MLK Day, also Environmental Destruction & Creative Non-Violent Action Webinar
From Ryan Hall and the Pace e Bene Community//Campaign Nonviolence
On Monday we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man who worked tirelessly for a just and nonviolent world. We also hold the U.S. presidential inauguration this coming week and as that transition takes place more and more groups are speaking out, with the urgency of Dr. King’s message, and preparing to stand up for those whose rights may be in jeapordy.
Recently a group of 50 Christian leaders, including Pace e Bene’s John Dear, put out a statement challenging their congregations to make a public commitment to protect all people. Those commitments urge people to:
- protect and support all people, including those “targeted, discriminated against or singled out for state-sponsored/sanctioned violence;”
- support “practices of diplomacy and negotiation” in the carrying out of U.S. foreign policy;
- support an economic order that “is sustainable as a servant of the people amid changes in climate;” and
- seek new “relationships of solidarity” locally that “reach across lines of creed, class, ethnicity, race and party preference.”
Another statement, recalling the Pledge of Resistance, came from Michael Nagler at the Metta Center for Nonviolence who encourages us to also do our part to protect people, but also to resist violence and injustice. Read the full statement from the Christian leaders here and the full statement from Michael Nagler here.
These are important steps for the road ahead, but also important will be a firm comittment to the practice and knowledge of nonviolence. Be sure to read Rivera Sun’s article on “What Kind of Nonviolence Training Do You Need?”
We wish everyone a peaceful and nonviolent Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday!
TIME: 11:30am – 1:00pm
ORGANIZER: Rivera Sun
Campaign Nonviolence Webinar Series with Rivera Sun
This webinar series with Author and Educator Rivera Sun is intended to bring US-based and international activists together to learn, understand, advocate and move towards a nonviolent world. It is offered in collaboration between Campaign Nonviolence and the Netherlands-based organization SVAG (Foundation/Association for Active Nonviolence) and its project ToNoWo (Towards a Nonviolent World).
Structured Dialogue – Environmental Destruction & Nonviolent Action: Creative Solutions to Big Problems
Saturday, February 25th, 2017
5:30pm-7pm UTC + 01 (Netherlands)
11:30am-1:00pm ET (US)
Join with others for a creative, lively conversation about how people around the world are using nonviolent action to stop environmental destruction. Share your experience and favorite stories. Speak up about your pressing concerns. Learn from others and gain fresh ideas for protecting our beautiful Earth, our communities, and ourselves. Facilitated by Rivera Sun.
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Author/Activist Rivera Sun is the author of The Dandelion Insurrection, Billionaire Buddha and Steam Drills, Treadmills, and Shooting Stars, the cohost of Love (and Revolution) Radio, and the co-initiator of Live Share Grow: A Movement for the 100%. She is a trainer and social media coordinator for Campaign Nonviolence and Pace e Bene. Sun has facilitated nationwide workshops and trainings in strategy for nonviolent movements and her essays on social justice movements appear in Counterpunch, Truthout and Popular Resistance. www.riverasun.com
The Dutch NGO Stichting voor Actieve Geweldloosheid (SVAG), or Foundation/Association for Active Nonviolence was founded in 1966. The aim of the organization is the nonviolent promotion of a just society in which people interact in a nonviolent manner with each other and the environment. SVAG is a Campaign Nonviolence endorsing organization and promoter in the Netherlands. ToNoWo (Towards A Nonviolent World) is a project of SVAG. https://towardsanonviolentworld.org/the-team/