There are some war profiteers in the world who will celebrate when their nation or group goes to war with whomever they have declared to be an enemy.
By contrast, the vast majority of people everywhere celebrate armistice days, the signing of peace treaties, the end of wars.
The Season for Nonviolence, established by Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, extends from January 30 to April 4 each year, honoring the commemorative anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is an international series of events “dedicated to demonstrating that nonviolence is a powerful way to heal, transform, and empower our lives and our communities.”
Materials provided for the Season for Nonviolence include a program called “64 ways in 64 days” that includes words, quotes, reflections, suggested practices, and simple commitments for each of the 64 days of the nonviolence season.
During the Season for Nonviolence 2013, we at Engaging Peace will continue our efforts to inform and remind our readers about various forms of violence promoted by groups of Americans for self-serving goals. We will also continue to highlight a range of efforts to promote nonviolence, often accomplished by ordinary people who are sick of deadly aggression and inhumane behavior, and are determined to take action against it.
To learn more about the kinds of activities that comprise a Season for Nonviolence and the people who make them happen, watch this video and listen to their engaging song.
Kathie Malley-Morrison, Professor of Psychology