Imagining a New Future In this edition of our bi-weekly newsletter, Metta Center board member Anna Ikeda writes about attending the UN conference to negotiate a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons. She reflects on a very sobering moment at the conference—one that she says provides us with a clear opportunity to discern what real peace and security mean. What is nonviolence? A power that we can strengthen through conscious effort. That’s why we provide links to practical resources, along with some stories—inspiration matters. Read the April 5, 2017 newsletter. Subscribe to our newsletter.
Happy Spring & A Friendly Reminder It might take a generation—or even several generations—for our efforts to blossom. We don’t know what will come of our work. But when we look at the history of movements for greater peace and freedom, we can get an urgent sense of why the work we’re doing now matters: We could be laying the groundwork for tomorrow’s activists to succeed. We plant the seeds, they reap the harvest. Nonviolence is a power that can be accessed and harnessed through conscious effort. So in this week’s newsletter, we offer all kinds of resources and ideas to keep you going strong. Image: No Ban, No Wall Protest at PHL Airport by Joe Piette, via flickr Read the March 22, 2017 newsletter. Subscribe to our newsletter.
What We Do in the Present Matters Mahatma Gandhi said, “The future will depend on what we do in the present.” Wisdom teaches us that no matter what we do, we cannot avoid action; even our thoughts have an effect on ourselves and the world around us. So: How do we discern the right action to take for each one of us? We’ll dive into that in this edition of our bi-weekly newsletter. And as always, you’ll get our Nonviolence Radio podcast, along with links to think pieces, nonviolence events and excursions. Enjoy! Image: Mobilus In Mobili Read the March 8, 2017 newsletter. Subscribe to our newsletter.
Let’s take action—we can do this. “It’s easier to act our way into a new way of thinking than it is to think our way into a new way of acting,” as an old saying goes. We need action. And so this edition of our newsletter can be seen as a call-to-action. Plus, you can link to some upcoming events we have lined up—not to mention the latestNonviolence Radio show. Read the February 22, 2017 newsletter. Subscribe to our newsletter.
Community Will Carry Us Through People who’ve never been active before are now engaging in activism, and many long-time activists are “amping it up.” As we become more active and engaged in response to the times, there’s a real risk for burnout and frustration, especially if things don’t happen as fast as we’d like them to. Community is what will carry us through, as we point out in our latest newsletter. Plus: We include links to events and tools that can foster community-building. As always, we provide a link to the latest Nonviolence Radio show, which features interviews with George Lakey and Monica Curca. Read the February 8, 2017 newsletter. Subscribe to our newsletter.
With Nonviolence, We Understand Something About Human Action Michael Nagler, the Metta Center’s founder and president, turned 80—and his birthday coincided with the US presidential inauguration. In his newsletter intro, Michael shares a few reflections about the work of nonviolence ahead. Also inside: tools and resources to move forward with. And, last but not least: a link to the latest Nonviolence Radio show, featuring guest Jonathan Smucker, author of Hegemony How-To: A Roadmap for Radicals. Read the January 25, 2017 newsletter. Subscribe to our newsletter.
How will you take up resistance? Nonviolence mettle: that’s what this year is asking of all of us. And that’s what this week’s newsletter is all about. Inside: tips for taking action, resources to rely upon, and inspiration to draw from. Plus: the latest episode of Nonviolence Radio, which discusses the difference between truth and deceit. Read the January 11, 2017 newsletter. Subscribe to our newsletter.
2017: We Are the Future Imprecisely quoting Emma Goldman: “We do not know where the forces of reaction are taking us, but we will do our work from wherever we are. Greetings. We are the children of the glowing future.” It has been an eventful year, to say the least. Our last newsletter of 2016 offers some reflection on this past year and looks ahead to the future we create. Read the December 28, 2016 newsletter. Subscribe to our newsletter.
Preparing for the Next Year There can be no doubt that change is here—2017 will be a year for the history books. It’s imperative that we take action to push the cultural shift towards the good. As this year comes to a close, we can all prepare for the conflicts we’ll face in the coming year. How will you prepare for facing conflict, nonviolently, in the year ahead? We offer some ideas to help you get started. Read the December 14, 2016 newsletter. Subscribe to our newsletter.
Be Fearless Too Where nonviolence really comes in: we can’t help anyone when we turn to the same old violence, whether inside or out. We have to uproot the inner and outer oppressor, and we must challenge the very foundations out of which alienation springs. This looks like it’s going to be tough work—that’s the long-term for you! While we are all focusing on deepening our nonviolence skills, it is time to escalate and increase our efforts in all ways possible. Read the November 30, 2016 newsletter. Subscribe to our newsletter.