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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