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“Nonviolent spaces”

We, from the “Nonviolent spaces” initiative (orientated towards spreading out Silo’s Message and promoting communities self-generation), are organising an on-line campaign for October the 2nd in order to reach trending topic status that same day in various social networks with nonviolence-themed content.   Foto: Rafael Edwards The idea is quite simple: each user should post a selfie picture tagged #diadelan ...

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Conflict about refugee protests in Germany is getting worse

Since two years now, Germany is shaken by refugees who protest against isolation in far-off asylum seekers camps, against the obligation to reside in their camps, for fair and fast procedures for granting the right for asylum, in general for more respectful treatment by the institution and the chance of social participation (Pressenza has reported about it: Non-violent protests of refugees in germany). They ...

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Glossary of Words that Work for Peace

by Rosa Lia, for the Palestine-Israel Journal Here is a list of terms taken from different cultures and languages (English, Hebrew, Arabic, Sanskrit and Bantu) that all form part of the quest for that one elusive word: peace. Ahimsa: A Sanskrit term meaning no harm or no injury. It’s one of the cardinal virtues of Budhism, Janism and Hinduism. It stems from the belief that every living being has a spark of ...

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From Assad to ISIS, a tale of Syrian resistance

Julia Taleb, August 22, 2014, for Waging Nonviolence In July of 2013, when activists in the Syrian city of Raqqa feared demonstrating in front of the headquarters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, Suad Nofel marched onto the streets alone. Holding her handmade cardboard sign, the schoolteacher walked through the city facing not only ISIS, but society as a whole. Nofel’s act of nonviolent resi ...

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Boycotting armed militants on auspicious days

A decade back, when I used to contribute news based articles with photographs for various media outlets, I had an astonishing experience. I sent a photograph relating the Independence Day (I-Day) celebration in Guwahati Press Club for a New Delhi based news magazine. At that time, the observation of I-Day (also the Republic Day on January 26) in the insurgency-stricken northeast India was a mere government ...

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Activist: For a New Generation, Ferguson Marks Historic Nonviolent Resistance to Police Repression

Democracy Now! As protests continue in Ferguson, activists are traveling to Missouri to join the movement in solidarity. We speak with one activist who has just arrived to Ferguson from Florida, Phillip Agnew, the executive director of Dream Defenders, a network of youth of color and their allies who engage in nonviolent civil disobedience and civic engagement to bring about social change. "I came here to b ...

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“Selfie” Campaign for Nonviolence Day

The initiative 'Building nonviolent spaces' has organized an online campaign through social networks on October 2nd 2014. This day, Gandhi's birthday, was proclaimed in 2007 "International Day of Non-violence." This action has been designed as a simple and rapid campaign to provide a massive dissemination to the subject of nonviolence. It is for each person to upload on October 2nd a selfie of themselves or ...

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Vigil for Peace in Gaza and Israel In the spirit of Japanese o-bon

August 15 in Japanese calendar is o-bon, a day dedicated to honoring deceased loved ones. By doing so, it also gives an opportunity for the living to reflect on our lives that were given by our ancestors and renew a commitment to live our lives to the fullest and in peace.  As I stand in front of the statue of Gandhi at Union Square Park, I reflect on what’s going on in my life and what it means to live my ...

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A World without Violence is possible: October 2nd #nonviolenceday

We interviewed Mariana Uzielli and Pia Argimón about the campaign on October 2 #nonviolenceday launched into the social networks by the initiative "Building nonviolent spaces." (translation of article in Spanish) 1.-What is the initiative "Building nonviolent spaces" and since when does it exist, and where? It is a project two years in the making and launched now, aimed at the irradiation of Silo's Message* ...

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Vigil for Peace in Gaza and Israel

NYC August 15 - In front of Gandhi statue in Union Square, a vigil was held to ask for a nonviolent solution to end the conflict in Gaza and Israel, followed by a ceremony for people to send their best wishes of peace and hope to those affected by the conflict in the region, as well as here in NYC. Emiko Nagano, one of the organizer of the event says "I have been deeply affected by the news and images comin ...

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