By Rivera Sun with Campaign Nonviolence
During the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions, community members from Taos, NM worked together to give youth, families, and the community a chance to share their vision for what their community could be. Lifting up the values of love, respect, peace, nonviolence, renewable energy, democracy and dissent, water is life, and more, the “What Is Our Vision? Community March” included people from Taos Pueblo and from the rest of the town of Taos, NM. With elders, youth, children, infants in carriers, two dogs, and great spirits, the group marched along the main road receiving lots of enthusiastic support from the passersby. The youth led the march, setting the pace through true leadership – watching and observing the whole group and caring for everyone along the way. Participants carried bells and noisemakers in the spirit of the cacerolazo protests. Approximately 25 people joined the march, and our message reached roughly 300-450 passersby on the streets, and thousands on our social media posts later. A photographer from the local paper, The Taos News, was present.
“Building a culture of active nonviolence means creating opportunities for everyone to engage in nonviolent actions like marches, demonstrations, and rallies to lift their vision,” says Rivera Sun. “This march was inspired in part by the Taos Youth Leadership Conference which happened the day before, so it was important to give the youth a chance to speak up, share their visions, and lead.”
In the sharing circle after the march, people of all ages spoke about their vision, articulating the desire for a safe and healthy planet, for renewable energy, for respect as indigenous people, for the skills and knowledge of active nonviolence to be widespread throughout the community, for kindness toward everyone and everything, and much more. It was a beautiful event that built new connections among the community.
Photo Credit: Dariel Garner