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Peace & Non-violence

We must replace the paradigm that war is an acceptable national endeavor with the understanding that peacemaking is patriotic. In November 2005, I organized the first Bring Their Buddies Home Vigil as a non-confrontational way to show people the tragic consequences of war. As an Act of Art, this creation is meant to give viewers and participants a powerful visual message that allows them to draw their own conclusions about the choices we can make between violence and non-violence in resolving our differences – between individuals, groups or nations. Hundreds of people turned out for that first event in Carlsbad, CA. The following January, we held a smaller vigil in Temecula. On February 19, 2007, we held another vigil in Carlsbad and other locations throughout the country. Find out more at the website: www.BringTheirBuddiesHome.com.

In August 2006 I was part of a peace delegation that went to Amman, Jordan to meet with members of the Iraqi Parliament. Our goal was to hear, first-hand, from the Iraqi leaders their perspective on the U.S. occupation of Iraq and their ideas for ending it and to bring that back home for the American people.

Throughout history human beings have been trying to solve their problems with force using physical, verbal and psychological violence. Now we find ourselves in a world where the weapons we have developed are capable of annihilating all life on our fragile planet. The military-industrial complex that President Eisenhower warned us about, has taken control of our economy, our government and our future. I am convinced that our only hope to overcome that stranglehold and the bleak future it offers, is for each of us, as individuals, to choose non-violence as a way of life.

I begin each day with the prayer of St. Francis, and everything I do throughout the day, in my work and play, in my friendships and business associations, and in the myriad of choices I make each day, I strive to act in a way that is congruent with my commitment to peace and non-violence.

I am an avid student of Marshall Rosenberg’s non-violence communication techniques as well as a follower of the example of Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in using civil disobedience as a method of bringing about change without violence.


LINKS

Bring Their Buddies Home Vigils

Key Facts About Non-Violent Communication

Non-Violent Communication Techniques

For information on workshops in compassionate communication, contact Marceline Brogli-

 

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