Read the Notes from the August CNV Conference Call!
Posted by Erin Bechtol
On August 29th we held our monthly National Campaign Nonviolence Conference Call. We discussed the events coming up during the Week of Actions Sept. 16-24, 2017. If you missed the call, you can read the notes or listen to the audio below.
Campaign Nonviolence National Organizing Conference Call
August 29, 2017, 5pm Pacific/ 8pm Eastern (60 minutes)
Facilitator: Ken Butigan
Welcome – this is the last call before the Week of Actions where we hope to hear from people on the call about what actions we will be doing. 758 events happened last year, and this year we have 919 actions calling for an alternative to the violence in our world. Keeping Houston in our thoughts and prayers as they deal with the hurricanes.
Centering – Veronica Pelicaric
“We are constantly being astonished these days at the amazing discoveries in the field of violence. But I maintain that far more undreamt of and seemingly impossible discoveries will be made in the field of nonviolence.” Mohandas K. Gandhi
Roll Call – Ryan Hall reads the list of people on the call.
John invites everybody to look at campaignnonviolence.org to check out all the events we have scheduled and see the creative innovations in nonviolent actions. CNV hired a media group to help promote the week of actions and all of the individual actions.
John suggests that everyone should be reaching out to their local press. Media group hired by CNV is going to be targeting national news and media in order to get a wider outreach.
Ken Butigan reminds people to report their actions to Ryan Hall or himself if they haven’t already. The more actions we take, the more good we create in these calamitous times.
CNV Action Organizer Updates:
Andrea Koverman in Cincinnati, OH
Pursuing Peace in Cincinnati will be the launch for Nonviolent Cincinnati Project. John Dear will come to be the keynote speaker and they will give two peace awards: one for a peacebuilder in the community and one within the organization. Kickoff event will be 9/20, and the first coalition meeting will be 9/21. Read more about these events here: http://ijpccincinnati.org/
Virginia Rendler in Indiana
On Peace Day, 9/21, On Earth Peace is inviting interfaith congregations to gather and pray for peace and justice. Will be reaching out specifically to youth within the congregations. They have over 100 events happening across the country and work as a smaller hub to organize and coordinate with individual churches and prayer groups, including: prayers, cultural sharing, music, and art, to interrupt violence in your community, and to get your community talking together and praying for peace, on or near September 21. Also see: http://peacedaypray.tumblr.com/
Jeffrey Lott in Delaware
Movement for Culture of Peace started in 2014, began with a march in Wilmington. In 2016 they started Peace Week Delaware and have since developed a coalition of 40-50 peace and justice organizations collaborating on public actions from 9/16-9/25. They centralize support, provide a website, and create some guideline for what qualifies as a Peace Week Action. This year a lot of the focus is on cultural understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims, which feels necessary in this climate. There will be two marches, several talks, concerts, etc., totaling about 60 events this year. See more at the website here: http://www.peaceweekdelaware.org/
Sherri Maurin in California
Youth on the Road to Peace Conference – Campaign Nonviolence Afghanistan will be hosting the first known conference of expanding humanity through peace and nonviolence, for participants of all 34 provinces. Attendees are expected to include Hazaras, Tajiks, Pashtuns, Uzbeks and other cultural groups within Afghanistan. Both men and women will be welcomed. The conference will be held from the 18th to the 21st of September 2017, as part of International Peace Day week . It will focus on building relationships among participants for the implementation of practices to promote environmental sustainability, equality, nonviolence and the abolition of war. The final major event will be the Global Days of Listening, a three hour conversation which is hosted on the 21st of each month, by the Afghan Peace Volunteers. Friends and supporters from across the world, who share our commitment to nonviolence, are invited to join. Please go to globaldaysoflistening.com to find a link to listen in, or to send a message to sign up for a short time to speak! There is some risk involved since this will involve men and women working together, but it shows a deep commitment to the cause of creating peace and nonviolence in Afghanistan. http://globaldaysoflistening.com/
Sharon Halsey-Hoover, New Mexico.
Albuquerque will have a forum on immigration, refugees, and how the community can support and provide resources for them on 9/21. Saturday 9/23 there will be a Block Party for Peace with music, speakers, tables for CNV, etc. Trinity House will have a celebrating peace event on 9/21. Several more things in the works that she hopes will push the events for this year over 1000 events.
September 18 – Inscape Ministries will present Conversations with Dorothy Day, a one woman play on the life and teachings of Dorothy Day at St. Rose of Lima Women’s Ministry, Reno, NV. David will also be in a play about St. Francis of Assisi.
Julia Occhiogrosso in Las Vegas
Offering a nonviolence workshop and training. Trying to reach a wider audience this year to get them involved in nonviolence trainings. Nevada Desert Experience has collaborated in past years, but is now doing their events at a different time. Looking forward to more ideas that they can apply in Las Vegas. See more here: http://www.paceebene.org/event/cnv-action-living-nonviolence-workshop/
9/21/17: International Peace Day demonstration with the Seniors for Peace. Same Mill Valley corner (Miller and Camino Alto) but on Thursday, International Peace Day, at approximately 4-5pm.
9/27/17 Peggy Donnell workshop on Forgiveness at CMCM (http://cmcm.tv/), 5:30-8:30pm. Talking about what forgiveness is and is not.
All three are intended to be constructive, building compassion, growing harmony, etc. Dialog to bridge the divide is what she believes is the best way to create peace in their community.
Wally Inglis from Hawaii
Putting up their huge banner that says “Wage Peace Not War” at the federal building. Intending to challenge the federal building on 9/20. Fri, Sep 22, 3:30-5:00 pm The Center for Nonviolence and Education (Malu ‘Aina) will hold its weekly peace vigil at the federal building in Hilo on Hawaii Island, challenging one of the military training sites — HI may be the most militarized of the 50 states.
Brad Wolf in Pennsylvania
Focusing on the Peace Fest scheduled for 9/24. Peace Fest will be a day in the town park for peace & nonviolence – 1,000 people are expected to join in Binns Park in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on Sunday, Sept. 24, with four bands and speakers, including the Rev. John Dear. Kevin Martin will also speak, and there will be tables with representatives from community-based organizations all around the amphitheater.
Catherine Kreuter in Utah
Saturday, September 23, 2017-INFORMATION BOOTH at the FALL FARMERS MARKET- to be shared by Gandhi Alliance for Peace AND Utah Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Giving away posters, t-shirts, and bumper stickers. Have decided to purchase some billboard spaces for their organization and had passersby vote on mini-billboards. Winning one says, “Yes to Peace, No to Bombs.”
9/23 – 2pm-4pm – A CELEBRATION OF PEACE, JUSTICE & NONVIOLENCE in Morro Bay, CA: Come out and enjoy yogurt, song, games, and family fun in honor of International Peace Week – involving support for racial justice, and an end to poverty, discrimination, environmental destruction, and war. The community is active with the women’s march, vigil for Charlottesville, and developing the Nonviolent Cities Project. http://www.paceebene.org/event/cnv-action-morro-bay-ca-peace-celebration/
Ryan reminds listeners that CNV will be sending out information about how to report your actions back to Pace e Bene so we can post a blog about each event and publicize your efforts.
Don’t forget to be active with social media during your actions. Get your friends, family, and community involved by posting far and wide.
Ken Butigan offers closing remarks. Our shared dream is to get people everywhere to acknowledge and pursue the nonviolent option in what seems like a violent world. We must keep asking the media, each other, and ourselves what the nonviolent option is. Thanks Ryan Hall for helping the week of actions be such a success for years. Also thanks Dr. Kit Evans-Ford and Evan Gerard for making calls and getting people involved.
There will be a call after the week of actions to discuss successes and challenges, date TBD.
John Dear encourages everyone to really go for it: talk to people everywhere you go, talk to the press, talk to youth and invite them to be involved, take the opportunity to teach people about nonviolence and get religious leaders involved. Pray for one another and for these actions to be successful and contagious. Let’s make nonviolence mainstream, something that everybody talks about and finds empowerment in.
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