This year, I’m making resolutions. I rarely do, but 2015 seems to be throwing the mantle down at my feet. It’s time to organize, mobilize, and strengthen ourselves and our communities for a time of immense change. 2014 showed us what flexing our people-power might look like. Imagine if 11 million Americans were getting active in their communities as we work for peace, economic justice, and environmental sanity!
Here’s my New Year’s Resolutions 2015. They’re fairly modest, but check out what’s coming in 2015 beyond them.
To host a Campaign Nonviolence March in my community during the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions Sept 20-27th, 2015 Oh, you want to resolve to do this, too? What fun! Here’s how.
To share my favorite vegan recipes with anyone who watches Cowspiracy and decides the planet is more important than their meat-eating habit. I’ve been a vegan for close to ten years – I have great recipes!
To “be kind, be connected, and be unafraid!” – as we say in The Dandelion Insurrection.
To nurture and nourish my body and soul along with the Movement of Movements.
To plant at least some lettuce in my garden this summer, if not a whole lot more!
And, yes, help build the growing Movement of Movements for social change! Viva!
Aside from those resolutions, here’s some exciting aspects of 2015:
The Dandelion Insurrection Study Guide to Nonviolent Struggle will be out Jan 15th. Hooray!
My new novel, Billionaire Buddha will be released at the end of February. Three cheers!
I’ll be visiting 40+ cities and towns speaking, reading from The Dandelion Insurrection, and teaching workshops on strategic nonviolent action. Curious where I’m going? Here’s more info!
The Campaign Nonviolence National Conference will be held in my backyard, practically. So, come visit me in New Mexico! The conference is Aug 6-9th in Santa Fe and some of my heroes are coming to speak: Rev. James Lawson, Erica Chenoweth, Kathy Kelly, Medea Benjamin, Ken Butigan, and John Dear. More info here.
I wish you all a very merry New Year’s Eve and an incredible 2015! May we all be courageous, bold, and find strength and support from one another!
All my love, Rivera