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Can Quakers and Others Help Prevent an American Slide Into Dictatorship? Hint: Nonviolence Will Be Key!

Oct 5, 2020

A First Monday Lecture with George Lakey
7-9pm Eastern Time (US & Canada). Please note that this is 30 minutes EARLIER than our usual First Monday time.

Free to the public! Live streamed on our YouTube channel, PendleHillUSA -- tune in at 7pm by clicking the link below.

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As the November Presidential election nears, thoughtful leaders are worrying about the possibility of a power grab should the vote be close with procedures challenged. George Lakey believes a coup attempt is unlikely, but notes that the President refuses to say he will abide by the electoral result.

Prudent people like insurance. (Lloyds of London began as a Quaker firm.) How in today’s situation can Quakers join others in creating a Plan B should the worst happen? George will bring a lifetime of nonviolent research and action to this question, drawing on the experience of other countries that have faced authoritarian power grabs.


George Lakey, a member of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, recently retired from Swarthmore College. He has taught at Pendle Hill, Woodbrooke, Haverford, and Penn. His most recent paperbacks are Facilitating Group Learning and  How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning.

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