By David Hart
The great Barbara Deming wrote the words in the title of this post, “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 of our shared humanity.
During this challenging time, all of us at Nonviolence International (NVI) are reflecting on our wonderful community. We don’t know what the future will hold, but we do 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. In this moment, we must rise up as one and declare that a new and better world is possible.
As an organization, Nonviolence International has temporarily closed our office and moved to remote work. We believe this is the most responsible way to do our part keeping everyone at NVI safe and healthy, as well as protecting all those we may come into contact with. Despite this, our work will continue remotely as we continue to pursue a more just and peaceful world.
We have been working hard to create resources about nonviolence that can serve as a source of inspiration. Explore our website for our recent posts and projects. To get you started:
Check out the recent posts in our Many Faces of Nonviolence series. You will find profiles of the amazing work being done by people all over the world, including some of our partners. 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 these stories with you.
We also have partnered with our awesome NVI New York City office to produce a still growing series of videos celebrating 30 years of Nonviolence International. In this series you will find brilliant, passionate, creative leaders working to change the world. They tell some deeply moving stories and challenge us to do even more in the years to come. Deep gratitude to Team NYC and to all of those who took time to be interviewed for this series.
May you stay safe and healthy.
For more about the great Barbara Deming, please see: