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Nonviolence

Creating the History You Want to Share

Paula Gordon | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Paula Gordon

For almost 30 years, people in Georgia's Fifth District -- and all of America -- have been able to count on this person of unquestionable integrity, someone who shares our hunger for justice and love of the planet.

50 Years Later... Once More, Nonviolence

Bernice A. King | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics
Bernice A. King

Once more, we must courageously embrace Nonviolence 365, which is based on my father's nonviolent philosophy and methodology, as the answer to the "crucial political and moral questions of our time," and not as a mere response to incidents but as a lifestyle and a force for good that permeates our culture, including our media and entertainment.

Loving Our Enemies: Reflections on the Hardest Commandment -- Jim Forest's Much Needed Meditation on a Shamefully Neglected Teaching

Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D. | Posted 03.25.2015 | Religion
Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D.

The inspiring talk Jim Forest gave at an Orthodox Peace Fellowship conference I organized in Abbotsford, BC in the summer of 2012 only reaffirmed his stoic humility.

Do We Treat Our Co-Workers the Way We Like to Be Treated?

Sweta Saraogi | Posted 02.18.2015 | Business
Sweta Saraogi

Why can't we have more leaders who understand that power expands the moment it's shared, and who choose to leverage their individual leadership for collective progress?

Race, Caste, Gandhi and King in the 21st Century: A Dialogue With Pandit Dasa

Chris Fici | Posted 02.09.2015 | Religion
Chris Fici

Discrimination, whether raced-based, caste-based, gender-based, or religion-based is just plain discrimination and it springs from ignorance and has no spiritual value. It only serves to distance us from other human beings and from God. It breeds more hatred and disunity inside of the person discriminating.

Racism, Crime, and America's Faith in Punishment and Violence

Derek Flood | Posted 02.10.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

Rather than approaching crime from the perspective of restorative justice and public health, seeking to help people to reform and re-integrate, our country has instead not only continued in a model of punishment that can only be described as "medieval", but has grown it to a scale unprecedented in world history.

Can Non-Violence Still Work In a Violent World?

Frank Islam | Posted 03.22.2015 | Impact
Frank Islam

Passionate peacemakers and peacekeepers are unstoppable and unbeatable forces. United they not only ensure the relevance of nonviolence -- they make this world a safer, saner and fairer place for all.

The Serpent and the Dove!

Janine Francolini | Posted 03.21.2015 | Impact
Janine Francolini

On this day when we honor the power of nonviolence to change hearts and minds, is it too much to believe that such compassion, connection and love can define the relationship between citizens of every race and mental condition and the police officers who bravely dedicate themselves to protect and serve our communities?

Questioning Genocide and Slavery in the Bible

Derek Flood | Posted 03.07.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

There are a number of things in the Bible that should trouble any reader. We find in its pages things like genocide, gang rape, and slavery -- not only being sanctioned, but at times even being commanded.

Security Council Vote Legitimizes Israeli Occupation

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.07.2015 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Maybe the vote in the council was merely a step in a larger scheme that will legitimize going to various international agencies. But the world community, and especially the US, have failed in their mission and have indirectly legitimized the illegal Israeli occupation.

100 Years Ago: When Battlefield 'Enemies' Refused to Fight

David Freudberg | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
David Freudberg

In the land that originated the German Christmas carol O Tannenbaum, holiday trees were a deeply sentimental tradition. Small trees had been sent as a gift to German soldiers at the front. And on Christmas Eve, they began lighting candles on their trees, which caught the attention of combatants in the opposing trenches.

Violence-Loving Conservatives, Cherry-Picking Liberals, And Why We All Need to Learn to Read Scripture Like Jesus

Derek Flood | Posted 02.17.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

We will need to demonstrate that there are viable nonviolent means of dealing with societal problems--ways that are not only effective, but in fact more effective than violence is at resolving conflict, and keeping us safe as a society.

Jesus and American Sniper: A Call to Resist

Michael G. Long | Posted 02.15.2015 | Religion
Michael G. Long

That's what Hollywood would have you believe as it entices you to leave your home on Christmas Day so you catch the release of its new blockbuster about a Navy SEAL sniper who kills so-called bad people.

In the Face of Systemic Racism, South Asians Must Not Keep Silent

John Thatamanil | Posted 02.12.2015 | Religion
John Thatamanil

The Civil Rights Movement was itself the fruit of the shared spiritual yearnings of blacks and Indians. Therefore, South Asian immigrants are under historical, moral and spiritual obligations to refuse offers of white privilege and join in solidarity with African-Americans.

Revisiting My Father's Nobel Acceptance Speech, 50 Years Later

Bernice A. King | Posted 02.09.2015 | Black Voices
Bernice A. King

A half-century later, my father's words are still powerful, still relevant. Justice, racial equality, and the Beloved Community that he often described are still, to paraphrase Victor Hugo, ideas whose time has come. In fact, their time is long overdue.

How Malcolm X Taught Me to Listen

Aspen Baker | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Aspen Baker

Racism -- the insidious disease, the implicit bias, the unwritten rules that govern our lives -- won't be fixed by a grand jury alone. We have to take responsibility for the cultural practices that let racism thrive.

One Leader in Ferguson: What Does Success Look Like?

David Dye | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics
David Dye

Following the announcement of the grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, protesters have continued calling for change. I had the opportunity to talk with community pastor and social activist Anthony Grimes while he was in Ferguson.

What Would Mister Rogers Eat? Thanksgiving in the Neighborhood

Michael G. Long | Posted 01.21.2015 | Religion
Michael G. Long

Fred Rogers practiced a spiritual vegetarianism grounded in gratitude to God, and in his own subtle and quiet way, he modeled this radical spirituality for his millions of viewers.

Progress and Education: This week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 01.10.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day, along with 40 other daily givers, I have the privilege of making seed grants to up and coming social change leaders around the world. All o...

Four Ways the Pacific Climate Warrior Coal Blockade Reshaped the Future

Aaron Packard | Posted 01.05.2015 | Green
Aaron Packard

30 Pacific Climate Warriors from 12 different nations paddled out in hand carved traditional canoes, followed by hundreds of Australians in kayaks to confront the gigantic coal ships that pass through the channel.

Can Faith and Football Still Mix?

John Backman | Posted 12.10.2014 | Religion
John Backman

Football isn't the only culprit in this category. The same dynamic takes place in crime shows, action movies, and other media. Most of us have seen the statistics around this.

Why Hong Kong's #OccupyCentral Used Nonviolent Action as Tactic

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

The Occupy Movement has returned and is resurrecting itself in Hong Kong. But in this case, the "occupying" is not associating itself with the Occupy Wall Street of recent years.

Guns and the Southern Freedom Struggle: What's Missing When We Teach About Nonviolence

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 11.23.2014 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

Pieces of history that could help us think more clearly about today's movements for social change are often ignored or distorted in popular media or commercial textbooks. This is especially true in the treatment of "nonviolent" resistance in the Civil Rights Movement.

Of Monsters and Mars: How Brian Zahnd Is Saving Evangelical Faith (A Review)

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 11.22.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

It would be a mistake to call Brian Zahnd's new book, A Farewell to Mars, "a book about pacifism." It would be an even bigger mistake to call it "a book about Christian pacifism."

Religious Leaders Urge a JustPeace Response to ISIS

Eli S. McCarthy | Posted 11.19.2014 | Religion
Eli S. McCarthy

I understand and deeply share the desire to protect people. But, there are better, more effective, more healthy, and more humanizing ways to protect people and to engage this conflict.