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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Weathering the Storm (Response to NOM Gathering Storm)

by @ 2:21 pm. Filed under hate speech, Nonviolence

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Love Not Laws aspires to show that Margaret Mead was correct when she said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

“10 Years” – Judy Shepard Calls for Hate Crime Law

by @ 12:08 pm. Filed under Hate Crimes, Nonviolence

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Monday, April 20, 2009

10 Things We Can Do to Contribute to Internal, Interpersonal & Organizational Peace

by @ 4:33 pm. Filed under Joe's Rants, Nonviolence, Nonviolent Communication

(1) Spend some time each day quietly reflecting on how we would like to relate to ourselves and others.

(2) Remember that all human beings have the same needs.

(3) Check our intention to see if we are as interested in others getting their needs met as our own.

(4) When asking someone to do something, check first to see if we are making a request or a demand.

(5) Instead of saying what we DON’T want someone to do, say what we DO want the person to do.

(6) Instead of saying what we want someone to BE, say what action we’d like the person to take that we hope will help the person be that way.

(7) Before agreeing or disagreeing with anyone’s opinions, try to tune in to what the person is feeling and needing.

(8) Instead of saying “No,” express what need of ours prevents us from saying “Yes.”

(9) If we are feeling upset, think about what need of ours is not being met, and what we could do to meet it, instead of thinking about what’s wrong with others or ourselves.

(10) Instead of praising someone who did something we like, express our gratitude by telling the person what need of ours that action met.

*The Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) would like there to be a critical mass of people using Nonviolent Communication (NVC) language so all people will get their needs met and resolve their conflicts peacefully.

2001, revised 2004 Gary Baran & CNVC. The right to freely duplicate this document is hereby granted.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Arun Gandhi Preaches Nonviolence

by @ 2:30 pm. Filed under Nonviolence

Arun Gandhi acknowledges the crowd following his speech Monday night. Gandhi spoke about peace and how to implement nonviolence as a parent and in everyday life. Gandhi is the grandson of the late Mahatma Gandhi and started the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence.

Hundreds of people stretched from the doors of Pruis Hall to McKinley Avenue on Monday night only to be denied entrance after Pruis Hall exceeded capacity.

About 640 people were lucky enough to pack into Pruis for Arun Gandhi’s speech, “Lessons Learned From My Grandfather.”

Gandhi is the co-founder of the M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence at the University of Rochester.

In 2008, he established the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute which gives financial support to programs giving children and their parents in economically-depressed areas an alternative to exploitation through vocationally-focused education.

Gandhi’s speech marked the beginning of the Week of Action.

He was brought to the university by the Office of Student Life, which organized the week.

“Obviously Gandhi is someone who comes to mind when you think of nonviolence,” Amy Jobst, graduate assistant at the Center for Student Life, said. “We just think that this is a great kickoff event for the whole Week of Action.”
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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Nonviolence 4 Equality

by @ 5:06 pm. Filed under Nonviolence, Nonviolent Communication

Soulforce, the GLBT group behind such actions as Dear Dr. Dobson and the Equality Rides  has launched a new campaign to promote Nonviolence and civil disobedience as a tactic for GLBT folks.  I haven’t read the whole site yet and what I have read looks good.  I am disappointed that the site seems to focus only on Gandhian versions of nonviolence because I believe GLBT folks need their own movement of Nonviolence.   I think Gandhi’s tactics worked for India and South Africa.  I think King’s tactics worked in the Civil rights movement against segregation.  I think that we have also learned many lessons in nonviolence from those movements.   I think we need a new movement that is shaped by today’s world.   Peace has come a long way since Gandhi’s day and I think we should use the lessons of Michael Nagler, Marshall Rosenberg and others who are making social change using nonviolence today!  I would also like to see this new site have more resources about nonviolence.  There is so much out there that has not been tapped by the GLBT community when it comes to nonviolence resources.

Either way, I am happy that nonviolence is being promoted in any form.   I will always be happy when I see this force used because I believe it will get us much further than violence and the change is lasting.   I would ask that you check out this new site.


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