Support the January Training!!!

December 3, 2012

As you know, we just announced our upcoming Advanced Training in January.  By participating in this 5-day training, you will be able to assist trainers in presenting sections of the Kingian Nonviolence training curriculum.

Several people have already expressed interest in this training, but we need EVERYONE’s help to make it happen!  We have just launched our first online fundraising campaign through IndieGogo.  Every dollar we raise on this site will go to supporting scholarships for this training.

Please help us out by donating and spreading the word about our IndieGogo campaign with your friends on Facebook or by sending an email to your friends.  And remember, with the $10,000 matching challenge from PeaceWorkers, each dollar you give will count twice.


Thank you all for your support!

Boycott Violence! Invest in Peace!!!



Advanced Training Opportunities in Kingian Nonviolence!!!

November 25, 2012

Greetings to our Beloved Community!

Over this past year, many of you (over 1,000 and counting!) participated in one of our many two-day workshops, which is an introduction into the philosophy of Kingian Nonviolence. And many of you have reached out to us since then to ask the question, “so what’s next?” “How can I learn more,” and “how do I become a trainer?”

Youth in Chicago going through a weeklong Advanced Training to become Youth Presenters

We are thrilled to hear about people’s interest in studying more about this philosophy, and the reality is is that we need you. We need more and more people to have the capacity to educate others about King’s vision of building a nonviolent society. And as our own work expands in the local jails and with community and youth
groups throughout the country, we need to expand our team to meet the demand for our work.

We are happy to announce two upcoming oppurtunities for you to go through the next stages of training!

This January in Oakland, CA, we will be hosting a 5-day Advanced Training, which will take place over two weekends. We will begin with full day sessions on Saturday and Sunday, January 12th and 13th, and continue into Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, training all day from the 19th – 21st of January. This will include a “field trip” on the 19th, attending a workshop and panel discussion hosted at the Church of Fellowship, a church founded by King’s mentor Howard Thurman as the country’s first fully integrated, multi-cultural church (more on that below).

After participating in this advanced training, participants will be certified as Kingian Co-Presenters. This means that you will be able to facilitate certain portions of the two-day curriculum, and be able to assist full time trainers during presentations in the jails and our in the community. CLICK HERE to find out more about this oppurtunity.

Matt, aka “Rev Win,” presents for the first time after receiving his Level I Certification from PPWN.

Also, this coming August in Selma, Alabama, PPWN will be partnering with the Freedom Foundation to host a full, two-week Level I Certified Training. This intensive, held from August 5th through the 16th, will certifiy you to present the entire two-day introductory workshop in Kingian Nonviolence. Through participation in lots of small group work, research projects, role plays, lectures, video presentations and other activities, you will be fully briefed in the philosophy of Kingian Nonviolene and the history of the movement from which it was born.

This will also be an oppurtunity for you to learn directly from Dr. Bernard Lafayette, who was one of the first national organizers to work in Selma. It is a great chance for you to learn the history of the movement there from one of the people who led the organizing in that very city. CLICK HERE to find out more about this oppurtunity.

Participation is limited in both trainings, so please register early. Even if you are not able to participate in the actual trainings, you will be receiving updates soon about how you can still contribute to these trainings, and to the expansion of our Beloved Community. Stay tuned.

And make sure to check out two more upcoming events in the Bay Area!

On Saturday January 19th, come celebrate the Martin Luther King Day Weekend with PPWN, Occupy Be the Change Caucus, and the Church for Fellowship of All Peoples, the country’s first fully integrated, multi-cultural church founded by King’s Mentor Howard Thurman.  Panelists include PPWN’s own Kazu Haga.  CLICK HERE for more.

And save the date for Friday, February 1st as PPWN partners with Christian Peacemaker Teams to host a production of Ted & Company’s “Peace, Pies and Prophets: Who Wants to Buy An Enemy?”  This is a comedic theater piece that explores how society uses fear to control us.  This will be a joint fundraiser for PPWN and CPT.  More details to come, CLICK HERE for more about the play.

We look forward to continuing to build with each and every single one of you!

Positive Peace,


David Hartsough’s Statement on Protesting Drone Attacks

November 9, 2012

David Hartsough

David Hartsough is a lifelong nonviolent activist, having participated in the lunch-counter sit-ins during the Civil Rights Movement, and is STILL a committed activist, participating in demonstrations and risking arrest in the name of peace and justice.  He has also been a major supporter of our work at PPWN.

PPWN honors all of our elders, but gives special appreciation to elders like David, who not only celebrates the work he did decades ago, but is still engaged in the struggle today.  We have much to learn from the commitment of people like him.

On October 30th of this year, David was arrested again (he has over 125 arrests on his rap sheet!), this time protesting the use of Drones by the US Military at Beale Air Force Base.  He is now facing federal charges.

Please see below the statement from David about why he decided to take this particular action.  Find out more about his work by visiting, and look out for his book of stories on nonviolent struggles in the coming months!

David Hartsough’s Statement:
We are one human family. All people in the world are our brothers and sisters. If someone attacks our blood brother or sister, e would do everything in our power to stop them.

This is the way we feel about innocent civilians being killed by drones in Afghanistan
and Pakistan.

Drones are totally immoral Read the rest of this entry »

An Open Letter to Anarchists from a Nonviolence Practitioner

October 18, 2012


Chances are you’ve never heard of me, but if you have heard of me at all, you probably know me as the nonviolence guy that wants to pacify the movement, is funded by the CIA, and wrote this piece.

While my stance on nonviolence and property destruction hasn’t changed since writing that, one thing that has changed is my understanding of what many of you were trying to do.  When I wrote that piece, I admittedly didn’t know much about anarchist theory, and the intent and strategies behind your actions.

A lot of conflicts in our society begin when we assume we know what the other side is about.  And since that time, I’ve gotten to better know some of the thinking behind some of the actions.

I’ve gotten to know some of you personally, and all jokes and differences aside, I admire the loyalty that many of you show to your people and the courage you show in putting your body on the line for a cause that you believe in.  I believe that more people need to show that type of courage, as I believe that we are in a time in history where radical change is necessary. And to get there, we will need soldiers who are willing to risk their safety.  Just like the Panthers did in the past, just like Che did, just like King did, just like Gandhi did. Read the rest of this entry »

Doc’s Wisdom

October 18, 2012

In September, we were honored to have Dr. Bernard Lafayette visit us in the Bay Area.  He joined us as we visited three pods inside the San Bruno County Jail to visit with 150 men, and we were joined by about 150 more from the community that evening to celebrate the International Day of Peace.

Here are the videos of both events.  Doc speaks on a variety of topics, including stories from his time spent organizing with Martin Luther King, on the meaning of the concept of “turning the other cheek,” the importance of working with youth, and much more.

Part 1 of the jail visit – Openings, testimonials and poetry performances from the men.
Part 2 of the jail visit – Dr. Lafayette’s Presentation, Q & A, and comments from the men.

Part 1 of the evening event – Openings, stories and poetry performances from local youth, stories and updates from PPWN.
Part 2 of the evening event – Dr. Lafayette’s presentation and Q&A from the crowd.

Street Spirit

October 5, 2012

Photo by Howard Dyckoff, taken at our 9/20 event.

The newest edition of Street Spirit features an article as well as an interview with PPWN Chair Dr. Bernard Lafayette, during the PPWN event held in Oakland, CA on the eve of the International Day of Peace.

Our thanks to Terry Messman of Street Spirit for the write-up, and to David Hartsough from PeaceWorkers for setting up the interview.

CLICK HERE to read the article, entitled, “Keeper of the Dream: Bernard Lafayette Carries on the Living Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement.”

CLICK HERE to read their interview with Doc, entitled, “LEgacy of the Civil Rights Movement: The Street Spirit Interview with Dr. Bernard Lafayette.”

Street Spirit is a magazine published monthly by the American Friends Service Committee, who pays for the entire publishing costs and gives copies to homeless people to sell as a way to generate income.  Please visit their website, and support them when you see them being sold in our community!

Happy International Day of Peace!!

September 21, 2012

Happy International Day of Peace from the Positive Peace Warrior Network!!! We are in the midst of celebrating this day with a series of events and workshops with PPWN Chair and co-author of the Kingian Nonviolence philosophy, Dr. Bernard Lafayette.

Yesterday, we are able to reach close to 300 people, about half of whom were incarcerated men and the other half in the community.  We were able to speak with three different pods inside the San Bruno County Jail, each of which houses about 48 men.  Each of these pods have recently received a two-day Kingian Nonviolence workshop, so it was great to be able to bring in Doc to speak to the men.

We were also joined by several staff, including the jail’s Captain, several of the deputies and program staff.

In the evening, we were joined by about 125 people at our event at Humanist Hall.  We  were incredibly honored and humbled to see such a huge, diverse crowd.  In addition to hearing from Doc, we were blessed with some youth performing poetry, a blessing from the East Bay Meditation Center, and a video message from youth in Selma, AL (despite some technical challenges…).

May we all find joy, no matter where we are.

This has been an amazing year for us, as you all know.  In our effort to practice the Top-Down Bottom-Up approach, we have worked with sherriffs departments and Occupy Movements.  In our commitment to bridge the gap between genrations, we have worked with elders as old as 85 and youth as young as 15.  In our investment to youth, we have worked with High Schools, colleges and youth organizations.  In our effort to reach our vision of the Beloved Community, we have worked with churches and meditation centers, with incarcerated men and wealthy donors, with former mayors and homeless youth.

We’ll be Read the rest of this entry »