Nonviolent action (also sometimes referred to as people power, political defiance, and nonviolent struggle) is the focus of the Albert Einstein Institution. It is a technique of action for applying power in a conflict by using symbolic protests, noncooperation, and defiance, but not physical violence. Nonviolent action may involve:
1. Acts of omission—that is, people may refuse to perform acts that they usually perform, are expected by custom to perform, or are required by law or regulation to perform;
2. Acts of commission—that is, people may perform acts that they do not usually perform, are not expected by custom to perform, or are forbidden to perform; or
3. A combination of the two.
As a technique, therefore, nonviolent action is not passive. It is not inaction. It is action that is nonviolent.
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