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Campaign Nonviolence Week of Action

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 5:30am - Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 4:00pm

The Campaign Nonviolence Week of Action is part of an international program to promote the application of nonviolence to the inter-related issues of war, poverty, and climate disruption.  Actions taking place in New Hampshire include marches, vigils, lobby visits, films, NH Peace Action's "Art for Peace" event, and AFSC's annual dinner.  See the flyer for details of events taking place in Concord, Manchester, Keene, Portsmouth, Rochester, Durham, Dover, Merrimack, Mi

Conference: Building a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence

Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 9:30am - 4:30pm

John Dear, an activist/organizer/lecturer/writer, will keynote a conference intended to spark nonviolenct action for social justice, peace, and protection of the natural environment.  Maggie Fogarty will lead a workshop on "Economic Nonviolence: How We Talk about Poverty Without Blaming the Victims."  Arnie Alpert will unveil AFSC's plans for NH Primary season with a workshop titled "Claim Your Seat at the Table."   Other workshop leaders will include Will Hopkins, Carmen Buford-Paige, Nur Shoop, Alex Freid, Olivia Zink, and Ginny Schneider.   A play, "My Name

Teaching nonviolence in New Orleans, "peace" by piece

Peer-to-peer learning is proving to be an effective way to promote nonviolence in New Orleans. Through Peace by Piece, a youth-led program of AFSC’s New Orleans program, interns and community partners train youth in conflict resolution and violence reduction using arts and activism.

Film - "The Whale"

Monday, December 16, 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Our next film in the "Culture of Peace and Nonviolence" series is the documentary, "The Whale," which is the story of Luna, a young wild killer whale who challenged and befriended a community in a fjord called Nootka Sound in British Columbia.  Luna offers the mystery of interspecies tenderness and intelligence, and finds itself at the center of different points of view about his presence.  The government officials, scientists, first nation tribal elders, fishermen, fisherwomen and community members find themselves in conflict over the whale's efforts to engage humans.

Popular resistance in Palestine

Palestinians march on International Women's Day

Palestinians march on International Women's Day

Palestinian women, joined by Israeli and international solidarity activsits march to the Kalandia checkpoint to protest the Israeli occupation of Palestine on International Women's Day 2012.

View images from popular resistance actions.

Palestinian resistance to occupation and injustice is overwhelmingly nonviolent. This nonviolent popular resistance is pushing for a new reality in which the occupation is ended, refugees’ rights are realized, and all people are treated with equality and justice. 

Never saying never to nonviolence

The week before Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, Joshua Saleem, AFSC St. Louis Program Director, led discussions on using nonviolence as a strategy for social change. One discussion began by asking students at Shearwater Academy for their perception of nonviolence.

5th Annual Culture of Peace Conference

Saturday, March 23, 2013 (All day)

This conference will include a variety of speakers and workshops all related to the theme, Building a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence.  More details to come.

NATO Protesters Committed to NonViolence: AFSC Launches NONVIOLENT RESISTANCE TRAININGS Mural to be dedicated

Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 9:00am - 12:30pm

On Saturday, April 7th, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) will host a nonviolent resistance training and mural dedication as part of kicking off Chicago Spring ( April 7th will be a citywide day of action in alliance with Occupy Chicago ( and other peace and justice organizations in anticipation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit hosted by President Barack Obama in Chicago on May 20‐21, 2012.

Street Spirit issue on Nonviolence

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AFSC San Francisco publication on nonviolent direct action with interviews with George Lakey and Erica Chenoweth, plus  "Lessons from Seattle" by Chicago's own Ken Butigan and several articles on nonviolence and Occupy.

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AFSC San Francisco publication on nonviolent direct action with interviews with George Lakey and Erica Chenoweth, plus "Lessons from Seattle" by Chicago's own Ken Butigan and several articles on nonviolence and Occupy.

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