Nonviolence as a philosophy and nonviolent direct action as a strategy have both been around for a very, very, very long time. As such, students and practitioners know that there is much to be learned from the experiences and insights of others across history and across the globe. The purpose of this little blog is to have a spot where we can share these experiences and insights, ask questions and advice, and talk about resources that could be of help in teaching, in action, and for inspiration. I'll try to do this without preference to particular political affiliations, and focus on the process and effects of the action.
I'm going to start with a favorite. Soulforce is an amazing faith-based group whose mission is, ". . . freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance." What was particularly classy this week was their public statement regarding the death of Jerry Falwell. They separated the sin from the sinner, offered heart-felt condolences to the family and to Rev. Falwell's associates, honoring the man, and expressing sadness that he never understood that the GLBT community members are God's children, too. For an interview with Soulforce founder, Mel White, click here.