About Andreas Speck, author of the manual

Andreas Speck has a long history in nonviolent social movement in Germany, Britain, Spain, and world-wide. They began their activism in Germany as a total objector in the 1980s, and got involved with the Federation of Nonviolent Action Groups (Föderation gewaltfreier Aktionsgruppen – FöGA) and later worked for the German nonviolent anarchist magazine 'Graswurzelrevolution'.

Andreas co-organized an international study conference onNonviolence and Social Empowermentin Puri, India, in February 2001 for War Resisters’ International (WRI). From 2001 until 2012 Andreas worked in the office of War Resisters’ International (WRI) in London supporting nonviolent movements in countries such as Israel, South Korea, Turkey, Colombia, among others, above all on issues of tactics and strategies. Andreas facilitated workshops on nonviolent strategies in Germany, Georgia, Turkey, South Korea, and Spain, among other countries.

Andreas contributed to the Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns of said organisation, especially chapters on Power and Nonviolence, the Planning of Campaigns, and Gender and Nonviolence. Andreas also contributed to a range of other WRI publications, such as A Conscientious Objectors’ Guide to the International Human Rights System (http://co-guide.info), Conscientious Objection: A Practical Companion for Movements (London, 2015), among others.

Andreas detained by police after a nonviolent action at Sizewell nuclear power station, UK

In addition, they was involved in nonviolent direct action against the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as part of The d10 Group and the network Reclaim the bases and was co-founder of the UK Stop Nuclear Power Network and of the Stop New Nuclear alliance.

They served on the board of several alternative organizations, such as the Coordination of Educational Institutions on Peace Policy (Arbeitsgemeinschaft friedenspolitischer Bildungseinrichtungen – AFPB), War Resisters' International, Peace News Ltd, or Forces Watch.

Andreas was also active in the movement against nuclear energy in Germany and Britain, above all with a focus on nonviolent action. They now lives in Sevilla in Spain and is part of La Transicionera, and is active in the Red Antimilitarista y Noviolenta de Andalucía (R.A.N.A.), the Red de Moneda Social Puma, and the organizing process launched by the ENcuentro sobre Turistización: Resistencias y Alternativas en Sevilla (ENTRA). They continues to cooperate with WRI especially in the work to support social movement in Turkey in the context of the actual repression, and in relation to the situation in the Kurdish regions of the country. Andreas identifies as genderqueer

Their website is https://andreasspeck.info.