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.
21st Century Peace Literacy Foundation
CAIR – Cincinnati (Council on American Islamic Relations)
Center for Interfaith Community Engagement, Xavier University
Cincinnati Works Phoenix Program
Citizens for Global Solutions: Greater Cincinnati Chapter
Congregation of Divine Providence
Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph
The Dorothy Day Center for Peace and Justice at Xavier University
Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue
Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (convener)
Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Office of Peace, Justice and Care of Creation
Students Helping Students, Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO)