When New Yorker Julio Diaz followed the man who had taken his wallet at knifepoint and offered him his coat as well, leading to a transformative conversation and to his wallet being returned, he demonstrated the power of nonviolence in response to street violence. Al Green started his town hall meeting on health-care reform with questions for his audience about how the meeting should be conducted, resulting in the group creating a mutually agreed-upon contract, he demonstrated the power of mutual respect in a group to counter disruptive violent tactics.
We need more people who will follow in the footsteps of these pioneers.
Public discourse over Nepal’s constitution – a document pioneering in some ways and less progressive in others — reminds me of this history and this on-going struggle to realize full equality.
Our founding fathers grappled with a number of thorny issues, such as federalism, separation of powers, and the allocation of resources.
As we begin to experiment with nonviolence, we will come face-to-face not only with our actions, but with our hearts as well. King's words: May we choose to experiment with nonviolence in our families, our communities, and in our public discourse.
If we take this experiment seriously, we will discover a force more powerful, a force powerful enough to transform our relationships on every level, powerful enough to transform our culture and to change the world.What we also need in America today are those who will risk experimenting with the power of nonviolence in our families, in our communities, in our nation.American culture has become a violent culture, and we need pioneers who will blaze a new trail. A few unsung ordinary heroes (and probably many more we don't know) have taken the first steps in blazing the trail.He said his actions were ultimately designed to find common ground between groups.He wrote:“The aftermath of nonviolence is reconciliation and the creation of a beloved community.” And that’s what the United States is working toward in Nepal, a “beloved community” that is representative of the people and delivers on the kind of social change envisioned by Dr. Debates around basic legislative representation and electoral districts have fueled controversy and protests – some of them tragically violent.There is a need for patience, non-violence, and prompt compromise. King, President Barack Obama in his State of the Union Address earlier this week, said, “Democracy grinds to a halt without a willingness to compromise; or when even basic facts are contested, and we listen only to those who agree with us.” Now more than ever in Nepal, all stakeholders should work together in the sincere, constructive, and non-violent spirit of Dr. to achieve mutually agreeable and lasting compromises, so that the people of Nepal can move forward together as a nation. King makes the case for why protest without force is the best way to enact social change.Now more than ever in Nepal, all stakeholders should work together in the sincere, constructive, and non-violent spirit of Dr. to achieve mutually agreeable and lasting compromises Today the United States celebrates the lifework and incredible legacy of one of our most influential citizens, civil rights leader Reverend Dr. In 1994, Congress designated Martin Luther King Day as a National Day of Service, encouraging Americans to spend the day helping their communities.As a result, many see Martin Luther King Day as “a day on, not a day off,” to join together in programs to improve our communities.King’s leadership and eloquent power of speech gave people the courage to work peacefully towards these goals even when others did not. Since he began his work over 60 years ago, people around the world seeking to create social change and to secure the rights of minorities have been drawn to his ethos, accomplishments, and above all, his tactics.These civil rights protests created political momentum for social change, leading to new laws addressing injustice, which helped create a more equal society in America. With a population as diverse as Nepal’s, ensuring that all citizens — particularly those who feel excluded — are represented, protected, and listened to, is an enormous and necessary challenge to overcome.