Posts by Metta Center

Big Questions, Big Answers about NV

In this episode, we explore some big questions and big answers about nonviolence and human existence (!) as we dive into some powerful and imporant instances of nonviolence in the news. Podcast below. Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS… read more

So You Say You Want to Start a (R)evolution?

Five Basic Steps for Nonviolent Action   “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi   “We will take direct action against injustice without waiting for other agencies to act. We will not obey unjust laws or submit to unjust practices. We will do… read more

Paradox of Repression

Repression tactics often backfire. Nonviolent actors can learn from this dynamic to strengthen their strategy for action. Lee Smithey, Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore College, joins Nonviolence Radio to discuss the concept behind his latest book, co-edited with Lester Kurtz, The Paradox of Repression. More on the Paradox of Repression at… read more

An inspiring commitment to nonviolence

Matthew Harman, a participant in our Certificate in Nonviolence Studies, has offered this beautiful pledge of commitment to the practice of nonviolence. What is yours?  This image is from Stephanie Van Hook’s “Gandhi Searches for Truth.”    All is one. I continue to pledge my perpetually improving dedication to nonviolence, the most powerful force throughout… read more

Setbacks Into Victories: Newsletter

Last Friday was the 125th anniversary of the fateful night, June 8, 1893, when Mohandas K. Gandhi, a then-fledgling lawyer, was thrown off a train to Pretoria at Pietermaritzburg for traveling in a first-class carriage reserved for “whites.” How did Gandhi perceive this humiliating setback? And how did it change the course of his life… read more

Poor People’s Campaign and more

“We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing‐oriented” society to a “person‐oriented” society.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.   David Hartsough, Executive Director of Peaceworkers, author of Waging Peace, and long-time nonviolent activist joins Nonviolence Radio to talk about the Poor People’s Campaign,… read more

It’s About Liberation: Newsletter

The very foundation of yoga is nonviolence, as we note in our latest newsletter. And yet, where is the nonviolence in all the yoga-ish ads and selfies we see out there? Largely missing. We’re folding yoga-based practices into our Certificate in Nonviolence Studies course, which is currently under way. Kimberlyn David, who’s creating these practices,… read more

Protection without Violence: Podcast

At the United Nations on Thursday, 24 May, the missions of Australia and Uruguay hosted a Side Event on “Sustaining Peace and Preventing Violence Through Unarmed Civilian Protection”  following an open-ended debate in the Security Council on the protection of civilians. Carmen Lauzon-Garmaytan, an unarmed civilian protector from Mindanao, Yasmin Maydhane who protects civilians in South… read more

Moms Are Vital to Peacemaking: Newsletter

Taylor Anderson-Stevenson, our Partnership Catalyst and a mother, writes in her introduction to our latest newsletter: This past Sunday, many of us celebrated Mother’s Day. It’s the one day of the year that women are recognized for giving birth, raising children, and taking care of others. Too often, the contributions of mothers are erased or… read more