Author: Tom H. Hastings

Taking it to the streets

When is it appropriate to take our discontent into the streets in demonstration?Some would assert that it is always time, and I understand that point. Showing (demonstrating) that there is opposition to poor policy is a way to unarguably indicate publi…

Nonviolent communication as intervention

We were co-mediators, a former student of mine and I. We were asked to help mediate a conflict between a family and a non-profit organization. Of course the circumstances are confidential, but the lessons that emerged for me are provocative and weave …

Nonviolence v Nazis: Occupation novel

Denmark rising is a first novel by Barry Clemson, a new writer from Virginia–new since retiring from a variegated work life that included such a variety of positions and jobs that his storytelling truth is assisted.The point of the novel is to illustr…

Nonviolent reclamation: Armistice Day

When Armistice Day was first declared it reflected a commemoration of the signing of an armistice, ending the shooting of World War I. It was the agreement to stop the fighting between Germany and the Allies and it was signed on the 11th hour of the 1…

Thinking like an editor

How do peace and justice activists use local media to promote their campaign goals?First, it’s crucial to develop our own peace media, and most peace and justice groups have that done. Social networking, list serves, websites, email lists, and even old…

Integrating our relational work

(Joe Rose on the Bad River Reservation on Gitchii Guumii)Consensus organizing argues that you really don’t know what people need or desire until you meet them and have built a relationship with them. Relationship building is the heart of all effectiv…

Hoka hey!

Trying to understand Native American nonviolence requires substantial context. Some of the elements might include the following.US-Indian law: a double-edged swordWhen tribes were overrun by the Euro-invasion, the tribal sovereignties were forfeit in f…

Ken Brown, friend and peace educator

My friend Ken Brown just crossed over this week and we lit a candle for him at Whitefeather Peace House to symbolize the light he brought to all of us for his 77 years. That light burns on in the hearts and minds he touched for decades as he taught pea…

Security forces

When Oscar Grant III was murdered by an Oakland, California white policeman, the community’s explosive reaction was understandable and justifiable. Grant was unarmed and on the ground. Indeed, he was shot in the back. How blatant is that?Now that his k…

Happy Birthday, Ven. Rinpoche

He arrived with a small retinue and was almost to the front door of the Native American Center when a woman walked past with a fat little dachshund on a leash. He placed his hands together, facing the dog, and bowed deeply, head tilted to the same list…