IJPC believes in a vision of a nonviolent and peaceful Cincinnati. There are a handful of other cities across the country that are invest in this work in their own communities, guided by Campaign Nonviolence and their Nonviolent Cities Program. Our work in Cincinnati will be unique and adapted from that specific model so that we are guided by our passionate residents and local resources. We call upon activists, organizers, local leaders, political and religious leaders and ordinary citizens in every city in the nation to organize this Nonviolent Cincinnati.
We know a violence-free city sounds impossible. Radical, yes, but impossible, no! It’s an idea whose time has come. Violence has caused too much suffering for far too long. We are better than this and we know can do better than this.
We know this is big. We know it will challenge the status quo. We know this will take time. And, we know we can only do this together. This is a grassroots movement. We will organize to analyze the strengths and challenges present in our community, determine how we can have the most positive impact, and design and deliver on a plan of action. Together, we will discover how to promote, teach and internalize principles, methods, and alternatives to violence in all forms at all levels. In the process, we will create just, peaceful, and sustainable solutions that will transform life in our homes, communities, and institutions.
Since Pursuing Peace in Cincinnati, the kickoff of this initiative, community members from Greater Cincinnati have joined together to form the Founding Committee of Nonviolence Alliance and have begin to plan what Nonviolence Alliance of Greater Cincinnati looks like. They have also developed a mission statement for this coalition.
Mission: To imagine, practice and promote a Nonviolent Greater Cincinnati by working toward solidarity with individuals and organizations to dismantle structures of violence.
The Nonviolence Alliance of Greater Cincinnati will build a broad coalition of peace partners from a wide range of backgrounds and skills. Together, we will develop a comprehensive shared vision of a peace-filled nonviolent city, and work together to turn this vision into a new shared reality. To connect with Nonviolent Cincinnati, email Andrea.