The violence and killings of African American’s including Freddie Gray, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland among many others, has sparked and illuminated the need to challenge racial injustice in this society with determined nonviolent people power. Below is Campaign Nonviolence’s statement supporting the movement for racial justice issued earlier this year.
Campaign Nonviolence is a long-term movement taking a stand against all violence, spreading the power of active nonviolence, and connecting the dots to foster a culture of peace, restorative justice, environmental healing, and the well-being of all.
Integral to this work is resisting the structural violence of racism. Rooted in its vision of a nonviolent world, Campaign Nonviolence is committed to challenging systemic racism and working for racial justice.
Violence in all of its interlocking forms constitutes the greatest crisis facing our cities, our nation, and our planet. Catastrophic climate change, escalating poverty, permanent war, and a horrific epidemic of violence haunt our lives and our world. Interwoven through all of these monumental challenges is the structural violence of racism and all other forms of institutionalized oppression. We will not solve the problems of war, poverty, and the climate crisis in isolation — nor will we solve them without tackling the structural violence of racism and other forms of systemic injustice that shape and drive them.
In its work to support a comprehensive movement joining forces to build a culture of peace, Campaign Nonviolence is taking a clear stand against racial injustice and its systemic violence – mass incarceration, economic and social inequality, systematic exclusion, militarization of U.S. police forces, chronic dehumanization, and the threat to survival and life itself – which prevents a culture of peace from emerging.
Campaign Nonviolence honors the centuries-long struggle for racial justice, and stands with its powerful contemporary movement led by Black Lives Matter, Let Us Breathe, and the Hands Up Coalition who are taking nonviolent action in the wake of the killings of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Rekia Boyd, and many other persons of color. Campaign Nonviolence groups across the United States are walking in solidarity with this movement, and are committed to supporting this new struggle for racial justice.
In addition, Campaign Nonviolence has been asked to support this emergent movement by leading a training for the Black Lives Matter movement at DePaul University in Chicago in 2015.
For our own transformation as anti-oppression agents of nonviolent change, please see these resources on the Campaign Nonviolence website.
At this historic moment Campaign Nonviolence is connecting the dots for a world that works for everyone. We are doing this as partners and allies, including taking concrete steps in our local communities to work together to build a culture of peace by mainstreaming nonviolence, by spreading nonviolence education, by creating programs promoting restorative justice, and by organizing nonviolent action strategies.
CNV Resources on Campaign Nonviolence and the Movement for Racial Justice:
Campaign Nonviolence is a movement for a nonviolent world grounded in the nonviolence of Mohandas Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Initiated by Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service, it was launched September 21-27, 2014 with 239 nonviolent actions in 50 states and other parts of the world.