Reporting on Charlottesville from the angle of nonviolence, Michael and Stephanie weave a story from the ground that you won’t find on your average political and media outlets. First, David Potter from Sojourners, a media group that “articulates the biblical call to justice,” recalls his experience as he followed a clergy group that demonstrated against racism at the recent “Unite the Right” demonstration in Charlottesville. Then Michael and Stephanie weigh in on nonviolence in Charlottesville, and a caller asks, “Is it ever okay to punch a Nazi?” Finally, Sheri Wander of Meta Peace Team tells stories from the group’s experience with White Supremacists in Charlottesville and beyond. After the discussions, Michael updates us on news from around the country and world – the kind you’re not gonna find in the mainstream media – in Nonviolence in the News. Click here to read more about the articles and resources referenced in Nonviolence in the News. If you have trouble with the podcast player at top click here to download.
To paraphrase Mahatma Gandhi, a seeker of nonviolence cannot keep out of any area of life; you’re going to find yourself navigating all the paths that humans have created to sustain our life on earth either directly or indirectly because all systems and forms of life are interrelated. We’re going to find the principles of nonviolence in economics, politics, and even agriculture. We want to make these systems regenerative and life-giving, working with nature, not against it. Enter permaculture. With our guest Matt Powers of ThePermacultureStudent.Com, we explore some of the ways that permaculture is the expression of nonviolent principles in nature that empowers practical and effective solutions to some of the world’s most urgent crises, like climate change, and transforms the way we see humanity’s promise in the process. Part two of the show is Michael Nagler’s informative segment, Nonviolence in the News. Find the latest news and analysis from the world of nonviolence to break through the wall of violence presented by the corporat mass-media!
Is anger a problem or a power? Nonviolence Radio speaks with Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, about nonviolence, anger, and lessons from his grandfather with a contemporary lens. Plus catch up with Michael Nagler’s inspiring and informative segment, Nonviolence in the News. See this page for a partial transcript and links from Nonviolence in the News. If you have trouble with the player click here to download.
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In this episode we continue our research into major players in the new field of “unarmed peacekeeping” or “third party nonviolent intervention.” This time, we talk with the executive director of Christian Peacemaker Teams about the power of critical community and the role that a religious faith can play in this important work–and how to get involved. In Part II of this show, we have prepared another inspiring up-to-date segment of Nonviolence News with Michael Nagler…for you! If you have trouble with the player click here to download.
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“We’re talking about stopping violence with nonviolence.” ~Mary Hanna, Meta Peace Team What kind of training is useful and necessary to use nonviolence to interrupt violence? Mary Hanna, a trainer for the Meta Peace Team in Lansing, Michigan, highlights the work of peace teams and draws on decades of experience in de-escalating violent scenarios to answer this question for Nonviolence Radio. She is recorded at the Metta Center’s office in Petaluma just after hosting a four hour peace team skills and bystander intervention training. In part two of our show, around the half an hour mark, Michael Nagler catches us up on new resources, upcoming events, and general news in the world of nonviolence. It’s inspiring and empowering, so you won’t want to miss it. See If you have trouble with the player click here to download.
This week guest Michael Beer, executive director of Nonviolence International joins us to discuss nonviolence movements, past and present, in the middle east and how we can support them. The US government is handing 110 billion dollars worth of arms to Saudi Arabia to “build security and stop terrorism.” We suspect that this money will do nothing of the sort. We coulnter with the question, “What would it look like to pour $110 billion worth of Nonviolence into the Middle East?” Throughout the show we will hear excepts from interviews with Bsher Said, Sumbul Ali-Karamali, Ali Abu Awaad, and Farah Muhsin, discussing topics including Syria, Arab Spring, Jihad, and the use of social media in international nonviolent movements. If you have trouble with the player click here to download.
I had learnt the true practice of law. I had learnt to find out the better side of human nature and to enter men’s hearts. I realized that the true function of a lawyer was to unite parties riven asunder. The lesson was so indelibly burnt into me that a large part of my time during the twenty years of my practice as a lawyer was occupied in bringing about private compromises of hundreds of cases. I lost nothing thereby – not even money, certainly not my soul. ~M.K. Gandhi, An Autobiography, (1959), p. 97 Restorative Justice, Susan Kinder, Executive Director of Restorative Resources, a Santa Rosa based nonprofit organization, points out, is about “being human together.” At the Metta Center, we are convinced that Restorative Justice is one of the most concrete, constructive and cutting edge ways that nonviolence can be applied in our culture. Listen to our interview with Susan Kinder to find out more about how restorative justice works, what it means for each one of us, and on the intersection of nonviolence and restorative justice. If you have trouble with the player click here to download.
Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris, evolution biologist and futurist, joins us on Nonviolence Radio this week, where we take a scientific perspective of nonviolence in honor of the recent March for Science. Sahtouris is also an author and speaker and discusses many aspects of biology, history, evolution and science, including why the cooperative aspects of evolution as far more important than the competitive aspects and how we can live together as social beings in a new globalized culture. In the second half of the show, Michael weighs in on the science of nonviolence, then serves up a streaming hot edition of Nonviolence in the News. If you have trouble with the player click here to download.
This week on Nonviolence Radio, Michael and Stephanie reveal the math equation that will transform our society by building the new paradigm: NV + NS = V. Nonviolence plus New Story equals Victory. Learn about the effects of nonviolence and violence on the human body and psyche. How do we shift the image of the human being and ground ourselves in the new story? All this, as well as Nonviolence in the News, right here on Nonviolence Radio. Tune in! If you have trouble with the player click here to download.
It’s National Poetry Month! Listen in on Nonviolence Radio as we explore ways to bridge the gap between poetry and activism. Our guest, Amy Elizabeth Robinson, is a Sonoma County mother, poet and activist who recently wrote a love poem to Kellyanne Conway. Together with hosts Stephanie Van Hook and Michael Nagler, they discuss poetry, the current administration, and the need for nurturing activism. Amy reads some beautiful poetry, including “Yesterday We Were Asked to Write from a Place of #Revolutionarylove, so I Tried to Write a Love Poem to Kellyanne.” Also, intermixed with the show is nonviolence news from around the world. If you have trouble with the player click here to download.