A movement to connect the dots between groups working to end racism, poverty and war, what Martin Luther King called the three evils of society. This September 15-23, 2018, Campaign Nonviolence organized its week of action with peace and justice groups across the world who staged marches, events, civil disobedience, etc. to stand in solidarity for the causes of peace and nonviolence.

PROCLAMATION ISSUED BY MEMPHIS AND SHELBY COUNTY MAYORS DECLARES WEEK OF NONVIOLENCE


PHOTOS FROM THE 2018
WEEK OF ACTION
 
             


Campaign Nonviolence Memphis garnered a considerable amount of local publicity for their 2018 Week of Action. On Friday, Sept. 14th, an op-ed piece in The Commercial Appeal promoted a Community Forum on Restorative Practices and Conflict Resolution in the Schools, held at the National Civil Rights Museum (see photos below). TV cameras were present for Gio Lopez's Nonviolent Communication Training on Monday, Sept. 17th (above top left). CNV organizer Paul Crum (top right) was interviewed that day by Local 24/CW30. Pax Christi Member Randy Gamble (middle left) also spoke to interviews as did Chairman Monica Juma (middle right) and was joined on camera by organizer and local peace activist Janice Vanderhaar (bottom).


CNV organizer Paul Crum welcomed guests to the National Civil Rights Museum on Tuesday evening, Sept. 18th for a panel discussion on Restorative Justice Practices and Conflict Resolution in Schools. Panelists included Dr. Randy McPherson, Manager, Student Behavior & Leadership at Shelby County Schools,
LeTicia Taylor, Licensed Restorative Practices Trainer and Rod Peterson, Oakhaven Middle School Principal. Campaign Nonviolence Memphis will continue to pursue and advocate for the expansion of these programs in our schools. Additional sponsors for the program were Pax Christi Memphis and education advocates STAND for Children.

    

 


On Wednesday evening, Sept. 19th, we gathered at the Paradisio Theatre for a special screening of Pope Francis: A Man of His Word. The Pope's message of peace was particularly relevant during this week. The film emphasized his work of reform and his answers to today's global questions from death, social justice, immigration, ecology, wealth inequality, materialism and the role of the family

 





 
Music fans brought lawn chairs and blankets to Freeman Park in Bartlett for Music for a Nonviolent World on Thursday evening, Sept. 20th. Songs of Hope, Peace and Nonviolence were performed by musicians Sara Williams, Soriana Wood, Ramona McKnight, BJ Banks, Mark Wiklund and Paul Crum. Thanks to all the musicians for donating their time and talent, and to all who attended and sang along.
 

Debbie Burch organized 108 Sun Salutations for Peace and Nonviolence. Yoga enthusiasts gathered at St. Timothy Episcopal Church in Southaven on Friday, Sept. 21st, the fall equinox.


Participants wrapped up the Week of Action with a Mindfulness Walk for Peace and Nonviolence around Rainbow Lake in Overton Park on Sunday, Sept. 23rd.

Campaign Nonviolence was also represented at the Memphis Peace Conference the following weekend (Sept. 29th). Events included a panel discussion of spiritual and community leaders at the Withers Collection Museum and Gallery on Beale Street, and a visit and talk from Sri Viswayogi Viswamjee Maharaj.

Most photos by Pat Crum. Gazebo photo by Monica Juma. Yoga photo by Debbie Burch


Photos from the 2014 week of action.



At the Enough is Enough March in north Memphis, Sept. 19




Campaign Nonviolence Memphis held a Community Forum on Gun Violence last night as our week of action continues. Memphis is ranked as the nation's 5th most violent city, but plenty of people are working to change it, including these four gentlemen who comprised our panel: (pictured from left) Stevie Moore of Freedom from Unnecessary Negatives, Elgin Tunstall, Violence Intervention Liaison at Regional One Health Center, Delvin Lane of 901 BLOC (Better Lives, Opportunities and Communities) and Bishop Mays, Jr., Director of the Memphis Gun Down program. Attendees heard from several other speakers representing community groups and city & county agencies. Memphis Mayor A C Wharton was also present to praise the efforts underway to stem the tide of gun violence, and to present the challenges we face in our work. Thanks to Cheryl Cornish and First Congregational Church for hosting us once again.


Paige Jerit from the 4th grade class at St. Agnes Academy created the grand prize winner in our poster contest.


Rev. Eddie Brooks jammin' at the Sing a Song for Peace Rally on Sunday, Sept. 21st,
The UN International Day of Peace.


Drummers chased away any negative vibes that might have been hanging around Robert Church Park
at the Sing a Song for Peace Event on Sunday.


A great turnout for the Retreat on Gospel Nonviolence led by Fr. Charles McCarthy at Church of the Holy Spirit on
Saturday, Sept. 20th. Fr. Charlie put us all in the right frame of mind for a great week of nonviolent actions.


Sister Jeannine Gramick delivered a moving talk about violence toward
the LGBT Community. She challenged us to speak up about things
we can do to create a more just environment for all.


The right of all people to peace! On Saturday, Sept. 28th we marched in solidarity with the LGBT Community at
the Pride Parade down Beale Street.