What is the impact that you see Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) having in the world?
On the morning of his assassination, almost fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Our next movement is to institutionalize and internationalize nonviolence.” Decades before King’s challenge, Rotary Founder Paul Harris said, “The road to war is well-paved, the road to peace is a wilderness.”
All over the world there are little paths being walked daily, even amidst violence, helping to build that road. Each is significant and vitally needed to create the world that King, Harris, and countless other individuals have inspired in humankind. NP’s path—providing unarmed civilian protection in conflict zones—is validating King’s dream and transforming Harris’ statement into a reason for optimism, as is the United Nation’s support for unarmed civilian protection. NP’s recent nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize is also a credible indication that hope will increase in the next 50 years. Our Midland chapter is filled with purpose and excitement in our work together to increase awareness of, and support for, NP—our own little path to peace.
Press Clip Source: Midland Daily News Date: February 29, 2016Written by: Matthew Woods Read original article: Here
“I expect many of you have never heard about the Nonviolent Peaceforce until you received your invitation,” Paula Liveris said to the packed room at the Midland Country Club this week.
A large group of people from Midland and points beyond gathered for tea, and to hear about what the organization that is doing its best to bring resolution to conflicts around the world — without weapons or violence.
The event, entitled “Transforming the World’s Response to Conflict,” was hosted by Jeanne Schaller, chair of the Midland Chapter, and Paula Liveris. The event featured a special visit by Marna Anderson, the group’s director of development and communication. The Midland chapter meets four times a year.
The group is unique in the world of other conflict resolution organizations as its focus is to train its field members to resolve conflicts in war and civil war zones, all without the use of weapons or the proliferation of more violence. The organization has been in operation since 2002, first working in India. It also holds a consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.