NVA emerged following IJPC’s 2017 “Pursuing Peace” Annual Gathering. During the event, keynote speaker Fr. John Dear inspired local community members and organizations to imagine a nonviolent Greater Cincinnati area and encouraged us to take up the challenge to transform ourselves into that vision.
Cincinnati is home to an impressive collection of community organizations and involved residents. We are also rich in leadership, talent and resources. But, our city is also plagued with a consistently high rating of poverty and pervasive multi-level violence. Too many of our community members live in desperate situations that stand in stark contrast to the life of security and general comfort many others enjoy.
Inspired by Campaign Nonviolence and their Nonviolent Cities Project, the NonViolence Alliance aims to build a broad coalition of peace partners from a wide range of backgrounds and skills to build a more nonviolent Cincinnati. NVA is grounded in Gandhian and Kingian principles of nonviolence, and it strives to create peace in our community by:
- Broadly sharing our common vision of a nonviolent and peaceful community.
- Creating a radically inclusive and diverse alliance of individuals and organizations committed to creating a more just and nonviolent community.
- Educating ourselves and the public about active nonviolence and providing opportunities to learn the skills necessary for living a nonviolent life and dismantling violent structures.
In addition to many individual members, below are the organizational members that make up NVA.
Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (convener)
Students Helping Students, Neighbors Helping Neighbors