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Nonviolence News: April 21-27, 2019

Editor’s Note from Rivera Sun:This week’s Nonviolence News contains some stunning victories. Nurses strikes are on the rise globally, representing important international effort for both access to affordable healthcare and fair working conditions for nurses. Stop & Shop workers won a tentative deal and went back to work with better wages and benefits. The Sudan Uprising continues its effort to ensure a democratic transition instead of military control. They are holding mass singing demonstrations with the slogan, “instead of a rifle, bring a violin”.

I’m collecting all this Nonviolence News while participating in the James Lawson Institute in Portland, Oregon, where an amazing group of activists, presenters, facilitators, and trainers have gathered for a powerful five days of knowledge-sharing. Both the sessions and the stories I’m seeing in the news this week strike me with a sense of awe. There are deep and layered connections between generations of movements that stretch through hundreds of years, across continents, and between dozens of issues. It is truly humbling to catch a glimpse of the many ways in which the stories of nonviolent struggle have literally changed millions of people’s lives in so many places. We are a part of this on-going story … and a part of making sure these incredible stories are known in our communities.

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Rivera Sun, Editor

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

Victory! Success Stories
Recent Actions & On-Going Campaigns
Climate Action
Peace Action
Creative Action
Knowledge & Reflection

Nonviolence News shares recent success stories so we see and remember that nonviolent action is powerful and effective. 

31,000 Stop & Shop workers end 11-day strike with tentative agreement after drawing support from every sector of their society. Read more >>  https://inequality.org/great-divide/stop-shop-strike/

Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails win majority of their demands from Israel Prison Service after eight days without food. Read more >>

Kids fight plastic pollution in the Bahamas and win! After only a few months of organizing, a young environmental science student gets her country to ban single-use plastic. Read more >>

In a move to end mass incarceration, the new DA of Dallas, Texas announced a plan to enact criminal justice reform. Read more >>

Moms Demand Action makes two victories: in Tennessee, bills for “stand your ground” laws and arming K-12 employees were dropped. Read more >>

And in Arizona, a bill allowing people to bring loaded guns onto school grounds was stopped. Read more >>

Following outcry from employees and environmental activists, the Museum of Natural History won’t host an event honoring Brazil’s far-right president. 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. 

Sudanese protests continue after dictator’s resignation, seeking a democratic transition and no military rule. They are holding mass singing demonstrations with the slogan, “instead of a rifle, bring a violin.”   Watch a Facebook video >>

100 Sudanese judges demanding civilian rule marched on Thursday from the Supreme Court in Khartoum towards an opposition sit-in outside the Defence Ministry, joining anti-government protests for the first time. Read more >>

People power is rising in Africa. Find out where … and why? Read more >>

Chinese developers use github to protest long work hours. Read more >>

In Thailand, hijab-wearing football/soccer club builds space for diversity. Read more >>

40,000 Irish nurses held a series of 24-hr strikes, gaining limited pay increases. Read more >> 

Tens of thousands of protesters throughout Yemen condemn Donald Trump’s veto of a U.S. congressional resolution directing him to end support for the Saudi-led Coalition’s war against Yemen. Read more >>

Yellow Vests hold mass protests in response to upper class’ response to Notre Dame fire, saying, “Victor Hugo thanks all the generous donors ready to save Notre Dame and proposes that they do the same thing with Les Miserables.” Read more >>

Fired Nurses in Zimbabwe offer free healthcare to the public in protest.  Read more >>

New Zealand nurses strike galvanizes medical community and demands investment in medical care. Read more >>

The Little Big Union joins the growing movement to transform fast foods. Read more >> 

Nurses strikes are on the rise … where are the physicians?  Read more >>

Muslim woman takes a stand against bigotry with courage, love, and spirit. Read more >>  

What happened because of the Panama Papers whistleblowing? Here’s an overview of three years covering a slew of demonstrations, resignations, Investigations in 83 countries, jail-time, laws changed and more to come. Read more >>

Julian Assange calls for international days of action May 1 & 2. 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. 

Who are Extinction Rebellion? The climate action group is shutting down cities across the UK and around the world.  Read more >> 

Extinction Rebellion arrests exceed 1000 in the United Kingdom.  Read more >> 

A group of folks from Extinction Rebellion  PDX in Portland, Oregon have just taken over at Zenith Energy, dumping a truck full of soil over the train tracks and planting a ‘victory over fossil fuels’ garden – complete with sheds, scarecrows, and a real growing garden.  Read more >> 

Extinction Rebellion organizers look towards what’s coming next for the mass movement. Read more >> 

Lego toys runs on 100% renewable energy and is starting to make biodegradable, non-plastic legos. Read more >>  

Over 6,000 Amazon employees are calling on Jeff Bezos and the company’s board to adopt a climate plan that will transition the company to 100% renewable energy by 2050. Read more >> 

In what has come to be known as “guerrilla archiving,” Katie Cuyler, a public services and government information librarian at the University of Alberta, has gone about saving all data and information hosted on the Government of Alberta web pages before it is turned over from the NDP to the UCP. Read more >>  

Pipeline protester charged with “Threat of Terrorism” for locking down to the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Read more >>  

Jane Goodall calls upon billions of people to make “ethical choices” to save the planet. Read more >> 

For peace, nonviolence is a means AND an end. As Gandhi put it: means are ends in the making. 

International Peace Delegation plan building bridges trip to Russia. Read more >>

Veteran sails for world peace while fighting cancer. Read more >>

At the invitation of the Venezuelan embassy, US citizens hold protective occupation to tell US government #HandsOffVenezuela Read more >>

Nonviolence is endlessly creative. It engages human capacity for humor, innovation, and symbolism in efforts toward change. Here are a few stories. 

Activists deliver giant plastic trash monsters to Nestle headquarters to protest plastic pollution. Read more >>

Extinction Rebellion stages mass die-in under dinosaur fossils in Natural History Museum in London. Read more >>

Mexican folk legend Lila Downs has covered Manu Chao’s classic song “Clandestino” in protest of current U.S. immigration policies. Read more >>

Cooperation Jackson’s Mural Fest engages local artists’ creativity in building a revolutionary local community movement.  Read more >> 

Sudanese librarian sets up open air bookshop to offer books to protesters during mass demonstrations. Read more >>

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

Four Valve Turners speak about the necessity of civil disobedience in response to the climate crisis.  Read more >>

Standing Rock’s surprising legacy: a push for public banks.  Read more >> 

10 tips on starting a progressive podcast.

Got conflict on social media? Check out Conflict in the Comments, an online conversation that blends conflict transformation, nonviolent communication, de-escalation tactics, and how to handle social media comment threads when the topic gets hot. Read more >>

US Senator Elizabeth Warren’s plan to end student debt came from grassroots pressure. Read more >>

The 30-year fight for breast implant safety.

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About Rivera Sun, Editor Activist/Author Rivera Sun is a nationwide speaker and 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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