Updates-A Story of Realistic Hope

“Most of what we need to know, we have yet to learn.” Movement for a New Society

By David Hart

I grew up a few blocks from Philadelphia and as a kid was deeply influenced by the Movement for a New Society's powerful and exciting vision of what creates real and lasting social change. Their work helped me see my childhood passion for peace as part of an ongoing and beautiful struggle that requires a lifetime of activist commitment. They taught me how issues are interconnected and how to sustain ourselves for the work ahead. Without their example, I'm not sure that I would have managed to stick with this challenging and important work through decades of activism and focused study in both undergraduate and graduate programs in Peace and Conflict.

Now, in this time of crisis, a great mentor to me and to so many others has just published an important new piece reflecting on lessons from MNS. Like many of George Lakey's recent articles this one can be found in full on Waging Nonviolence, an impressive project that got its start as a fiscally sponsored partner of Nonviolence International. 

I celebrate George's wisdom, his commitment to being a life-long learner, and his loving and supportive way of teaching. Please see a few excerpts below and read the full piece on Waging Nonviolence. 

If you haven't already done so, please read his latest book How We Win: A Guide To Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning and check out this wonderful webinar he did with our friends at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. 


When activist burnout was a problem 50 years ago, this group found a solution

As activists weary from war, campus killings, a tyrant in the White House and poverty at home started dropping out, Movement for a New Society built a model of sustainability... 

How do we sustain our activism for the long run? When people drop out, movements miss their hard-won skills, experience and relationships that make alliances stronger. On multiple levels, burn-out costs movements dearly...

The MNS theory of change supported sustainability by giving up a typical activist preoccupation with analyzing what’s wrong. Our alternative was to focus on vision...

We looked for ways to taste liberation in the collective reality of our work and daily life...

MNS had a slogan: “Most of what we need to know, we have yet to learn.” We found that this helped support serious study, training and also sustainability. Part of burning out can be giving up on ourselves when our performance doesn’t fully meet needs and expectations. Members found that the slogan embedded forgiveness.


Read the full important and timely piece on Waging Nonviolence.

George Lakey has been active in direct action campaigns for over six decades. Recently retired from Swarthmore College, he was first arrested in the civil rights movement and most recently in the climate justice movement. He has facilitated 1,500 workshops on five continents and led activist projects on local, national and international levels. His 10 books and many articles reflect his social research into change on community and societal levels. His newest books are “Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians got it right and how we can, too” (2016) and “How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning” (2018.). https://twitter.com/GeorgeLakey_

Earth Day Celebration of Nonviolent Responses to the Climate Crisis - Webinar

We Are All Part of One Another - Webinar Series

Earth Day Celebration of Nonviolent Responses to the Climate Crisis

This moving webinar features an all-women guest panel discussing important campaigns that promote effective nonviolent action.

Speakers include: Kehkashan Basu of the United Arab Emirates, Raeesah Noor-Mahomed, South Africa, Tamara Lorincz, Canada, Juhee Lee, Korea, and Phyllis Omido, Kenya.

Hosted by: Dr. Maia Carter Hallward

NVI is proud to partner with such amazing leaders

Time Stamps:

Kehkashan Basu - 6:57

Raeesah Noor-Mahomed - 18:34

Tamara Lorincz - 26:49

Juhee Lee - 34:48

Phyllis Omido - 40:15

Hosted by: Dr. Maia Carter Hallward

 

Thanks to our friends at Nonviolence International NY who produced this video. 

Celebrating 30 Years of Nonviolence International - Mohammed Abu-Nimer

Celebrating 30 Years of Nonviolence International

Mohammed Abu-Nimer

Check out this video produced by our friends at Nonviolence International NY.

Professor Mohammed Abu-Nimer is a member of NVI's Board of Directors. He is an internationally renowned expert on conflict resolution and dialogue for peace.

Prof. Abu-Nimer is a full professor at the American University School of International Service in International Peace and Conflict Resolution in Washington, DC, and is a Senior Advisor to the KAICIID Dialogue Centre, an international organization that specializes in interreligious and intercultural dialogue.

This video is part of a series celebrating our proud history and calling us to do even more in the years to come.

Please check back for more. 
Nonviolent Responses to Militarism & COVID-19 - Webinar

We Are All Part of One Another - Webinar Series

Powerful Nonviolent Responses to Militarism & COVID-19

This moving webinar features Medea Benjamin of Codepink

Jan Jaap van Oosterzee of Pax

Carina Solmirano of Control Arms. 

NVI is proud to partner with such amazing leaders

Time Stamps:

4:45 - Medea Benjamin, Codepink

15:05 - Jan Jaap van Oosterzee, Pax

27:45 - Carina Solmirano, Control Arms

42:30 - Group Discussion

Thanks to our friends at Nonviolence International NY who produced this video. 

Celebrating 30 Years of Nonviolence International - David Kirshbaum - Modern Peacebuilding 

Celebrating 30 Years of Nonviolence International

David Kirshbaum - Modern Peacebuilding 

Check out this video produced by our friends at Nonviolence International NY.

David Kirshbaum founded NVI's New York office and serves as the Director of the Arizona Research Program for NVI New York. In this video David builds on the foundational work of Johan Galtung and his theory of peacebuilding. He brings this vital work into the modern day exploring how we must build a culture of peace in this brutal world. He celebrates the key role of the United Nations and the important values based work of the Barrett Model. And, quite movingly to all of us at Nonviolence International, he also powerfully places NVI's founder, Mubarak Awad, along side some of the greatest historical leaders of Nonviolence.

Learn more about the Barrett Model here:

https://www.valuescentre.com/barrett-...

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This video is part of a series celebrating our proud history and calling us to do even more in the years to come.

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"The greatest social movement in human history hasn’t happened yet… and it is coming"

Check out this wonderful video from the Raven Foundation featuring Ken Butigan of Pace e Bene

Ken tells us,“The greatest social movement in human history hasn’t happened yet… and it is coming.” 

Ken Butigan, Strategist at Pace e Bene

Butigan is a leading teacher, advocate and strategist of nonviolence. He has worked for decades with many social change movements and currently is Pace e Bene’s chief strategist for its Campaign Nonviolence National Week of Action. He teaches in the Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies Program at DePaul University in Chicago, and has published several books, including most recently Nonviolent Lives.

 Celebrating 30 Years of Nonviolence International - Paul Magno

Celebrating 30 Years of Nonviolence International

Paul Magno

Check out this video produced by our friends at Nonviolence International NY.

Paul Magno is the Director of NVI's fiscally sponsored partner The Isaiah Project. He is the former Director of Finances for NVI. Paul is a longtime activist and has been involved with the Catholic Worker movement since 1981, as well as many other nonprofit organizations on the local, national, and international level.

In 2019, Paul won the Pax Christi Metro DC Peacemaker of the Year award. 

This video is part of a series celebrating our proud history and calling us to do even more in the years to come.

Please check back for more. 
Beautiful Trouble Creative Nonviolence in a Time of Crisis - Webinar

We Are All Part of One Another - Webinar Series

Beautiful Trouble Creative Nonviolence in a Time of Crisis - Webinar

We were thrilled to host our good friends from Beautiful Trouble for this engaging webinar. Their creative approach to bold nonviolent action is needed now more than ever. 

At this moment they write, “a renegade bug is showing how deeply broken our system is. Beyond the absolutely critical tasks of taking care of yourself, harm-reduction, and looking out for those around us who are most struggling, we must also make that brokenness plain. We do not get to choose the historic moments we are born into, but we do get to choose how we respond. And as we recover, and put our world back together, we have a chance to put it back together differently and better.”

In that spirit, we invite you to join in exploring some of the most creative and effective social movement responses to COVID-19 to date. For more background, see this powerful piece - Beautiful Trouble’s irreverent guide to activism in the time of pandemic, aka “HOLY SH*T! 7 things to do instead of hoarding toilet paper”

 

Thanks to our friends at Nonviolence International NY who produced this video. 

Celebrating 30 Years of Nonviolence International - Karim Crow

Celebrating 30 Years of Nonviolence International

Karim Crow

Check out this video produced by our friends at Nonviolence International NY.

 

 

Karim Douglas Crow answers questions about his work and experience with nonviolent activism. He talks about how he got involved with Nonviolence International, tells a story about our founder, Mubarak Awad, and the best way to start implementing nonviolence into life. He tells about the lessons he’s learned about nonviolence, how to address the greatest challenges today, and what keeps him hopeful. Karim has worked with the NVI's Islam and Peace Project, and is the author of Challenges of Social Reconstruction in the Muslim World.

This video is part of a series celebrating our proud history and calling us to do even more in the years to come.

Please check back for more. 
Celebrating 30 Years of Nonviolence International -Asna Husin

Celebrating 30 Years of Nonviolence International

Asna Husin

Check out this video produced by our friends at Nonviolence International NY.

 

Asna Husin discusses why nonviolence is important to her and how she got involved, her peace education program and how they define their holistic view of peace, and shares some of her favorite stories. Asna answers questions about nonviolence today, and what keeps her hopeful.

This video is part of a series celebrating our proud history and calling us to do even more in the years to come.

Please check back for more. 

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