nonviolence

Love does not equal ownership

This is sooooo right on.

Here is what the heck happened: You guys broke up… What additional “closure” could she have given? What kind of explanation would satisfy? Breakups are painful, and we don’t always understand the reasons for them, but after a four-month romantic attachment ends I don’t think the person is responsible for all of your feelings literally YEARS later.

Posting this in solidarity with all of my sisters and brothers out there who have ever feared humans who objectify other humans. Awesome to see this critique being articulated.

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Ithaca: Citizenship Education Program

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The Dorothy Cotton Institute (DCI) is offering the Citizenship Education Program over 3 Sundays: Sept. 21, 28, and Oct.5, at beautiful La Tourelle Inn on Rt. 96B South Hill.

Please read the flyer and share this with anyone you know who wants to

  • develop their ability to take direct action nonviolently,

  • communicate effectively and build support for the issues they care about,

  • get beyond internal, interpersonal and institutional stumbling blocks for positive change,

  • exercise their rights, use their power and make a difference in this world.

Animal rights vs. Animal welfare

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Evolve Campaigns made this great viral graphic comparing animal rights and animal welfare. I’ve seen it around for a while, and have always thought it did a good job of making the distinction clear. So when I saw it on Pinterest I gave it a heart!

Then I read the comments. I don’t usually engage like this, anymore! But I couldn’t help it, I had to dive in.

It’s interesting to me that folks see veganism and animal rights as some kind of choice of animals over humans, when humans are animals, and so many vegans are also human rights advocates for this reason (and also because they’re, you know, generally decent people who are working on becoming less oppressive). I don’t think that was ever an issue for me. My issue was that animals were tasty. But in any case, I don’t think any of these issues are good reasons for eating someone.

Save the date for the International Day of Peace: September 21, 2014

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From Wikipedia:

The International Day of Peace, sometimes unofficially known as World Peace Day, is observed annually on 21 September. It is dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone for humanitarian aid access. The day was first celebrated in 1982, and is kept by many nations, political groups, military groups, and peoples. In 2013, for the first time, the Day was dedicated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to peace education, the key preventive means to reduce war sustainably.

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Hear from Palestinian Nonviolent Resistance Activists, March 5-6 in Ithaca

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This just in from Dorothy Cotton Institute:

Irene Nasser and Fadi Quran, two Palestinian nonviolent resistance activists that our delegation met with when we visited the West Bank are coming to the US for a DCI sponsored Speaking Tour.
They will be speaking at several events in Ithaca:

Wednesday, March 5th

7-9pm, Ithaca College – Klingenstein Lounge

Thursday, March 6th

12-1:30-GIAC [please RSVP to this event; here’s a flier]

7-9pm – Cornell University – Kaufmann Auditorium

Nominees sought for MLK Peacemaker Award

The Community Dispute Resolution Center and the Greater Ithaca Activities Center are seeking nominations for the 16th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Peacemaker Award.

The award is given to an individual or organization who works non-violently for change, who brings people together to resolve differences or promote social justice, and whose work benefits the Tompkins County community.

Nominations should consist of a letter of one or two pages on why the nominee should win the award and be sent to CDRC, 120 Martin Luther King Jr. St., Ithaca, NY 14850, or emailed to cdrc@cdrc.org by Dec. 16.

The award will be presented at the MLK Community Breakfast at 9 a.m. Jan. 18 at the Beverly J. Martin Elementary School gymnasium.

Link: Nominees sought for MLK Peacemaker Award (Ithaca Journal)

Happy birthday César Chávez

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Happy birthday to the late, great César Chávez: a labor rights and environmental justice activist, and a vegan. He said,

I became a vegetarian after realizing that animals feel afraid, cold, hungry and unhappy like we do. I feel very deeply about vegetarianism and the animal kingdom. It was my dog Boycott who led me to question the right of humans to eat other sentient beings.

Should pacifists have to pay for gun control?

Well, yes. But so should gun fans – and I think they should be more responsible for picking up the tab, than anyone else. That said, we live in America, where we all pay taxes equally (unless you’re “too big to fail,” and then America basically pays you to be here, because capitalism).

This morning I read an article in the February 25th issue of Tompkins Weekly, by Sue Henninger, called “Gun Control Foes Speak Out.” It reads in part… More

Why I think all guns should be destroyed

I just read this article about the father of one of the people killed in Newtown, testifying at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on an assault weapons ban, and I felt compelled to say, publicly: I think all guns, missiles, and bombs (with the possible exception of internationally-held systems for meteor defense — I think ahead!) should be melted down or otherwise destroyed. Let’s throw mines in there too.

This is why: right now, almost anyone can go out and buy a lot of deadly weapons. If one of them decided to go crazy, or just to be desperate and unhappy and in my area, they could do whatever they wanted to me, because they have a gun. If they only had a knife, or even a bow and arrow (though that would be really, really weird…), I could lock my door and fend them off. But if they have a gun, they can shoot right through my door, my walls, my windows. My only defense from this is to get a gun, myself, but statistics show me that I would be much more likely to accidentally kill myself or a family member than any intruder. I also like to go hiking, and have to put up with whole seasons of the year when people may or may not accidentally shoot me because they’re busy trying to track down and slaughter various defenseless animals. I have had absolutely no say in this whole situation. Basically I have found myself born into a world where people around me feel so strongly about bloodsports and faulty, outdated interpretations of our constitution (last I checked, an assault weapon was nothing like a musket, and a Libertarian does not a Militia member make), and as such, I have to be in daily fear of random violence, and have to feel pushed to join in that violence myself, just to defend myself and my family. That is totally unfair. I’m just using myself as an example here; this applies to all of us. And this is why I think guns have no place in civil society.

Guns are machines made solely to kill sentient beings. That is their purpose. I view them as a terrible mistake, and I hope that some day, we human beings will recognize the error of our ways. Imagine a world where no one ever has to fear a stray bullet. I want to live in that world, and I believe we will not get there unless each of us takes a stand and says NO to this cycle of violence.

Dave Thomas and Buzz Lightyear, reunited: An object lesson in animal personhood

This viral photo is the sad document of the moment when Dave realized he was going to lose Buzz. Click here for the heartwarming story of how these two friends were reunited with the help of a photographer named Maria Sanchez. More