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Taking a close look at peaceful protests from around the world, People Power is an important book that gives young readers the information and encouragement they need to be part of a better future—for themselves and for all of us.
Sometimes, when we are faced with an injustice,m it may seem too hard to take action. It feels easier just to sit at home and do nothing. But often, doing nothing only leads to more disappointment and frustration. A feeling of helplessness takes hold of us.
- Peaceful protests included in the book
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Laying out a plan of action and insisting that our voices be heard – in a peaceful but forceful way – will make you feel better, even if, in the end, you don’t achieve everything you’d hoped for. Work together. Share your hopes and worries for the future with others. This is the most powerful magic there is.
Throughout this optimistic and hopeful book, the message is clear–peaceful protest can effect change, and everyone’s voice matters.
People Power: Peaceful Protests That Changed the World
Written by Rebecca June | Illustrated by Ximo Abadia
Translated from the Spanish by José Enrique Macián
Published by Prestel
Throughout history, large, peaceful protests have succeeded in making the world a better place. Some people climbed ancient trees to save a tropical rainforest, while others marched up to their knees in mud to defend the right of women to vote. Still others organised school strikes each and every Friday for climate change.
In this book, you will learn how peaceful protests have made a difference around the world – from India to New Zealand, from the United Kingdom to Estonia – and discover that when people come together to protest peacefully, they become extremely powerful.
For generations, peaceful demands have served to bring about social change, draw attention to special causes, and defend human rights. When a group of courageous people stands up for what they believe, amazing things can happen!
Peaceful protests included in the book
- The Mud March (United Kingdom, 1907) – Up to their knees in mud for the right to vote
- Gandhi’s Salt March (India, 1930) – The fistful of salt that drove the British from India
- The Montgomery Bus Boycott (United States, 1955) – The day Rosa Parks said, “No!”
- The Defenders of Pureora Forest (New Zealand, 1978) – To save the forest they climbed its ancient trees
- The Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp (United Kingdom, 1982) – The activists who surrounded a nuclear base
- The People Power Revolution (Philippines, 1986) – The victory of Filipinos against the Marcos dictatorship
- The Singing Revolution (Estonia, 1988) – One hundred thousand voices range out for Estonian independence
- The Fall of the Berlin Wall (Germany, 1989) – “We are the people” – the cry that brought down the Wall
- The March for Territory and Dignity (Bolivia, 1990) – The voice of Indigenous peoples echoed through Bolivia
- Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace (Liberia, 2003) – Liberian women marched for the end of the civil war
- The Jasmine Revolution (Tunisia, 2011) – The Tunisian wave of anti-authoritarian protest become a tsunami
- Fridays for Future (Sweden/Global, 2019) – When Greta dared to stand up for the planet in need
- Black Lives Matter (United States/Global, 2020) – Millions of people continue to demand racial justice around the world.
When courageous people stand up together for what they believe, amazing things can happen. The stories in this book will convince you that the most powerful magic of all is the power of the people.
Where to buy the People Power: Peaceful Protests That Changed the World book
The People Power: Peaceful Protests That Changed the World book is available to buy in hardback edition from a range of stockists.
About the Author – Rebecca June
Rebecca June is a translator, storyteller and writer. From a young age, she participated in marches and community protests. She studied Peace Culture at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain and lives in a forest on the outskirts of the city with her husband and two daughters.
About the Illustrator – Ximo Abadía
Ximo Abadía is an author and illustrator of children’s books, graphic novels, and comics. He has illustrated numerous books and other publications. His work was selected for display at the Bologna Children’s Illustrators’ Exhibition in 2017. His graphic novel Frank, about the life of the Spanish dictator Franco, was awarded Best Illustrated Album at the Heroes Comic Con in Madrid in 2018. He was a finalist in the Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrator Competition in 2019. He lives in Benidorm, Spain.
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