Education is an essential building block for effective nonviolent activism and conflict intervention. Many people know about nonviolent leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and Cesar Chavez but how often do we learn about the strategy of the movements they were a part of? How much information are we missing? Nonviolence is a powerful tool being used at increasingly high rates and with great success to address conflict and overturn oppressive leaders, policies, and practices. Does this seem unbelievable? We are socialized to believe that violence is the most effective way to get what we want. What if that is not actually true?
The Peace & Justice Center is hosting our two-part Nonviolent Activism 101 Workshop on Thursdays, November 3, and 10 from 6-8pm in Jericho at Mount Mansfield Union High School. This program explores violence, nonviolence, power and conflict. During the two days of study and practice the group will explore our individual social location as well as techniques that can be used to directly address conflict as a tool to build connection and a movement for social justice. Participants will look at how nonviolent strategy can be used to address both systems of oppression and interpersonal conflicts – which nearly always involve some aspect of oppression. Click here to register and for more information. If you would like to know more about why and how nonviolence is powerful and useful to lifting us all up, register today. The $30 fee is waived for those under 25 years old and anyone else who needs for it to be waived. If cost is a barrier please call 802-863-2345 x6 to register over the phone with Kyle.