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
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.
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 email@example.com. Rivera could use all the help she can get.
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.
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.
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