Nonviolence Toward the Earth Takes Many Forms
Nonviolence News: April 14-20, 2019

Editor’s Note from Rivera Sun:This week’s Nonviolence News reminds me that nonviolence comes in a thousand shapes and sizes. As Extinction Rebellion swept the globe this week, so did stories of creative nonviolent action in protection of Mother Earth. An attorney in London superglued herself to Shell’s headquarters to protest climate crisis inaction. In Vermont, a major highway was shut down to honor the annual migratory salamander crossings. Both stories point to the kind of courage and action humanity must take in order to realign our species with the rest of our beautiful Earth. Both stories embody profound nonviolence toward people, animals, plants, and planet.

Nonviolence News amplifies these amazing stories. Just this week, a quote from Voices for Creative Nonviolence came across my inbox: 

“People across the nation and all over the world are taking actions to build a community in which the values of justice, cooperation, and respect for this fragile world are upheld. Almost none of these are actions we will ever hear about.”
-Voices for Creative Nonviolence

Nonviolence News breaks the silence. It amplifies the extraordinary ways nonviolence is shaping our world. Now, it’s your turn to share these stories far and wide. Use the social share buttons to share this e-newsletter. Repost the individual stories on social media. Forward this e-newsletter to 10 friends and encourage them to sign up. Ask your favorite peace and nonviolence organization to post this round-up as a blog on their website. The more people who know and share the Nonviolence News, the better for everyone. 

Thank you for spreading Nonviolence News!
Rivera Sun, Editor

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

Victory! Success Stories
Recent Actions & On-Going Campaigns
Climate Action
Constructive Program
Knowledge & Reflection
Nonviolence History

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

1,800 farmworkers in citrus orchards strike for 4 days and gain better wages.Read more >> 

Editor’s Note: Nonviolence comes in a thousand forms … here’s one unusual story we ran across. What if you could save 2.4 million lives by donating blood? Check out this story about “The Man With the Golden Arm”. James Harrison was a blood donor with a rare antigen who saved 2.4 million babiesRead more on Facebook >> Not on Facebook? Check out his Wikipedia page.

Editor’s Note: the connection between meditation and nonviolence is well-known. If we want to build a more nonviolent culture, teaching mindfulness and meditation will cultivate the awarenesses and trainings that support that vision. In this recent news story, mindfulness and meditation were added to the curriculum in 370 English schools. Read more >>

After widespread organizing and activism, Washington State passes Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women Act. Read more >>

Nonviolence Radio interviews three scholars and organizers about the recent Sudan Uprising. Tune in >>

Female Chief in Malawi breaks up 850 child marriages and sends girls to school. 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. 

Kenyan sugar workers go on strike for payment of salary in arrears. Read more >>

Indian villagers boycott elections over pollution problems.

Cambodian farmers protest large-scale sugar plantations.

Fighting South and North Dakota’s anti-protest “riot boosting” lawsRead more >> 

Send us your immigrants! Sanctuary City organizers tell President Trump. Confirming Friday that his administration is considering sending undocumented immigrants en masse to sanctuary cities, President Donald Trump framed the proposal as a threat—but several politicians and rights advocates replied that immigrants would be welcome in those communities. Read more >>

Houston Police Chief speaks out against order to deport 11-year old asylum-seeking El Salvadoran girl alone without her family, comparing the importance of disobeying the deportation instructions to the duty to resist the Nazis. Read more >> 

Fang Collective protests collaboration between ICE and local police.Read more >>

Thousands strike at five University of California hospitals

John Hopkins University students occupy to protest campus police plan. Read more >>  

Woman goes on 17-day hunger strike to save orcas. Read more >>

Los Angeles, CA gangs host largest peace rally since LA riots in honor of Nipsey Hussel.  Read more >> 

New England grocery story chain Stop & Shop strike enters second week with 270 stores closed. Read more >>

Teamsters Union backs up striking Stop & Shop workers by not crossing picket lines to deliver goods. Read more >>

Yemeni bodegas boycott New York Post over attacks on Ilhan Omar. Read more >>

Protesters call on UK to #FreeAssange outside British embassy in DC. Read more >> 

World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma played Bach at the US-Mexico border, saying, “In culture, we build bridges, not walls.” Read more >>

Yellow Vest Act 22 reaches 30,000 people despite repression. Read more >>

Thousands of Berlin activists march to demand city seize housing from big private landlords and stop rent spikes. Read more >>

Nine prisoners at two Wisconsin prisons start coordinated hunger strike demanding an end to solitary confinementRead more >>

24-7 occupation vigil aims to protect Venezuelan Embassy in DC. Read more >>

Six peace and nuclear disarmament activists were arrested during a Good Friday witness at the Pentagon, after they had a die-in and distributed copies of the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons outside of the police designated protest zone. Read more >>

San Francisco activists protest “woke-washing” wine bar in Mission District.  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.

 Editor’s Note: It’s not every day that you hear news of humans letting other species take precedence. This story from Vermont points toward a beautiful future in which humanity respects the rest of our fellow species deeply enough to care for them and their migratory needs.  Here’s the story: Vermont closes major road for Salamander migration. “The annual closure of King Road by the City of Burlington reinforces Conservation Halton’s promise to form partnerships, which enable us to better protect our natural environment, in this case an endangered species,” CAO of Conservation Halton Hassaan Basit said. Read more >>

Extinction Rebellion shuts down major European cities.

Extinction Rebellion London floods the jail. Police run out of cells. Read more >>

Extinction Rebellion in Washington, DC protests in front of the Republican National Committee.Read more >>

62 Extinction Rebellion activists arrested during die-in in New York City.  Read more >>

Extinction Rebellion in New Zealand protests “sour milk”, drawing the connection between the dairy industry and the destruction of rivers and watersheds. Read more >>

Extinction Rebellion activist superglues herself to Shell’s UK headquarters in protest of climate inaction. Read more >>

Extinction Rebellion participants from the University of Oregon in Eugene protest logging practices with tree-sitRead more >>

Weather Channel runs a 2100 simulation of Charleston, SC underwater to protest and raise awareness about the climate crisis.  Read more >>

Indigenous Poets read urgent climate message on shrinking glacier. Read more >>

New Yorkers rally against proposed fracked gas pipeline.  Read more >>

Activists scale Federal Energy Regulatory Commission building and demand that it be replaced with a “Federal Renewable Energy Commission”. Read more >> 

Constructive Programs and alternative institutions build the strength and resilience of the community while weakening reliance on systems of oppression.

How a seed bank helps preserve Cherokee culture through traditional foods. Read more >>

Editor’s Note: We believe that sharing Nonviolence News is a constructive program for the movement to build a culture of nonviolence. On Nonviolence Radio’s podcast, The Nonviolence Report section features Michael Nagler digging into a few recent news stories. Listen in and then share the post >>

How Library of Things build resilience, fight climate change, and bring communities together. Read more >>

Shareable’s inaugural quarterly issue examines how sharing practices counter the global loneliness epidemicRead 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: In Iranian Kurdistan, a man found guilty of battery was sentenced to being publicly paraded dressed in women’s clothing. Feminists in Marivan protested that the punishment degraded women. When they were silenced, poet-activist Masoud Fathi and other anti-sexist men acted in solidarity. On April 18, 2013, they launched a FB page “Kurd Men for Equality,” posting photos of themselves in women’s apparel with the message “Being a woman is not a tool to humiliate or punish anyone. No free society without free women.” Within days, there were 9,000 followers. Share this story on Facebook >>

Podcast explores historic US Civil Rights organizers experience of Dr. King’s assassinationListen here >>

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

24-minute video explores the New Science of Nonviolence & Human Nature. Watch the video >>

Otpor! Leader’s resistance strategy manual offers tools for all activists. Read more >>  

How the portrayal of protests in South Africa denigrate poor people.  Read more >>

Who were the women of the Indian Self-Rule Movement? Learn more about the women who heeded Gandhi’s call. Read more >>

The history and legacy of “leaderless” and “leaderful” movements from Occupy to Gilet Jaunes to Extinction Rebellion. Read more >>

How to make the climate movement more inclusive? Hint: do the work. Read more >> 

Here are a few upcoming events inviting your participation. 

Nonviolence Now, sister project to Nonviolence News, is having a celebration! It’s been an amazing journey and, if you’re local or regional to Rochester, NY, join organizers on May 1st to celebrate this inspiring project.  Find out more.

Zinn Education Project is looking for stories from people who teach climate justice. They’re offering a free book to anyone who submits a story. Learn more >>

Frontline Oil & Gas Conference in Ponca City, Oklahoma, May 16-18, 2019 This Indigenous-led organizing summit will bring much needed energy and attention to a key battleground state in the fight against the fossil fuel industry. Learn more >>

Building Community Wealth with Green Stormwater Infrastructure—Stories from the Field: a webinar featuring leaders of grassroots enterprises around the country who are building community wealth as they work to make their communities more resilient to the effects of climate change. April 29, 2019 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. Learn more >>

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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:

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