Thank you UC Irvine!

February 7, 2013

L to R, Globe, Doc, Kazu and UCI student leader Angelina Dayfallah

At the end of January, PPWN was able to join our chair Dr. Bernard Lafayette at the University of CA Irvine, as he received the prestigious Citizen Peacebuilding Award, an honor that has previously gone to the Dalai Lama, President Jimmy Carter, and Mikhail Gorbachev.  During the trip, we were able to help with two workshops, one for students and another for faculty, and Doc was able to present to two classes in addition to the evening event where he received the award.

UCI seems very interested in exploring what it might mean for them to institutionalize Kingian Nonviolence on their campus.  We are grateful to all the students and faculty that made this all possible, especially student leader and Kingian Nonviolence trainer Angelina Dayfallah, who took the lead in organizing all of the events.  We look forward to working with UCI in the future to continue to expand our Beloved Community!

Check out videos of Doc’s presentations below.

Highlights of Doc’s speech before receiving the award

Full speech and presentation of the award

Doc speaking to a class on community based research

Doc speaking to a class on mediation and negotation

More People! More Power!! More Progress!!!




Four More Days to Pie!!!

January 28, 2013

Peace Pies and Prophets is almost here!  Part of a national tour promoting peace and raising funds for organizations working towards it, the evening will feature a performance of “I’d Like to Buy an Enemy,” a witty satirical theater skit playing off how society keeps us in control by keeping us afraid of some “enemy.”  And there will be an auction of home-baked pies!!!

Make sure to join us this Friday at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church of Oakland, 2619 Broadway.  Tickets are a suggested donation of $12, but no one will be turned away.  This event is a joint fundraiser for PPWN and Christian Peacemaker Teams, who sends nonviolent peacekeeping forces into war torn regions such as Iraq and Palestine.

We Still Need Your Help!!!  If you can bake us a pie (or two) or volunteer at the event, please send an email to ASAP!!!

Click here for more info and to reserve tickets, here to watch a preview of the show, or here to see the Facebook event.

Come watch this great performance before going out to First Friday and help us spread the word!!!

Congratulations to our new assistant trainers!!!

January 21, 2013

On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, PPWN got to celebrate by certifying a new group of assistant trainers in Kingian Nonviolence!!!  These new trainers will help us with our ongoing and expanding work in the local jails, with local youth groups, and with the community here in the Bay Area and beyond!

We had an amazing 5-Day Advanced Training in our new office, with an incredibly diverse group of people all coming together to help continue the legacy of Dr. King and keep working towards the Beloved Community.

Thanks to everyone who was a part and who supported this process!  Please consider supporting this work and helping our programs expand into new communities!  Click here to see more pictures from this training.

Positive Peace,


Waging Nonviolence: MLK’s Final Marching Orders

January 21, 2013

1965 anti-civil rights billboard in Selma, Ala., showing Martin Luther King, Jr., at the Highlander School. (Flickr/Penn State Special Collections)

“Now, Bernard, the next movement we’re going to have is to institutionalize and internationalize nonviolence.”

It was a comment made almost in passing. Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Jr., then the national coordinator for the Poor People’s Campaign, was walking out of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s motel room in Memphis, Tenn.

Dr. Lafayette figured this was a conversation that they would finish later, and he walked out of the room and headed to Washington, D.C., to attend a press conference. But the two would never go on to finish that discussion; five hours later, Dr. King was assassinated.

Dr. Lafayette was determined to not let Dr. King’s vision die with him. He took those last words, “institutionalize and internationalize nonviolence,” as what he has since called his “final marching orders” and has been working ever since to accomplish just that.

In the late 1980s, Dr. Lafayette joined forces with David Jehnsen, another activist who was involved in the civil rights movement and was responsible for drafting the first proposal for the U.S. Institute of Peace. Together, they created the Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation training curriculum.  READ THE REST OF THIS STORY AT WAGINGNONVIOLENCE.ORG

Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King!!!

January 15, 2013

Today, January 15th, would have marked Dr. Martin Luther King’s 84th birthday.  I find myself wondering how things might be different if he were still with us today.  But while his heart may have stopped beating in 1968, his legacy continues to live with us today.  His dream is far from being realized, and it’s up to all of us to ensure that one day, we will reach the Beloved Community he spoke so passionately about.

As the nation moves into a week filled with activities, ceremonies and events organized in his honor, let’s remind ourselves of what Dr. King really stood for.  If we are going to continue to use his name and image as a moral compass for this nation, we owe it to him to never forget what his real legacy is.

While it is great that many communities will come together over this weekend to celebrate, to participate in neighborhood clean up projects and other activities as part of the “Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service,” I can’t help but think what he would have thought of people cleaning up trash from the streets in his memory as homeless people sleep on those same sidewalks.  What would he have thought of us celebrating the work he did in the 60s as young people are being murdered in the streets today?  What would he have said about big banks and corporations spending lavishly to build him statues while kicking people out of their homes, or of McDonalds celebrating Black History while poisoning the community?

Not all of those things are “bad” things.  People should be beautifying our neighborhoods, corporations should be honoring the legacy of great leaders of the past.  But if that’s all we do when we think of King, we are doing him, and the nation a disservice.

Today, tomorrow, and every day from this point on, let us remind ourselves what King really stood for, and let’s commit ourselves to being a part of his living legacy.

King was not simply a “nice” person who wanted all people to get along.  He was a fierce organizer who was not afraid of confrontation.  He was not only a man who had some wonderful dream one night, but a man who had the courage and the audacity to take to the streets and demand justice.   He was a man who called his government the “greatest purveyor of violence in the world” and wanted to see a movement that was “nonviolent, but militant, and as dramatic, as dislocative, as disruptive, as attention-getting as the riots.”

If we are to ever get anywhere close to seeing his dream come to reality, we must never water down his message.  We must always have the courage to stand up and speak out against all forms of injustice, no matter where it is coming from.  That is how we will honor his legacy.  And that is how we should celebrate his birthday.

We need to shift how his Holiday is framed and celebrated.  It is not enough to have a “day of service.”  No, we need to demand a “day of justice.”  And in our struggle for justice, let us also keep in mind that King reminded all of us that Agape, unconditional love for humanity, is the most powerful weapon at our disposal.  As radical and as militant as his politics and tactics were at times, it was always grounded in the power of love.

I want to leave folks with this, a video of Dr. King’s favorite singer, Mahalia Jackson, singing Precious Lord, Take My Hand.  After he was shot in Memphis, his last words were to musician Ben Branch, who was at King’s side.  He said, “Ben, make sure you play ‘Take My Hand, Precious Lord’ in the meeting tonight. Play it real pretty.”



KINGIAN NONVIOLENCE 2 Day Core Orientation with Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr. February 8-9, 2013

January 3, 2013

February 8-9, 2013

9AM – 5PM Each Day
Philadelphia, PA  (Exact Location TBA)

Cost:  $150.00 per participant from community based organizations
              $300.00 per for university or corporate staff
(see below for scholarship info)


Positive Peace Warrior (PPWN) nonviolence trainers will introduce community participants to the Kingian Nonviolence philosophy and the ways Kingian nonviolence, as espoused by Dr. Martin L. King, Jr., might be utilized to work with community leadership in nonviolent conflict reconciliation and story-telling. This 2-day orientation is designed to explore how the philosophy of Kingian Nonviolence has been used to prevent violence and identify violent prone situations.

The course will focus on violence prevention and violent prone situations using the philosophy of Kingian Nonviolence.

Registration: To register for this training, CLICK HERE.

Cost: The full tuition  will cover all expenses, including training manuals, supplies, training fees, travel for the trainers, etc.  Limited scholarships will be available, but will be based on how many participants are able to pay the full tuition, and how much we are able to fundraise.

For More Info: Contact her at She will be posting updates via Facebook and Twitter @ForCommunities

My 30-day fast to promote Dr. King’s revolutionary nonviolent message

January 2, 2013

This statement was authored by Carol Bragg and is being reposted here with permission.

An Appeal to the President, U.S. Congress, Governors, and State Legislatures to Embrace Dr. King’s Revolution in Values and Commitment to Nonviolence

On January 1, I shall begin a 30-day fast to appeal to the president of the United States, the U.S. Congress, and the governors and legislatures of the 50 states to embrace the revolution in values and commitment to nonviolence that are part of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  January 1 is the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.  January 30 is the Memorial Day for both Mahatma Gandhi and Coretta Scott King.

The year 2013 is an historic year, marking the 50th anniversary of events that forever changed America: the assassination of our beloved President John F. Kennedy, the March on Washington where Dr. King delivered his inspiring I Have a Dream speech, and the Birmingham, Alabama campaign in which black schoolchildren were met with high-pressure fire hoses and police dogs, perhaps the best example in our nation’s history of the power of unarmed love to defeat the forces of violence and evil. In addition, Dr. King published his collection of sermons, Strength to Love. In the wake of the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, 2013 is a year that cries out for national action. Read the rest of this entry »