Editor’s Note From Rivera Sun
It’s been a big week. 3,500 climate actions happened in 150 countries. Amid continuing pandemic restrictions and concerns, children sent their shoes to stand in protest in their place. In addition, another 4,000 actions and events took place for a culture of peace and active nonviolence, free from war, poverty, racism, and the climate crisis (more on that next week) and 150,000 US citizens participated in car caravans and phone marches as part of the Poor People’s Campaign. Citizens in the US are also mobilizing to prevent a potential coup or stolen election. Meanwhile, in the Ukraine, a group of miners who are banned from going on strike are holding a month-long underground “protest” that includes stopping all work in the mines. In Zimbabwe, organizers are holding daily “lunch hour” protests that are designed to be accessible to workers.
At our recent Nonviolence News Happy Hour, where people gather online to discuss the stories, a participant asked, “What should I be looking for as I read Nonviolence News?” Great question! Scan the headlines, for starters. It’ll lift your spirits. Then, keep your eye out for these aspects of the stories:
- Who is rising up? (Often not the “usual suspects”)
- What types of nonviolent action are they using?
- Can you use these tactics in your efforts for change?
- How are they meeting the challenges of pushing for justice?
- What issues are they working on? Do those issues affect your community?
- How are people advancing systemic and structural nonviolent solutions?
- Where can you find hope and inspiration in someone else’s story?
In these times, that last question is vitally important. It’s how we stay focused. It helps lift the despair. It gives us practical ideas for how to move forward. Nonviolence News exists to answer this question for all of us. There is always far more happening, in far more interesting and exciting ways that the corporate news shows. It is a wellspring of hope in challenging times. Thanks for being a part of it.
Rivera Sun, Editor
Photo Credit: Demonstrators hold placards take part in a protest against climate change outside Ministry of Environment, to demand Climate Action during the Global Climate strike protest march on September 25, 2020 in New Delhi, India. Fridays for Future, the global youth movement that coalesced after Greta Thunberg’s pioneering strike, said demonstrations were planned in at least 150 countries across the world. (Photo by Mayank Makhija/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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