By Alice Soto
Orange County California welcomed a Nonviolence Training in preparation for Campaign Nonviolence week September 16 – 24. Trainer Ann Mbacke, a 20 year veteran of personal development, conflict resolution and mindfulness for self and others led the group in addressing the issues that may keep us from being nonviolent. About 30 participants engaged in groups and in duos to find the triggers that surface negativity in our dealings with others and trauma that may get in the way of acting positively with relationships and the wider world. The fact that the level of sharing on these very personal issues was able to happen, speaks to the trust Ann encouraged in her presentation. The group came together from organizations such as Veterans For Peace, Pax Christi, Peace Builders, Military Families Speak Out, Enough, and a local church congregation. The Orange County Peace Coalition spread the word about this event and are grateful for the diverse participants. Though we all have our separate focus of activism, we are united in the process and movement toward global transformation through nonviolence. Great preparation for our next steps!