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  • Nonviolence International Statement on Annexation

    The following is a statement from our board members, Mubarak Awad, Jonathan Kuttab, Mohammed Abu-Nimer, and Peter Weinberger. 


    Unilateral annexation of portions of the West Bank by Israel is a path of oppression and injustice. The whole world must say no.

    There are two major arguments against annexation from the Jordan Valley or near Jerusalem: 

    The first is that it basically violates the bedrock of international law, which holds that you cannot annex territory that comes into your possession as a result of war.  After WWII, with the creation of the United Nations, 75 years ago, the international community cannot tolerate “border adjustments” taken unilaterally no matter what the justification.  There are 194 countries in the world, and most of them have historical, tribal, economic, or security interests in taking portions of land from their neighbours.  If that is allowed, there would be chaos in the international community.  That is why the few attempts made (Turkey in Cyprus, Morocco in Western Sahara, Iraq in Kuwait, and Russia in Georgia, and Ukraine; and now Israel in Jerusalem, the Golan and the West Bank) have been roundly condemned.  It is unfortunate that the current US administration is so contemptuous of international law and the international community that it would allow such an outrage.

    Secondly, many people oppose annexation, because it undermines any possibility of a two-state solution along the lines of UN Resolution 242, and 338, and the principle of land for peace that many people hoped would be a reasonable pragmatic solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.  Those who still hold on to this idea are among the most active opponents of the Annexation scheme, which they see as eliminating the possibilities of a globally supported peaceful solution, and ensuring continued conflict and war, just as in the past each additional act of settlement and land confiscation had been wrong.   It is illegal and it undermines both international law and the prospect of peace. 

    Some (even among Israel’s most right-wing friends) acknowledge that Israel has in fact been slowly but surely annexing the West Bank, and acting as a sovereign there, while pretending its presence is temporary, pending the arrival of peace, and that Israel gains nothing from annexation other than headaches.  They argue that the annexation will not really change anything on the ground, and that it is only a provocative move rendering de jure what has been the de facto reality on the ground. NVI’s co-founder Jonathan Kuttab said “Open annexation only forces the world to deal with uncomfortable realities which the world has been quite willing to accept with a nod and a wink. The world verbally rejects such actions, while doing absolutely nothing to bring an end to the occupation or the settlements or the creeping annexation.”

    NVI co-founder, Mubarak Awad agrees saying “There is much in that argument since annexation will in fact end the charade and force the world to recognize the inherent racism and discrimination of the system, and the settler-colonial nature of Israel’s relationship with the Palestinians.”  As Israelis debate and discuss with the US the question of annexation, it is amazing how brazenly they announce that they wish to annex as much land as possible with as few non-Jewish people as possible. Their probable unstated end-goal is the establishment of a rump Palestinian state in Gaza on 2% of original Palestine.

    NVI Board Member Mohammed Abu-Nimer says, “For the rest of the world, the annexation, large or small is a wakeup call to recognize the illegal actions of Israel in the occupied territories and the need to take active, not just verbal steps to address it. Israeli impunity only encourages further illegalities.”  This is the moment when the international community, as well as the Arab countries that have been labeled “moderate” by the West, need to take a firm stand and address the entire issue of Israel’s policy in the occupied territories and not just the actual steps Israel will be taking in the coming few weeks or months. NVI Board member Peter Weinberger says, “Border adjustments or land swaps between Israel and a future Palestinian state are fine, but in order to have legitimacy, must be part of a negotiated settlement and cannot be unilaterally implemented by Israel.”

    For the Palestinians, nonviolent resistance to occupation, annexation, and 2nd class status will continue and strengthen. Our NVI partners, including the Holy Land Trust, the US Boats to Gaza, We Are Not Numbers, the Center for Jewish Nonviolence will redouble their efforts. Palestinians make up 50% of the population between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. Palestinians and much of the world will relentlessly push for equal rights and dignity. Surrender or mass emigration would be a form of cultural suicide. As Dr. King said, we have a choice between nonviolence or non-existence. We know which choice the Palestinians are taking. In the meantime, how much monumental suffering and injustice must happen before the world says no to injustice and yes to peace.


  • published Internships in Our Story 2020-06-09 12:13:57 -0400

    Transformational Internship Opportunities

    Would you like to learn about the power of nonviolence, the global diverse movement taking shape now, and nonprofit management too? Then please consider applying to be an NVI Intern. (For information on our NYC office's impressive program, please see below.)

    Internships are available in our DC office for students and non-students, and can be arranged for-credit with colleges and universities. We are working to raise funds to build our Internship Program. Currently, these are unpaid internships. 

    Please note: we are no longer accepting applications for our Summer 2020 Internship Program. 

    As Nonviolence International’s staff is relatively small, interns play an integral role in NVI’s projects and functioning as a cohesive organization. While interns work closely with an NVI staff member, they are also expected to exhibit independence, creativity, and self-sufficiency. Interns must be able to dedicate at least 15-20 hours per week on average for a minimum of three months. Each intern will have their time split between research, programmatic support, organizational outreach, and administrative tasks.

     

    We currently have the following 4 tracks:

    1. Fundraising / Event Organizing 

    2. Research for our Nonviolence Training Archive and Nonviolent Tactics Upcoming Book and Related Database

    3. Communications / Social Media/ Outreach 

    4. Nonprofit Management 

     

    To read about the experience of some of our interns check out this post. 

    Please note: we are no longer accepting applications for our Summer 2020 Internship Program. 

    If ready to apply, please send a resume and cover letter to internsupervisor[at]nonviolenceinternational.net

    To learn about the internship program at Nonviolence International NY, please visit: https://www.nonviolenceny.org/internships

     


    Abdul Aziz Said Scholarship Fund 

    In recognition of lifelong contributions to peace by Professor Abdul Aziz Said, Nonviolence International has started a new program under which interns will receive stipends for their service. This financial aid is provided to perpetuate the legacy of Abdul Aziz Said, who co-founded Nonviolence International in 1989 and devoted his life to inspiring students to promote peace and global understanding. In particular, this scholarship will ensure that international students and those of modest financial means will have an equal opportunity to gain professional experience. 

    Abdul Aziz Said is a world-renowned educator. He is a Syrian-born writer and was a professor of international relations for 60 years at American University, where he was the founding director of the International Peace and Conflict Resolution department at the School of International Service. 

    Due to Professor Said's extensive history with the School of International Service, priority for internships will go to American University students and alumni. Internships are for 12-14 weeks in the summer, autumn, and winter seasons and are based in Washington D.C. Interns must be able to dedicate 15-20 hours a week to their assigned work and will provide a culminating report at the end of their service.

    Potential donors to this scholarship fund can reach out to Nonviolence International for further information, or send donations directly at:

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  • The Many Faces of Nonviolence - Reverend Joseph Lowery

    The Many Faces of Nonviolence- Reverend Joseph Lowery

    By Maegan Hanlon

     

    Reverend Joseph Lowery dedicated his life to the civil rights movement. Growing up in the Jim Crow era in Alabama, Reverend Lowery saw first hand the damage violence and racism caused in everyday life. In fact, Reverend Lowery cites an incident with Alabama police that  sparked his dedication to nonviolence and civil rights. He recalls as an eleven-year-old, a police officer in his hometown of Huntsville, Alabama “jabbed him with a nightstick. The police officer then accused Reverend Lowery of not respecting white men. Rather than letting this incident allow rage to fester internally, the reverend said it inspired him to dedicate his life to nonviolent resistance. After college Reverend Lowery worked on a newspaper column about racial injustice, and later decided to attend seminary school to become a minister. He was ordained into the United Methodist Church and joined the NAACP. His experience with faith greatly inspired his commitment to nonviolence throughout his life.

    As a minister in the American United Method Church, he believed in using nonviolent tactics to advocate for equal rights under the law. He organized his first nonviolent protest with the goal of desegregating buses in Mobile, Alabama during the 1950s. Later, he helped organize the 1955 Montgomery Bus boycott in which black riders sat in seats reserved for white riders. Their efforts were successful, and Montgomery's buses were desegregated. When reflecting on this victory, he said that the boycott, “sparked and triggered an era of self-determination.” Additionally, the bus boycott victory led to the creation of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). The SCLC, led by Reverend Lowery and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., aimed to coordinate local activist groups with a strong commitment to nonviolent protest and action against injustice.

    In 1965, Reverend Lowery led the march from Selma to Montgomery that brought demands on voting rights to Alabama’s Governor, George Wallace, a fervent segregationist. Reverend Lowery brought marchers from the SCLC and other organizations to the Alabama state capital to protest racial discrimination in voting procedures. His peaceful marchers were attacked by state police on the Governor’s orders, but the altercation only served to further inspire Reverend Lowery and his supporters. Later that year the reverend led a march on Washington, DC, which ultimately led to the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Reverend Lowery continued to work with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for many years, using his nonviolent tactics to fight for justice all over the world.

    In the 1970s, he shifted his nonviolent focus to the power of the ballot, and he encouraged millions of black Americans to use their votes to fight for justice. After his success with the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Reverend Lowery wanted to assure both young and old black voters that voting held power. Throughout his career Reverend Lowery continued to advocate for nonviolence tactics after the United States invaded Iraq in 2003. He used his platform as a nonviolent civil rights leader and minister to preach about peace. A great example of this occurred during his eulogy for Coretta Scott King, a fellow civil rights leader and friend, who passed away in 2006. During the eulogy he denounced the United States’ involvement in the Iraq War in front of President Bush and emphasized both his and King’s lifelong commitments to peace.

    In 2008 he gave the benediction at President Obama’s inauguration, and in 2009 President Obama awarded him the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. After a long and passionate life of nonviolent activism, Reverend Joseph Lowery passed away at the age of 98 on March 27, 2020. He was a celebrated pioneer for civil rights in the United States. He led the fight for equal rights in a time when it was dangerous. Reverend Lowery provided a light among the darkness for millions of Americans. His nonviolent legacy sets a remarkable example for all of us to live by.

    Reverend Lowery worked diligently for civil rights in the United States, and he accomplished a great deal. However, there is still more to be done. Thus we must ask ourselves, how can we follow in Reverend Lowery’s footsteps and stand up for peace in our own communities?


  • HIRN: Hebron International Resource Network


     

    Who They Are?

    • The Hebron International Resource Network (HIRN) is an organization comprised of local Palestinians and international allies.  Using the principles of Sumud (steadfast hope), they seek to support Palestinians living near settlements.  By supporting their right to water, safe housing, movement, and education, Palestinians are more likely to stay on their land and in their homes. Their existence is resistance. 

     

    How Did They Start?

    • The idea to create the Hebron International Resource Network was born in 2010 and became a reality in 2011 with the registration of the organization in Sweden.  Since then, HIRN has built supportive networks in the United Kingdom and the United States of America. 

     

    Where Are They Based And What Areas Do They Provide Assistance To?

    • The work is based in Hebron/Al Khalil and operates all over the Southern part of the West Bank.  

     

    What Is The Principal Work Of The Organization?

    • HIRN works to keep Palestinians on their lands and in their communities.  They do this in collaboration with neighborhoods and families in the following ways:  
      • Scholarships for Palestinians seeking higher education. 
      • Support for water and electricity access. 
      • Building schools and communities so children don’t have to cross checkpoints to attend. 
      • Support for building and renovation projects to keep families on their lands.  
      • Aiding communities to farm on their land, so they can be self-sufficient and have goods to sell. 
    • This work is done with the initiative and leadership of local communities.  They know what they need and their voice is central to the process.  
    • This is risky work.  Building is illegal according to the laws of the Israeli Occupying Forces.  Putting their name on the work means that HIRN might face barriers to their work.  So the work is done quietly.  They don’t put their name on projects publicly, so they can continue to support Palestinians’ right to be on the land and in their communities. 

     

    What Makes HIRN Unique?

    • HIRN’s work on the ground is 100% volunteer.  All of the financial support for the organization goes directly to projects on the ground.  
    • HIRN’s work is quiet and behind the scenes which allows them to continue to work without attention from the occupying forces.  
    • HIRN’s mission is broad, which allows it to flexibly meet the changing needs of Palestinians on the ground. 
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  • published CJNV: Center for Jewish Nonviolence in Our Partners 2020-05-08 16:01:31 -0400

    CJNV: Center for Jewish Nonviolence

     

    Who They Are?

    • The Center for Jewish Nonviolence (CJNV) is an international civil society network that seeks to cultivate and strengthen powerful co-resistance and solidarity in Israel-Palestine by building on a feeling of incredible unity among communities across the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and central Israel. These relationships of solidarity and co-resistance disrupt the material and ideological systems that uphold Occupation and oppress communities on both sides of the Green Line. Activists from CJNV are united in their commitment to nonviolent activism, to a just and equitable end to the occupation, and to the full equality and shared humanity among people of Palestinian, Israeli, Muslim, Christian, Jewish, and Druze backgrounds.

    How Did They Start?

    • On May 19, 2014, the Israeli army uprooted over a thousand fruit trees on Daoud Nassar’s family farm, the Tent of Nations, located just south of Bethlehem in the West Bank.  The Tent of Nations is an internationally known educational and environmental meeting center where people from around the world come together. The Nassar family has lived on this land for the last century, despite efforts by the Israeli government to displace them. During this time they have welcomed thousands of visitors from around the world, including hundreds of Jewish visitors from Encounter and other programs over the course of the last decade. When the tree uprooting happened, Ilana Sumka, the previous Jerusalem director of Encounter and the founder of CJNV, was asked to facilitate an international phone call with Daoud Nassar and Encounter alumni. When Ilana asked Daoud how Jews around the world could support him, Daoud replied: "You could come replant the trees with us in a show of solidarity, to demonstrate that the Israeli Army’s bulldozers don’t represent your Jewish values." Nine months later, in February 2015, twenty-five Jews from the US, Canada, and Europe spent a week replanting trees on the farm, giving birth to the Center for Jewish Nonviolence.

    Why Engage In Interfaith/Intercommunity Shared Resistance? 

    • A central mechanism of the Occupation is the concept of "divide-and-conquer," which isolates the efforts and struggles of communities and individuals, oftentimes pitting them against each other. This weakens and deflects these efforts away from the underlying problem, the system of Occupation. The Center for Jewish Nonviolence was founded on the premise that Jews from around the world, standing in solidarity with Palestinians who are facing eviction from their homes and displacement from their land, is both necessary and groundbreaking.

    What Are Some Of The Values They Reflect? 

    • CJNV strives for a future that honors the full equality and shared humanity of both Palestinians and Israelis. In the pursuit of such, CJNV's work embraces specific guiding principles including: 
      • Invitation from Palestinians: On May 19, 2014, the Israeli army uprooted 1,500 trees at the Nassar family farm, Tent of Nations, near Bethlehem. On a call with Ilana Sumka, CJNV’s founder, Daoud Nassar asked for Jews to come help replant the trees. CJNV's impulse to be in close relationship with their partners, grounded in solidarity, and to follow invitation from members of the local community helps shape their co-vision of shared resistance, which guides their work.
      • Developing Resistive Relationships: CJNV believes that relationships rooted in deep solidarity and co-resistance between Palestinians, Israelis, and Jews from around the world can, and will, disrupt and destabilize the material and ideological systems that uphold Occupation and oppress communities on both sides of the Green Line. They have seen these resistive relationships transform what is possible in our actions and in everyone involved, shifting movement landscapes and upending injustice. They also acknowledge that communities of solidarity foster resiliency and audacity.
      • Maintaining a Growth Mindset: CJNV knows that their work requires flexibility and being adaptable, to learn from and be responsive to changing circumstances and possibilities. They believe that imaginative experimentation allows them to visualize and actualize new realities so they can push themselves and their supporters to the edges of what seems possible: strategically, politically, personally, and spiritually.
      • Embracing a Plurality of Perspectives: CJNV welcomes multiple perspectives, approaches, beliefs, and political ideologies, seeking to cultivate dialogue and negotiation about these differences. Those affiliated with CJNV take a variety of positions on the Right of Return, BDS, Zionism, etc. However, they encourage coming together under a common banner of solidarity and co-resistance. They believe that in coming together across these differences, we can all gain greater collective power and challenge each other to become fuller and more developed justice-seekers. They acknowledge this is not always easy, such solidarity requires people to be in deep, vulnerable relationships with each other.
      • Consciousness of Privilege: As diaspora Jews, CJNV recognizes their unique privilege and ability to navigate across the intensified divisions created and sustained by the Occupation. They use this power to play a connecting role for Jewish, Palestinian, and Israeli groups and individuals who stand firmly against the occupation, particularly in terms of fostering and strengthening international on-the-ground connections and leveraging international support. They also support and amplify the efforts of those marginalized while working to dismantle and disrupt the systems that benefit some of us at the expense of others.
      • Embracing Diversity of Strategies: Seeing the successes and efforts of our partners as a part of their work, CJNV believes that vibrancy and diversity of strategies and entry-points are needed to bring about a just and equitable end to the Occupation.  

    What Are Some Of The Approaches They Employ To Pursue Their Goals?

    • CJNV strengthens and uplifts a robust and connected movement of Palestinians, Israelis, and diaspora Jews committed to active shared-resistance. Campaigns to achieve such goals utilize practices such as: 
      • Running delegations and campaigns which bring communities together for Palestinian-led nonviolent civil resistance (nonviolent direct action, community co-resistance projects, and critical education), thereby modeling and amplifying the viability of shared-resistance.
      • Creating a platform for coalition and joint-movement work that would likely be impossible given existing barriers between organizations and communities.
      • Building resistive relationships that transform what is possible in the organization's actions and in all of those involved, shifting movement landscapes and upending injustice.
      • Using people power on the ground to bind communities together and powerfully counter the status quo of the Occupation.
      • Boosting and amplifying the efforts of others in their communal and organizational strategic goals and in their cross-movement efforts.

    What Are Some Of The Past Projects They Have Completed?

    • CJNV has completed multiple campaigns since their founding in 2015, which seek to bring Jewish activists from around the world to Israel-Palestine to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Palestinian and Israeli partners for joint struggle, solidarity work, and building deep, inter-community relationships. These past campaigns include:
      • The Original Tree Replanting (Feb. 2015): At the request of the Nasser Family, whose fruit trees were uprooted by the Israeli government, nearly thirty Jewish activists from four countries traveled to the farm to help replant fields and sow seeds of creative, nonviolent activism. Part of CJNV's work with this campaign was to ‘repurpose’ the Jewish National Fund mission, which advances an exclusive and discriminatory approach towards land use in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. CJNV promotes tree planting to enable Palestinian farmers and landowners to protect their private property and to reclaim land stolen by settlers and the Israeli government.
      • Disrupting the World Zionist Congress, Standing with Susiya (Oct. 2015): The goal of this campaign was to counter the 2015 World Zionist Congress’ deafening silence on the issue of ending the occupation of Palestine.  While in Susiya, a small Palestinian village in Area C and thus threatened with demolition orders since 2012, CJNV worked with the villagers of Susiya to complete their olive harvest. Harvesting olives is a seemingly simple task made dangerous and risky due to the threat of neighboring settlers who harass and attack Palestinians in efforts to coerce them to leave their land. The presence of Jewish, Israeli, and international allies can serve to deter settler violence and allow Palestinians to harvest their land.
      • Occupation is Not Our Judaism (Jul. 2016): During this campaign, forty Jewish activists from more than half a dozen countries spent ten days in solidarity and nonviolent resistance with Palestinian communities throughout the West Bank to reclaim stolen property in Hebron and build the first cinema in the city. The group helped to clear and till land under threat by nearby settlements in Um Al Khair and Susiya, villages in Area C in the South Hebron Hills. They also hosted a block party with residents of Batan al-Hawa, where CJNV helped initiate “Cinema Hebron”.
      • Justice Justice You Shall Pursue (May 2017): Fifty years since the beginning of the occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, CJNV brought an unprecedented cohort of 130 Jewish justice seekers to the West Bank and East Jerusalem to participate in a week of shoulder-to-shoulder solidarity work in various Palestinian communities. This campaign culminated in a 300-person joint civil disobedience action, Sumud: Freedom Camp. Standing with the village of Sarura, the coalition reclaimed their village lands from which they were displaced in 1997. Never before has such a large and diverse cohort of Jews from around the world joined Palestinians on the ground in the Occupied Territories. The coalition also joined with Palestinian communities in Existence-is-Resistance projects in Issawiya, Batan al-Hawa, Um Al Khair, Susiya, and Hebron.
      • May Campaign 2019 (Most recent):  In CJNV's most recent campaign, forty-five Jewish activists from across North America gathered in Israel-Palestine to stand in co-resistance with their Palestinian and Israeli partners. Over nine days, CJNV learned, worked, and connected with partners in the South Hebron Hills, East Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Ramallah, Givat Amal, and Lyd/Lod. Together, the coalition cleared roads, laid concrete, painted murals, rehabilitated land, planted trees, and built relationships rooted in resistance that will carry this work forward. On Friday, May 3rd, 2019, CJNV joined with Palestinian and Israeli activists in a groundbreaking partnership to resist occupation and rehabilitate the historical roads and lands of Bir il-Eid. Over 125 Palestinians, Israelis, and Jewish justice seekers from around the world came together to remove barriers that prevent Palestinians from accessing basic daily needs, as well as to support their refusal to cede to the pressures of settler and military harassment.

    Where Do They Operate?

    • CJNV has relationships with a variety of Palestinian and Israeli grassroots activists to support their ongoing projects and resistance work. CJNV activists will engage in a range of nonviolent campaigns and activities in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and central/southern Israel.

     

    Where Can I Learn More About Them?

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  • published HLT: Holy Land Trust in Our Partners 2020-05-08 15:55:08 -0400

    HLT: Holy Land Trust

     

    Who They Are?

    • The Holy Land Trust (HLT) is a nonprofit Palestinian organization committed to the principles of nonviolence. It seeks to develop spiritual, pragmatic, and strategic approaches that empower Palestinian communities to resist all forms of oppression. Its vision is to see the Holy Land as a global model and pillar of understanding, respect, justice, equality, and peaceful coexistence.

     

    How Did They Start?

    • Holy Land Trust was founded In 1998 by Sami Awad, the nephew of Nonviolence International's founder Mubarak Awad. Their current team includes Executive Director Elias Deis, Program Coordinator Said Zarzar, Logistic Coordinator Lara Mitri, Financial Manager Dima Hayek, Development Manager Thomas Trishler, and Sami Awad, who currently serves as the Programs Director. HLT is headquartered in Bethlehem where they have operated since the organization's founding.

             

    What Is The Holy land?

    • The Holy Land refers to an area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. The world’s three major monotheistic religions: Judaism, Islam, and Christianity find their origins here. The inhabitants have shared the land for thousands of years as each of the religions maintains at least one of their most sacred sites within the sacred area. Throughout history, religious groups have disputed and even fought over claims to the Holy Land and its inhabitants.

     

    How Does HLT Approach The Situation Within The Holy Land?

    • HLT believes that a lasting and just peace is achievable in the Holy Land and that its communities can live among each other with dignity, equality, and respect. To reach such a goal, HLT operates under the following values:
      • Nonviolence: They invest in a deep commitment to nonviolence as a strategic and holistic means to resolving all conflicts, to resisting all forms of oppression, and to giving a voice to the marginalized and vulnerable.
      • Understanding Trauma: They believe that healing collective and inherited traumas are key to peacemaking. Fear only enhances and strengthens structures of control, separation, and segregation, which merely produces more violence.
      • Personal Transformation: They understand that most decisions humanity makes are motivated by past experiences. World leaders make decisions affecting hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people. Thus, they seek leadership that honors, respects, and learns from the past, but also recognizes an inspired future vision not driven by past trauma or hate.
      • Awareness and Advocacy: They see the importance of accountability in the global community. While ending the occupation and injustice is the responsibility of local communities; major global decisions and policies have affected and continue to affect this region. Coming, learning, serving, building knowledge, and advocating for peace and justice when returning home is key for helping them achieve peace and justice.

               

    What Type Of Work Do They Do?

    • HLT is organized into two main focuses.
      • Nonviolence Programs
      • Travel and Encounter Experiences
    • These programs are uniquely grounded in historical, political, and religious perspectives. They provide a foundation for understanding the events that have taken place in the Holy Land that shape Palestinian culture and tradition.

     

    What Are Some Nonviolence Programs They Conduct?

    • One of the main nonviolence programs they coordinate is the Home Rebuilding Project, which began in 2007 through their partnership with the Israeli Committee Against House Demolition (ICAHD). Over the last ten years, Israeli bulldozers have demolished over 6,000 Palestinian homes and structures. HLT has challenged this policy in tangible ways by investing in the reconstruction of demolished Palestinian homes. HLT has helped countless Palestinian families rebuild their homes originally lost to Israeli demolition.
    • Another nonviolence initiative HLT organizes is the Olive Harvest Program which originated as a response to the Israeli military and Israeli settler movement uprooting, poisoning, and setting fire to hundreds of olive trees each year. Because of the necessity and importance of the program, the Olive Harvest has been one of Holy Land Trust’s longest-running programs. Whether it is a day trip or a two-week excursion, each year they facilitate hundreds of participants to go out with Palestinian farmers to pick their olives from their groves.
    • Most recently, Holy Land Trust was one of the leading Palestinian organizations taking the lead in the 2017 Sumud Freedom Camp Coalition. The coalition ushered in one of the largest direct nonviolent actions in the community of Sarura, a small Palestinian hamlet in the South Hebron Hills. The action aimed to create “facts on the ground’ and restore a Palestinian presence to a community that had been vacant for decades. Over a year later, there is an ongoing presence on that land, fit with infrastructure and community outreach.

     

    What About The Tours They Lead?

    • A core programmatic initiative, HLT organizes travel itineraries to bare witness to the history, geography, culture, and spirituality of the Holy Land. The tours allow their participants to meet those who are marginalized and oppressed to hear their untold stories, as well as learn from religious leaders, politicians, and community activists involved in the nonviolent resistance movement on the ground. HLT tours include:
      • Iktashef: This summer-long journey is specifically geared for participants who are looking for a deeper investment into the dynamics shaping the Holy Land.
      • Christian Pilgrimage: This tour offers participants a chance to visit the Holy Land on a pilgrimage and walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, often facilitating a profound turning point in their spiritual journey.
      • Fact-Finding Tour: This 14-day tour gives its participants a schedule that includes meeting with religious leaders, politicians, and community activists who will share the strategies they employ to reach a peace settlement.
      • Holy Land Pilgrimage: This tour explores the spiritual underpinnings of the Holy Land and how its geography, history, and culture have shaped our understandings of life and God. Through this tour, participants will have the space to engage with the locals in authentic ways to come to a deeper understanding of what the Holy Land has meant to them and how they see God’s role in bringing communities together through love.
      • Cultural Awareness Travel: With stops throughout Israeli, Palestine, and Jordan, this tour connects our participants to the deep history of the Holy Land through the intimate sharing of the local people. This intimate context provides a broader canvas of understanding when visiting the historical site, engaging with cultural performances, and meeting with civic and religious leaders.

     

    What Is The "Bet Lahem Live Festival"?

    • Started in 2013, this event is the largest creative resistance festival in Palestine. Over 25,000 participants from across the globe come to Bet Lahem Live to join in innovative social change and cultural performances. For four days, live music, theater, comedy, and art are performed. Combined with workshops on spirituality and social responsibility, this event promotes a movement of peace and equality among the Holy Land communities. All the events are held along Star Street, a traditional pilgrimage route for Christians.

             

    Where Can I Learn More About Them?

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  • published FFC: Freedom Flotilla Coalition in Our Partners 2020-05-08 15:50:10 -0400

    FFC: Freedom Flotilla Coalition

                         

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  • published WANN: We Are Not Numbers in Our Partners 2020-05-08 15:47:04 -0400

  • published CA in Our Partners 2020-05-08 15:22:02 -0400

  • Explore Our New Webinar Series: "We Are All Part of One Another"

    Barbara Deming wrote the words that serve as the title of our webinar series, “We Are All Part of One Another.” Her prophetic words ring true today more than ever. 

    The global pandemic has once again revealed how broken our system is. May it also remind us all of our shared humanity.

    In this series, you will find stories of the amazing work being done by people all over the world, including our wonderful partners.  We trust you will find a reason for grounded realistic hope. Even in the midst of so many daunting challenges, people all over are building a powerful, diverse, global nonviolent movement. We are glad to be able to play a key role as a backbone organization of this global movement and to share this knowledge with you.

    In the coming weeks, we will continue to host inspirational conversations of hope in this new world we have emerged into and announce them on this page.

    Stay tuned for future webinars to be announced on this page and via our social media channels…


    We also encourage you to take the time to view the previous webinars in this series, linked below:

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    Until that time, the unedited recordings of our webinars are viewable on our Facebook page)

    People Power and Democracy in Sudan with Anthony A. Haggar from the Haggar Group, Sudanese civil society activist Asma Ismail Ahmed, Sudanese-American journalist and human rights activist Jalelah Sophia Ahmed, and progressive leader US Representative Pramila Jayapal. Hosted by Executive Director of Nonviolence International Michael Beer.

    Watch a discussion about the country's nonviolent revolution and the current situation facing the Sudanese people and their government. Sudanese professionals, civil society activists, and journalists will share their hopes and plans for Sudan's future and articulate ways in which the international community, and specifically the USA, can help.

    Co-Resistance and Solidarity with Palestinians with Elias D'eis and Said Durzi Zarar of the Holy Land Trust as well as Scout Bratt and Clare Jordan of the Center for Jewish Nonviolence. Hosted by new NVI board member Mohammed Abu-Nimer.

    Observe our impressive partners, Holy Land Trust and Center for Jewish Nonviolence, lead the way to a model of grassroots co-resistance and solidarity that has the power to transform our beautiful and broken world. 

    Nonviolent Resistance to Nuclear Weapons and War with Patrick O’Neill and Martha Hennessy of the Plowshares Movement, Alyn Ware of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament, Mani Shankar Aiyar of the Indian National Congress Party, and Divina Maloum of Children for Peace. Hosted by Paul Magno.

    Listen to our discussion of important nonviolent campaigns that seek to eliminate the risk of nuclear conflict, hear the stories of inspiring actions that activists have undergone, and learn more about the role global citizens can take.  

    Creative Nonviolent Action for Palestine During COVID-19 with Alex McDonald of the US Boats to Gaza, Raed Shakshak of We Are Not Numbers, and Roshan Dadoo of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, South Africa. Hosted by NVI founders Mubarak Awad and Jonathan Kuttab.

    Witness some of our partners and friends address the situation in Palestine in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. We will also discuss important campaigns that promote nonviolence in the Levant, with a specific focus on the Gaza Strip, during the pandemic.
    Women Fighting for Our Planet (Climate Change Activism) with Phyllis Omido from Kenya, Kehkashan Basu of the United Arab Emirates, Tamara Lorincz from Canada, Juhee Lee from Korea, Raeesah Noor-Mahomed from South Africa, and hosted by Dr. Maia Hallward Learn about the global ecological movement to discuss important campaigns that help promote effective action on the climate crisis.

    Nonviolent Responses to Militarism and COVID-19 with Medea Benjamin of CODEPINK, Jan Jaap van Oosterzee of PAX, & Carina Solmirano of Control Arms

     Discover campaigns that will make a difference promoting a more nonviolent world during the pandemic and provide a counternarrative to the increasing militarism around the world.

    Nonviolence in this Beautiful and Broken World with Nadine Bloch of Beautiful Trouble, Chelsea Byers of the Campaign to Abolish Statutes of Limitations, & Phil Wilmot of Solidarity Uganda

    Find out about some of the new creative tactics of resistance activists have been using during this time of crisis.
    Nonviolence in Palestine with Sami Awad of Holy Land Trust Listen to Sami Awad discuss the role nonviolence has in the struggle of the Palestinian people, as well as hear updates about the situation on the ground during this time of the pandemic. 
    Nonviolence in a Time of Crisis with Mubarak Awad Hear Mubarak Awad, the founder of Nonviolence International, share his warmth and wisdom and tell how he got his start in nonviolence resistance. 


    We don’t know what the future will hold, but we believe that nonviolence is a force more powerful. And, we know nonviolence is both an effective tool to create real and lasting social change as well as a way of life for many of us.


    We urge you to reach out to us and to your friends, family, and community. We must not allow the medically necessary social distancing to limit our equally necessary need to connect with other people. At this moment, we must rise up as one and declare that a new and better world is possible.

    The forces of the status quo, from governments to corporations to far too many leaders, have once again been proven to be cruel and heartless. How many canaries in the coal mine do we need before we wake up and create a path - a bold and beautiful path - out of this darkness?

    May you stay safe and healthy and may your life be a blessing to others.


  • published Isaiah Project in Our Partners 2020-04-17 11:20:44 -0400

    Isaiah Project

    Who They Are?

    • The Isaiah Project is a Catholic peace organization that wants to put attention on the nuclear arms race as an immoral and illegal phenomenon that threatens peace, the future of the planet, and humanity. The Isaiah Project believes that nuclear weapons are so destructive they could result in omnicide. 
    • The Isaiah Project sponsors and supports the work of the Plowshares Movement, which is a faith-based anti-arms race network that calls for disarmament through direct action all over the globe. The Plowshares Movement operates mostly in the United States, with a lot of leadership from the Jonah House in Baltimore. 
    • Paul Magno, a former Nonviolence International staff, is a leader in The Isaiah Project. Being an advocate for peace, he agreed with the Plowshares’ message and wanted to support the movement. While he was still working at Nonviolence International, Paul encouraged the development of plans to rid of nuclear weaponry around the world. He thought that in the wake of current plowshares action to revitalize to sustain education action for disarmament. 

     

     

    How Did They Start?

    • The Plowshares movement began with the first act of direct disarmament by a peace activist. In 1980, eight members of the Plowshares movement went to the General Electric (GE) plant in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. The GE plant was creating nuclear warheads for the United States government. The Plowshares group entered the building with the plant’s morning workforce and used hammers to damage the ballistic missiles there. Following the demonstration, the eight protesters were arrested and put on trial for criminal conspiracy and burglary. News coverage of the trial garnered national media attention and brought awareness to the destruction nuclear weapons could have on Earth. 
    • Since 1980 the Plowshares movement has been involved in over 100 actions. 

     

    What Are Their Goals?

    • The Isaiah Project seeks to bring about a world free of nuclear weapons, racism, and economic exploitation. We plead to our Church to withdraw its complicity in violence and war.
    • Nuclear weapons eviscerate the rule of law, enforce white supremacy, perpetuate endless war and environmental destruction and ensure impunity for all manner of crimes against humanity.
    • Nuclear weapons kill every day through our mining, production, testing, storage, and dumping, primarily on Indigenous Native land. This weapons system is a cocked gun being held to the head of the planet.
    • The Isaiah Project repents the sin of white supremacy that oppresses and takes the lives of people of color here in the United States and throughout the world. We resist militarism that has employed deadly violence to enforce global domination. We believe reparations are required for stolen land, labor, and lives.

     

    What Is The Principal Work Of Their Organization?

    • The Isaiah Project is concerned with raising consciousness through public education and encouraging grassroots action to resist and dismantle nuclear weapons in our own country, but demanding that all nuclear powers get rid of their weapons as a service to the planet and one another.

     

     

    What Are Some Of Their Specific Projects? 

    • In April 2020 the United Nations Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference will review current international treaties concerning nuclear weapons. The Isaiah Project wants to bring awareness to the extreme violence and loss of life caused by nuclear weapons. They hope to spread awareness in order to rid the world of nuclear weapons. 
    • August 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the dropping of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs in Japan. The Isaiah Project is commemorating atomic bombings in Japan, and they encourage people to participate in the commemorations. 
    • The Isaiah Project is dedicated to holding prisoners up and supporting them and their mission to bring attention to nuclear disarmament. 
      • On April 4, 2018, several Catholic activists entered the Kings Bay Navy Base in St. Marys, GA, which is the home port of Atlantic ballistic missile submarines. These activists, who called themselves the Kings Bay Plowshares, believe that the nuclear weapons stored at Kings Bay Navy Base could cause a clamorous nuclear exchange and could extinguish life on the planet. Thus, armed with hammers and bottles of red paint, they went to the base at night. They used the hammers, paint, and crime scene tape to set up scenes of murder and genocide to display the extreme violence of nuclear weapons. The goal of this demonstration was to encourage acts of disarmament and stop building and modernizing nuclear weapons with millions of tax dollars. The Kings Bay Plowshares believe that they need to do the moral thing, as Popes have said. The Isaiah Project continues to support the Kings Bay Plowshares through their legal trials and will continue to support them through their anticipated prison sentences.  

    Where Can I Learn More About Them?

    • The Isaiah Project encourages readers to stay current on what’s happening with the Plowshares Movement in the next few months by checking out their website, following the Plowshares on Facebook and Twitter, and, if moved to, contribute to support of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7

     

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  • published CASOL in Our Partners 2020-05-08 15:29:56 -0400

  • published Disarming During the COVID-19 Outbreak in Updates 2020-04-03 13:01:43 -0400

    Disarming During the COVID-19 Outbreak

    Disarming During the COVID-19 Outbreak

     

    By Connor Paul 

     

     

     

    With the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, continuing to rapidly spread across the US, cities all around the country are taking precautions to prepare for prolonged confinements at home. As people ready their living spaces for self-quarantine and social distancing, they are making last-minute trips to the store to stock up on essentials–groceries, medicines, cleaning supplies, disinfectants, and...guns? While sectors of our nation’s economy are struggling to get by, from the airlines to bars and hotels to professional sporting leagues, gun and ammunition companies are not only surviving the economic meltdown but profiting immensely.

     

    Even as stocks across various industries continue to plummet with the crisis worsening, some of the biggest publicly traded gun and ammunition companies have seen the value of their shares rise in the past week. According to Champe Barton of The Trace, an American independent nonprofit journalism outlet devoted to gun-related news, the stocks of American Outdoor Brands (the parent company of Smith & Wesson), Vista Outdoor, and Sturm, Ruger & Co., have all seen a significant rebound in value over the past week that far-outpaces all their competitors. From March 10th through March 17th, American Outdoor Brands’ stock price increased over 40 percent, larger than any other company in the Electronic Technology sector. Within the Consumer Durables sector, Vista Outdoor and Ruger shares more than tripled the increases made by their closest competitor.

     

    The situation on the ground in many states supports the data evidenced above. Long-lines wrap around blocks from California to Oklahoma as potential gun purchasers engage in panic buying. Gun and ammunition proprietors are detailing huge influxes of customers, specifically first-time buyers. David Stone, who with his wife, runs one of the oldest gun shops in Oklahoma, notices the lack of research by potential customers before they are making purchases. “Some people come in and they just want an AR-15. They don’t care what the brand is, they just want the cheapest one,” Stone recently told NPR. In his store alone, gun sales are up roughly 20% and ammunition sales have increased by anywhere from 400% to 500%. Online gun and ammunition retailers have thrived just as much, if not more, than their in-store counterparts. According to both NPR and CNN International, Ammo.com increased its sales by 68% over the past month. And websites like Armslist.com are bundling packages of non-perishable food, medical supplies, and semi-automatic weapons as “corona virus preparedness kit.” 

     

    Even as “gun fever” grips the US once again, as it seems to do in times of crisis or gun legislation debate, we here at Nonviolence International are proud to stand in solidarity with our fiscally sponsored partners Control Arms (CA) and the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) as leading advocates for disarmament. It is now more important than ever to speak out against the increased patronage of the gun and ammunition industry given the Trump administration's efforts to systemically weaken restrictions on gun and small arms purchases since he assumed the presidency. One of the most concerning actions taken by the Trump administration to reduce our country’s compliance with arms control measures was the withdrawal from the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The ATT is the first legally binding and internationally recognized treaty that regulates worldwide arms trade for all of the 105 ratifying nations. Since the treaty entered into force in 2014, CA has published leading research through its ATT Monitor reports on the implementation of and compliance with the ATT. And while the limitation of arms sales at the international level is critical to the solution, it is just as important to promote restrictions on weapons purchases at the national and local levels.

     

     

           

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    But before we dive into the risks and dangers of this current increase in gun ownership we are witnessing, we want to assure everyone that fear and anxiety during these uncertain times are natural emotions. This pandemic is something that few of us have experienced during our lifetime (unless you were alive during the 1918 Influenza pandemic). We also have few precedents to follow when formulating solutions. But the most important thing we can all do is to act rationally and responsibly to best protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities.

     

    In these times of uncertainty and distress, the best protections we can embrace are our local first responders who are still patrolling and protecting our communities the same way they were before this crisis emerged. Even under new stay-at-home orders, police officers, state troopers, sheriff departments, firefighters, and EMT responders will all continue to operate regularly and uphold the law to the fullest capacity. If you are buying into the hysteria that widespread looting and rioting will eventually arise, you are neglecting the important role that our first responders maintain in enforcing our laws and ignoring the swift justice that will be brought to anyone who takes advantage of the current situation to engage in vigilante justice. If you or someone you know is still truly troubled by the fear of an outbreak of violence or looting, the best thing they can do is to call their local police department, fire station, or first responders’ non-emergency number (DO NOT CALL 9-1-1) and ask for the best measures they can practice to ensure the safety of themselves and their loved ones. Our first responders’ number one priority is to make us feel safe and secure as the coronavirus will not change their responsibilities or capabilities in enforcing the safety of our communities.

     

    In addition to relying on the support of our local first responders, we must also rely on ourselves to make smart, rational decisions. When you go to the gun store to load up on ammunition or buy a weapon to protect yourself, you are potentially putting your health and the health of the many people you encounter at risk by going out to purchase non-essential goods. The main thing that we need to be focusing on is the strict enforcement of the recommended practices of social distancing, self-isolating, and self-quarantining to limit the spread of the virus. If we follow these recommended practices, there is no need to worry about having a weapon to protect yourself from others. And if you are choosing to go out to pick up essential purchases with a weapon on-person, I recommend you research your states concealed carry laws as most states require a permit to bring a weapon out in public. With the closure of most non-essential businesses, our first responders can patrol and monitor higher volume businesses, like grocery stores and pharmacies, with much more vigilance. If you think it is necessary to unholster a weapon during a fight over the last roll of toilet paper at your local grocery store, it is you who will probably be the one who ends up arrested. Rather than resort to violence and weapons, it is even more critical at this point we come together as humans and embrace the values of compassion, empathy, generosity, hope, optimism, and nonviolence. If you come across another patron reaching for the last bundle of toilet paper just as you are, perhaps instead of grabbing for it and arguing, you offer to split the rolls with them equally. And maybe if it’s a mother or father with children, you even offer to let them have some of your rolls knowing their need is greater than yours. Working together to come up with solutions is going to get us through this crisis on both the macro and micro levels of society.

     

    Last, and most dishearteningly though, are the deaths and unnecessary injuries that will significantly rise from the increased ownership of guns and ammunition. As stated earlier, a huge portion of recent gun purchasers are first-time buyers with little knowledge of how to operate, assemble, disassemble, clean, or store a weapon. There will be plenty of people who mistakenly fire their newly purchased guns as they familiarize themselves with its functions and parts for the first time. But what is even scarier is the effect that this increasing gun ownership will have on the people who are in proximity to newly minted gun owners. As the period of self-isolating and social distancing lengthens, boredom will only continue to rise. Children will explore more of their living situations and will probably come across more guns. A lot of these guns may be poorly stored and unlocked because of novice gun owners’ lack of knowledge and experience. People may also see the leisure activity of shooting as entertainment, especially in more rural areas where new gun owners might not employ the most rigid safety precautions. However, the most chilling stories we will see involve the inevitable rise of domestic violence, accidental shootings, and suicides. The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health cites multiple studies, revealing that states with high-gun ownership percentages had firearm-suicide rates roughly double the rate of firearm-suicides in low-gun ownership states, even though non-firearm suicides between the two types of states were essentially equal. Moreover, researchers at the University of Indianapolis reported that for every 10% increase in household gun ownership rates, there is a corresponding 13% increase in domestic firearm homicides. Ironically, if you live with any other people: mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, significant others and friends, even your pets; you are putting their lives in more danger by bringing a weapon into the house. To go out and purchase a gun or load up on ammunition is counterintuitive for securing the safety of yourself and everyone else in your living space, especially as we prepare to enter a prolonged period of confinement.

     

    The outbreak of the novel coronavirus has pushed our government, our economy, and our society to a fragile state that few of us have ever seen or endured. To combat this massive existential threat, we will need to focus our collective energy on doing what is essential to provide safe living spaces and good health practices. Is going out to your local ammunition store to purchase a weapon or inviting your friends over to practice shooting essential? Absolutely not. What is essential right now and for the indefinite future is that we work together, we obey the rule of law, we limit our exposure to others as much as possible, we maintain safe contact from a distance through all the advances technology has given us, and we rely on our first responders. We will already face enough tragedy from the coronavirus in the coming weeks and months, we need not endure more heartbreak from increasing gun violence. So, rather than holstering your guns, just hold off on buying them completely.

     

     

     

     

     

    The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not reflect any official policies or positions of NVI or any of our fiscally sponsored partners.


  • published Isaiah Project in Donation Pages for Partners 2020-03-02 14:25:17 -0500

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  • published Our Partners 2020-05-08 16:10:54 -0400

  • published Treaty List by State in Resources 2019-10-23 10:55:23 -0400

    Treaty List by State

    A data set describing which states have signed, ratified, or called for humanitarian disarmament treaties and efforts. An interactive pivot table is available here.

    A data set describing which states have signed, ratified, or called for humanitarian disarmament treaties and efforts. An interactive pivot table is available here.

    Treaty List by State

    Sources for this data are

    TPNW: http://disarmament.un.org/treaties/t/tpnw 

    ATT: https://www.un.org/disarmament/convarms/arms-trade-treaty-2/

    CCM: http://www.clusterconvention.org/the-convention/convention-status/ 

    MBT: https://www.armscontrol.org/factsheets/ottawasigs

    CAWB: https://www.stopkillerrobots.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/KRC_CountryViews13Nov2018.pdf 

    CAEW: http://www.inew.org/political-response/ 

     

    A data set describing which states have signed, ratified, or called for humanitarian disarmament treaties and efforts. An interactive pivot table is available here.


  • published 30th Recap in Updates 2019-10-10 16:17:07 -0400

    Nonviolence International's 30th Anniversary Party

    Nonviolence International is celebrating 30 years since its humble beginnings in the founder's basement back in 1989. We have come a long way since then and we are excited to provide an update on the success of our 30th anniversary party. Nonviolence International's founders, Mubarak Awad, Jonathan Kuttab, and staff, Michael Beer and David Hart gathered along with friends and supporters at our co-director’s home in Bethesda, Maryland for an afternoon of food, conversation and inspiration. The atmosphere was light and happy, all who mingled found bright smiles, lively personalities, and stimulating conversation.

     

    Guests mingling and chatting at the party. Nonviolence International's executive director mingling at the party.  

    Friends of Nonviolence International getting to know each other Guests and friends mingling and chatting.  

     

    People attended from Burma, Kurdistan, Iraq, Iran, Palestine, Lebanon, Indonesia, Bahamas, France, and the US. Mubarak Awad and others prepared delicious traditional Middle Eastern and Indonesian dishes including hummus with pita or vegetables, spinach pies, fresh fruit, and scrumptious sweets. Guests explored several mementos from Nonviolence International’s history such as past projects, photographs, and various resources that have been collected throughout the decades. Some materials were available to be taken home by guests including pamphlets produced by Nonviolence International describing different nonviolent resistance tactics, pins with messages of active nonviolence or peace, and copies of the book Faithful Witness by Kamal Boullata. Further, all attendees were entered into a raffle with the third prize being two selected books about nonviolent action, while second prize was a book about activism concerning climate change and a decorative pillow, and first prize was a beautiful piece of Palestinian pottery from Jerusalem. Finally there was a silent auction of signed prints donated to the organization by one of its founders who had recently passed away, Kamal Boullata. Several pieces sold through the auction, though there are still two available for purchase. Inquiries into the pricing or purchasing of the remaining prints can be directed to the Washington D.C. office of Nonviolence International.

     

    Nonviolence International intern, Connor Paul helps a young boy pick and read out raffle ticket numbers. Third place raffle winner with prizes.  

    Second place raffle winner receiving prizes from Nonviolence International intern First place raffle winner holding and admiring prize

     

    Several speeches were given at the event to highlight stories from our past, the people who have made Nonviolence International's work possible over the years, and to look forward to exciting new projects. Mubarak Awad, Michael Beer, David Hart, and Jonathan Kuttab spoke on the rich history of Nonviolence International as well as our hopes for a vibrant future. Many of the people in attendance were involved with Nonviolence International in significant ways such as  Betty Sitka, Asna Husin, Nadine Bloch, Paul Magno, Phil Bogdonoff, Elin Ross, Simon Billenness, and Dr. Sein Win. We also heard from two of our interns, Alyssa Scot and Tiffany Schwartz, who spoke about the need for nonviolent campaigns to address the climate crisis, and the establishment of the Abdul Aziz Said Scholarship Fund for interns in the wake of the student debt crisis. 

     

    Nonviolence International's Executive Director giving a speech. Nonviolende International intern delivering speech on the Abdul Aziz Said Scholarship fund. 

    Nonviolence International intern delivering speech on climate crisis and nonviolent action.  Nonviolence International Co-founder delivering speech. 

     Nonviolence International founder delivering impassioned speech.

     

    Nonviolence International celebrated many accomplishments and is working to support a new generation of nonviolence leaders to address chronic and emerging challenges. Now more than ever, Nonviolence International remains steadfast in our mission to realize a changed world with a focus on justice, peace, and environmental sanity where the worth and dignity of all people is fully realized and conflicts are resolved without resorting to violence.


  • published Remembering Jamal Khashoggi in Updates 2019-10-03 13:37:53 -0400

    Nonviolence International Remembers Jamal Khashoggi One Year Later

    On October 2, 2019, the staff and interns of Nonviolence International along with the support of various other organizations were committed to making sure the one year anniversary of Jamal Khashoggi death did not go unnoticed and to demand further accountability.

    One year earlier to the day, Washington Post journalist and permanent U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi was kidnapped, tortured, and murdered upon entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.  The brutality of the murder shocked the world and revealed the heinous extremes that the Saudi Arabian regime would go to in an attempt to silence its dissidents. Crown Prince and heir-apparent Mohammed Bin Salman has denied any involved in the gruesome act as the international community has stood by and done nothing to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the murder.  Countries around the world, specifically the United States, have not only accepted the Crown Prince's denial, but have continued to sell weapons to the kingdom to help sustain their involvement in the Yemeni Civil War which has sparked one of the worst humanitarian crises witnessed.

    Yesterday our organization, alongside the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Code Pink, American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), and Justice for Jamal, stood together outside of the Saudi Arabian Washington DC embassy to hold a press conference in remembrance of the esteemed journalist's murder.  Representing our organization as a speaker was one of our co-founders, renowned international human rights attorney Jonathan Kuttab. Amidst the condemnation of the Saudi Arabian regime and lack of accountability from the international community, Jonathan convened the theme of hope in his speech as he called on the institutions of society to hold our leaders to a higher standard.  Jonathan called on institutions such as the courts, civil society groups, the press, and most importantly, ordinary individuals to stand up for human rights and redouble our efforts to bring accountability to those who suppress such freedoms.  Ending on an optimistic note, Jonathan notes that those who engage in violence and suppression will not win the hearts and minds of the world, but rather that victory will be claimed by those who advocate for accountability and justice through nonviolent resistance. 

    "We must fight with the weapons of light against the weapons of darkness." ~ Jonathan Kuttab

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  • published Abdul Aziz Said Scholarship in Updates 2019-10-03 14:37:25 -0400

    Announcement of the Abdul Aziz Said Scholarship Fund

    In recognition to lifelong contributions to peace by Professor Abdul Aziz Said, Nonviolence International has started a new program under which interns will receive stipends for their service. This financial aid is provided to perpetuate the legacy of Abdul Aziz Said, who co-founded Nonviolence International in 1989 and devoted his life to inspiring students to promote peace and global understanding. In particular, this scholarship will ensure that international students and those of modest financial means will have an equal opportunity to gain professional experience. 

    Abdul Aziz Said is a world renowned educator. He is a Syrian-born writer and was a professor of international relations in the School of International Service at American University where he taught for 60 years. He was the first occupant of the endowed Mohammed Said Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace; director-emeritus and founder of AU's Center for Global Peace; and founding director of the International Peace and Conflict Resolution department at the School of International Service. Professor Said has written or edited over a dozen books and has been published in many journals. 

    In 1989, he co-founded Nonviolence International with AU adjunct professor Dr. Mubarak Awad and then served on the board for 30+ years. In 2007 he was awarded the first El-Hibri Peace Education Prize. What can’t be captured in this remarkable career is his deep impact on thousands of students through his charismatic and humble character and the countless careers he inspired devoted to a more just and peaceful world.

    Nonviolence International has a storied history of promoting nonviolent action, reconciliation and disarmament and is an NGO in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

    American University students and graduates will have priority.  Internships are for 12 to 14 weeks in the summer, autumn and winter.  This internship is based in Washington, DC.  Interns must be able to dedicate 15-20 hours per week on average to their assigned work. Each intern will have her/his time split between nonviolence research, non-profit management, and educational outreach.  Students must provide a final report evaluating their experience.

    Potential donors to this scholarship fund can reach out to Nonviolence International for further information, or send donations by following this link


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