Done with violence? So are we!
Take Action with Campaign Nonviolence in September
Nationwide actions to reject culture of violence and to build toward culture of active nonviolence free from war, poverty, racism and environmental catastrophe
by Ken Butigan
Campaign Nonviolence is going public September 16-24 across the United States and beyond to call out the terror of violence—and to mobilize toward a culture of peace and nonviolence.
At a time when violence is incessantly touted—from reckless talk about nuclear war with North Korea, to support for white supremacy and hate groups, to attacks on immigrants and Muslims, to a dramatic surge in military spending—tens of thousands of people from every state across the country, and in cities around the globe, will advocate for a new nonviolent direction for their lives, communities, nations, and world.
As many as one thousand local actions—marches, rallies, vigils and other forms of peaceful witness and resistance to be held throughout the third week of September—will publicly declare that nonviolent options are effective, powerful, and needed now more than ever. They will invite our society, and every society, to reject the grip of violence on our minds and our policies, and to discover instead the life-giving power of active and creative nonviolence for a world where everyone counts.
And not a moment too soon.
While violence is as old as the hills, we are living in a time when it is deepening its power and reach. The only genuine response to the increasing presence of structural, cultural and institutionalized violence is building a movement of people everywhere committed to challenging their own violence and to fostering a world that teaches, spreads and embodies nonviolent alternatives.
That’s why Campaign Nonviolence exists.
Campaign Nonviolence was founded with the breathtaking vision of building a culture of peace and nonviolence over the long haul.
Such a culture will not be a utopia without violence or conflict but a society where we are equipped to respond effectively and powerfully to violence and conflict with nonviolent tools. It will be a society where we know there are nonviolent options, where we are taught nonviolent options, where we insist on nonviolent options, and where we are organized to deploy and activate nonviolent options.
Toward this practical, nonviolent culture, Campaign Nonviolence connects the dots between peace, economic equality, racial justice and environmental healing. And it works to mainstream the power of nonviolent change through its Thousand Nonviolence Trainings Project and its Nonviolent Cities Project—fifty cities across the nation are actively exploring this long-term effort to make their localities places of peace, justice and nonviolence.
But a lynchpin to moving this effort forward is action.
“Tell everyone to engage in public action for peace and justice,” the iconic change agent and founder of the United Farm Workers, Cesar Chavez, once said. “Public action, public action, public action! That’s the solution.”
Why? Because nonviolent public action alerts, educates, and mobilizes the larger populace for change. Because nonviolent public action builds people-power for change. And because nonviolent public action summons our larger society to respond to the historical call for change.
We stand at a crossroads. Campaign Nonviolence is done with violence—and is taking action in September for the long-term nonviolent shift that our planet and its teeming inhabitants critically need to survive and thrive.
Please join us!
Nearly 800 actions are currently scheduled toward the goal of 1000 events. Let Campaign Nonviolence know you will be organizing an action in your community here.