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Sometimes the action that we need to take is that which those more powerful than us will not.

The United States Government has been far too laissez faire on civil rights for far too long. And this is partially our fault. The citizens of the United States have not been involved enough in our Government and have allowed those who would tear us apart to gain too much power.

In 1776, the American experiment began. We have been on the knife's edge more than once throughout our time as a nation. We have torn each other apart and then put ourselves back together, but not by standing alone.

On a smaller scale during the past few years we have watched our friends, our families being torn apart by our beliefs. It is time to end this cycle of hate among our own people.

This community...this cause is created in the hope that instead of standing by, those who still believe in our country will step between all of these sides and factions to mediate peace between them.

Please, for the good of the United States, join us and fight for peace. Live updates will be given on any and all clashes and what you can do to help stop them.

Thank you, and God Bless America

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A biography of a non-violent activist in 19th Century Great Britain. George Jacob Holyoake was the thoughtful writer who created the terms "secular" and "jingoism" in his works. In his activism, he worked with the Cooperative Movement to establish worker ownership of the means of production. He also led the Secular Movement to separate church from state. In 1842, he committed civil disobedience in a lecture by violating the "Blasphemy Laws" and served time in jail. But the trial was such an embarrassment to a nation that prides itself on liberty that Holyoake was the last person to be convicted of blasphemy for a public lecture. While there are certainly better-written biographies on this man, McCabe's book is interesting both for the facts it presents about Holyoake's life and for its 1922 use as propaganda. Enjoy the review.

#nonviolent #activism #history #civildisobedience #holyoake #biography #bookreview

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Hello all,

I just wanted to inform you all that today is the LAST DAY to register for the The Compassion Course Online 2017.

The course started on June 21st and is "for anyone who is inspired to have more compassion, understanding, and harmony in their lives and in our world”.

Now in its seventh year, The Compassion Course Online continues delivering its world-renowned curriculum to thousands of participants around the world. The 2016 course included over 5,000 participants from more than 100 different countries. The course is available to anyone anywhere in the world regardless of time or financial constraints.

The course begins with foundational concepts and practices that help us understand what engenders compassion and what blocks it. As the year progresses, we work with more advanced practices and processes that help us bring more compassion into our everyday lives.

Throughout the course we work on progressively deepening levels with self-empathy, empathy, emotional triggers, anger, beliefs, dialog, appreciation, requests, and more. By the end of the year, the course covers over 50 concepts and differentiations.

The 2017 Course will be delivered in Arabic, English, German, and Spanish.

To register, view sample lessons and to see a video about the course:

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Olá Comunidade!
Este vídeo mostra a paralisação pacífica de ontem em Valença-RJ, Brasil.

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Many non-violent efforts are influenced by the experience and ethos of the 1960s Peace Movement. An examination of that era's movements yields valuable lessons. Todd Gitlin was right in the middle of it. As president of the Students for a Democratic Society, he led the largest peace organization struggling to end the war in Vietnam. This book is his effort to make sense of the many changes wrought in that era. Enjoy the review.

#nonviolence #activism #peace #history #sixties #bookreview

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Dear friens, I´d like to invite you to a unique workshop for change agents with Miki Kashtan: Working for Transformation without Recreating the Past (19.-22.6.2017 in Prague, Czechia).

Are you committed to working for change and longing for an inspiring vision for the world?
Have you often wondered why so many social change organizations are full of conflict?
Are you eager to learn tools for facilitating efficient collaborative decision-making?
Do you wish to grow your capacity to connect with people across differences?
Would you like to find a path for attending well to power - your own and others'?
Are you drawn to combining love, courage, and truth in your work for change?

If you said "yes" to some of these questions, then this intensive workshop might be just what you want.

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An inspiring biography of a non-violent human rights activist around LGBT issues. Magnus Hirschfeld's views on the LGBT community were so progressive for their time that they sound as if they were conceived in our decade. He stated, back in the 1890s, that being gay was "a normal variant of human sexuality." Hirschfeld organized against Germany's repressive sodomy laws during a time when few people were public about even their own sexuality, let alone their politics about being LGBT. Only when the Nazis came to power and destroyed his Institute for Sexual Science, did this Jewish, gay man determine that it was unwise to return to Germany. Enjoy the review.

#nonviolent #activism #lgbt #humanrights #history #bookreview

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Revolutionary Russia was hardly a human rights paradise. But, for years, the USSR provided a disincentive to capitalist exploitation of workers in underdeveloped nations. Capitalist corporations were reticent to spread into underdeveloped nations given the fear that workers in those nations, if mistreated, would support communist insurgency. With the downfall of the USSR, that counterweight is gone. Big business has expanded unimpeded into tiny nations where they can under-pay and over-work their employees. Of course, the solution does not involve a return to a human rights abusive Soviet government. Democratic nations need to monitor the abuse of workers and provide a check on corporate power. Read-on for some ideas on how this might work; and feel free to share your own.

#nonviolent   #solutions   #russianrevolution   #globalism   #occupy   #worker   #exploitation   #activism  

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