“Seeking human kindness” by Enver Rahmanov – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons –
As I’m riding the overnight train from Chicago to New Mexico, an elderly African-American man in a wheelchair is taken off the train by paramedics, police, and the conductor. Earlier, I had heard the car att [...]
In the past 36 hrs, I have watched and listened to hundreds of reactions of ordinary people to the attacks in Paris. With a clenched gut, I feared the reiteration of the sequence of 9/11: anger, shock, fear, calls for vengeance, war, and more violence.
Instead, I saw the unexpected, and a tendril of hope grew inside my heart. Here is some of [...]
Know Your Nonviolent History (You’re Gonna Need It)
According to Wikipedia: “A cacerolazo, cacerolada, or casserole is a form of popular protest practiced in certain Spanish-speaking countries – in particular Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, Cuba, Spain – and more recently English and French-speaking countries, most [...]
Do animals have sentience? How about trees?
What about rocks? Or ecosystems?
In Billionaire Buddha, I tell a story about a man who makes a fortune from trees and then questions the morality of wealth, property, ownership, and an economic system that destroys people and the planet. The central character wonders how humanity can justify their [...]
Recent Talks & Travels Along the West Coast
Teaching the Two Hands of Nonviolence to a group in Oakland, CA w/ Fr. Louie Vitale, founder of Pace e Bene in the class. What an honor!
With Erica Chenoweth, Dariel Garner, Tom Hastings, Adam Vogal, and the Students United For Nonviolence at Portland State University
Last week, I traveled the [...]
Every fifteen minutes, I leave my work behind and dance. For five minutes, I move, stretch, spiral, spin. I shake my body free of the tensions of typing and the linear quality of online work. I release the news, the calls-to-actions, the cries of human suffering. I leave it all behind and dance.
Like a snake shedding skin, the world falls aw [...]
Rivera Sun shares these short ‘n sweet video clips, each presenting a single thought on strategy for nonviolent movements. Enjoy, and find all of Rivera Sun’s videos on Youtube.
Above: Rivera Sun, author of The Dandelion Insurrection, discusses one of the concepts from strategic nonviolent struggle that helped her c [...]