More and more of our students, staff, and members of the community are becoming engaged in political activities such as collecting signatures for the recall of the governor and senators, the Occupy movement, and other protests. At the same time, we have seen the willingness on the part of the police across the nation to engage in the use of violence against protesters.
When we showed Little Town of Bethlehem, we had an audience member talk about how she didn’t think she could stop herself from using violence if she saw someone (including security forces) attack someone she cared about. I think that is quite natural (or at least the norm in our culture); it is unnatural in America to respond to violence with NON-violence. We must learn how to do this. And we must have a reason for doing it; we must understand why it is important not to hit back.
So . . . in order to provide our community – our students and fellow teachers and parents and loved ones – with all the knowledge and tools available in order to be prepared in the case that they are protesting and someone decides to use violence against them, I thought it was important to have a knowledgeable and experienced teacher come and teach us. We are fortunate to have someone in our community who is able and willing to come and share with us both the reasons for engaging in non-violent action, and also the methodology.
It will be great to have very practical, nitty-gritty – “this is what to do when someone swings a baton at your head” kind of training, which will come after some discussion of the history and meaning or ideology of non-violence. I hope some of you will join us:
Do you have a desire to change power relations and social structures and an attitude of respect for all humanity or all life?
Come learn techniques to effectively advocate for bringing about social change and meet others who are also passionate about it.
Thursday February 9th, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Saturday February 11th from 12:00 to 4:00 (Vegan/Organic Lunch is included!)
at the Mauthe Center (blue building across from the Kress Center)
To RSVP or questions contact: Abby Ledvina at email@example.com
Hope to see you there!
Women in Religion – February 16th at 7pm, Women from various faith backgrounds gather to discuss the impact they have on their respective religion.
February 23rd at 7pm – Movie Screening of “Pray the Devil Back to Hell”. This film tells the story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country.