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Campaign Nonviolence National Conference Call

Posted by Ryan Hall

On July 16, we held our mid-summer national organizing conference call to prepare and organize for the Campaign Nonviolence actions in September and to share news about this growing movement.  Below you will find the notes from the call. 

Campaign Nonviolence National Organizing Conference Call July 16, 2015

Click below to listen to the audio

Facilitator: Ryan Hall
Maestro coordinator: Ryan Hall
Notetaker: Ryan Hall

Introduction (5 min.):

  • Welcome (Ryan Hall) **Misspoke about the week of actions, they are Sept. 20-27**
  • Centering (Veronica Pelicaric)
    • Do your little bit of good where you are. It’s those little bits put together that overwhelm the world. – Archbishop Desmond Tutu
  • Roll call: read names of people on the call and their states (Ryan Hall) – Over 50 people joined the call!

CNV Updates (20 min.):

  • Call to Action/CNV Conference/Livestreaming – John Dear (3 min.)
    • John said that we currently have 130 planned actions during CNV week Sept. 20-27, 2015. If you haven’t signed up, you can do so here.
    • John mentioned the CNV Conference and Vigils in Santa Fe and Los Alamos August 6-9
    • The entire conference and vigils will be filmed for online viewing.  We will send around the livestream link soon and post it all on our Youtube page later in August.
    • John said these CNV actions are important because change so often happens from the bottom up.  We need to do the hard work of organizing to put on a great action.  When we take action together our voices get heard.
  • 10+ Action Ideas for September 20-27 CNV Week of Actions – Ken Butigan (15 min.)
  • Social Media – Rivera Sun (2 min)
    • Rivera said she is very excited about the actions.  She has been around the country and seen on facebook all the events being planned.  
    • Rivera said that while she is at the conference she will be tweeting and posting on facebook the whole time getting the word out about nonviolence.  If you would like to help out with social media during the Conference week August 6-9 or during the CNV week of Actions Sept 20-27, please email us and let us know at  Rivera could use all the help she can get.

Large Group Discussion: (30 min) (Ryan Hall)

  • Action plans and ideas from organizers across the nation for Campaign Nonviolence Week Sept 20-27, 2015
    • Frank McCann in New Jersey:  Planning several actions and have a meeting coming up.  They are going to march from Liberty state park and raise awareness about climate change.  They are starting at Ellis Island to raise the connection between climate change and immigrants.  On 9/21  they are installing an art piece on Abraham and Isaac about no longer taking life in Sterling, NJ.  On 9/24 the global Catholic Climate movement is having a rally in the city. Frank also asked about whether we have some ideas on a constructive action they can take during some of these events that week.  
    • Joy First in Wisconsin:  On 9/21 they have a vigil for peace in Madison dedicated to the work of CNV. On 9/22 they will have a vigil at Volk field where they pilot drones.  All week long they are doing a drone quilt project.  On 9/25 they will gather together and read names of people killed in drone attacks.  She is also helping plan an action with NCNR in Washington DC 9/22 – Sowing the seeds of Hope from Congress to the White house where they will visit Paul Ryan’s office.In the afternoon they will gather at the White house and risk arrest.
    • Girish Shah in California:  With the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council. He has been thinking about having an event where they talk about the Charleston church shootings and how the parishioners chose to forgive the shooter.  They would like to discuss what forgiveness bring to victims of violence and how forgiveness is a critical part of healing.  He would also like to combine something like this with their Compassion Games.  John Dear spoke and said he thought his was a good idea.
    • LaVern Olberding in California:  Last year they did an interfaith gathering, this year they want to do more.  They are asking young adults to speak at it and see how they see change evolving.  They also have a Clowns for Peace Troupe.  She also thought of doing something with a Labyrinth and asked if anyone had any suggestions on how to use it for something like this.  
    • Catz LeBlanc in Massachusetts: She is looking to get involved in the Boston area and will see what she can do for the week of actions.  
    • Annie Lindstrom in Florida:  Annie suggested getting more youth involved in the peace movement.  She thought doing a peace poster contest or something where people draw/make art is a good idea.  She also thought people could even use natural material to make something nice for peace.  She thought folks could make a day of fasting from television as well.  She suggested doing a little peace library in the neighborhood or doing kids magazines for peace.  She also suggested doing a Peace Paper where youth pass out info on peace.  She also said that where she is located in Florida it is very hard to organize and is looking for connection with other peacemakers.  She said she’s seen mistakes made with other groups where it’s hard to connect after the conference calls that happen.  She needs to connect with people in her own state.  
    • Wally Inglis in Hawaii:  Last year they did something everyday of CNV week. At the moment they’ve got one action nailed down.  They have an action planned at the federal building to speak about the message of CNV.  This is an ongoing action they have every Friday as well!
    • MaryLou Anderson in Nevada:  They have a week of events from 13-26 of September.  They are planning an International day of peace event on 9/21.  They are doing a day of service on 9/13.  On 9/19-21 they are going to the Nevada Test Site for a vigil.  On 9/26 they are having an all day peace festival including a large community meditation, speakers, and open mics.  
    • Monica Juma in Tennessee:  They had a meeting the night before and have many action plans.  They may have a vigil at the civil rights museum and they will join the Fraser black party for peace in Memphis.  
  • Closing–Campaign Nonviolence Pledge (Veronica):  Sign the pledge if you haven’t done so yet.

Next calls – Save the date: August 27 and September 17 //  5pm/Pacific 8pm Eastern

If you missed our past calls this year, you can read the notes or listen in to the audio conversation by clicking on these links:

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