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CNV Memphis Week of Actions Makes the News

Posted by Erin Bechtol

Recently, Memphis has been rocked by a series of shootings that have made its residents stop to consider what their city stands for. CNV Memphis is ready with the response. Rather than just addressing the results, leaders like Paul Crum are thinking about the causes. “It’s about conflict resolution,” said Crum. “The level of violence we witness – just in the past two or three days for instance – is atrocious.”

So CNV Memphis is joining in the Week of Actions to “avoid violence like the recent bloodshed mentioned above while helping to create an environment where peace flourishes,” as WMC5 Action News notes in their report.

Their primary focus includes changing the curriculum in local schools, starting by holding A Community Forum on Restorative Justice Practices and Conflict Resolution in Schools on Tuesday September 18 at 6 PM. More on this forum can be found in the Commercial Appeal feature here.

“We seek to create a culture of nonviolence by understanding the interconnectedness of poverty, racism, war and environmental destruction,” said Dr. Monica Juma, the physician who’s serving as CNV chairperson for a second consecutive year. “We seek to tap into the infinite potential of nonviolence to address these injustices to ultimately create the beloved community. We hope people are inspired and energized to promote nonviolence and to work to strengthen our community.”

CNV Memphis is doing an especially good job reaching their local community through news media, as with this a news piece that aired on WMC Action News 5 about the nonviolence communication training:

Memphis’s News Chanel 3 also published an article about the mayor’s proclamation:

Check out the full articles about CNV Memphis here, here,  and here. And be sure to check out CNV Memphis’s home page to follow up on their actions.



From Brenda J Hale

A non-violent training event, held in Memphis, promoted active non-violence, presented by the Mid South Pe.  Near the location of the event, formerly a drive-by shooting took place, where 2 people were killed.

Both the City of Memphis Mayor and the Shelby County Mayor signed a proclamation to declare Week of Non-Violence.

“We have to breakthrough the culture (of crime)… We have to have a vision that is positive.” said Janice Vanderhaar.  Mrs. Vanderhaar attended the workshop, representing CNV Memphis, with Dr. Monica Morman. Dr. Morman, CNV Memphis chairperson, told WMC-TV news reporters, “We seek to understand the interconnectedness between racism and poverty… and to utilize the power of non-violence.”

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