Here are just a few of the actions, events, and notable happenings in the culture of active nonviolence recently.
LA High School Students Succeed In Getting Police To Remove Military Weaponry From Schools: This story is remarkable, detailing how nonviolent direct action and determined organizing not only got weaponry removed from school security, but also an apology from the LAPD. The report says, “A coalition of Los Angeles high school students and grassroots organizers just accomplished the unthinkable. After nearly two years of sit-ins and protests, they forced the police department for the second-largest public school district in the United States to remove grenade launchers, M-16 rifles, a mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle and other military-grade weaponry from its arsenal.” Read more here. Photo: Courtesy of the Labor Community Strategy Center
Veterans for Peace members, and Campaign Nonviolence supporters, Larsen Prip and David Soumis were featured just before Memorial Day in the Isthmus News. The pair regularly demonstrates for peace in and around Madison, WI. They talk with the public about the reality of war, and the need for peace. This excellent article captures their principled nonviolence in broaching the subject with people from all walks of life. Photo Credit: Lauren Justice
Campaign Nonviolence’s Director Ken Butigan’s TedX Talk on Mainstreaming Nonviolence is released! Powerful, visionary, and emotional, Ken Butigan speaks about the audacious vision of a world of nonviolence . . . and the practical steps toward getting there. This TedX Talk was presented at the University of DePaul this year, and is now released online. Watch, reflect, and share widely! Read more and watch the TedX Talk here.
Campaign Nonviolence’s Kit Evans-Ford and daughter Imani signed Kit’s wonderful book and curriculum, A Children’s Book On Bishop Richard Allen: A Nonviolent Journey, at the Western NC Annual Conference for the AME Church in Durham, North Carolina. Kit travels frequently, reading at schools, libraries, and churches about her book, and teaching workshops in active nonviolence. Congratulations, Kit!
Campaign Nonviolence Associate Dave Soleil and family were mentioned on Love (and Revolution) Radio. Their Little Books of Peace Action during the 2014 Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions was praised for being a creative way to build a culture of peace during this episode on the powerful changes the Little Free Library movement is building in community, literacy, and sharing. Dave Soleil’s daughter made a tiny book of peace and the family put copies in the Little Free Libraries throughout their neighborhood. Listen to the radio show here.
Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions In Kosmos Magazine: Campaign Nonviolence gained visibility this week in an article in Kosmos Magazine. Rivera Sun, writing about peace walks, issued an invitation to the Kosmos readership to join the 2016 Week of Actions. Rivera wrote, “We walked to be the peace we yearned to see. We could not wait for politicians to end the endless, borderless wars. We ended it with our footsteps. We announced with our bodies that we would not wait for authorities to fix our communities; we would heal them here and now. We walked to be present with one another, to break our isolation and fear. We walked away from the violence of corporate media blaring on our screens indoors. We walked out into the streets to embody a different world, a world of peace and nonviolence, presence and compassion.” Read the essay here.
1000 Nonviolence Trainings Project reaches 404 nonviolence trainings this week, just as Professor Erica Chenoweth highlighted the importance of training in building disciplined, successful nonviolent movements for change from the Campaign Nonviolence National Conference Call. You can listen to Erica’s remarks or read the minutes here. You can find a training or list a nonviolence training with the 1000 Nonviolence Trainings Project here.
Protesting Boston High School Students Face Disdain From Authorities: Last week in our Spotted! Column, we covered the Boston high school students’ walkouts over budget cuts. Here is an update on the resistance, including the adult authorities’ disdain for the demands of the students. The story continues . . . read it 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!