Commentary: Today, it wouldn't be Gandhi's notions, but an advanced form of nonviolent conflict burnished by the experience of hundreds of social movements in Gandhi's wake.
Mention the concept of "nonviolent resistance" and two names immediately come to mind: Mahatma Gandhi, the Indian leader who led his nation to independence from British colonial rule, and Martin Luther King Jr., who led the struggle for civil rights in America. Tragically, both champions of nonviolence were assassinated: Gandhi in 1948 and King 20 years later. Today many people throughout the world revere both advocates of nonviolence.
Making a Difference: True respect for life requires us to get out of our comfort zone. Do you respect life in all arenas, or just one?
Pax Christi International was born 70 years ago of two people who advanced ideas that were jarringly dissonant in the context of that time.
On Saturday, a group of protesters interrupted a St. Louis Symphony concert, in which the symphony played Brahms "Requiem," just prior to its second act by singing, "Which side are you on, friend, which side are you on? Justice for Mike Brown is justice for us all." They unfurled signs from the balcony that read, "Requiem for Mike Brown 1996-2014," "Racism lives here" and "Rise Up and Join the Movement." The protestors sang for about 90 seconds then exited, chanting, "Black lives matter."
A new documentary is on the shelves, and those who helped create it hope that its message will stay in public consciousness. Released on DVD Sept. 23, the award-winning film “Hit & Stay,” documents an era of civil disobedience during the Vietnam War.
The violence continues to pile up, with one searing headline rapidly succeeding the next: Gaza; Ferguson, Mo.; Ukraine; the horrifying rampage of the Islamic State militant group; and now, a long-term U.S. war to destroy our new enemy. This dizzying, violent surge, one bloody wave after the next, gives us no time to think. Violence is the answer, we're told, so get with the program.
The three top leaders of the Catholic peace organization called upon the world to work together to seek nonviolent alternatives to stop the Islamic State.
Five people, including the granddaughter of Catholic Worker co-founder Dorothy Day, are being held on bonds ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 after a protest at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base near Syracuse, N.Y., home of part of the U.S. drone program.
Seven people, among them Martha Hennessy, Day's granddaughter, and Elizabeth McAlister, a longtime peace activist and widow of Philip Berrigan, were arrested after crossing onto base property Wednesday.
Sr. Mary Evelyn Jegen, a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur for 66 years, helped the peace group grow from 1,000 members to more than 5,500.