SEPTEMBER 21-22, 2018
MOMENT OF TRUTH: NONVIOLENCE OR NON-EXISTENCE: CHOOSE NONVIOLENCE
Join us Friday, September 21, the International Day of Peace, to celebrate and reflect on 5 years of Campaign Nonviolence and our next steps; and on Saturday, September 22 for a rally at the Martin Luther King, Jr memorial with silent march to the White House. See schedule below.
2018 marks 50 years since the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. The night before he was killed, he told the crowd in Memphis, “The choice is no longer violence or nonviolence; it’s nonviolence or non-existence.”
As a nation, we are faced with this Moment of Truth and we must choose. Truth itself is becoming non-existent. This White House administration has made 3,251 false or misleading statements since taking office. This is shocking. We must reject the deceit. It is time to reclaim reality and act in this Moment of Truth.
With just weeks before the pivotal fall elections, what choice will we make? Will we continue to allow a culture of falsehoods that justify war, poverty, racism, and environmental destruction? Or will we choose a future of nonviolence that seeks truth, peace, racial, economic and climate justice? Join Campaign Nonviolence as we converge in Washington, DC to show that we choose nonviolence and truth.
On Saturday, September 22, we invite you to join with others who will march from the King Memorial to the White House to symbolically return every documented false claim and to show that we CHOOSE NONVIOLENCE and TRUTH. Some of us will attempt to hand-deliver these false claims back to the White House by engaging in nonviolent direct action.
The march and witness will be carried out in a spirit of nonviolence. We seek to challenge and change the alarming discourse of deceit that has enormously destructive consequences for the earth and all of its inhabitants.
THE NATIONAL CONVERGENCE SCHEDULE
Friday, September 21, 2018
4:00pm – 5:30pm:
Nonviolence training by CNV with Ken Butigan and Veronica Pelicaric. Free. Dinner available for purchase at The Potter’s House restaurant and bookstore next to the Festival Center.
Gathering at The Festival Center to celebrate, reflect and share stories on five years of the Campaign Nonviolence movement and discuss next steps. Speakers include CNV leaders Rev. John Dear, Ken Butigan, George Martin, and Kit-Evans Ford. Free-will donations accepted at the door.
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Rally at the statue of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on the Southside of the Lincoln Memorial, near the Jefferson Memorial Tidal Basin.
Silent March. We will line up in pairs holding signs and walk in silence from the Dr. King statue past the Lincoln Memorial to the front of the White House, where we will stand in silence with signs in Lafayette Park. While some keep vigil in front of the White House, others will participate in nonviolent direct action.
Sign up on the top right form. Please let us know which events you will join and how to contact you.
CNV is not coordinating lodging or transportation.
This convergence is taking place during the 5th Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions September 15-23, 2018. Be sure to hold your event locally earlier that week, then join us in DC!
Together in this Moment of Truth, we choose the way of nonviolence and we will take our message to the White House and the nation. Together, our collective actions and voices are calling for an end to the culture of racism, poverty, war, and environmental destruction, and making the choice for nonviolence, peace and truth.
For more information, contact Ryan Hall at Pace e Bene, at firstname.lastname@example.org.