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TRAINING: Campaign Nonviolence

February 4, 2017
Nonviolent people power is on the rise and it has rarely been more important than now!  Despite the daily avalanche of disheartening news, hope remains.
We’re seeing it in the people on the streets during the women’s marches,  in everyday citizens vigiling at the airports for immigrants and refugees, in courageous actions by Greenpeace to resist injustice, in sanctuary cities and in our national park employees standing up to keep the message of climate change and the importance of public lands in the news.
Finally, we’ve scheduled our first Campaign Nonviolence National Conference Call of 2017.  We’ll be discussing meeting the challenges of these times.  RSVP HERE to join us on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern.

Pace e Bene / Peace and all good,

Ryan Hall
For the Pace e Bene Community//Campaign Nonviolence

This month we are beginning a new book of the month webinar series with author Q & A’s focused on building a culture of active nonviolence!
Our first one will feature Ken Butigan answering your questions about his book Nonviolent Lives: People and Movements Changing the World Through the Power of Active Nonviolence.  This free webinar is scheduled for Thursday, February 23, 2017.  You are invited to register here where you can also receive a 10% discount on the purchase of the book after registering.

Campaign Nonviolence’s Rivera Sun is holding several webinars on nonviolence and you can now watch two of the most recent ones and sign up for the next one!
The next one is scheduled for February 11, 2017 and the topic is Nonviolent Fiction and Nonfiction: The Dandelion Insurrection. Learn more and sign up here!
The last two webinars Rivera held covered 1) the basic skills you need for making change with nonviolent action, watch it here, and 2) Nonviolent responses to hate, xenophobia and discrimination, watch it here!

By Kathy Kelly // Posted with permission from PeaceVoice
All Trump, all the time. With a punishing, disorienting barrage of executive orders, President Trump is reversing hard fought gains made in environmental protection, health care, women’s rights, immigration policy, and nuclear weapons reduction–with even more executive orders promised.
In his inaugural speech, Trump proclaimed “America First.” The U.S. does rank first in weapon sales, in mass incarceration and in producing waste material. Pope Francis urged President Trump to be first in protecting the poorest in society. But instead, President Trump has surrounded himself with generals and billionaires in cabinet level positions….Continue reading here.

Numerous towns and cities are working towards becoming a nonviolent city using the framework of our project Nonviolent Cities including Norman, OK; Cincinnati, OH; Morro Bay, CA; Missoula, MT; Fresno, CA; St. Paul, MN; Manchester, VT; Clarksville, IN; Owensboro, KY; Wilmington, DE; and Sacramento, CA.
Together we are working on a local level finding ways to bring nonviolent methods into our communities’ daily acitivities.
Read John Dear’s article here about this project that’s been published in the Huffington Post, Common Dreams and Yes Magazine!  If you’re interested in helping turn your community into a nonviolent city, learn more here.

White Privilege Makes Some Uncomfortable

By James A. Haught // Posted with permission from PeaceVoice
Years ago, I visited our state’s former black mental hospital and fell into conversation with a witty, friendly, black psychiatrist.
He taunted me:  “You’re a racist, you know.”
“No, no, no,” I protested — but he continued:
“Just look at yourself.  You were born white, male and smart.  You could go out into the world and take whatever you could get — and you never stopped to think that I couldn’t do it.”
I was speechless.  Finally, I answered:  “Damn!  You nailed me precisely.” …Continue reading here!

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