A movement to connect the dots between groups working to end racism, poverty and war, what Martin Luther King called the three evils of society. This September 14-22, 2019, Campaign Nonviolence will organize its week of action with peace and justice groups across the world who stage marches and events to stand in solidarity for the causes of peace and nonviolence.


 
Sunday, Sept. 15th • 4 pm
Concert for a Nonviolent Memphis
Halloran Centre Theatre

225 S. Main • Memphis 38103
The kick-off event for this year’s Campaign Nonviolence week of action will feature music by some of the city’s most talented artists, all of whom are donating their performance to support the expansion of programs aimed at bringing restorative practices and conflict resolution  to  Shelby County Schools’ classrooms.
Scheduled to perform are Keith Sykes, Reba Russell, Van Duren and Vick Loveland, John Paul Keith, Mama Honey, RobenX, Tony Manard, Eric Hughes, Jana Misener, Nancy Apple, J.R. Truth with Joyce Howard and Gerald Morgan, plus a pre-concert lobby performance by Eager Street.
Lobby doors will open at 3 p.m. and theatre doors at 3:30 pm. Tickets are only $10 and are available at orpheum-memphis.com.
For more information contact Paul Crum at 901-266-2464 or pcrum@bartlettart.com
See concert flyer below.
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS! ONLY $10 (plus applicable fees)
  
  
  
 Monday, Sept. 16th • 6:30 - 8pm
Ukulele Flash Mob of Memphis Sing-Along for Peace
Crosstown Concourse Theatre Steps (2nd floor)

1350 Concourse Avenue • Memphis 38104
The Ukulele Flash Mob invites the entire city of Memphis to come out and sing songs of peace at a fun-filled indoor event that is sure to inspire. Whether you play an instrument or not, gather on the steps to lend your voice to the cause of nonviolence in our city and in our world.
For more information contact Vicki Campbell at vcsorrento@yahoo.com.
  
 Tuesday, Sept. 17th • 7 - 9pm
Drone Warfare & Resistance with Frank Cordaro
Memphis Theological Seminary, Founders Hall 201

168 E. Parkway South • Memphis 38104
Frank Cordaro is a Catholic Peace Activist and co-founder of the Des Moines Catholic Worker Community. He is an author and frequent speaker on topics such as nuclear weapons, the arms race, US foreign policies, nuclear power and issues surrounding poverty in the US. He was awarded the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award.
For more information contact Pete Gathje at pgathje@memphisseminary.edu
 Thursday, Sept. 19th • 5pm
Planting of the Peace Pole by Veterans for Peace
First Congregational Church

1000 Cooper Street • Memphis 38104
Planting Peace Poles in your community links people all over the world who have done likewise in the same spirit of peace.
Every Peace Pole proclaims the prayer, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in the language of the country and often several other languages as well. Peace Poles can be found on all the continents around the world, and now, thanks to Veterans for Peace, Memphis will have its very own on the grounds of First Congo. Please attend the unveiling ceremony.
For more information contact George Grider at democracynowmemphis@gmail.com.
 Friday, Sept. 20th • 1-4 pm
Reach, Teach & Restore • Workshop for
Educators, Parents and All Interested Parties
Harding University • W.B. West Auditorium

1000 Cherry Road • Memphis 38117
This free workshop will feature a keynote address by Dr. Randy McPherson, Manager of Student Behavior and Leadership for Shelby County Schools. His address will be followed by three breakout sessions (participants can choose two): 1. Creating a Fight-Free Culture, led by Constance Weymouth, MS; 2. Restorative Circles for the Classroom or Anywhere, led by Gina True, M.Ed; or 3. Nonviolent Communication, led by Elaine Krueger, M.A.
Professional Development Hours are available to teachers who attend.
For more information contact Elaine Krueger at elainebkrueger@gmail.com.
See flyer below.


 Saturday, Sept. 21st • 9am - 3 pm
Gandhi-King Forum
National Civil Rights Museum

450 Mulberry Street • Memphis 38103
This one-day forum will focus on co-creating life skills tools for compassionate living, identifying three core elements: Personal, Professional and Social interactions. Often many are  difficult and antagonist, even though they do not have to be. Gandhi and King have a great deal to teach us.
The goal of the Gandhi-King Forum is for panelists to discuss and  co-create life skills tools that can help towards a more tranquil, respectful and compassionate life in each of the core life interactions - personal, professional and societal. Lunch will be served to all participants.
Note special free screening of the Gandhi Movie at Hollywood Cinema October 4th - 10th. For more details visit www.gandhiking.org
For more information contact Manoj Jain at mjainmd1@gmail.com.

 Sunday, Sept. 22nd • 2:30 - 5pm
I Am Us Memphis Festival for Unity and Peace
Pink Palace Museum Mansion Theater

3050 Central Avenue • Memphis 38111

A free event open to all ages featuring Interfaith Dialogue, Multicultural Performances and Compassionate Sharing. Singing and dancing representing African, Asian Indian, Hawaiian, Hispanic, Native American and European cultures will be featured. Spiritual leaders from Bahai, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jain, Jewish, Sikh and Sufi traditions will be welcomed. Keynote address will be presented by Sri Viswayogi Viswamjee Maharaj.
For more information contact Anjana Challa at achalla@rocketmail.com.
All events, with the exception of the Concert for Nonviolent Memphis, are free. Please attend as many events as you are able, and support the cause of nonviolence in our city and in our world.
See flyer below.




Campaign Nonviolence is a six-year-old project that works to connect the dots to end war, poverty, racism and environmental destruction. Locally, Campaign Nonviolence seeks to build a nonviolent culture in Memphis by bringing together groups and individuals working for positive change.
Each year CNV Memphis joins with hundreds of cities around the world in sponsoring a week of action, centered around September 21, the International Day of Peace as established in 1981 by a unanimous vote of the United Nations. Last year, Mayors Jim Strickland and Lee Harris issued a joint proclamation declaring a Week of Nonviolence beginning September 15, stating, “We in Memphis, a city renowned worldwide for the nonviolent legacy left by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will join cities and towns in all 50 states … in hopes of building a culture of peace and nonviolence.”
Currently, CNV Memphis is working with Shelby County Schools to advocate for nonviolent conflict resolution and restorative justice practices in our classrooms. In a city where an estimated 80% of homicides occur among parties known to one another, we believe that equipping young people with a set of skills aimed at settling disputes peacefully will extend to the broader community and carry over into their adult life, thus positively impacting the level of violence that plagues our great city.
Most years CNV has featured a musical component as part of our week of action, and this year we are taking it to another level with a Concert for a Nonviolent Memphis – a major event to kick off the week featuring some of the city’s most talented artists.
Musicians, singers and songwriters are donating their performances because they believe in our goals and recognize the importance of reducing violence. Ticket prices to the concert, planned for September 15 at the Halloran Centre Theatre, will be kept low – just enough to cover expenses associated with the production.
We hope that you will support us as well. Our goal is to raise awareness (not money) and promote nonviolence. Conflict resolution training has been shown to be effective in schools and communities around the world, and the need for building a more peaceful community in Memphis has never been greater.

Questions? Contact Paul Crum • 901.266.2464
or email pcrum@bartlettart.com


2018 PROCLAMATION ISSUED BY MEMPHIS AND SHELBY COUNTY MAYORS DECLARES WEEK OF NONVIOLENCE


PHOTOS FROM THE 2018
WEEK OF ACTION
 
             


Campaign Nonviolence Memphis garnered a considerable amount of local publicity for their 2018 Week of Action. On Friday, Sept. 14th, an op-ed piece in The Commercial Appeal promoted a Community Forum on Restorative Practices and Conflict Resolution in the Schools, held at the National Civil Rights Museum (see photos below). TV cameras were present for Gio Lopez's Nonviolent Communication Training on Monday, Sept. 17th (above top left). CNV organizer Paul Crum (top right) was interviewed that day by Local 24/CW30. Pax Christi Member Randy Gamble (middle left) also spoke to interviews as did Chairman Monica Juma (middle right) and was joined on camera by organizer and local peace activist Janice Vanderhaar (bottom).


CNV organizer Paul Crum welcomed guests to the National Civil Rights Museum on Tuesday evening, Sept. 18th for a panel discussion on Restorative Justice Practices and Conflict Resolution in Schools. Panelists included Dr. Randy McPherson, Manager, Student Behavior & Leadership at Shelby County Schools,
LeTicia Taylor, Licensed Restorative Practices Trainer and Rod Peterson, Oakhaven Middle School Principal. Campaign Nonviolence Memphis will continue to pursue and advocate for the expansion of these programs in our schools. Additional sponsors for the program were Pax Christi Memphis and education advocates STAND for Children.

    

 


On Wednesday evening, Sept. 19th, we gathered at the Paradisio Theatre for a special screening of Pope Francis: A Man of His Word. The Pope's message of peace was particularly relevant during this week. The film emphasized his work of reform and his answers to today's global questions from death, social justice, immigration, ecology, wealth inequality, materialism and the role of the family

 





 
Music fans brought lawn chairs and blankets to Freeman Park in Bartlett for Music for a Nonviolent World on Thursday evening, Sept. 20th. Songs of Hope, Peace and Nonviolence were performed by musicians Sara Williams, Soriana Wood, Ramona McKnight, BJ Banks, Mark Wiklund and Paul Crum. Thanks to all the musicians for donating their time and talent, and to all who attended and sang along.
 

Debbie Burch organized 108 Sun Salutations for Peace and Nonviolence. Yoga enthusiasts gathered at St. Timothy Episcopal Church in Southaven on Friday, Sept. 21st, the fall equinox.


Participants wrapped up the Week of Action with a Mindfulness Walk for Peace and Nonviolence around Rainbow Lake in Overton Park on Sunday, Sept. 23rd.

Campaign Nonviolence was also represented at the Memphis Peace Conference the following weekend (Sept. 29th). Events included a panel discussion of spiritual and community leaders at the Withers Collection Museum and Gallery on Beale Street, and a visit and talk from Sri Viswayogi Viswamjee Maharaj.

Most photos by Pat Crum. Gazebo photo by Monica Juma. Yoga photo by Debbie Burch


Photos from the 2014 week of action.



At the Enough is Enough March in north Memphis, Sept. 19




Campaign Nonviolence Memphis held a Community Forum on Gun Violence last night as our week of action continues. Memphis is ranked as the nation's 5th most violent city, but plenty of people are working to change it, including these four gentlemen who comprised our panel: (pictured from left) Stevie Moore of Freedom from Unnecessary Negatives, Elgin Tunstall, Violence Intervention Liaison at Regional One Health Center, Delvin Lane of 901 BLOC (Better Lives, Opportunities and Communities) and Bishop Mays, Jr., Director of the Memphis Gun Down program. Attendees heard from several other speakers representing community groups and city & county agencies. Memphis Mayor A C Wharton was also present to praise the efforts underway to stem the tide of gun violence, and to present the challenges we face in our work. Thanks to Cheryl Cornish and First Congregational Church for hosting us once again.


Paige Jerit from the 4th grade class at St. Agnes Academy created the grand prize winner in our poster contest.


Rev. Eddie Brooks jammin' at the Sing a Song for Peace Rally on Sunday, Sept. 21st,
The UN International Day of Peace.


Drummers chased away any negative vibes that might have been hanging around Robert Church Park
at the Sing a Song for Peace Event on Sunday.


A great turnout for the Retreat on Gospel Nonviolence led by Fr. Charles McCarthy at Church of the Holy Spirit on
Saturday, Sept. 20th. Fr. Charlie put us all in the right frame of mind for a great week of nonviolent actions.


Sister Jeannine Gramick delivered a moving talk about violence toward
the LGBT Community. She challenged us to speak up about things
we can do to create a more just environment for all.


The right of all people to peace! On Saturday, Sept. 28th we marched in solidarity with the LGBT Community at
the Pride Parade down Beale Street.