Posts Tagged ‘ nonviolence ’

Amid the George Floyd protests, imagining the nonviolent state – Vox

 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. escorted by police officers as he is taken into a hearing on a charge of probation violation following his arrest for assisting a student sit-in demonstration in 1960. Donald Uhrbrock/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images

What if nonviolence wasn’t an inhuman standard demanded of the powerless, but an ethic upon which we reimagined the state?

Source: Amid the George Floyd protests, imagining the nonviolent state – Vox

History Corner – How An Environmental Newsletter Toppled a Dictatorship & Unified Europe – Extinction Rebellion

Members of the Environmental Library, photographed by the Stasi on the night of their arrest, 24th November 1987.

This year saw the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. This iconic event is often seen as part of a broader world history – the dissolution of the USSR, the opening up of Eastern Europe, the end of the Cold War.

Source: History Corner – How An Environmental Newsletter Toppled a Dictatorship & Unified Europe – Extinction Rebellion

Livestream | Marianne 2020

Marianne Williamson is running for president in 2020 and is dedicated to creating a new political possibility that elevates our standards of American democracy.

Williamson, who participated in the first two Democratic Debates, did not qualify for the third debate in Houston, TX which took place two days ago. She chose to live stream her responses to the third debate in the above video.

If you watch this video and Marianne Williamson’s ongoing campaign, you will avail yourself of a healthy tonic to free yourself and your judgment from corruption, lies, and brainwashing.

Marianne Williamson is, however, close to qualifying for the fourth Democratic Debate scheduled for October 15 and October 16, 2019 and sponsored by the New York Times.

with kind regards and respect,

Donna Fleischer at word pond

Source: Livestream | Marianne 2020

Hinds visits pipeline site, urges reform of FERC and says Trump ‘gutting the EPA’ | This Is a CRISIS!

 

Source: Hinds visits pipeline site, urges reform of FERC and says Trump ‘gutting the EPA’ |

International Extinction Rebellion

 

 

This is Our Declaration of International Non-Violent Rebellion Against the World’s Governments for Criminal Inaction on the Ecological Crisis.

 

Source: International Extinction Rebellion

Chelsea Manning Is a Free Woman: Her Heroism Has Expanded Beyond Her Initial Whistleblowing

One could almost say that Chelsea Manning’s 2010 leaking to WikiLeaks has faded into the background when assessing her true impact as a human being.

Source: Chelsea Manning Is a Free Woman: Her Heroism Has Expanded Beyond Her Initial Whistleblowing

(2014) Judith Butler: Speaking of Rage and Grief

Disobeying to transform the world: A conversation with Enric Durán – Waging Nonviolence

Enric Durán before going into hiding. (Enric Durán / enricduran.cat/)
Disobeying to transform the world: A conversation with Enric Durán – Waging Nonviolence.

A Longhouse Birdhouse: Rural Life and the Neighborhood : Habitat

Bob Arnold photograph

Habitat : THE ROCK IS MY HOME another essay on rural life and neighborhood / A Longhouse Birdhouse

“I don’t live in the world of ‘well, that’s how it goes, that’s the world now.’ Not to this guy.” Nor do I, Bob, I’m certain you know. I’m glad you’ve written this accounting. Knowing you, and Susan as I do, I trust every word of it, and stand strong with you as you stand by your own words, because your words are deeds. They are not rhetorical. They seek to inform and mediate. They are the cool, clear water of a reasonable and fair mind, a mind long practiced in the timeless nature and lessons of the natural world and the human in it. Your mind arises from the countless interactions of one who comes to know the land by interacting with it in myriad ways, safekeeping it, assisting it along in its cycles of rebirth and decay. Likewise have I experienced your interactions with people, myself included. You come to the human exchange free of most jaded assumptions and stereotypes, with your hands and eyes open to greeting a new person, making a new friend. You come to the exchange expecting only what you experience in your own interiority: fairness, decency, and delight. 

I am saddened and righteously indignant to hear of you and Susan being so maligned. I find it tragic that many cannot resolve conflicts nor respect differences with their own cognizance. This seems to be something foreign to their own life experience. And, if they would just put down the weapons of their pretensions, hubris, and immaturity, they could see you standing there willing to find accord. What a lost opportunity to learn, to grow one’s life. They ensnare themselves and blame you and Susan for it. 

Please let me know if I can help in any way. 

in peace, love, and joy,

Donna

A Carefully Crafted F**k You, Nathan Schneider interviews Judith Butler – Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics

A Carefully Crafted F**k You, Nathan Schneider interviews Judith Butler – Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics.

All I really have to say about life is that for it to be regarded as valuable, it has to first be regarded as grievable. A life that is in some sense socially dead or already “lost” cannot be grieved when it is actually destroyed. And I think we can see that entire populations are regarded as negligible life by warring powers, and so when they are destroyed, there is no great sense that a heinous act and egregious loss have taken place. My question is: how do we understand this nefarious distinction that gets set up between grievable and ungrievable lives?”~ Judith Butler

” Thinking can take place in and as embodied action. It is not necessarily a quiet or passive activity. Civil disobedience can be an act of thinking, of mindfully opposing police force, for instance. I continue to believe in demonstrations, but I think they have to be sustained.” ~ Judith Butler

I am not sure that the work is “inner” in the way that Gandhi described. But I do think that one has to remain vigilant in relation to one’s own aggression, to craft and direct it in ways that are effective. This work on the self, though, takes place through certain practices, and by noticing where one is, how angry one is, and even comporting oneself differently over time. I think this has to be a social practice, one that we undertake with others. That support and solidarity are crucial to maintaining it. Otherwise, we think we should become heroic individuals, and that takes us away from effective collective action.” ~ Judith Butler

So we might consider: what practices embody interdependency and equality in ways that might mitigate the practice of war waging? My wager is that there are many. . . .   am trying to bring together people to think about new forms of war and war waging, the place of media in the waging of war, and ways of thinking about violence that can take account of new forms of conflict that do not comply with conventional definitions of war. This will involve considering traditional definitions of war in political science and international law, but also new forms of conflict, theories of violence, and humanistic inquiries into why people wage war as they do. I’m also interested in linking this with studies of ecology, toxic soil, and damaged life.” ~ Judith Butler