From : 2 October (Mohandas K. Gandhi’s birth anniversary)
Until : 16 October (World Food Day)
A global call for action to stand up for our diverse & free food heritage.
Click here to watch a video message from Vandana Shiva, and take action!
“Our seeds and food are vital to life. We cannot afford to allow the destruction of the planet and our health to continue. We cannot allow seed slavery and food dictatorship to continue. We must take back our seeds, our food, our freedom.”
– Vandana Shiva
In gratitude for all those who fight daily and sometimes die to protect life on our planet. Click here to watch this powerful video.
Watch this interview with Johan Galtung, founder of the Peace Research Institute of Oslo and TRANSCEND International, a network for peace, development, and environment.
Watch this documentary about Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange and the team behind the notorious anti-censorship organization, Wikileaks.
Watch this 1968 speech by Robert F. Kennedy titled “The Mindless Menace of Violence in Society”.
“Violence breeds violence, repression breeds retaliation, and only a cleansing of our whole society can remove this sickness from our souls.” – RFKennedy (from video)
Watch this short film about the “Revolution of the Spirit” in Burma, led by democratically elected president Aung San Suu Kyi (currently under house-arrest by the military junta).
Nelsa Libertad Curbelo Cora speaks on her inspiration behind Barrio de Paz (Peace Town), “a non-violent youth movement in Guayaquil, Ecuador. It brings together street gangs to provide services to the struggling community. Gang members band together out of a need for unity, structure, and love when their social fabric has been torn apart. Mirroring the society that marginalizes them, gangs use this unity for domination and aggression. Nelsa shows how this instinct toward oneness can be transformed into a power of service, life, and love.”(Global Oneness Project).
A fantastic teaching resource on conflict analysis. Watch here.
Media for Peacebuilding honors the life and work of Mohandas K. Gandhi, the “Mahatma,” pioneer of civil disobedience and sustainable development, the “Father of India,” on what would have been his 141st birthday. May we reflect on how his teachings on nonviolence, service, compassion, and personal experiments with truth can inform our daily lives, our communities, and the world today.
In his words, “I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest [person] whom you have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to [them]. Will [they] gain anything by it? Will it restore [them] to a control over [their] own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to swaraj [freedom] for the hungry and spiritually starving millions? Then you will find your doubts and your self melt away.“
-One of the last notes left behind by Gandhi in 1948
Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, interviews the “Father of Peace Studies” and Right Livelihood Award Laureate (1987) Professor Johan Galtung in Bonn, Germany. Click here.
A Global Telesummit for Building a Culture of Peace will be held online from September 14th until the 21st. It is a free virtual conference with over 50 peacebuilders from around the world, including Johan Galtung, Dennis Kucinich, Louise Diamond, Shariff Abdullah, 13 indigenous grandmothers, and many many more! Click here.