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Without Kindness, We Lose Our Common ...

"Seeking human kindness" by Enver Rahmanov - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Seeking_human_kindness.JPG#/media/File:Seeking_human_kindness.JPG
“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 [...]

Bombs Will Not Heal Our Broken Hearts

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 [...]

Cacerolazo: Pots and Pans Protest

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 [...]

What if animals, trees, rocks, ecosys...

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 [...]

Growing A Culture of Nonviolence!

Talking about the Two Hands of Nonviolence in Oakland (w/ Fr. Louie Vitale in class! Wow! What an honor!)
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 [...]

Life of a Novelist … Rivera Sun...

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Snow falling on the mountains! The day begins with the sun rising over the Sangre de Christo Mountains, which stretch from the distant southwest horizon clear to the northeast corner of the round bowl of our sagebrush mesa. Snow clouds gather, grey and heavy, draping a mist over the mountains as the light slides into the glass bottle walls of [...]

Calling All Book Lovers! Billionaire ...

Author Rivera Sun with Billionaire Buddha
Dear Friends, It’s here! The First Editions of Billionaire Buddha arrived in the mail today … and they’re ready for readers like you! Order a copy through my website and I’ll tuck a special note of thanks into the envelope along with your signed copy of the book. It will take another week (at least) for the novel to be [...]

October Travels and Fall Adventures!

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Dear friends, October holds many exciting adventures: workshops, speaking events, sit-ins, and bringing the Billionaire Buddha with me on the road! Oct 15th-ish is Billionaire Buddha‘s First Edition Release, Oct 17-24th there are workshops in the Bay Area and Oregon; Skylandia Farm Poetry is finding friends and fans; and there is also t [...]

Dance the Body Possible

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 Videos on Nonviolent Actio...

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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 [...]