by Anne Sibley O’Brien and Perry Edmond O’Brien • illustrated by Anne Sibley O’Brien
February 2009 • Charlesbridge Publishing • Middle Grade non-fiction (illustrated)
Highlighting a variety of causes, cultures, and time periods, AFTER GANDHI profiles some of the major figures of nonviolent resistance from around the world to inform and inspire a new generation of activist citizens.
Story: Over the last century brave people across the world have taken a stand against violence and oppression. Against all odds their actions have toppled governments, challenged unjust laws, and rebuilt societies. This is the power of nonviolent resistance. This is the legacy of Gandhi. After Gandhi explores the work of Mohandas Gandhi and his legacy through fifteen profiles of activists (ex. Muhammed Ali, whose refusal to be drafted helped galvanize US resistance to the Vietnam War; Argentina's Mothers of the Disappeared, whose courageous vigits for their missing children contributed to the fall of the military government responsible for the kidnappings, to name just a few) who chose nonviolent resistance as the path to change.
The story behind the story: Annie O’Brien has long been an activist for peace and justice. Her son Perry’s experience as an army medic serving in Afghanistan and receiving an honorable discharge as a conscientious objector inspired the two to work together on this book, which highlights examples of how humans can work together to resolve conflict and establish justice peacefully.
Visit www.charlesbridge.com/client/aftergandhi.htm for an excerpt, posters, discussion/activity guide, and video trailer.
PASS THE PEACE: Inspired by After Gandhi, the Pass the Peace campaign is an effort to promote worldwide peace, tolerance, and nonviolent forms of protest. Charlesbridge Publishing has distributed posters to local companies, started a blog chain with a Pass the Peace widget, and donated money to Wangari Maathai's organization, The Greenbelt Movement, to spread the messages of the peacemakers profiled in the book. Feel free to post this widget to your blog, website, or social networking site, and forward it to others who may also wish to be involved.
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