from Pax Christi Michigan
Work for a Nonviolent End to the War on Ukraine!
Here’s what you can do:
- Try to understand the full breadth of the conflict from those directly involved: It is at the heart of not only prevention, but cease-fire and negotiations. You may want to start with Ukrainian Pacifist’s Message to the World: U.S., NATO & Russia Share Responsibility to Avoid War
- Read Pax Christi USA’s Statement on Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine
- Be judicious about where you get your information, and whether its accurate before you pass it on. Consider the points made on Win Without War
- Access the resource list, Resistance to War in Ukraine, compiled by the Metta Center for Nonviolence. It is kept regularly updated.
- Support recognized NGOs that are currently offering direct services to Ukrainians. National Public Radio offers this vetted list: Want to support the people in Ukraine? Here’s how you can help
- Consider sending a message of support to the antiwar activists in Russia.
- Germany has offered to help Poland with Ukrainian refugees. Watch for ways to support these efforts, including calling on our own government to do so.
- Looking to act from a more spiritual foundation? See Pax Christi USA’s Prayer/Study/Action page on The Ukraine Crisis.
- Do something tangible – right now – whenever and wherever you can. There is a ripple effect to empathy, compassion, random acts of kindness, and nonviolence.
- Become better prepared. Take Meta Peace Team’s (virtual) Violence De-escalation Skills Training.
- Stay on top of what’s happening with news sources that support nonviolent means. Consider these from Waging Nonviolence:
- And from Pace e Bene: