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Campaign Nonviolence Skill-Building Webinar Series
Presented by Ken Butigan
e Bene Nonviolence
I have no doubt that the United States in the 21st Century will have nonviolent campaigns that will shatter all of our notions of nonviolence of the past.”
Rev. James Lawson
The CNV Skill-Building Series:
Module 1: The Vision of Campaign Nonviolence and Connecting the Dots
Module 2: Creating Nonviolent Social Change
Module 3: Building Nonviolent Action
Module 2 Objectives
Explore how nonviolent social change works
Explore strategies for nonviolent social change
Module 2 Agenda
Lessons from Module 1
Nonviolent Social Change
Concrete Steps Toward Change
CNV Strategy Exercise: Celebrating and “Remembering” This Change
Questions and responses
Closing – and reminder about the next module
A long-term movement to build a
culture of peace free from war, poverty, the climate crisis and the epidemic of violence by mainstreaming nonviolence, connecting the issues, and taking action
Launched last fall with 250 actions in all 50 states. 196 endorsing organizations. Hundreds of organizers and promoters. National conference August 6-9. Second Week of Nonviolent Actions September 20-27.
Nonviolence: The Love that Does Justice
is a force for transformation, truth, justice, and the well-being of all that is neither violent nor passive.
is transforming power (Alternatives to Violence), cooperative power (Jonathan Schell),
in action (Dorothy Day
the love that does justice (Martin Luther King, Jr.),
is an active form of resistance to systems of privilege and domination, a philosophy for liberation, an approach to movement building, a tactic of non-cooperation, and a practice we can employ to transform the world (War Resisters League).
Nonviolence: A Stand for Justice
is a stand for justice and a method for helping to create it.
pursues this goal, not with passivity or retaliation, but with the third way of creative engagement and loving and determined resistance.
Nonviolence has “two hands” that are in creative tension: noncooperation with injustice
steadfast regard for the opponent as a human being.
Methods of Nonviolent Change include:
violence and injustice
Demonstrating how violence and injustice violate deeply-held values
Withdrawing the “pillars of support” that create and maintain violence and injustice
Breaking the cycle of retaliatory violence
Unleashing people-power by alerting, educating, winning and mobilizing the populace to withdraw consent for practices, policies and conditions of violence and injustice
Movement Action Plan (1)
Social movements are collective actions in which the populace is alerted, educated,
, over years and decades, to challenge the
and the whole
redress social problems or grievances and restore critical social values.
Movement Action Plan (2)
The power of movements is directly proportional to the forcefulness with which the grassroots exert their discontent and demand change. The central issue of social movements, therefore, is the struggle between the movement and the powerholders to win the hearts (sympathies), minds (public opinion), and active support of the great majority of the populace, which ultimately holds the power to either preserve the status quo or create change.
The Power Elite Model
The Power Elite Model holds that society is organized in the form of a hierarchical pyramid, with powerful elites at the top and the relatively powerless mass populace at the bottom. In this model, power flows from the top to bottom. Since people are powerless, social change can be achieved only by appealing to the elites at the top to change their policies through normal channels and institutions, such as the electoral process, lobbying Congress, and use of the courts.
The People Power Model
The People Power Model holds that power ultimately resides in the hands of the populace. Even in societies with strong power elites, the powerholder’s power is dependent on the cooperation, acquiescence, or support of the mass public. The movement's strategy is not only to use normal channels in an effort to persuade powerholders to change their minds, but also to alert, educate, and mobilize a discontented, impassioned, and determined grassroots population. This population creates change by “leading the leaders.”
The Primary Focus Is Winning Over Ordinary People, not Powerholders
Campaign Nonviolence has set a series of concrete policy changes that would provide important steps toward the long-term goals of creating a culture free from 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, and
K-12 nonviolence education everywhere
Some of Mohandas Gandhi’s Principles of Nonviolence (1)
Love the enemy
with humiliation and injustice
Work for the well-being of all
All life is one
Difference without division
Some of Mohandas Gandhi’s Principles of Nonviolence (2)
Each of us has a piece of the truth and a piece of the un-truth
Resist “us” versus “them” thought and behavior
Means must be consistent with the ends
Human beings are more than the violence they commit
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Principles of Nonviolence
Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.
Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding.
Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice, not people.
Nonviolence holds that voluntary suffering can educate and transform.
Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate.
Nonviolence believes that the universe is on the side of justice.