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Report from the DC National Convergence

Posted by Ryan Hall

Our national Campaign Nonviolence Convergence in Washington D.C. on Friday and Saturday was a powerful gathering for the movement for nonviolence witnessed by thousands of people during the day.

We began with a nonviolence training on Friday afternoon and an evening panel discussion with Kit Evans-Ford, George Martin, John Dear, Ken Butigan and Veronica Pelicaric.

We continued on Saturday morning with a rally at the Martin Luther King Jr. Statue mc’ed by George Martin and Kit Evans-Ford and great speeches by Lisa Sharon-Harper, Shane Claiborne, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, John Dear and Ken Butigan.

After that we marched in pairs and in silence past the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Wall to the White House.

Ten activists including John Dear and Pace e Bene board members George Martin and Rev. Lennox Yearwood risked arrest at the White House fence as they held the Campaign Nonviolence banner calling for an end to war, poverty, racism and environmental destruction. They were told to leave by the police, but when it was clear after an hour and a half that the police were not going to arrest them the group ended their witness.

Then Ken Butigan led a closing prayer circle in Lafayette park across from the the White House. Thank you to all those who joined us in this landmark event in the Campaign Nonviolence movement and let’s continue to do our very best to build a new culture of peace and nonviolence.

Watch the video of the speeches, the march and and the action at the White House on our YouTube channel here or below.
See photos from both the Friday and Saturday events here.

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Photos from of the Washington, DC Convergence including the Friday afternoon nonviolence training and panel discussion and the Saturday rally at the Martin Luther King Statue and the march to the White House.

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Recorded Livestream of the Washington, DC Convergence including the rally at the Martin Luther King Statue and the march to the White House.

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