Category: News

Big Questions, Big Answers about NV

Michael and Stephanie explore some big questions and big answers about nonviolence and human existence (!) as they dive into some powerful nonviolence in the news.
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What’s in a pledge? Podcast

Pledges, vows, and oaths, oh my! What role do they play in nonviolence and nonviolent action? What kind of commitment to nonviolence are you willing to make right now, and what do you need to deepen your commitment over time? Listen to this sho…

Roots of Resistance: Podcast

What happens when we imagine and tell stories about nonviolent movements? We are more likely to make them a reality! Novelist, activist, trainer, Rivera Sun, joins us to talk about her latest novel, The Roots of Resistance, and the power of nonviolenc…

Peace Spirit in Iran

  In this episode of Nonviolence Radio, Michael Nagler speaks with activist, educator, and journalist Mr. Hamid Reza Gholamzadeh from Peace Spirit Foundation in Tehran, about the peace movement in Iran and insights from the current political situation and uprisings from within Iran. Part two of the show is your dose of nonviolence in the news for the week. Find Nonviolence Radio on iTunes, Audioport, and Stitcher or listen here.     

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Peace Spirit in Iran


In this episode of Nonviolence Radio, Michael Nagler speaks with activist, educator, and journalist Mr. Hamid Reza Gholamzadeh from Peace Spirit Foundation in Tehran, about the peace movement in Iran and insights from the current political situ…

Nonviolence News (Wk of Nov 24)

Challenging the belief that only violence is newsworthy, we humbly submit this briefing of nonviolence in the news. Catch it every other week on Nonviolence Radio.   Listen and/or Download Audio Here Events: Juliana Vs. US: Oral Arguments in the 9th Circuit Ct. of Appeals.  On December 11, 2017, a three-judge panel of 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments from lawyers for the youth and for the government on the Trump administration’s request to overturn U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken’s November 10, 2016 Order, which confirmed the fundamental right under the U.S. Constitution to a climate system capable of sustaining human life. The youth will explain in open court why their case should go to trial.   The Roots of Resistance Rivera Sun has completed a new young adults book that explores the way of nonviolence, as a sequel to the Dandelion Insurrection. She engages with community publishing so you can order a book while joining that campaign. Plus you’re invited to the launch party of her book on December 2nd. Not in Taos, NM? You can join via Zoom. More information can be found here.   + Occupy Sonoma County “embraces the egalitarian, deep democracy principles of the Occupy Movement with a regional strategy for effectively organizing county-wide social justice campaigns that are globally relevant.” Many informative (and funny) videos, campaigns we can get involved in, including: SONOMA COUNTY CLIMATE CHANGE ACTIVISTS, Climate change groups and individuals working together to coordinate efforts and make action plans. This meeting is a follow up to the July 31 summit to make plans and collaborate together, Monday, January 29, 7-9 PM   Resources:   There’s a game for that…  Looking for a game to share with your family around the holiday season? Some folks in the Netherlands came up with a game to inspire conversation and to help people playing the game really get to know one another. It’s cards with a series of questions and played in three rounds: last year, this year, and what’s to come… It’s called Vertellis.   P is for Palestine: A children’s book P is for Palestine is the first children’s alphabet book ever published about Palestine in the English language—it is a classic, playful and pedagogically sound ABC (picture) rhyme book with lots of references to the Culture, Geography, and the Diversity, Multiculturalism of Palestine (to some also known as the Holy Land), to Arabic terms, to the birthplace of Jesus Christ, to Christmas, to Bethlehem, and to Palestinian, Arab, Middle Eastern Food and Dance among others. The simple story of Palestine is today shrouded in convoluted misinformation and contested narratives. But at the heart of the matter stands a proud people with a compelling truth which sustain their historic struggles to tell their story of dispossession to the world. Our P is for Palestine is a modest step in that direction. The story of Palestine is the story of our humanity at large. It is a story of all people, all nations, throughout history, seeking […]

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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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Where is NU?!

I’ve had a number of folks ask if Nonviolence United is still active — since there hasn’t been any action on this website and almost nothing on social media. Yes, Nonviolence United (that’s pretty much just me, by the way), is still active. I just haven’t been spending time on social media since the start […]

Pope Francis Calls for Kindness to All Animals

I’m late on posting this, I know. But I think it bears repeating for the 1.2 billion Catholics in the world — that this Pope gets it! Maybe I should send him a VEGAN t-shirt. In his recent encyclical on the environment, Pope Francis asked that we STOP BEING CRUEL TO ANIMALS saying, “We have […]

Does Your Vote Matter?

The presidential election is being held today in the U.S.  Every 4 years voters pour their hearts and souls into one politician.  They spend countless hours telling the world why their candidate is the best. Sometimes it’s a vote just to make sure the other candidate doesn’t get into office. Still it’s a vote. We […]