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xxxNonviolent movements have been expanding at an accelerating rate since the days of Gandhi and King.

The living history of nonviolence is emerging constantly, and we shall endeavor to keep you in touch with these developments on this Blog!

Q&A: Artist Robert Shetterly

“The greatest gift of art is that it can give people permission to think differently, to alter both consciousness and conscience,” says Robert Shetterly. “Well-made art authenticates its own message. We can’t have enough good art.” Robert is a self-taught visual artist and a writer and cultural change agent. His painting of humane educator Zoe… read more

Love & Solidarity

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Film still courtesy of Love & Solidarity “Violence is the use of power to harass, intimidate, injure, shackle, kill, destroy.” In the 38-minute documentary Love & Solidarity, Rev. James Lawson speaks about structural forms of violence. No one, he makes a point of noting, has a right to commit violence. With violence aptly illustrated, Lawson… read more

The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

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While going through my Dad’s estate last year, I came across a strange artifact I had never seen before—a large, carefully crafted, but empty, wooden spool for wire. It was dated “May ‘44”, and its gross, tare and net weights were measured and recorded by hand, as if its wire had been unusually valuable. Suddenly,… read more

Acknowledging History

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The following post was contributed by Adam Nolan, a participant in our current Certificate in Nonviolence Studies course. I have a few thoughts and things I have been grappling with for some time. It is striking to me that with each killing of an unarmed black man by police there is a renewed sense of… read more

Black Lives Matter & Police Accountability

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The killing of yet another unarmed black person by a white police officer is not being dismissed by local authorities as inconsequential this time around. Perhaps because stark evidence left them in a no-choice situation: The shooting of South Carolina resident Walter Scott by Michael Slager was captured on video, by a passerby who recorded… read more

Time to Indigenize American Education

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In the outstanding book Teaching Truly: A Curriculum to Indigenize Mainstream Education, Four Arrows (Don Trent Jacobs) and his fellow authors provide a revelatory opportunity for us teachers to get to the heart of what is important in education. Being indigenous, Four Arrows explains in an interview with Derrick Jensen, “relates to a nature-based reality… read more

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

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