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Done with violence? So are we! Here are our next steps!

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. Here’s what we’re doing this next year!

1. Taking nonviolent action
2. Fostering a nonviolent culture
3. Expanding nonviolence training
4. Nurturing a movement of movements
5. Spreading resources for peaceful change
6. Building Campaign Nonviolence


2016 Campaign Nonviolence Action Week, September 18-25:
Take Action Globally for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence


CNV Chicago 2014Campaign Nonviolence will march for justice, peace and environmental healing throughout the US and around the world September 18-25, 2016, including the International Day of Peace, September 21. Save the date and start planning now!

Campaign Nonviolence was launched with 240 public actions in all 50 US states September 21-27, 2014.  This year the CNV Week of Actions featured 370 marches, rallies, demonstrations, vigils and other events in every US state and in nine countries. See news and pictures from the September 20-27, 2015 mobilization here!

In 2016 our goal is 500 marches for a culture of peace and nonviolence. Many cities in 2015 organized multiple actions—and events were held all week long in Raleigh, Little Rock, Boise, San Francisco and Memphis.  We invite people everywhere to plan a series of actions—and even events all week—as part of the CNV Action Week 2016.  Click here for 10+ great action ideas!

With growing international involvement—including groups in 25 nations that sent thousands of peace cranes for the recent CNV national conference—Campaign Nonviolence officially invites people and organizations worldwide to take action during CNV Action Week 2016. Together we will join our voices from around the planet to support a global nonviolent shift!  Explore CNV Action Week here!

 2.   The Nonviolent Cities Project:
Build a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence Where You Are

CNV Buffalo, NY 2014Imagine 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.

Nonviolent Cities will include connecting the dots; nurturing a local movement of movements; spreading nonviolence education; and working with people and organizations across our cities to create or strengthen a growing culture of nonviolent options. Campaign Nonviolence is exploring organizing CNV Nonviolent Cities strategy sessions, conference calls, and skill-building workshops.  It is also exploring mounting a CNV Nonviolent Cities National Speaking Tour.  The CNV Nonviolent Cities Project was inspired by Nonviolent Carbondale [Illinois]. Learn more here!

 3.   The Thousand Trainings Project:
Prepare and Educate for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence

Nonviolence training hub hands and peace sign - text 1000 trainings projectNonviolence 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.  Hence The Thousand Trainings Project.  Working with training organizations—and long-time nonviolence trainers, including Peter Bergel and David Soleil—we will identify and organize at least 1,000 trainings and workshops for nonviolent change over the next year.  Through these programs, 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.  The Thousand Trainings Project will develop a growing network of trainers and a comprehensive online hub.

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.

We call on every local group to host, organize or lead a nonviolence training in 2016.  Explore The Thousand Trainings Project here!

A special thank you to Peaceworkers for helping financially support this project!

4.   Building a Movement of Movements:
Connect for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence

connect_the_dots_diagram-grayCreating 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 2016; and take action together, including during the 2016 CNV Action Week.

Campaign Nonviolence is exploring organizing regional or local Collaborative Strategies for the Movement of Movements Workshops—created by CNV trainer Rivera Sun—to bring organizations together in Spring 2016.  CNV will offer technical assistance in developing strategies for planning and collaborative organizing, as well as offering non-hierarchical skill-building and processes fostering mutual support and powerful joint action.  More details coming!

 5 Resources for Peaceful Change:
Spread Tools for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence

Engage and NVLTo build the capacity of this movement, Campaign Nonviolence offers numerous resources to support your organizing for nonviolent change.  Our website features tools for mainstreaming nonviolence, connecting the dots between issues and movements, building your campaign, and taking training.  It also offers a wide range of posts highlighting CNV actions across the US and beyond.

The website also hosts our online store, with a growing line of books on nonviolence and other resources.  This year we are publishing The Path of Peace, a volume highlighting the wisdom from the speakers at the Campaign Nonviolence National Conference, which took place August 6-9, 2015 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, as well as a profile of the CNV Action Week 2015.  We are also publishing Love Is What Matters: Writings On Peace and Nonviolence, by Louie Vitale, OFM.  The store’s books are a powerful source for the study of peace and nonviolence.

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 and Felicia Paradzaider.  For more information, click here.

All of the presentations at the Campaign Nonviolence National Conference are posted on YouTube, including those of Rev. James Lawson, Erica Chenoweth, Kathy Kelly, Media Benjamin, John Dear and Roshi Joan Halifax.  Consider organizing gatherings to watch and reflect on one or more of these powerful talks.

Finally, CNV social media is on the move!  Thanks to the work of CNV Social Media director Rivera Sun, Campaign Nonviolence has a growing presence on Facebook and Twitter.  Please spread CNV news this coming year on social media.  For more information, click hereExplore Resources for Peaceful Change here!

 6.   Building Campaign Nonviolence:
Broaden and Deepen CNV for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence

take-the-pledge with logoWhat 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.

Become a CNV Promoter.  In 2016, CNV will identify, recruit and, as necessary, train CNV Promoters, who make a commitment to organize CNV and whose role is to promote, organize and spread Campaign Nonviolence in their communities, states and regions.

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.

Take the CNV Vow of Nonviolence.  Take nonviolence even more deeply into your life for the long haul.  Learn about the Vow hereExplore Building Campaign Nonviolence here!

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