Friday, December 28, 2012


OMNI NEWSLETTER #6 ON NONVIOLENCE,    DECEMBER 28, 2012.   Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace.      (#3 June 7, 2011, #4 September 30, 2011; #5 Sept. 21, 2012).

My blog:  The War Department and Peace Heroes
Newsletters on Peace, Justice, and Ecology:
See: Imperialism, Militarism, Pentagon,  Recruiting, Suicides, Whistleblowing, and more.

“Nonviolence, of course, does not mean that we shouldn’t take action in the world.  Nonviolence is not passivity; it is not inaction.  Nonviolence denounces apathy.   In fact, apathy is one of the greatest threats to peace.”    Scott Hunt, The Future of Peace, p. 336.

Nos. 3 and 4 at end.

Contents of #5
The People’s Charter
Nonviolence Organizations
   Nevada Desert
   War Resisters League
Reviews of Books
   Ram and Summy

Contents of #6
New Book:   York and Barringer, essays on Christian Nonviolence and Pacifism
Dick:  Noncooperation, One Method of Direct Action
Gene Sharp, There Are Alternatives (to violence and wars)(free book)
Nonviolence and Pacifism, Misc. Writings
Two Older Books on Nonviolence.
      Judson on Children
      McAllister on Women
OMNI’S TV “Book Sampler” 

Here is the link to all OMNI newsletters:

1.                            A Faith Not Worth Fighting For, Edited by Tripp York, Justin Bronson Barringer.

2.                 A Faith Not Worth Fighting For: Addressing Commonly ... › ... › Christian Books & Bibles  Christian Living
$24.62 - In stock
... Nonviolence (Peaceable Kingdom) [Multiple Contributors, Tripp York, Justin ... By countering common objections to the Christian peace witness, the book ...

3.                          Collection of essays answers fundamental questions of nonviolence ...
Sep 18, 2012 – It's hard to handle the profound challenges of Gospel nonviolence, ...Asked Questions about Christian Nonviolence (edited by Tripp York and Justin ... I say this is a necessary book, even required reading for every Christian ...

4.                          A Faith Not Worth Fighting For - Wipf and Stock Publishers
May 17, 2012 – Addressing Commonly Asked Questions about Christian Nonviolence.   Edited by Tripp York, Justin Bronson Barringer. -. Book Description ...

5.                          How Am I Not in This Book? A Pacifist's Lament/Book Review ...
Jun 28, 2012 – Barringer and York quote Gandhii on this: “The only people on earth who do not see Christ and his teachings as nonviolent are Christians.

6.                          The Case for Christian Nonviolence // Asbury Seedbed
Nov 1, 2012 – I was first introduced to the idea of Christian nonviolence in a ... As Tripp York and I wrote in the introduction to our new book A Faith Not Worth ...

7.                          Christian pacifism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Christian pacifism is the theological and ethical position that any form of violence is .....This understanding typifies Walter Wink's book, Jesus and Nonviolence: A Third Way..... Bayside, New York: Holocaust Resource Center and Archives.

8.                          INTERVIEW: Tripp York Answers Questions About 'A Faith Not Worth ...
Jul 2, 2012 – Last week I posted my review of the new book on Christian pacifism, A Faith Not Worth Fighting For. Today I'm interviewing Tripp York, co-editor ...

9.                          A Faith Not Worth Fighting For: Addressing commonly asked ...
 Rating: 4.4 - 11 votes
Jun 1, 2012 – Goodreads: Book reviews, recommendations, and discussion ... For: Addressing commonly asked questions about Christian nonviolence ... editors Justin Bronson Barringer and Tripp York have assembled a number of essays ...

10.                    A Faith Not Worth Fighting For: Common Questions about Christian ...

by Kurt Willems - in 546 Google+ circles - More by Kurt Willems
Jun 21, 2012 – Having jumped headfirst into this book I am convinced that it is the primer on all things Christian nonviolence, besides offering up a basic New ...

11.                    Ask a Pacifist...(Response)
Mar 22, 2012 – These were tough questions, but our friend Tripp York responded with wit, ... Tripp is also committed to Christian nonviolence, and in June releases a book,... Christian nonviolence is neither a political theory nor a pragmatic ...

By Dick Bennett
     Working nonviolently for peace, justice, and the environment can engage us on three levels:  education, protest, and resistance.    First, we must ensure that above all we must be informed about the local, state, and national issues we consider crucial, before we attempt to inform the public.  Our power begins here; our slogan is “Knowledge is Power.”   From  this foundation we can launch our appeals and protests against the individuals and institutions that choose, for example,  violence and wars,  warming and climate change.   If after pressing our demands for the people’s sovereignty as thoroughly as we could and receiving only indifference and rebuke, we must turn, as did Gandhi and King, to direct action, which is what they meant by nonviolent resistance.  Without using armed force, we must force the stubborn agents of oppression and destruction to change by deploying one or a combination of the methods analyzed, for example, by Gene Sharp, or narrated, for example, in A Force More Powerful.
     During the preceding century of slaughter, men and women on all continents also extraordinarily struggled against adversaries of all kinds to reclaim sovereignty of and for the people, to remove the palace and build the ballot.   Noncooperation was one of their methods.   Thoreau in his “On Civil Disobedience,” 1848, condemned cooperation with a government that permitted slavery and initiated wars of aggression.  He affirmed the right to refuse allegiance to a tyrannical government and urged the people of the USA refuse to pay their tax bills to stop state violence. 
    Thoreau influenced Tolstoy who influenced Gandhi, who wrote in his preface to a reprint of an essay by Tolstoy: “An oppressor’s efforts will be in vain if we refuse to submit to his tyranny.”    This is true because, whether exerted against the violence of the Pentagon and wars, a military occupation, the fossil fuel industry, bigotry--racial, religious, or patriarchal--or any other oppression, noncooperation can expose the illegitimacy of power based upon fear, killing, destruction of property, and the legitimacy based upon consent.
      This legitimacy can end command-obedience power and can endure in the rule of law derived from  people power in republics.  And this legitimacy was achieved by movements when unjust laws were not obeyed, when people refused to work or buy, when public services stopped.  Noncooperation worked successfully against autocracy in India, South Africa, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and other countries, and is at work in the global BDS Movement against Israel.   And it is only one method of nonviolent resistance.

GENE SHARP, THERE ARE ALTERNATIVES (to violence, the Pentagon, wars), a free book


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Judson, Stephanie, ed.  A Manual on Nonviolence and ChildrenResources for children and adults to resolve problems nonviolently and for creating the peacemakers of tomorrow.   1984.

McAllister, Pam, ed.  Reweaving the Web of Life: Feminism, and Nonviolence1983.  “Stressing the connection between patriarchy and war, sex and violence, this book makes it clear that nonviolence can be an assertive, positive force.”   Ms. Magazine.  Over 50 contributors on such topics as “Women and the Struggle Against Militarism” plus poems, photos, annot. Biblio.    “Best new book—1983”—Win Magazine Annual Book Poll.  (Dick)


Reported by Dick Bennett during 2012 over Public Access TV’s “Short Takes” (5 minutes), 3 books each ST.


Contents of #3

Dalai Lama on Nonviolence

Nonviolence History: A Force More Powerful

Civilian Defense
Nonviolent Communication

Anger Positive?
Video from Metta Institute

Palestinian Nonviolent Resistance
Resources/Bibliography (see Newsletters #1 and #2)


Contents of #4

Books on Nonviolence
Books and Film on Nonviolence in Palestinian/Israeli Conflict
Chenoweth and Stephan on Civil Resistance/Nonviolence
Long on Christian Nonviolence
Pal on Islamic Nonviolence
Nonviolence at Liberty Plaza, Cairo


1 comment:

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