March 24-30

From Peru to Australia, Nonviolence Is Rising

Editor’s Note from Rivera Sun:

This week’s Nonviolence News contains a stunning 63 stories from 54 different news sources. Fourteen victories swept the movement of movements, including some unexpected successes. Europeans are protesting everything from copyright laws to Brexit to climate issues to economic injustice. Indigenous Peruvians have shut down half the country. Bolivians are going to have food independence by next year. The women editors of the Vatican’s women’s magazine just quit in protest of sex scandal cover-ups. Australian Indigenous conducted a healing ceremony for an imperiled watershed. Canadian First Nations held a stunning dance in red dresses to stop violence toward women. And that’s just for starters. Enjoy this week’s Nonviolence News … and share it with a friend.

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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
Nonviolence and Children
Peace Action
Constructive Program
Creative Action
Nonviolence Knowledge
Nonviolence History

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

Fight for $15 wins $15 minimum wage increase in Maryland. This makes 6 states that have raised the minimum wage to that amount, including Illinois, New Jersey, California, Washington DC, and Massachusetts. Read more.

Florida Senate (finally) okays front yard gardens after years of debate, protest, and citizen action. Read more.

A major victory for all NYC subway riders. Stairs are difficult or impossible not only for disabled but also for parents with strollers, the injured, and our aging population. Read more.

Julian Assange’s mother’s Twitter account restored after Twitter users send hundreds of tweets to pressure company. Read more.

After a dozen years of debate, NM House votes to ban coyote hunting contests.  Read more.

Gamers shut off stage lights until speaker acknowledges that union workers build the award-winning shows. Gamers United: Performative displays of solidarity with unionized workers at the Game Developers Choice Awards were sprinkled throughout the ceremonies. Read more.

After civil rights groups organized, Facebook expanded its platform policies and banned White Nationalist groups. This is an important step, since there is a studied connection between social media and deadly hate crimes.   “Under Facebook’s change, people who search for terms associated with white supremacy will instead see a link to the page of Life After Hate, a nonprofit that helps people to leave hate groups, the company said.”  Read more.

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to pay $270 million legal settlement that will fund addiction center. Read more. 

Black Lives Matter flag to fly for 400 days in Rutland, VT beginning in April to mark 400 years since the start of the British slave trade in the Americas. Read more.

Four Round-Up Bans: LA County bans Round-Up after court case rules that it caused man’s cancer.  Anti-Monsanto, health, and environmental activists have been organizing to ban Round-Up for years. Read more. Portland, ME banned all synthetic pesticides.  Read more. Miami, FL banned Round-Up. Read more. And Vietnam banned glyphosate, nationwide. 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. 

Reverse Caravan to Honduras visited with Hondurans at risk of losing their land. Hondurans often must defend their land rights and human rights in the face of intimidation & violence.  Read more.

Yellow Vests hold protests despite French government’s ban.  Read more.
Tens of thousands hold protests across Europe against European Union’s planned copyright reform bill. Read more.

Solidarity grows the size of University of California strike. “The strike was called by the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE), CWA 9119, which represents 10,000 research and technical workers. Joining them in a solidarity strike were 5,000 health care workers also represented by UPTE, as well as 27,000 patient care and service workers represented by UC’s largest union, AFSCME 3299.” Read more.

Citizens thwart ICE arrest. “The driver and several other citizens at the scene refused to allow ICE agents to enter the vehicle or detain the individuals without a warrant signed by a judge.” #HereToStay Read more.
Arizona residents form an Underground Railroad to help migrants released by ICE. Read more.

“A small presence is better than no presence at all.” Two citizens hold small anti-gun demonstration. Read more.

Major American cities see dramatic declines in gun violence in recent decades. Yes! Magazine asks, “what’s going on?” Read more.

Jacksonville, FL “Make It Right” billboard calls for Confederate Monument removal as city hosts “Take Them Down Everyone Conference” and rallies to have the monument taken down. Read more.

95-year-old caught 5 buses to join a rally against racism in Auckland, New Zealand.  Read more.

Minnesota Amazon workers walk-off the job over “speed-up”. Read more.

Palestinian Americans protest annual AIPAC meeting.  Read more.

The all-women board on the Vatican women’s magazine have resigned citing a campaign to discredit them and put them “under the direct control of men”. Read more.

Poor Peoples Campaign launches South Carolina bus tour.  Read more.

Water Protectors in Australia conduct healing ceremony to stop the abuse, pollution, and overuse of water in a major watershed. “This weekend, hundreds of people rallied in towns affected by the water crisis on the Murray-Darling river system. On the same day, Indigenous elders and families gathered at the birth place of the Murrumbidgee River in Kosciuszko National Park to conduct a traditional healing ceremony.” Read more.

ACLU files First Amendment lawsuit to challenge South Dakota anti-protest laws.  Read more.

New Coalition forms to take on Louisiana’s toxic, polluting “Death Alley” petrochemical industry giants. Read more.

With New Zealand massacres fresh in their minds, New Yorkers rally with Muslims to show love, trust, and solidarity. Read more.

Twenty-one arrested during an activists sit-in at Danish Embassy in protest of Danish company Rockwool’s toxic plants in the US. #ResistRockwool   Read more.

Israeli Forces kill two and injure dozens as 40,000 Palestinians mark anniversary of Great March of Return. Read more.

Ecuador legalized gangs. Murder rates plummeted. “In 2007, the crime-riddled nation of Ecuador did something surprising: It legalized the gangs that had been the source of much of the violence. Then something even more surprising happened over the next decade: Murder rates plummeted.” Read more.

Stunning and massive Indigenous Dance in red dresses raises awareness and helps to heal the trauma of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Read more.

Make America Grate Again: Artist constructs wall of cheese on US-Mexico border in protest of Trump Administration’s border wall. 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. 

Indigenous Peru occupy oil facilities, key roads, and power plant. “This is not a symbolic action — we have completely paralyzed the country’s most important oil field,” declared a spokesperson for several of the indigenous federations backing the protest.” Read more.

For two years, the people of Puglia in the south of Italy have been resisting the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), a massive fossil fuel project threatening their land and traditions.  Read more.

New Mexicans strike and sit-in at Bureau of Land Management in protest of fracking. Read more.

Teen Vogue reports on five youth-led groups confronting the climate crisis and changing the conversation. Read more.

Greenpeace activists crash congressional hearings dressed as swamp monsters to protest Interior Secretary’s oil ties. Read more.

71-year-old grandmother carries disaster relief load for several miles to help Zimbabwe’s flooded residents. A billionaire noticed and offered to build her a solar-powered house and a $1,000/month salary for life.  Read more. 

25K Berlin students on school climate strike with 15,000 more on strike around Germany.  Read more.

Residents shout down oil and gas execs over fracking by US Steel mill. “We don’t want you here. Go somewhere else.” Read more.

This week, Nonviolence News features a special section sharing stories that show
how to teach and practice nonviolence with children. We also share stories about how people are organizing campaigns to protect and help children.

(See also youth action in the Climate Action section.)

Small group of activists demonstrates outside Homestead Detention Center in Florida, where immigrant kids are sent after family separation.  Read more. 

Japanese-American activists, on a history studies visit to a Texas WWII-era detention camp plan to fold paper cranes outside immigrant detention center in solidarity with migrants.” Japanese-American activists who are visiting a World War II-era incarceration camp in Texas on March 30 will join a nonviolent protest of the separation of families and children seeking asylum in the United States with origami paper cranes, or tsuru.” Read more.

Inuit parenting practices embody nonviolence principles in teaching families how to control anger. Read more.

At Dubai “Global Educators Conference”, US Teachers reject the concept of arming teachers to stop gun violence, calling instead for mental health resources.  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.

De Moines Veterans For Peace shut down drone command center. Read more. 

This perennially impressive story has been making the rounds again: Blacksmiths turn unwanted guns into garden tools. “Shotguns often become hand spades, and a weapon like the AR-15 that was used in recent mass shootings has a thicker barrel that suits an afterlife as a mattock.”  Read more. 

Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin releases list of peace positions to check on for all presidential potentials in 2020.  Read more.

International Cooperatives and Peace: Using 20 case studies from 14 countries, covering different types and stages of conflicts, a new report from the International Cooperative Alliance looks at cooperatives contributing to the empowerment of minority groups affected by conflict. Read more.

Living Dictionary Campaign aims to add peacebuilding to the dictionary: Our Living Dictionary is just the start of a new campaign to establish “peacebuilding” in the public arena as an effective approach to conflict management and organize the world’s millions of peacebuilders into a more powerful global movement. 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.

Healthiest US Communities Have Affordable Homes: As if it weren’t already clear that the housing crisis needs to be treated as a public health crisis, this article once again spells out the correlation between healthy communities and the housing burden. Eillie Anzilloti of Fast Company outlines the issue and lifts up Community Land Trusts as a possible solution.  Read more.

Despite history of conflict, a group of Muslims and Jews have cared for this synagogue in India for generations. “Throughout history, there has been generations of conflict between Muslims and Jews – but there is nothing but peace and respect to be found between the two faiths at this Indian synagogue.”  Read more.

Combining economic justice and environmental justice, a movement turns former coal miners into beekeepers. Read more.

How a bilingual radio station helped the undocumented during deadly California fires. Read more.

This week’s collection of ways to get involved includes internet actions, constructive programs, learning opportunities, strikes, and creative action.

#DefundTAP asks international community to pressure European Investment Bank to cut ties to fossil fuel pipeline.  Read more. 

April 4th World Beyond War’s DC Peace Festival “unwelcomes” NATO with a rally, march, and celebration. Read more.

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

Bayard Rustin believed in affirmative action and systemic political change.  Read more.

Becoming Nonviolent Honolulu: Nonviolent Cities organizers reflects on the effort of transforming the culture of violence close to home. Read more.

How Twin Cities organizers are striving for a pair of Nonviolent Cities.  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.

Thanks to Pam McAllister for this timely reminder of this powerful piece of history: On March 27, 1961, nine African-American students at Tougaloo College entered the “whites-only” Jackson Public Library and sat quietly reading books not available in the “colored” library. They were arrested and taken to jail. The next day, students boycotted classes, marched to the courthouse, and braved tear gas and police dogs. That night, over 1,000 people gathered for a vigil. Myrlie Evers, civil rights activist and wife of Medgar Evers, said, “The change of tide in Mississippi began with the Tougaloo Nine and the LIBRARY SIT-IN.”

Mark Milano reminds us of the Greensboro Four: On February 1, 1960, the Greensboro Four sat down at the lunch counter inside the Woolworth store at 132 South Elm Street in Greensboro. The men had purchased toothpaste and other products from a desegregated counter at the store with no problems, and then were refused service at the store’s lunch counter when they each asked for a cup of coffee. Following store policy, staff refused to serve the black men at the “whites only” counter and store manager Clarence Harris asked them to leave. However, the four freshmen stayed until the store closed that night, and then went back to the North Carolina A&T University campus, where they recruited more students to join them the next day.

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