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Women of the Civil Rights Movement

Take a moment and think of some notable American female leaders… Probably Alice Paul, Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Blackwell, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Golda Meir are a few women that immediately come to mind. Now take a moment and think of female leaders of the Civil Rights Movement… Probably Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, Diane Nash, Daisy… read more

Free Speech and Responsibility

Michael Nagler during the Free Speech Movement in Berkeley, CA.

I cut my teeth as a political activist in the famous Free Speech Movement of 1964-65, and still get emotional when I hear some of the fiery speeches of Mario Savio from that day. Though the issue that sparked the movement was racism (discrimination in housing, to be exact) the rallying cry was free speech… read more

Selma: the Film, the Facts and the Field.

by Michael Nagler and Mercedes Mack The film “Selma,” portraying the historic march for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery, AL in 1965, is a gut-wrenching experience that brings the viewer into the vehemence of the prejudice and the stunning courage of its resistors in this intense critical moment in the history of racism in… read more

A Call to Militant Empathy

You are Not My Enemy. Violence is My Enemy. A Call to Militant Empathy by Peijman Kouretchian   (Photo by Mica Stumpf)   The streets look like war. Two NYPD police officers were just “assassinated” apparently as revenge for the Eric Garner chokehold death. This is the first major physical attack on actual police officers… read more

Sitting with Luna

Today is the 15 year anniversary of the end of Julia Butterfly Hill’s nonviolent campaign to protect the Redwood trees of Humboldt County California from extensive logging. The town of Stafford in Humboldt California was a primary lumber producing town in northern California from 1885 to 1985. In 1996, Pacific Lumber Company (PLC) initiated a… read more

In Brief: Pledge of Nonviolence

forest trail with birch trees

“Believing as we do that life is an interconnected whole, and that there is an inescapable harmony between means and ends, and convinced by the proven effectiveness of nonviolent struggles in a just cause, we take the following pledge…” And so begins Metta Center’s “A Pledge of Nonviolence.” Pledging to nonviolence of course requires so… read more

The Practice of Peacemaking in Early Childhood


A Higher Education: The Practice of Peacemaking in Early Childhood-Brief Reflections. By Stephanie Van Hook A friend or spouse turns to you and says something unkind. How do you respond? Do you lash out with hurt and anger? Resentment? Or do you take a breath; perhaps even walk away for a moment, and return later… read more

Traveling into the Heart of Gandhi’s Work

Photo of Mani Bhavan

While connecting with friends and supporters on Facebook earlier today, we noticed the following post by Benjamin Brown, who participated in portions of our Certificate in Nonviolence Studies and is currently in Mumbai, India. We found his post so touching that we asked his permission to share his words. We quote him directly. All photos… read more

Beyond Ferguson: the Deeper Issue

Michael Nagler’s op-ed as seen here first appeared at on December 4, 2014. You may also want to read The Shanti Sena Network’s response to Ferguson we posted last week. It can only be a good thing that the attention of the nation is focused on the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson,… read more