Category: Nonviolence in the News

NV Action & Climate Change: Alycee Lane

Alycee Lane, author of #NonviolenceNow, returns to Nonviolence Radio to talk climate change, science, revolution, and the urgency of nonviolent action to save our collective home. Check out her latest book, The Wretched of Mother Earth: The Handbook f…

Nonviolence News: Podcast

Catch our latest episode of Nonviolence News, a new-story news program to supplement our Nonviolence Radio. Special guest: Linda Sartor
The post Nonviolence News: Podcast appeared first on Metta Center.

Poor People’s Campaign and more

“We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing‐oriented” society to a “person‐oriented” society.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

David Hartsough, Executive Director of Peacewo…

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 […]

The post Nonviolence News (Wk of Nov 24) appeared first on Metta Center.

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 […]

The post Nonviolence in the News – October 26, 2017 appeared first on Metta Center.

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! 

The post Sumud and the Holy Land Trust – podcast appeared first on Metta Center.

Nonviolence in the News – October 16, 2017

Listen to Nonviolence in the News, recorded October 16th, 2017. You can also use the controls at the bottom of the page to listen in. If you are looking for nonviolence radio, click here.   “I refuse to accept the journalistic cliche of ‘meaningless violence’. I refuse to believe that there are no answers to the cheapening of life and the rise of violence against it. If we have no answers to such a basic matter as why we can’t live in peace with one another, often can’t go on living at all, maybe we’re asking the wrong questions.” ~Michael Nagler, The Search for a Nonviolent Future.   Resources. With an emphasis on “Leadership”, Resistance School just launched its first session for the year with well-known activist Marshall Ganz, a veteran of the United Farm Workers Movement and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Professor Ganz spoke about Public Narrative, commonly described as framing, enables the empathetic experience to link leaders with participants, participants with each other, and both with broader public values at stake. Their motto: “Practical skills to reclaim, rebuild and reimagine America.” I would have put “reimagine” first, but otherwise this is superb. Meanwhile, here in the West, Resistance School @ Berkeley is taking shape: This semester will focus on effective communications. The first session, Transforming Resistance into a Social Movement, goes live via Facebook on Thursday, October 5 at 3pm PT/6pm ET and will feature renowned organizer Saru Jayaraman, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley. The lesson dives into the goals, activities, and skills that organizers should consider in growing their individual organizing efforts into cross-community social movement for lasting social and political change. Other trainings they will mount this semester include: Cross-Cutting Messaging in a Tough Political Environment with Robert Reich, Former Secretary of Labor and Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley (Thursday, October 19 at 3pm PT/6pm ET) Shifting Public Opinion Through Strategic Messaging and Metaphors with Anat Shenker-Osorio, Principle of ASO Communications (Thursday, November 2 at 3pm PT/6pm ET). Communicating About Race in Politics and Organizing with Ian Haney López: Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at the University of California, Berkeley (Thursday, November 16 at 3pm PT/6pm ET). … and for more on communication, you might take a look at Sightline. They will send you ‘flash cards’ with elevator-like arguments from their latest research on the closely related issues of climate and democracy, and I think also with research into communication strategies.   A good film, among the many coming out: Awake, A Dream From Standing Rock Or How To Let Go Of The World And Love All The Things Climate Can’t Change. Check Netflix and HBO to watch it.   From the venerable journal Acorn, “Philosophica Studies in Pacifism and Nonviolence,” is now online as well as print; for the philosophically minded. It was founded by members of […]

The post Nonviolence in the News – October 16, 2017 appeared first on Metta Center.

Nonviolence in the News – September 29, 2017

This weeks round-up of nonviolence news, events, resources, and jobs! Jobs/Fellowships: Internships for the study of Civil Resistance:  The International Center for Nonviolent Conflict is seeking authors of case studies of civil resistance and peacebuilding. There is a $2000 stipend if you’re selected to write for them. Applications due October 4th. Possible cases might include South Africa, Philippines, Columbia, Liberia, Nepal, East Timor, Egypt, Tunisia, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Burkina Faso, and more. If you are an expert in one of these places, or you know someone who is, please look into this opportunity to work with this great foundation!   Resources: A board game for organizing nonviolent movements “In Rise Up, your movement takes creative actions to fight for victory. As you strategize, you’ll shape the story of your movement—whether it’s stopping an oil pipeline, fighting for dragon rights, or anything else you’re passionate about. But “the System” is hard at work too, maneuvering to crush your movement through tactics like setting up surveillance, making arrests, or causing infighting. Only by working together can you win enough victories to beat the System. Everyone wins or loses together.” Resistance Guide by Paul Engler and Sophie Lasoff Social movements of the past can teach us how to shape the future. Resistance Guide will equip you with the essential strategies to shift public opinion, change laws and decisions, and elect new leaders. This is a handbook for anyone who wants to understand what makes movements succeed, and how we can use this knowledge to fight for a better America.   Peace Science Digest: How Do Violent Flanks Affect the Outcomes of Nonviolent Campaigns? Their talking points: There is no significant statistical relationship between the presence of violent flanks and either nonviolent campaign success or failure, the result of violent flanks having both negative and positive effects that cancel each other out when taken together. Violent flanks that emerge from within otherwise nonviolent campaigns appear to decrease these campaigns’ likelihood of success. Mass participation is the strongest determinant of nonviolent campaign success, and violent flanks have a negative effect on participation levels, suggesting that violent flanks can indirectly contribute to campaign failure. In case studies, armed movements were consistently shown not to protect nonviolent activists but rather to put them at greater risk, as authorities used the presence of armed actors to justify widespread repression against all resistance movements, violent and nonviolent alike. Research shows that, “on average, maximalist nonviolent campaigns often succeed despite violent flanks—rarely because of them.” Jesus and Nonviolence Richard Rohr of Center for Contemplation and Action (CAC) is always inspiring, and recently has posted several daily messages about Jesus and nonviolence, as well as nonviolence itself. Highly recommended for those of us of the spiritual or ‘principled’ persuasion. Resistance School We’re excited to let you know that Resistance School is Back in Session! Check out Semester Two … We’re also thrilled to announce that we now have a second campus: Resistance School at Berkeley. Sign up and be sure to follow […]

The post Nonviolence in the News – September 29, 2017 appeared first on Metta Center.

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 […]

The post Nonviolence in the News – September 15, 2017 appeared first on Metta Center.