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The Science of Nonviolence – podcast

  Did you know that Nonviolence is a science? This week the theme of our show is science. In this episode of Nonviolence Radio, Stephanie Van Hook challenges Michael Nagler in a game to find the science behind Nonviolent principles. They discuss, at length, neuroscience, social science, evolution, behavioral science and more! In the second half of the show we are joined by Elisabet Sahtouris, evolution biologist, futurist, and author to discuss her findings and how they relate to nonviolence. Share it with your friends! Nonviolence isn’t just about strategy and morality…it’s been validated buy science. Click here or use the controls below to listen to the show.

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The Human Heart & Spirit: Newsletter

The Metta Center was amidst the recent Northern California fires. While news broadcasted the tragic loss of dozens of lives and thousands of homes, something entirely different was afoot that didn’t get so much attention: Our community came together in ways that were awe-inspiring and a confirmation of the deep humanity that resides with us. In this week’s newsletter, we provide resources to nourish your hearts and minds. You can link to our latest Nonviolence Radio show, along with several thought-provoking reads. Read the November 1, 2017 newsletter. Get the Metta Center’s newsletter. Access the newsletter archives.

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Nonviolence in the News – October 26, 2017

Click here to listen to Nonviolence in the News, recorded October 26th, 2017, or use the controls at the bottom of the page. If you are looking for nonviolence radio, click here. Special alert: In a series of moves this week that have alarmed free speech advocates and critics of media consolidation, the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) voted to abolish a rule requiring radio and television broadcasters to maintain studios near the communities they serve, and FCC chairman Ajit Pai announced further plans to end certain media ownership rules. Our experts at KWMR are predicting that this will not change much here, however: “At a time when broadcast conglomerates like Sinclair are gobbling up new stations and pulling media resources out of marginalized communities, we still need the main studio rule to help connect broadcasters to the local viewers and listeners they’re supposed to serve.” —Dana Floberg, Free Press: The policy shifts are expected to significantly benefit the right-wing Sinclair Broadcast Group—whose reported close ties to Pai have raised concerns as the federal government reviews Sinclair’s proposed $3.9 billion merger with Tribune Media, which would expand the broadcaster’s reach to 72 percent of the country. Resources. Get this! The Action Network looks to be a great tool for progressive activists; “Fully featured. Award-winning. A joy to use. Empowering millions of activists every day. We’re a nonprofit dedicated to building power for the progressive movement, so we don’t have clients — we have partners, and we can mobilize your activists together. Join us!” “Action Network is an open platform that empowers individuals and groups to organize for progressive causes. We encourage responsible activism, and do not support using the platform to take unlawful or other improper action. We do not control or endorse the conduct of users and make no representations of any kind about them”   College of Media, Communication and Information, UC BOULDER: offering a new Master of Arts in Media and Public Engagement (MAPE); a 2-year interdisciplinary program that spans traditional boundaries between theory and practice, offers a critical study of the history, institutions, economics and social implications of the media…   Preaching to the Choir? A new essay from Rebecca Solnit: “The primary assumption behind the idea that we shouldn’t preach to the choir is that one’s proper audience is one’s enemies, not one’s allies.” Solnit argues for greater solidarity among those who share vision of what is possible for nonviolent transformation. But as I have said time and again at Metta, cooperation is much harder than non-cooperation. And it’s in our nature. So what do we need? Solnit responds: “To win politically, you don’t need to win over people who differ from you, you need to motivate your own. There are a thousand things beyond the fact of blunt agreement that you might need or want to discuss with your friends and allies. There are strategy and practical management, the finer points of a theory, values and goals both incremental and ultimate, reassessment as things change for better or worse. Effective speech in this model isn’t […]

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Sumud and the Holy Land Trust – podcast

Sumud, meaning “steadfastness” or “steadfast perseverance” in Arabic, is strategy that first emerged among the Palestinian people through the experience of oppression and resistance during the 1967 Six-Day War. This week Antwan Saca joins us to speak about how Holy Land Trust and how Sumud is being used to help realize a nonviolent solution to the conflict in Israel/Palestine.  Speaking of the Peacework in Israel/Palestine, Metta Center is co-sponsoring an event here in Petaluma with Combatants for Peace on this very topic. Check it out here!  Click here or use the controls below to listen to the show. If you are interested in going more in depth in Nonviolence News, click here for a transcript, links, and more in depth analysis from the show! 

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How We See: Newsletter

The Metta Center team has started exploring questions related to nonviolence every week. We take turns with the question-asking; whoever feels called to pose a question puts one out there. Some questions relate to personal circumstances, while others pertain to views about nonviolence in our broader culture. What’s on our minds and in our hearts: Nonviolence is about how we choose to see (or not see) what’s in front of us at any given time. Please check out today’s newsletter and let us know what you think. Read the October 18, 2017 newsletter. Get the Metta Center’s newsletter. Access the newsletter archives.

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How Unarmed Protection Will Save Our Soul

Here’s a fact: unarmed civilians can stop and transform violent conflict without laying down their lives and without killing others. Tiffany Easthom and Gilda Bettencourt join us in the studio to give us an insider’s view of the incredible work of one of our favorite organizations in the world, the Nonviolent Peaceforce, drawing from their own deep knowledge of nonviolence as well as experiences of civilians in conflict zones in key conflict areas in all corners of the earth. When the show is over, you might even be ready to sign up as a protection officer. We dare you to listen. Click here or use the controls below to listen to the show. Looking for Nonviolence in the News? We recorded a special edition just for you! Click here for Nonviolence in the News! 

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Honoring Pain + Willpower: Newsletter

Our latest newsletter reflects on two contrasting events from October 2: Gandhi’s birthday and the horrible tragedy in Las Vegas. What we feel compelled to say: We can act in ways that express our love for each other and this land. We can continue the constructive work of building a more peaceful, nonviolent world, one heart and relationship at a time. Read the October 4, 2017 newsletter. Get the Metta Center’s newsletter. Access the newsletter archives.

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Movement Momentum: Newsletter

It’s no surprise that at times like this the Metta Center should be called on, resorted to, and consulted with more and more; and that’s at least one silver lining to the dark clouds on our political horizon, even as the world celebrates the International Day of Peace on September 21. In this week’s newsletter, we share some of our exciting updates in those regards. The image you see above is from the film Dolores, about the feminist labor activist Dolores Huerta. We can’t recommend it enough! Read the September 20, 2017 newsletter. Get the Metta Center’s newsletter. Access the newsletter archives.

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Nonviolence in Western Sahara – Podcast

Dr. Stephen Zunes takes us on a very interesting journey in this episode of Nonviolence Radio. Dr. Zunes, a scholar of social movements and professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Fransisco, joins host Stephanie Van Hook to speak about the conflict in Western Sahara. He describes and analyzes the occupation, and the nonviolent resistance against it. Following the interview with Dr. Zunes comes “Nonviolence in the News,” where Michael Nagler brings you the news that didn’t make it into mainstream radio.  Read more about the articles and resources referenced in Nonviolence in the News. If you have trouble with the podcast player at top, download the show.

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Nonviolence in the News – September 15, 2017

If you have trouble with the player above, click here to download.  Jump to NEWS Jump to EVENTS NOTE: You will see the mysterious letters PP, CP, or S in parentheses after some of these items. What’s up with that? We are coordinating these items with the trajectory on which our Roadmap plan is based, namely the natural progression successful movements tend to follow. It goes, roughly chronologically, from Person Power, the term we invented to shadow “People Power,” a common designation for civil society struggles to put the emphasis on the individual person and his/her empowerment, where it all has to begin, then to Constructive Program, building what you want without waiting for the powers that be to give it to you and thereby strengthening your resistance to the remaining pockets of injustice with, finally, satyagraha. Resources: Want to know more about the situation in Western Sahara? Check out Western Sahara: War, Nationalism and Conflict Irresolution, authored by this weeks’ Nonviolence Radio guest, Stephen Zunes. Is White Supremacy only a problem of the American south? The answer is, of course, ‘no.’ Sarah Van Gelder of Yes Magazine points out that there are many ways to uproot white supremacy within one’s own community. She lists thirteen, but surely there are more. She says, “Rooting out white supremacy is not a task that belongs only to those communities with Confederate monuments, though. Every region of our country has its history of racial exclusion and white supremacy, enforced to this day by domestic terrorism, laws, regulations, and police discrimination. Every region has seen people of color, especially African Americans, forced off of land that they farmed; out of businesses, schools, voting booths; and often into poverty through menial underpaid work, overpriced slums, and policing practices that disproportionately target people of color.” She emphasizes powerful, constructive ways of lifting up the voices for justice for all in our communities. Don’t miss her article. Looking for more nonviolence news? Looking for community? Join the Metta Center for Nonviolence every Weds. morning from 8:15-9:15 am for an in-depth, online discussion about nonviolence and take a look at nonviolence in the news from sources like Waging Nonviolence, and others. Contact the Metta Center for Nonviolence to get involved. International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), in partnership with Rutgers University International Institute for Peace (Rutgers IIP) will host a free, moderated online course, “People Power: The Study of Strategic Nonviolent Resistance,” to take place from September 27 to November 10 … successful course participants become eligible for the ICNC grant opportunities and a certificate of completion.  Another university-movement collaboration!  Wonderful development.  And it seems that there’s a great resource from ICNC every episode. (CP)  Truthout reports on an apparently moving and heartbreaking film, “The Last Guardians,” about indigenous struggles against the powerful combinations of  oil companies and ‘their’ government.  It’s the same the world over now; and of course there is another kind of power! (CP) Are you prepared for emergencies?  SF72 is a clear and calming resource that can help people to prepare for disaster. What is important about this resource is that they promote connection and […]

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