What would you do if a Neo-Nazi group chose your town for a yearly march? Would you challenge them with violence or nonviolence? The Metta Center for Nonviolence offers this timely reflection on the strategic and spiritual insights of Mahatma Gandhi in thought, word and deed.
What could have been done to prevent the worst atrocities happening in Syria? A new animated explainer briefly explores the role a Department of Peace could have played. We don’t propose to have the final answers, but we do hope to spark creative thinking.
A Model for Engaging Students in Nonviolent Action: Diversity, Oppression, Nonviolence, and Engagement
The City of Rockville (MD) Human Rights Commission’s annual Diversity Leadership Workshop was held on Saturday, April 29. In the past, the program had focused on diversity leadership. However, this year at the request of students, the focus was on looking at the role of engagement and activism and retitled “Leadership for Action.”
In this brief, Vishnu Kannan of the Roosevelt Institute argues that to address school bullying, the Michigan State Board of Education should require public high schools to offer an alternative to the ninth-grade world history requirement that analyzes theories and applications of nonviolence and various causes of conflict, in order to provide students with the skills to mediate conflict in their daily lives.
50 year anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” (April 4, 1967)
“Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence”, was delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1967, exactly one year before his assassination, at Riverside Church in New York City. The speech denounced the war in Vietnam and identified the triplets of evil: racism, materialism, and militarism.
International Peace Bureau Statement: A Prophetic Voice for Our Time – Honoring MLK Jr’s’ April 4, 1967 “Beyond Vietnam, Breaking the Silence” Speech
Fifty years ago, on April 4, 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a speech which rings across the decades. It is among the most remarkable expressions of prophetic moral, intellectual and spiritual courage. In his speech, King broke ranks with pragmatic critics within the U.S. Civil Rights movement who feared the political blowback of denouncing President Johnson’s catastrophic war in Indochina, and named the greatest obstacles to freedom in the United States – and the West: the triple evils of racism, militarism and extreme materialism. Like the wisdom of the Prophets of old, King’s words and call for a “revolution of values” are as incisive and inspiring today as they were five decades ago.
Tavis Smiley Reports examined Martin Luther King, Jr.’s stand against the Vietnam War and the influence of his legacy today in this March 31, 2010 episode that includes interviews with scholars and friends of King, including Cornel West, Vincent Harding, Susannah Heschel, Harry Belafonte, Jesse Jackson, and Tony Bennett.
The 19th World Congress of the International Association of Educators for World Peace was held October 24-26, 2016 and hosted by Gokhale Education Society’s SMRK-AK-BK Mahila Mahavidyalaya & HPT-RYK Colleges.
The Gandhi King Season for Nonviolence commences on January 30 and marks the 64 calendar days between the memorial anniversary of the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi and that of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4.
On Sunday January 22, 2017, Glenn D. Paige passed away in Honolulu after struggling with illnesses at the age of 87. Founder of the Center for Global Nonkilling, his is a life that has given so much with his firm belief that the world could change for the better; and that killing could end with the advent and advances of the nonkilling knowledge.
Patrick Hiller, in response to the incoming administration, suggests ways in which peace education can play a central role in training people to resist injustice and participate more effectively in society.
A rash of nationwide protests against president-elect Donald Trump have brought out thousands of demonstrators. Tucson students are participating in a two-day introduction to the Kingian Nonviolence training program, which aims to “institutionalize and internationalize nonviolence.”
This report highlights key strategic functions and outcomes of education and training in nonviolent civil resistance movements around the world. Funded by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), it draws on findings from research, trainer and participant interviews, and the author’s experience with nonviolent civil movements.
The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict is launching its first ever grant program for high school educators from around the world to support development and implementation of the civil resistance education for high school students in 2017 and beyond. Application deadline: October 9, 2016.
Terrorism is a serious concern for people and communities all around the world. But, do we have to accept it as “the new normal”? No. We can end it. This short animation by the Metta Center for Nonviolence is a tool for starting conversations about nonviolent solutions to terrorism.
- 16th May 2016
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The book “122 easy (and difficult) actions for peace” is a useful tool for peace educators that aim for social change. Author Cécile Barbeito Thonon notes that Peace Education should not be an aim in itself but a mean to get more peaceful societies, it should change minds, attitudes and behaviors. More than that, these new attitudes and behaviors should be meaningful and strategic enough to transform the local or global context.