Over 1,600 marches, prayer vigils, festivals, and other events took place from September 16 to 24, 2017, across the United States and worldwide, as part of Campaign Nonviolence’s fourth annual “Week of Actions.” These actions culminated on September 21, the International Day of Peace. Thousands participated in this unprecedented grassroots campaign to build a culture of peace free from racism, war, poverty, and environmental destruction.
Said Dr. Ken Butigan, cofounder of Campaign Nonviolence and professor at DePaul University, “People across the United States rallied together to end violence and injustice and begin peacemaking. Our unified voices are urging policy shifts that advance peace, justice, and environmental restoration and protection.”
Campaign Nonviolence began in 2014 with 230 peacemaking actions. This year, the campaign’s nonviolent actions mushroomed to more than 1,600.
Creating a Just, Peaceful, and Nonviolent World
Campaign Nonviolence is sponsored by Pace e Bene, a nonprofit that partners with individuals and organizations and cultivates active nonviolence to protect human rights, abolish war and nuclear weapons, end poverty and injustice, and heal the planet. True to the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Campaign Nonviolence illuminates the immediate need for peaceful resolutions to conflicts at home and abroad.
Said Campaign Nonviolence cofounder the Rev. John Dear, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee and author of 35 books, “Americans need a vision of hope and peace for our country and our world. During this week of national grassroots actions, we are mobilizing the public to engage the tools of nonviolence that Mohandas Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and others have activated for personal and global transformation.”
Campaign Nonviolence Cofounder the Rev. John Dear, author of 35 books and a Nobel Peace Prize nominee
Following are a few of Campaign Nonviolence peacemaking actions this year:
- Delaware Peace Week held more than 60 nonviolence events from musical performances to teach-ins and meetings statewide.
- Raleigh and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, declared “Campaign Nonviolence North Carolina Week” with actions that included workshops, vigils, and letter writing to Congressional Representatives.
- The Chicago area hosted 100 events to support peace, justice, and the environment.
- Hundreds of people joined the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Peace Fest in Binns Park on Sunday, Sept. 24. Featured were four bands and guest speakers that included the Rev. John Dear.
- Nationwide marches, prayer vigils, workshops, teach-ins, and rallies were among the transformative nonviolence actions in Little Rock, Arkansas; Memphis, Tennessee; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Clinton, Iowa; Huntington, Indiana; Bangor, Maine; Lansing, Michigan; and Erie, Pennsylvania.
Join and Support Pace e Bene’s Annual Campaign Nonviolence
For more information, please visit: actions.campaignnonviolence.org.
Pace e Bene is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization founded in 1989 by the Franciscan Friars of California. Coordinators Dr. Ken Butigan and Father John Dear teach that nonviolence most effectively characterizes Jesus’ way. “It’s a way that combines the unmistakable rejection of violence with the only real and enduring power of love in action for peace, justice, and the integrity of all creation.”
Which Campaign Nonviolence action will you launch or join to advance peace and justice for all?
National Catholic Reporter: Campaign Nonviolence Organizes over 1,600 events for Week of Actions
WMC Action News 5 on Campaign Nonviolence’s Week of Actions in Memphis, Tennessee.
Napa Valley Register in California on its Week of Actions because violence is not the answer.
Clinton Herald on the Campaign Nonviolence Stop the Hate/Show the Love Walk in Clinton, Iowa.
The News&Observer in North Carolina on Pace a Bene and how nonviolence begins with you and me.
Peacenews.org on Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions 2017 | Pace e Bene.
Nobel Peace Prize Winner Mairead Corrigan Maguire on Campaign Nonviolence cofounder Dr. Ken Butigan’s book, Nonviolent Lives! “These stories of the lives of ordinary people remind us of the power of love to transform and transcend suffering and injustice.”