Because it works.
“Nonviolence means avoiding injury to anything on earth in thought, word or deed,” Gandhi once wrote. We believe with Gandhi and Dr. King, that the words “love” and “peace” can be used by the culture of violence to justify the world’s wars, injustices and violence, so with Gandhi and Dr. King, we use this clumsy word “nonviolence” to talk about a new way of life, a new spiritual path, a new methodology for social, political change, and a new way to organize through grassroots movements as the best hope for humanity.
“We can change the world if we do it nonviolently,” Cesar Chavez said. “If we can just show people how they can organize nonviolently, we can’t fail. Nonviolence has never failed when it’s tried.”
Nonviolence is a powerful method for challenging and overcoming violence without using violence; for creatively transforming and resolving conflict; and for fostering just and peaceful alternative. People around the world are using active nonviolence in grassroots nonviolent movements to build more democratic societies, to champion human rights, to challenge racism and sexism, to struggle for economic justice, and to safeguard the planet. Recent quantitative research has demonstrated that nonviolent strategies are twice as effective as violent ones.
Organized and disciplined nonviolence can disarm and change the world – and our lives, our relationships and our communities. Techniques for everyday nonviolence are spreading – from nonviolent communication to restorative justice; from peaceful parenting to trauma healing; and from anti-racism training to nonviolent community-building.
Pace e Bene tries to carry on the legacy of Gandhi and Dr. King to teach, promote and organize nonviolence at every level of life and society, to take nonviolent into the mainstream, to invite every human being on earth to start living a nonviolent life, to join the global grassroots movement of nonviolence, and to work for a new culture, a new world, of nonviolence.
Dr. Martin Luther King’s Principles of Nonviolence
Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.
Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding.
Nonviolence works to defeat injustice, not people.
Nonviolence holds that voluntary suffering can educate and transform.
Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate.
Nonviolence believes that the universe is on the side of justice