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Nonviolence News: March 31- April 6

Solutionary Visions & Bold Actions

Editor’s Note from Rivera Sun: This week’s Nonviolence News is bursting at the seams with new campaigns and bold actions. It also has an exciting collection of reflective articles that offer insight into what “works”. See the Constructive Programs section for solutions; check out the Knowledge & Reflection section for 10 pieces with gems of wisdom from Latin American anti-capitalist resistance to the rise of the Rights of Nature.  What’s my favorite bit of news this week? Resistance is rising! (We’re not just imagining it.) A new report shows that in 2018 labor struggles, there were 21 major work stoppages involving 485,000 workers, compared with 25,000 in 2017. Nonviolent action is on the rise … and that’s a good thing.

Yours toward a nonviolent future,
Rivera Sun

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Here’s what you’ll find in this week’s Nonviolence News:

Victory! Success Stories
Recent Events & On-Going Campaigns
Climate Action
Peace Action
Constructive Program
Knowledge & Reflection
Nonviolence History
Calls-To-Action

Nonviolence News uplifts and celebrates
the victories won through organized nonviolent action. 

To protect the Amazon from the latest round of oil development, indigenous groups  in Ecuador held rallies, closed down highways and marched for over two weeks from the rainforest to Quito, the capital. After months of protest, the government scaled back its plans  – at least temporarily. Read more >>

From Coca-Cola plant workers to Walmart workers to more, thousands of workers at US factories in Mexico are striking for higher wages. “The strikes have been so successful that they’ve sparked what is now called the 20/32 Movement, based on the 20 percent pay raise and 32,000 peso annual bonus (about $1,600) that striking factory workers in the city initially demanded, and eventually won.” Read more >>

“It’s no longer free to pollute.” Canada imposes carbon tax on four provinces. Read more >>

Around the world, people are launching nonviolent campaigns
and/or using principled nonviolence to transform their communities
and fight injustice. Here are a few recent stories. 

Piling chairs on the stage and banging on drums, Beloit College student protests force cancellation of  Blackwater CEO Eric Prince’s lecture.  Read more >>

Americans’ donated airline miles help reunite hundreds of families separated at the border. Read more >>

Last week, we shared this as an “upcoming” story. This week, here’s the report on what happened when WWII Japanese Interment camp survivors demonstrate against immigrant detention. Read more >>

“Freshman boys at a high school outside Detroit shocked their community by performing a hate-filled anti-Semitic rap song in the lunchroom. But bringing people together to repair the hurt they caused turned an ugly episode into an opportunity to build empathy and respect.” Read more >>

Sisters of Mercy lead two caravans to the US-Mexico border to protest the treatment of migrants. Read more >>

Protesters “shed light” on a migrant children’s detention center in Florida with artful activism and light brigade protestsRead more >>

More than 900 employees sign letter criticizing abrupt firing of contractors, who make up 54% of Google’s workforce.  Read more >>

Bored Panda published “53 of the Most Powerful Images of Women Protesters“. The first two are not nonviolent, but the other 51 are inspiring images – each worth a 1000 words! Read more >>

Yellow Vests enter 20th week of protests. While some police-protester skirmishes have broken out, large numbers remain nonviolent.  Read more >>

American Chestnut Foundation board members resign in protest over foundation’s support of genetically engineered chestnut trees. Read more >>

On the Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice, over a million Argentinians mobilized to remember the 30,000 victims of the last military dictatorship in Argentina. Read more >>

University of Chicago strike enters third week. “Graduate employees at the University of Illinois at Chicago began an indefinite strike on March 19, demanding livable wages and better working conditions as part of a national wave of educator-lead organized labor efforts.”  Read more >>

Thousands of LA Uber drivers go on strike over 25% pay cut. “Hundreds of drivers swarmed the streets, chanting and picketing outside Uber’s office in suburban LA.” Read more >>

Canadian “Daughters of the Vote” protest Prime Minister Trudeau by turning their backs on him while he spoke. Read more >>

US “Patriotic Millionaires” threaten to withhold campaign contributions for politicians who don’t support taxing the rich. Read more >>

Florida students demonstrate at state capitol against arming teachers. About 200 Florida teens flocked to the state Capitol in Tallahassee today to urge lawmakers to vote down a proposal that would let teachers carry guns. Read more >>

Campus protests rise up as Coalition of Immokalee Workers pressures Wendy’s to join the Fair Food Program.  Read more >>

Since February 7, Haitians have held daily marches and erected roadblocks and barricades throughout the country, all part of what some have called “Operation Lockdown.”  Read more >>

In a historic first, around 300 Israelis protested in Tel Aviv for the right of return and in solidarity with the Great March of Return against the siege of Gaza. Read more >>

Israeli artists join Palestinians in urging Eurovision contestants not to perform in Tel Aviv. Read more >>

Living sustainably and protecting our planet are forms of “nonviolence toward the Earth”, which is inseparable from embodying nonviolence toward ourselves and all others. Here are recent stories of nonviolent climate action. 

“Break the Law to Make the Law” … an op-ed in the Hill makes the case for mass civil disobedience for climate justice. Read more >> 

Naked Extinction Rebellion activists stormed the glass viewing gallery above UK Parliament to break the #Brexit impasse. “A dozen members of the direct action group Extinction Rebellion stripped off as MPs debated a series of indicative votes due to take place later on Monday in a bid to break the Brexit impasse in Parliament.”  Read more >>

Navajo Nation votes against acquiring coal plant and intends increase renewable energy production. They are the second-largest tribal nation in the US and have operated coal plants for 100 years. Read more >>

Patagonia refuses to co-brand vests for Wall St. and other “ecologically damaging companies”. “We’re in business to save our home planet,” the outdoor gear company states. Read more >>

Massachusetts Mothers Out Front launch new campaign against pipeline, compressor station and for legislative action against fossil fuels.  Read more >>

On March 22nd, members of the Ginew Collective supported by Northfield Against Line 3 demonstrated to exposea drilling worksite on the eastern shore of the Mississippi River on the proposed Enbridge Line 3 route.  Read more >>

Tree-sit enters its 200th day of active resistance to Mountain Valley Pipeline. Read more >>

When it comes to peace, nonviolence embodies Gandhi’s saying about how “means are ends in the making”. If we want to wage peace, nonviolence provides the tools.

US Congress sends Historic Yemen War Powers Resolution to the President. “This historic victory belongs to the thousands of grassroots activists who demanded that US foreign policy be accountable to the American people.” Read more >>

Arrested anti-war Veterans for Peace members, Tarak Kauff and Ken Mayers, arrested protesting at a US Air Force Base at Shannon Airport in Ireland, are released but not allowed to come home.  Read more >>

Nonviolent Peaceforce releases a “best practices” report on unarmed peacekeeping after summit in Nairobi, Kenya. Read more >>

Constructive Programs and alternative institutions build the strength and resilience of the community while weakening reliance on systems of oppression.
Here are a few examples that have been making news (including us!).

Nonviolence Radio: Why Does the News Matter? Read more >>

India’s first Urban Self-Help Group continues to bloom. “Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh and recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize: ‘Poverty is not created by poor people. It’s created by the system we built.'” Read more >> 

Van Jones to host CNN show on restorative justice. Read more >>

The Next Egg seeks to redirect retirement funds from Wall St. to local, sustainable economies. Read more >>

After centuries of housing racism, a southern city gets innovative. In Jackson, Mississippi, community land trusts are key to fair and affordable development. Read more >>

After Kalamazoo, Michigan, offered college tuition for nearly all high school graduates, dropout rates declined and the city’s population began to rebound.  Read more >>

Participatory Budgeting … when democracy is really “by the People”.  Read more >>

Social Food Forum 2019: Take-aways. “Social Food Projects include municipal gardens and urban farms; community meals; social harvest festivals; farmer-to-farmer meet-ups; food waste platforms; community kitchens; community baking and brewing sites; care farms; school gardens; street food festivals; cooperative grain growing; farm hacks; regional gatherings; farm tours; and many more.” 
Read more >>

Here are a few recently posted articles that provide insight and reflection on the art and science of waging nonviolence. 

A surge of labor action is sweeping the country. “National Labor Relations Board data indicate that 2018 marked a huge upsurge in strikes by workers across the U.S. The year saw 21 major work stoppages involving 485,000 workers, compared with 25,000 in 2017.”  Read more >>

George Lakey on the importance of direct action for those seeking “empowerment”. Read more >>

The Rise of the Rights of Nature: a revolutionary movement is emerging across the globe. Read more >>

Marquette University’s Peace Studies program has trained thousands in nonviolent peacebuilding. Read more >>

Cam Fenton on the role of desperation in addressing climate change. Read more >>

Frida Berrigan on how nuclear resistance ruined her life … and why that’s a good thing. Read more >>

How to turn neighborhoods into community resilience hubs. “Three places showing how to make the transition from domination and resource extraction to regeneration and interdependence.”  Read more >>

Dispatches from Resistant Mexico features stories and practices of Indigenous resistance to the “capitalist hydra”, exploring many types of constructive program and cultural resistance. Dispatches from Resistant Mexico is a series of short documentaries from southern Mexico, each depicting one of the thousands of pockets of resistance throughout Latin America.  Read more >>

Robert Burroughs on “Why Activists Fail”. “Virtually all activists do not understand strategy and so they do not campaign strategically. This means that anything done – whether a decision in a meeting, a phone call or email, an action or event planned and executed – simply fails to have the impact it could have.” Read more >>

From Gaza to Stonewall, Izzi Mustafa writes on why people rise up.Read more >>

Know your history … when we better understand the length and breadth of how/where/when nonviolence has been used, we better understand how to use it in our current times.

From Pam McAllister: On April 1, 1983, tens of thousands joined the women of the Greenham Peace Camp to form a human chain 14 miles long. This was the climax of a weeklong protest of the buildup of nuclear weapons in the world and of American cruise missiles on English soil. Well-funded counter-protesters flew a plane over them with a banner, mocking the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament with the words “CND — Kremlin’s April’s Fools.” 

Remembering Rachel Corrie. “On 16 March 2003 in the Gaza Strip’s southern city of Rafah, Corrie stood before an Israeli bulldozer in hopes of stopping it from demolishing the home of a local Palestinian family.”  Read more >>

Here are a few upcoming campaigns asking for your support and inviting your participation. 

Immigrant leaders call for “driving without fear” campaign to launch on May 1st. Read more >>

Veterans for Peace announce effort to bring home two Ireland airport protesters: Monday and Tuesday, April 8 and 9, are hereby declared “Get Ken and Tarak Home” days. “We are asking people to concentrate calls, letters, and visits to Irish Embassies and Consulates, the State Department, and elected officials on these days so that these institutions experience a flood of support for Tarak and Ken and protest against U.S. military flights through Shannon.” Visit http://www.stopthesewars.org/kenandtarak for more information.


European Peace Walk launches May 22-June 4th. The European Peace Walk is a trans-national walking adventure starting in Lenti, Hungary and stemming 330 kilometers, or 205 miles. Participants pass through Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, and Italy, ending in Trieste.  Read more >>

About Our Sister Project: Nonviolence Now

Nonviolence News and Nonviolence Now are a pair of sister projects that work in creative collaboration to connect people to the powerful tools and practices of nonviolence.  Here’s more about Nonviolence Now. You can also learn more at:  www.NonviolenceNow.org

Launched in October 2018 at the United Nations celebration of Gandhi’s birth, Nonviolence Now is a global nonviolence awareness campaign.   It is a groundbreaking project intended to produce serious results through best practices in marketing and online communication.

Nonviolence Now interrupts the assumption that nonviolence is passive and ineffective, demonstrating that it is instead active, accessible, and revolutionary.  It counterbalances pervasive stories of violence, and demonstrates that violence is not inevitable, pleasurable, and the only way to seek justice.

Nonviolence Now platforms provide a beautiful doorway to compelling stories of nonviolence in action.  The project connects individuals world-wide with resources for peace building and principled nonviolence.  Rather than duplicate what has already been done, Nonviolence Now promotes the existing work of nonviolence organizations through innovative collaboration.

In the first three months of this effort, over three million people were reached via the ads.  Engagement rates were over twice industry standard.  Going forward, we seek to increase global awareness and adoption of nonviolent practices among the world’s seven billion residents. 

About Rivera Sun, Editor

Activist/Author Rivera Sun is a nationwide trainer in strategy for nonviolent movements. She is the author of nine books and novels focusing on nonviolence, including The Dandelion Insurrection, The Roots of Resistance, and The Way Between.  For four years, she cohosted nationally-syndicated radio programs on nonviolent struggle. Rivera Sun has worked for Campaign Nonviolence, Metta Center for Nonviolence, and Nonviolence Now, among other groups. Find out more about her work at: www.riverasun.com


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