Over 350 people attended the Intercommunity Justice & Peace Center’s “Pursuing Peace in Cincinnati” event on Sept. 20 during the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions . Two local peace heroes were recognized for their work for peace and justice, and bringing the audience to their feet with their inspirational words and witness. Peace and Nonviolence program manager, Sr. Andrea Koverman, SC introduced the launching of the Nonviolent Cincinnati Project, Fr. John Dear shared his lifetime of active nonviolence through anecdotal stories of experiences with legendary peace advocates like MLK, Jr., Ghandi, Cesar Chavez, Desmond Tutu…The evening ended with everyone taking the Peace Pledge together, promising to strive to practice nonviolence to self and others and to join the global movement of nonviolence.
No time was wasted getting to work, and the first Nonviolent Cincinnati Peace Coalition meeting was held on the International Day of Peace. Fr. John joined in the discussion, helping give shape to a strategy for moving the nonviolence agenda forward with the 34-member coalition. Great energy and off to a good start in transforming Cincinnati into a nonviolent city!
According to the Catholic Telegraph “The event launches the Nonviolent Cincinnati initiative seeking to make Cincinnati a nonviolent city. Nonviolent Cincinnati will build a broad coalition of peace partners from a wide range of backgrounds and skills. Together, the coalition will develop a comprehensive shared vision of a peace-filled nonviolent city, and work together to turn this vision into a new shared reality.”
Cincinnati’s Nonviolent City initiative grew out of Campaign Nonviolence’s Nonviolent Cities Project which calls upon activists, organizers, local leaders, political and religious leaders and ordinary citizens in every city in the nation to organize their local community as a “Nonviolent City.”
Learn more about the incredible work they are doing in Cincinnati here. See photos from the event below.
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Part of the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions 2017