Apr 07

Holy Land Trust

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In 1996, Sami Awad returned to Palestine, his home after wrapping up his studies in the States. He wanted to serve the Palestinian community by building stronger better Palestine. When he arrived the situation on ground really hit him.  Politicians kept talking about peace but have done anything to achieve this peace. Sami looked back to his work with the Palestinian Center for the Study of Nonviolence and the works of his Uncle Mubarak Awad the founder of Nonviolence International, decided to overcome these challenges and work toward his goal of a better Palestine

Awad founded the Holy Land Trust in 1998, their mission “to lead in creating an environment that fosters understanding, healing, transformation, and empowerment of individuals and communities, locally and globally, to address core challenges that are preventing the achievement of a true and just peace in the Holy Land”.  After 10 years of community engagement Holy Land Trust continues to focus on nonviolent movements as the way to end all conflict in the Holy Land .

Please Click link below to see video on Holy Land Trust

This is Holy Land, This is Our Vision



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Mar 27

Christ at the Checkpoint: Izzeldin Abuelaish and Sami Awad

Powerful video interview with Palestinian doctor highlights the beliefs in peace  and forgiveness in the face of great adversity. This interview was just one part of the Christ at the Checkpoint conference recently held in Bethlehem this March, 2014, and more videos can be found on their Facebook page and Vimeo account.

watching the interview

Courage, Faith and Hope in the midst of Adversity



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Mar 27

The Passing of one of the Greats



Everyone at NI is deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Jonathan Schell. Jonathan Edward Schell was born on August 21, 1943 in New York City and died on March 25, 2014, he was seventy years old. He received his degree in 1965 from Harvard University. Mr. Schell went on to become a dean of the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and the current Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S. – China Relations at Asia Society in New York.  He was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the National Critics Award.

Mr. Schell, a bestselling author whose work has been featured on The Nation, The New Yorker, and Los Angeles Times. His topics covered Nuclear weapons and their affect on society in general. The New Yorker Time described his books as Schell “explored warfare in its myriad 20th-century incarnations, from a scathing indictment of United States policy in Vietnam to a sobering portrait of the world in the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust” (Fox, 2014)

Mr. Magno the financial director here at nonviolence shared his thoughts about Mr. Schell, Over thirty years ago, (1982) Jonathan Schell wrote a series of New Yorker essays that became the book, The Fate of the Earth, powerful in its impact on a renewed anti-nuclear weapons movement.  It relied on an impressive volume of scientific evidence to illustrate the consequences of a nuclear exchange between the superpowers on the planet and galvanized activists the world over to action with its stark conclusions. He returned to the topic in each of the next two decades with later books focused on the need for total nuclear abolition, but none as compelling as The Fate of the Earth. He also published, The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and The Will of the People in 2003, an extensive look at the interplay of  title dynamics and how they advance civil society on terms not premised on force and violence.

William Shawn, in a piece found in the New Yorker “He is an excellent judge of talent, and of people. As for the range of his interests, it is extraordinary. As for his character, his mind, his temperament, I think he has the qualities we have been, or should be, looking for (and I use the following words with precision): warmth and good will, truthfulness, fair-mindedness, self-forgetfulness, humor, imagination, vision, conscience, inner strength, intellectual and emotional depth.” (Remick, 2014).

If you like to read more about Mr. Schell, please check out these amazing pieces





Works Cited

Fox, M. (2014, March 26). Jonathan Schell, Author Who Explored War, Dies at 70. Retrieved March 27, 2014, from The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/27/us/jonathan-schell-author-who-explored-war-dies-at-70.html?_r=0

Remick, D. (2014, March 26). POSTSCRIPT: JONATHAN SCHELL, 1943-2014. Retrieved March 27, 2014, from The New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2014/03/postscript-jonathan-schell-1943-2014.html

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Mar 10

Nonviolence International is proud to announce that we are now the fiscal sponsor of World Beyond War movement.



Nonviolence International is proud to announce that we are now the fiscal sponsor of World Beyond War movement. World Beyond War is a global movement to end the institution of war and establish sustainable peace. Officially launching on September 21, 2014, the International Day of Peace, World Beyond War believes that “the time as come to use peace to end all wars”. Futher details about World Beyond War movement can be found on their website http://www.worldbeyondwar.org/


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World Beyond War calls on all individuals that have the share belief that war isn’t the answer to sign the Declaration of Peace Pledge.  The Declaration of Peace is a pledge to help spread the word on to others, a pledge to ask others to join us in this movement, but most of all a pledge to “engage in and support nonviolent efforts to end all war and preparations for war and to create a sustainable and just peace”.  To sign the pledge please go to http://www.worldbeyondwar.org/sign-pledge-end-war/



You can also donate to World Beyond War movement either two ways. First, you can mail donations to NI. Send it to: Nonviolence International, 4000 Albemarle Street, NW, Suite 401, Washington, DC 20016, USA. Make sure the check is made out to World Beyond War or you can donate online at http://www.worldbeyondwar.org/donate

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Jan 31

NI Sponsors Upcoming ‘Vagina Monologues’ Production

Lorpu Kpadeh, founder and chairwoman of The Survivant Organization, with Emily and Michael of NI

Lorpu Kpadeh, founder and chairwoman of The Survivant Organization, with Emily and Michael of NI

Nonviolence International is pleased to announce that we will be sponsoring a production by The Survivant Organization of Eve Ensler’s award-winning play, “The Vagina Monologues.”

TSO is a non-profit organization founded by Lorpu Kpadeh, dedicated to combating domestic and sexual violence affecting women aged 16-24 in the greater D.C. metro area. Young women in this age range are three times more likely to become victims of violence over any other age group, while simultaneously having the highest rate of under-reported cases. Given these alarming statistics, it is TSO’s mission to eradicate domestic and sexual violence among young women through research, interactive education, and advocacy. A proud participant of the V-Day 2014 Campaign, TSO has been granted the rights to put on a benefit production of “The Vagina Monologues” to raise money and awareness for their cause of ending violence against young women.

Further information about this event is forthcoming. We hope those of you in the D.C. area will join us for a memorable celebration of women and girls, and make a difference in 2014!

For more on The Survivant Organization, visit:




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z59q6krNdhk and subscribe to Survivant!

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Jan 29

Spring 2014 Randall Scholarship Winners

Nonviolence International would like to congratulate Giselle Lopez and Julius Wani, recipients of the Spring 2014 Randall Research Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded in memory of Dr. Darrell and Mildred Randall to American University graduate students and alumni. Funding from this scholarship supports a thesis or dissertation dedicated to international nonviolent methods, ideas, or movements.

Giselle giselleLopez is a master’s student at American University’s School of International Service, where she studies International Peace and Conflict Resolution. She plans to conduct research on dispute resolution mechanisms and reform integration in Morocco’s justice system. Her findings will examine the impact that judicial reforms may have on peace and stability in the wider Middle East and North Africa region.


JuliusJulius Wani is pursuing a graduate degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at American University’s School of International Service, with a concentration on Governance and Peace-building. His thesis will explore the effects of ancient vs. contemporary nonviolent paradigms in post-conflict societies. He hopes to apply his findings directly to efforts pursuing peace and conflict resolution in South Sudan.

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Jan 02

Highlights of 2013 in Active Nonviolence

2013 was a vibrant year in active nonviolence. Highlights include:

Biggest Advance in Combating Political Corruption and Promoting Democracy

After 40 years of protests, organizing and campaigning, India has instituted an anti-corruption office with prosecutorial teeth that can go after politicians and civil servants.  Given the corruption of money in the politics of many societies, this particular victory may serve as a model for other countries which are trying to figure out how to pressure politicians to vote against their own narrow interests and end political corruption.

Biggest Abolition Event of the Decade

After years of protest both domestic and foreign, the Chinese Government has abolished labor camps which have been used to punish millions of of innocent people. 300 camps will be closed!

A Landmark Victory for the Rule of Law

Biggest Whistleblowing Event of All-Time

Edward Snowden’s civil disobedience has revealed massive spying and cyber attacks by the US government.  With the support of Wikileaks and people protests in many countries, these revelations may spur global reform in protecting citizens’ privacy, and constricting all spy agencies from their relentless clandestine warfare.

Best Books on Nonviolence (in English) in 2013

Recovering Nonviolent History: Civil Resistance in Liberation Struggles edited by Maciej Bartkowski. This year’s best scholarly book on nonviolent action.  It provides a sweeping survey of lesser known examples of mass nonviolent liberation movements.

John Lewis, March. A beautifully written and illustrated graphic novel about the early years of Congressman John Lewis’s life. The philosophy of nonviolence plays a dominant role. My kids loved it.

Strategy and Soul, by Daniel Hunter. A remarkably rich and well written book about a campaiger’s tale of fighting the predatory casino industry in Philadelphia. This book can be read many times to unearth wonderful methods for analyzing, planning, organizing and sustaining direct action campaigns.  This is the most valuable book on organizing direct action campaigns written in recent years.

Biggest Success for a Social Change Movement

Five countries legalized same-sex marriage, including Uruguay, France, New Zealand, Brazil, and the United Kingdom. When the laws takes effect in 2014, there will be 16 countries that uphold the right to same-sex marriage.  Same sex marriage became legal many states in the US including. Illinois, Rhode Island, Delaware, Minnesota, California, Hawaii and New Mexico.  What does this have to do with nonviolent action? Let us remember those millions of Translesbigay people and allies who courageously broke social norms and laws for decades in order to achieve their goals of social and legal equality.

Loudest Whining by Multi-National Corporations As They Are Dragged into an Accord to Help Workers

Bangladeshi workers and allies pressured textile companies to improve their fire and building safety practices after more than 1000 workers died in accidents in 2013. http://www.bangladeshaccord.org/

Biggest Win for Indigenous People’s Rights, As Reported by AJWS.

India’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal that would have allowed a UK-based company, Vedanta Resources, to mine the Niyamgiri hills. The court recognized the indigenous community of Dongria Kondh‘s right to the land, which they make a living from and worship as part of their traditional beliefs.   This marked a major win for the rights of indigenous people in India, and it shows the power of social action. Thousands of protesters rallied to protest the mining effort last December, and hundreds of Dongria pledged to stay in the Niyamgiri hills.

See more at: http://blogs.ajws.org/blog/2013/12/30/human-rights-in-2013-our-end-of-year-top-10/#sthash.P5f6e3G6.dpuf

Most Creative Methods

As Medea Benjamin noted in her recent article 10 Good Things About the Year 2013, “Immigrant advocates in the US did remarkable organizing, They held prayer vigils, press conferences, marches. They chained themselves to the White House fence and the gates of detention centers. They encircled ICE facilities to shut down deportations. Hundreds were arrested, including eight members of Congress, calling for immigration reform. They fasted on the national mall in Washington, D.C., getting a visit from the president and his wife.”

Most Important Human Rights Law to Protect Nonviolent Actors

The UN adopted a groundbreaking resolution protecting women human rights defenders.

For a list of other human rights victories in 2013, visit: http://www.wfuna.org/news/un-human-rights-achievements-in-2013

And for five more unheralded human right victories, visit: wagingnonviolence.org

Nonviolence and nonviolent action are ideas that continue to resonate and provide citizens tools for meeting their needs.  Let’s hope that we’ll meet the planet’s needs in 2014.

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Dec 06

Nonviolence International Launches Arabic Website on Nonviolence

We have created an Arabic language website on nonviolence that aggregates the best articles on nonviolence worldwide.

Please help us spread the news. We also welcome advice and any type of contribution.



This adds to the family of Nonviolent Action Network websites including Spanish: noviolenciaactiva.com and English: nonviolentaction.net

Please help fund this infrastructure that promotes nonviolence world-wide!


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Oct 28

NI protests Guatanamo Bay Prison and Torture

photo credit: Palina Prasasouk

Nonviolence International staff member Andrés Thomas Conteris underwent public nasal force-feeding in Washington, DC on Friday, October 18, in protest of the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and in prisons around the United States.

The force-feeding took place outside the US District Court of Appeals, where a panel of judges considered a lawsuit concerning the practice of force-feeding prisoners on hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay. Defense attorneys argue that force-feeding is a violation of human rights and religious freedom, while the Obama administration maintains its necessity. The protest was intended to bring public awareness to the painful nature of the feeding process, which Guantanamo Bay prisoners undergo twice per day, as they strike in protest of indefinite detainment.

The Guantanamo Bay hunger strike began in February. At its peak in July, 106 of 166 prisoners participated. Forty-six of those were force-fed. Seventeen prisoners are still on strike. On May 23, President Obama again pledged to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay in response to the strike and protests. Only two prisoners have been released since, although about half are scheduled for release or transfer. Indefinite detainment at Guantanamo is condemned worldwide, while force-feeding has been denounced by many US politicians and international organizations, including the United Nations.

Conteris’s hunger strike also coincided with that of 30,000 inmates in California prisons. From July to September, these prisoners were on hunger strike in protest of the treatment and conditions in supermax facilities, which often deny inmates any human contact for 23 hours per day, sometimes for months or years. Human rights experts from the United Nations urge prisons to end these practices on the grounds that they are inhumane and “contrary to rehabilitation.”

Conteris began his hunger strike on July 8, 2013. Since then, he has also participated in force-feeding protests in front of the White House, the US Embassies in Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile, and the California Department of Corrections and Rehab. Conteris, age 52, has sustained his water-only fast for 106 days with a brief 3-day interruption, and lost a total of 57 pounds.

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Sep 09

Meet the 2013 Randall Research Scholarship Recipients!

The Randall Scholarship is a research scholarship that is awarded to a graduate student- from American University or an American University alumnus- , in remembrance of  Dr. Darrell and Mildred Randall . The purpose of this scholarship is to support graduate research necessary for completing a thesis or dissertation. The scholarship is intended to help fund international research related to nonviolent methods, ideas, or movements.  Below are the first recipients of the Randall Research Scholarship

Ms. Rosa P.

Ms. Rosa P.

Ms. Rosa P. is participating in a dual graduate degree program with American University and Korea University. She plans on conducting research on radio broadcasting, balloon launches, “Hanryu” (South Korean Wave) in North Korea, defector connections, and underground churches to determine the impact and success the efforts of the South Korean civil society to educate and empower North Koreans about their rights and nonviolence resistance.  With her thesis, Ms. Rosa hopes to contribute to the nonviolent spread of information to North Korea.

Ms. Emily M

Ms. Emily M. is a graduate student at American University in the Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs program. She will be conducting field research on women’s rights in Latin American, particularly in Argentina and Chile. Her research question is: What explains the expanded mission or singular focus of women-led organizations of family members of the disappeared during and after the transition to democracy?  Ms. Emily plans on contributing to the current and developing conversations about the role of women and women-centered organizations in peace negotiation and their participation in the reconstruction of post-conflict society.

Ms. Sheherazade J.

Ms. Sheherazade J. is working on her PhD in International Relations at American University.  With the assistance of Randall Research Scholarship, she will be conducting the final phase of her field work and is expected to complete her dissertation in 2014. She plans on traveling to Malaysia to conduct in-depth interviews on religious-secular and Muslim-Western women’s rights partnerships. The intent of her dissertation is to explain how Muslim-Western nonviolent partnerships are working across religious- secular and cultural divides to advance women’s rights. Essentially, Ms. Sheherazade anticipates that her research will provide key insights and help fill a critical gap in the literature on religion and secularism in nonviolent human rights movements and women’s rights strategies.

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