’s authority and the opponent could mount a harsh response. However, methods of nonviolent intervention can sometimes have a large impact with relatively few people participating in them. Because of the risk involved, the people who carry out methods of nonviolent intervention are often the best-trained, most committed members of your movement who may be willing to take on greater sacrifice than others in your movement.