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People Power Peace

Published: Nov. 17, 2023

In a time of horrifying wars in Europe and the Middle East, we need stories of nonviolence more than ever. On November 8, such stories were told to a class in Portland State University by Rivera Sun, a staff member of the Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service.

In this presentation, Rivera Sun’s goal was to fill a void in our history books and our cultural knowledge. When our movies, books, and history lessons focus on violence and war, it's hard to stand up for nonviolence as an effective way to resolve intractable conflicts, to say nothing of wars that have broken out. Yet this talk shows how many times over, human inventiveness, courage, and persistence have worked where force of arms failed.

Click here to listen to this presentation.

from Virginia Herrick, Bellingham Friends Meeting (11/15/2023)