from Ken Butigan, Director of Campaign Nonviolence
Pax Christi USA is an endorser of Campaign Nonviolence. We encourage members to read the information below and become involved in this extraordinary effort.
Campaign Nonviolence is a new, long-term movement to mainstream active nonviolence and to build a culture of peace free from war, poverty, and the climate crisis. We invite you to consider joining in – and spreading the word!
Initiated by Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service and backed by 150 national and local justice, peace, environmental and religious organizations, Campaign Nonviolence invites people everywhere to take a public stand against all violence—and to take action for a culture of peace and nonviolence.
September 21-27. Campaign Nonviolence will launch this multi-year effort with 110 local nonviolent marches and rallies—and counting—in cities and towns across the United States.
Following the People’s Climate March in New York, planned for September 21 on the eve of the UN Summit on Climate Change, the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions across the U.S. will reinforce the march’s call for rapid global action to reverse the climate crisis and also underscore the connections between climate destruction, war and poverty. (Campaign Nonviolence is a participating organization, actively publicizing this historic march.)
From Hawaii to Florida, from Minnesota to Texas, from California to Maine, Campaign Nonviolence will connect the dots, join forces, and call for concrete first steps toward ending war, poverty and the climate crisis, including:
- An international treaty for swift, verifiable action to reverse climate change; ending the military drone program;
- establishing a $15 minimum wage for all;
- K-12 nonviolence education everywhere;
- and practicing nonviolence toward ourselves, toward all others, and toward the planet.
People across the country and around the world are joining this new movement by signing the Campaign Nonviolence Pledge. Together we can explore and experiment with putting the power of compassion, truth, forgiveness, courage and love into practice in our lives and our world. We invite you to take the pledge here!
At a moment when the horror of war is palpably clear—and the ongoing violence of poverty and climate change wreaks havoc across our planet—we have a chance to say with one voice that we are ready to join together for a better way.
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