Beautiful Rising



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

“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

“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 at Boston College

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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.

Now, in one remarkable book, you can find the collective wisdom of more than a hundred grassroots organizers from five continents. It’s everything you need for a DIY uprising of your own.

272 pages • Illustrated throughout with black-and-white photographs
Paperback ISBN 978-1-682191-12-5 • E-book 978-1-682191-13-2

About the Editors

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Juman Abujbara is a social change campaigner, human rights defender, and aspiring philosopher based in Amman, Jordan.
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Andrew Boyd is co-founder of the Beautiful Trouble project, author of several odd books, and a long-time veteran of creative campaigns for social change. You can find him at
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Dave Mitchell is a writer, editor, organizer and troublemaker who divides his time between western Canada, southern Mexico, and points in-between. He serves as the editorial director of Beautiful Trouble.
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Marcel Taminato is an anthropologist, political strategist, learning facilitator, and co-founder of Escola de Ativismo (School of Activism) in Brazil.

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Table of Contents

Battle of the Camel
Boxing gender oppression
Burmese students’ long march
Flower speech campaign
Hacking apartheid
Honk at Parliament
Miniskirt march
Replacing cops with mimes
Sign language sit-in
Stolen gas campaign
Stop Prawer Plan
Welcome to Palestine
Yellow pigs in Parliament
Zapatista Caravan
Schools of struggle

Civil disobedience
Jail solidarity
Music video
Subversive travel
Activate international mechanisms
Change a name to change the game
Change is the only constant
Seek safety in support networks
Shame the authorities by doing their job
Would you like some structure with your momentum?

Al Faza’a (a surge of solidarity)
Baltajiah (thugs)
“Democracy promotion”
The Global South
The NGO-ization of resistance

Art of hosting
The onion tool
Power mapping
Pillars of power
Public narrative (story of self, us, and now)
SMART objectives

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