Here are just a few of the actions, events, and notable happening in the culture of active nonviolence recently.
Boston Public Schools Walkout for Funding: More than 1,000 Boston Public Schools (BPS) students walked out of classes Tuesday, May 17th for the second protest this year against budget cuts. Students rallied and marched at City Hall, and some later testified at a City Council hearing on the school’s fiscal year budget. Read more here: https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/18/bost-m18.html
Resist the West Roxbury Pipeline Escalates Resistance: Clergy joined the nonviolent resistance to a natural gas pipeline under construction in West Roxbury, MA, blockading construction vehicles and being arrested for civil disobedience. This campaign has involved mothers, children, grandmothers, city council members, and residents of the densely packed neighborhood through which the pipeline will go. Follow this powerful example of organized resistance at: http://www.resistthepipeline.org/
Citizens Block Spectra’s AIM Pipeline with a Shipping Container: One movement participant, Minister Erik R. McGregor wrote, “In defiance of pipeline construction, concerned individuals move reclaimed shipping container home with two people inside onto AIM Pipeline construction site. A small model of a renewable energy and resilient living space was placed on the construction way to block the fossil fuel project from moving forward. The two individuals were placed under arrest after being removed from the container.” Special thanks to Lee Stewart, Jimmy Betts, and Beyond Extreme Energy for sharing the news and images from this (and other) campaigns. Follow Resist AIM on their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/resistaim/
Quakers, Radical, and Others Protest Cluster Bombs Manfactured in Rhode Island: Citizens protested Textron on May 19th because the Rhode Island-based conglomerate makes cluster bombs that Saudi Arabia is using in civilian-populated areas of Yemen. Organizers said this was the first of many actions against Textron that will happen weekly
Happy Birthday to Waging Nonviolence! This great online journal turned seven years old this month, sharing stories of active nonviolence from around the world. Waging Nonviolence features columns from Kate Aronoff, Frida Berrigan, and Campaign Nonviolence’s Ken Butigan. If you’re not familiar with this excellent resource, check it out here: http://wagingnonviolence.org/
Food Not Bombs Celebrates its 36th Anniversary on Tues, April 24th: Speaking of birthdays, the incredible self-organized, Food Not Bombs commemorates its inception this week. Food Not Bombs collects excess food, cooks meals, and serves the people nourishing food and the message that our resources should go to food, not bombs, every week in over 600 chapters worldwide. Learn more about their incredible legacy (how many actions and events have you attended where Food Not Bombs also appeared?!) at: http://foodnotbombs.net/new_site/
Rubber Stamp Rebellion Serves Eminent Domain Notices to FERC Chairman Norman Bay: Citizens served an eminent domain notice to the home of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Norman Bay this week, hoping that if he knows what it feels like, maybe he’ll stop issuing rubber stamp permits for pipelines and other fossil fuel infrastructure projects that are being heavily protested nationwide. This is just one of a series of actions in the Rubber Stamp Rebellion organized by Beyond Extreme Energy and other groups that have been pressuring FERC to stop permitting fossil fuel expansions in the era of the climate crisis. Follow their efforts at: https://beyondextremeenergy.org/
Campaign Nonviolence Associate Adam Vogal is also a key coordinator of Students United For Nonviolence at Portland State University in Oregon. SUN hosted a weekend of nonviolence trainings, including one on humor and activism with Janjira Sombatpoonsiri (pictured). Other presenters included Brianna Bragg, Valerie Colas, Jo Ann Hardesty, Tom Hastings, Alison Allen Hall, Angela Casella, Deyalo Bennette, Jennifer Tenorio, Jim Tardy.
Campaign Nonviolence Associate Kim Redigan is going on a Freedom Tour with twenty-six metro-Detroit high school students, sponsored by the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights (MCHR). Over the course of ten days, they will visit significant sites in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kentucky, and meet heroic people involved in the Civil Rights movement as a way of providing a context for the struggles of the present moment. Upon returning to Detroit, these young leaders will be engaged in ongoing education and human rights advocacy and willing to share their experience of the Tour wherever invited – schools, civic groups, worship centers, union halls. Learn more and support this effort here.
Campaign Nonviolence collects photos and short captions describing the nonviolent actions. If you have something to share, please email info(at)paceebene.org with a photo and a 100-300 word description (location, issue, message, and further info). Thank you!