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Campaign Nonviolence is a long-term movement for a culture of peace and nonviolence free from war, poverty, racism, environmental destruction and the epidemic of violence.

For an overview of Campaign Nonviolence from the past three years, see our CNV 2014 Booklet PDFour CNV 2015 Booklet PDF and our CNV 2016 Booklet PDF.

Here’s what we’re doing this year!  Also, be sure to see our CNV Tools and Resources section below for help building Campaign Nonviolence!

Campaign Nonviolence will march for justice, peace and environmental healing throughout the US and around the world September 16-24, 2017, including on the International Day of Peace, September 21.  Together we will join our voices from around the planet to support a global nonviolent shift for an end to war, poverty, racism and environmental destruction! Save the date and start planning an action in your community today. Visit our CNV Actions page to learn more!

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Imagine Nonviolent Los Angeles. Nonviolent New York City. Or Nonviolent Kabul.  What would it take to foster a nonviolent city where you live? Campaign Nonviolence calls on communities everywhere to imagine what their nonviolent city would entail; to identify what would be involved in achieving this; and to take concrete steps toward this long-term goal. The Nonviolent Cities Project is a great platform for connecting the dots and nurturing a culture of peace and nonviolence.

Nonviolent Cities is not about creating an ideal or utopian city, but a city where nonviolent principles, methods and options are increasingly available to create just, peaceful and sustainable solutions in our communities and our world.  Click here to learn more!


Nonviolence education is key to long-term change by spreading the tools of nonviolent transformation and by training both advocates for change and the larger society. Working with training organizations—and long-time nonviolence trainers—we are working to identify and organize 1,000+ trainings and workshops for nonviolent change on our collaborative training website the NonviolenceTrainingHub.org.  We call on every local group to attend, host, organize or lead a nonviolence training in 2017.

Through these trainings, thousands of individuals and organizations will build their capacity to unleash nonviolent people power, build successful social-movements, and, at the same time, put nonviolence into action in their own lives.

As part of this project, Campaign Nonviolence and Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service is available to facilitate its series of nonviolence trainings, including the CNV Skill-Building Workshop; Nonviolent Action Training; Strategic Movement-Building; and a series of intensive weekend retreats, including Awakening Soul-Force, Engaging Conflict Creatively, and The Depths of Nonviolent Action.

Visit the Nonviolence Training Hub today – find a training – post a training – help us grow the 1000 Trainings Project!

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Creating a culture of peace and nonviolence requires grappling with violence and injustice systemically.  War, poverty, racism, environmental destruction and innumerable forms of violence and injustice are interrelated realities – and will only be solved comprehensively. Hence the need to nourish a movement of movements capable of generating the immense people-power necessary for significant and enduring change by making mutually supportive connections and alliances between movements and campaigns that are often separated from one another.

To support this, Campaign Nonviolence invites every local CNV group and organizer to meet with other organizers and members of organizations, campaigns and movements in their city, area or region at least twice for relationship building and to explore the ways to mutually support, connect, synergize and maximize the impact of their efforts.  We encourage them to: identify and reach out to these organizations; set and carry our exploratory meetings; set a longer session (half-day or whole day) for planning in Spring 2017; and take action together, including during the 2017 CNV Action Week.

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To build the capacity of this movement, Campaign Nonviolence offers numerous resources to support your organizing for nonviolent change, including books, trainings and workshops, social media, and many tools on this website for mainstreaming nonviolence, connecting the dots between issues and movements and building your campaign.

In addition to the many workshops that Pace e Bene/Campaign Nonviolence can facilitate, its Speakers Bureau features a range of powerful speakers who are available to speak in your community, including John Dear, Rivera Sun, Terrence Rynne, Veronica Pelicaric, Ken Butigan, Kit Evans-Ford and Felicia Parazaider.  For more information, click here.

cnv next steps header #6What do we need to do to generate the people power necessary to dismantle systemic violence and to create a vibrant nonviolent culture?  Dr. Erica Chenoweth, the co-author of Why Civil Resistance Works, offers a clue.  Her research indicates that participation of 3.5% of the population in a movement for social change can play a determinative role in achieving that movement’s goals.  While this is a large figure, it also is plausible, under the right circumstances.  Motivated by a dramatic vision of building a culture of peace and nonviolence—and the potential of many disparate movements and campaigns effectively and powerfully working together—Campaign Nonviolence is committed to building this constituency for monumental change over the long haul.  To support this movement-building, here are some of the things we encourage people everywhere to do.

Take the Campaign Nonviolence Pledge – and spread it in your community, organization, or social network.

Organize or join a local CNV affinity group.  Typically comprised of 5-15 people, affinity groups are circles that foster nonviolent movements by providing opportunities for support, personal growth, relationship-building, discussion of issues, studying the principles and methods of nonviolence, taking action and participating in building a culture of peace. Affinity groups have been a critical feature of numerous successful movements. Once your affinity group is together, begin a nonviolence study group using our manual, Engage: Exploring Nonviolent Living!

Become a CNV Action Organizer.  In 2017, CNV will identify and recruit organizers, who make a commitment to planning a CNV Action during the Week of Actions, Sept 16-24, 2017! Sign up on our Actions page here!

Promote CNV organizational endorsements.  Over 200 national and local organizations have endorsed Campaign Nonviolence.  Ask your organizations to officially endorse CNV—and then help them promote it to their members and networks. Click here for information.

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Build a culture of peace, mainstream nonviolence!

Campaign Nonviolence is a new, long-term movement  to mainstream nonviolence and to foster a culture of peace free from war, poverty, racism, environmental destruction and the epidemic of violence.

Campaign Nonviolence invites us to:

  • Practice nonviolence toward ourselves, toward all others, and toward a world longing for peace, economic justice, environmental healing, and effective nonviolent solutions
  • Explore, study, and unleash the principles and methods of nonviolence in our lives, our communities, and our societies
  • Connect the dots and join forces in the long-term struggle to abolish  war, end poverty, reverse the climate crisis, and take a stand against the epidemic violence, including the structural violence of racism, sexism, homophobia, and economic inequality, and
  • Discover and deepen the power of nonviolence, including the vision and tools for nonviolent change that Mohandas Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and many other people and movements have activated for social and personal transformation.

Campaign Nonviolence was launched with 240 public actions in all 50 US states September 21-27, 2014.  In 2015 the CNV Week of Actions featured 370 marches, rallies, demonstrations, vigils and other events in every US state and in nine countries. Just prior to the national election in 2016, CNV organized its biggest national week of action yet, with over 750 marches, actions, events and demonstrations across the US in each of the 50 states as well as in a dozen other nations. Ordinary people of all ages gathered in a spirit of nonviolence, connected the dots, and spoke out against racism, poverty, war, drones, nuclear weapons, environmental destruction, and continued to call for a new culture of peace and nonviolence according to the vision of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. See news and pictures from the 2016 mobilization here! Mark your calendars and join us for the 2017 Action Week, September 16-24, 2017!

To develop this week of actions, Campaign Nonviolence organized in every state in the country, led skill-building trainings across the nation, completed national speaking tours, established nonviolence study groups nationwide, and was endorsed by over 200 national and local organizations.

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