Joins the community of Peace and Justice
At no time in world history has there been more promise in exposing people to the idea of practicing nonviolence than now. We have witnessed two historical years for nonviolent movements, 1989 and 1990, when millions of people became aware of the power of nonviolence and its potential use in the social and political issues of our times.
(NI) is a nonprofit organization whose founders want to see awareness and
educational momentum continue. The organization seeks to ensure that the wealth
of experience of nonviolent activists can be drawn upon as resources in the
future. Our purpose is to educate and train people, groups and governments in
the practice of nonviolent action for social and political change.
To achieve our goals we
envision developing culturally sensitive training programs for trainers in all
parts of the world; we intend to offer groups in conflict the services of a core
group of conflict resolution and nonviolent action specialists; we will
disseminate information on nonviolent alternatives in appropriate forums; and we
will offer an annual award to the individual or group exemplifying the potential
of nonviolence in a major conflict situation.
The conventional wisdom of
the peace movement says that we don’t need new groups working for peace as
much as we need the existing groups to work together cooperatively. Well, here
we are, introducing ourselves to you as a new organization in the movement. We
think we have something special to add, but NI also recognizes the importance of
this conventional wisdom, and efforts to build individual and organizational
cooperation is a key part of our philosophy.
We encourage you to become
part of NI by assisting us in the search for nonviolent solutions to social and
political issues. In the column “Projects and Activities” you will find a
listing of projects currently underway as well as the name of the volunteer
coordinating this project. We look forward to receiving your suggestions and
expertise on any issue that interests you. Project updates will be a regular
feature of Frontline (a quarterly publication of news and reports from
Even if you are part of
another organization involved in the pursuit of peace and social and political
justice, we ask that you write to us about your work. We will highlight other
organizations’ activities where there is a component of nonviolent action or
the desperate need for it.
The strength of nonviolent
action rests in the ability of people to recognize and say no to injustices
while observing the dignity of all individuals. We hope all our readers will
consciously join us in this effort, and we hope that we can join you in standing
at the frontlines of the struggle to achieve a better world.
Projects and Activities
Everyone familiar with the
practice of nonviolence knows that the power needed to make just and lasting
social and political change depends on clearly identifying our relationships
with one another and either correcting or strengthening those relationships so
that everyone benefits.
The staff of NI believes
that our efforts in this process will be meaningful only if we are open to the
ideas, advice and wisdom of others who are also committed to nonviolence.
Following is a summary of the projects currently underway, which we hope our
supporters will become involved with. Space is limited but we will report your
comments and suggestions as often as possible.
Booklet Series on Nonviolent Action
This “how-to” series is
designed to educate and assist activists in organizing methods of nonviolent
action and to understand where specific methods fall in the spectrum of
nonviolent action. The booklets also cover related issues in taking social and
political action such as consensus decision-making and writing press releases.
We are currently compiling and editing booklets on marches, fasting, and tax
resistance. Laura Barnitz is coordinating this series.
Advocate for Nonviolent Organizations
NI supports nonviolent
struggles around the world through its monthly bulletin, Dateline, which
reports the latest news on current campaigns and provides additional information
on the history and methods of nonviolent action. While other organizations work
on behalf of the human rights of individuals, NI will compliment their efforts
by coordinating worldwide support for nonviolent causes working for peace and
justice. This new approach toward strengthening the role of nonviolent action is
being developed by Philip Bogdonoff. Dateline is available to supporters
for a donation of $15US annually.
The historic advances in
nonviolence in 1989 and 1990 will be highlighted in a book being compiled at NI
called Voices from the Frontlines: Conversations with Leaders of Democratic
Movements. Essays and interviews from leaders in Czechoslovakia, the Chinese
Student Movement, Namibia and Chile will be included. Readers with expertise in
the politics or culture of these nations are encouraged to contact Laura
To assist activists and
organizations interested in effectively informing the American public about
issues and nonviolent options to resolve conflicts, NI is coordinating regional
speakers’ circuits. Each region will include a list of interest groups for
speakers to choose from. NI will provide speakers with maps, public
transportation options, lodging options and other assistance. We need contact
persons to help coordinate the circuits in each region. If you would like your
organization or community included in a circuit, or you would like to be a
regional contact person, please write or call Shruti Desai.
Strategists and Nonviolence Trainers
Persons with expertise in
conflict resolution, nonviolent action, or the political and cultural history of
any region of the world, are asked to contact NI. We hope to build the pool of
human resources available to offer skills and support when various individuals
and groups seek our assistance. Please send Mubarak Awad a brief description of
your experience and availability to work with others. We will keep all support
people on file.
Mubarak E. Awad,