Nonviolence is a philosophy that centers on a conscious refusal to enact harm. Thich Nhat Hanh said nonviolence is “love in action.” Martin Luther King Jr. said nonviolence is both external and internal: “You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.” Cesar Chavez saw nonviolence as a path to organize and change: “Nonviolence is our strength.” Gandhi said, “Nonviolence means avoiding injury to anything on earth in thought, word, or deed.” All these statements recognize the power we carry individually and collectively to honor connection and love in the midst of conflict, change, discrimination, and anger. Nonviolence emphasizes people over policies; it allows us to question the status quo while showing solidarity. It asks us to be our best selves in the face of the worst situations. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.

Mandela and the Question of Violence

One should never lose sight of why America preaches nonviolence to some people while urging other people to arms.

Beyond Good and Evil

It sounds simple, yet it’s more than a technique for resolving conflict. It’s a different way of understanding human motivation and behavior. - D. Killian

A Conversation with Marshall B. Rosenberg

People can change how they think and communicate. They can treat themselves with much more respect, and they can learn from their limitations without hating themselves.

Interview with Marshall Rosenberg: The Traveling Peacemaker

Whether he’s working in a war-torn area or an inner-city slum, Rosenberg’s goal is the same: to teach and encourage compassionate communication

Radicalizing Yoga and Bringing Social Justice to the Mat

Yoga teacher and activist Michelle C. Johnson talks to Nonviolence Radio about her book "Skill In Action."


Social Justice