Interrupting Incarceration with Nonviolence

 

Kazu Haga of East Point Peace Academy comes back to Nonviolence Radio with one of his students, Dion Martin. Martin became a trainer for Kingian Nonviolence through Kazu’s program while incarcerated at the San Francisco County Jail. After three years, he was acquitted and is now exploring ways of sharing his practice with others who have been in similar situations. Listen to the way their stories weave together, and what they have to say about nonviolence. Stay for the second half of the show where we explore the underreported gems of nonviolence in our news, including a tribute to the late scholar and nonviolent strategist, Gene Sharp.
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    By: Stephanie Van Hook

    Before joining the Metta Center Team as Executive Director, Stephanie received an M.A. in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University; was trained and certified in mediation in the state of Oregon; worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin, West Africa, where she created a program for girls’ empowerment and education; has taught French and English for the Alliance Francaise; and was trained in Montessori Early Childhood Education with seven years of classroom experience with 3-6 year olds. 

    She is the author of Gandhi Searches for Truth: A Practical Biography for Children (Person Power Press, 2016) and Nonviolence Daily: 365 Days of Wisdom from Gandhi (Person Power Press, 2019, co-authored with Michael Nagler).  Her articles have been published at Transformation at Yes! Magazine, Open Democracy, Common Dreams, and Waging Nonviolence. Additionally, she’s host of Nonviolence Radio, an FM and Pacifica syndicated radio program out of Point Reyes Station, California, (KWMR). She’s currently developing our board game, Cosmic Peaceforce: Mission Harmony Three.

    She lives in an ashram (meditation community) in Northern California, (but if she didn’t, she’d be keen on joining the Nonviolent Peaceforce as an unarmed peacekeeper).

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