Friday, August 31, 2018

The Nonviolence Movement: The future is this moment and not someplace out there

Dear Friends,
We are writing to invite you to join with us in a dialogue to discuss how we can work together, through nonviolent civil resistance, to bring about real change and bring an end to the war crimes of our government.
Malachy and Joy have both been engaged in nonviolent civil resistance with the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (NCNR) since its earliest days in 2002, when it was known as Iraq Pledge of Resistance.  Now we find ourselves at a juncture and believe that there could be a better way to continue this work.
As we have thought deeply about this over the last several months, it seems clear that we need to reach out to broaden our efforts and to work together with a larger group of people who have the same concerns in engaging in nonviolent civil resistance against the empire and militarism. 
Though many of us are engaged in local actions throughout the country, we would like to invite you to come together to discuss with us how we could join together in a concerted collective effort to confront empire at least once a year at its heart, in the Washington, DC area. 
The community of good people who we have worked and witnessed with in NCNR over the last 16 years are truly wonderful and inspiring friends. We’ve experienced so much, and have grown a lot together. However, the juncture we find ourselves at today is, it seems, far from 2002 and the violence of empire is more oppressive today than ever. We think a conversation is needed about how we can all expand our work.  The future of a movement practicing nonviolent civil resistance is vital to bringing about real change.
We would like to invite you to enter into a conversation about working together and organizing for at least one annual mass action of nonviolent civil resistance in or around Washington, DC confronting the US imperial War Machine.  We are looking at Saturday Sept. 29 or Sunday Sept. 30 in the Washington, DC area.
**Please contact either of us at or
**We want to reduce long and cumbersome email threads.  Please do not reply all, but just send either Malachy or Joy a note stating whether or not you are interested in this idea and whether you can meet in DC Sept. 29 or 30. 
In peace and resistance,
Joy and Malachy

"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs

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