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Take the Campaign Nonviolence Pledge

Posted by Ken Butigan
07.14.14
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Take the Campaign Nonviolence Pledge!

Campaign Nonviolence is a new, long-term movement to build a culture of peace by boldly mainstreaming active nonviolence and by vigorously connecting and deepening innumerable struggles worldwide to abolish war, end poverty, reverse the climate crisis, and challenge all violence.

This long-term venture is rooted in an audacious foundation—a call to practice nonviolence toward ourselves, toward all others, and toward the world and its inhabitants.

This is the heart of Campaign Nonviolence — and the Campaign Nonviolence Pledge.

The Campaign Nonviolence Pledge: A Commitment to Be An Agent of Change

The Campaign Nonviolence Pledge is a public commitment to explore nonviolence, study nonviolence, take nonviolence in, and take nonviolence public. It is a public commitment to take action.

People across the U.S. and beyond are making this solemn pledge to unleash personal and social transformation rooted in the creative power of nonviolence.  Taking the pledge is a deep resolution to be a catalyst for peaceful but determined change in a world that needs such change now more than ever.

But it is more than this.  It is also a commitment to help build a powerful movement.

The Campaign Nonviolence Pledge: A Commitment to Connect the Dots

Campaign Nonviolence is a response to the enormous challenges that beset our planet.

Our very survival hinges on transforming deeply-ingrained global patterns and policies that have caused enormous suffering and that have proven to be chronically ineffective, including:

  • Military responses to complicated international problems — and the war systems that perpetuate them;
  • The growing gap between the rich and the poor — and the economic order that institutionalizes it;
  • The specter of irreversibly destructive climate change — and the systems based on fossil fuel that drive it; and
  • The violence that infects us as persons, families, communities, and societies — and the culture of violence that trains us to believe that violence is normal, necessary, and effective.

Campaign Nonviolence believes that none of these problems will be solved in isolation.

Poverty, war, environmental destruction, and the epidemic of violence reinforce one another as interwoven causes and effects of a global system of violence and injustice.

For over 100 years powerful movements have changed facets of this system, often with stunning results.  Building on these historic successes, the time has come to connect the dots, join forces, actively challenge the violence system comprehensively, and build the infrastructure for a more just, peaceful and sustainable world.  Together we can become a powerfully inclusive movement capable of new creativity and innovation – and equipped  both to challenge the culture of violence and to build a culture of peace.

The Campaign Nonviolence Pledge is a commitment to build a “movement of movements” capable of generating and mobilizing the people power necessary to create comprehensive solutions to intractable problems.

The Campaign Nonviolence Pledge: A Commitment to Put Enduring Love in Action

The Campaign Nonviolence Pledge is a commitment to promote and nurture this long-term historical process.  All it takes is love in action—or, in other words, creative, challenging, dynamic and compassionate nonviolence.  Easier said than done.  But this is what Campaign Nonviolence is inviting us to do.  To experiment with it.  To integrate it into our lives.  And to take it into the world.   If we do this, we will be rewarded with an energizing basis for a world where everyone matters.

The Campaign Nonviolence Pledge: A Commitment to Take Action

Campaign Nonviolence is taking a public stand against all violence –and taking nonviolent action for a culture of peace and nonviolence.  September 21-27 we will march in upwards of hundreds of cities across the United States to launch a long-term movement to mainstream active nonviolence, including fostering a world free from war, poverty, environmental destruction, and all violence.  Before the nation goes to the polls in the fall Congressional elections, we are taking action calling for concrete first steps, including:

  • An international treaty for swift, verifiable action to reverse climate change
  • Ending the military drone program
  • Establishing a $15 minimum wage for all
  • K-12 nonviolence education everywhere
  • Practicing nonviolence toward ourselves, toward all others, and toward the planet

Nonviolence offers us a foundation, a framework, a motivation and a goal for any movement or campaign seeking justice, peace or sustainability.  By taking the Campaign Nonviolence Pledge, we can strive to become agents of change, connect the dots, put love in action and join with others to call for social transformation.

We invite you to join this new movement – and to take the Campaign Nonviolence Pledge!

Campaign Nonviolence Resources for Creating a September Action:

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Campaign Nonviolence — building a culture of peace by mainstreaming active nonviolence and joining the long-term, nonviolent struggle to abolish war, end poverty, reverse climate change, and challenge all violence. Take nonviolent action in hundreds of cities September 21-27!

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