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What We Do Strengthen, build & demilitarize.

Nonviolent direct action in Minneapolis organized by FOR Staff and National Council photo by Rebecca Lawrence

Strategic nonviolent movements are one of the most potent forces in the world. They oust dictators, change policy and realize the hopes of communities. For over 100 years FOR has strengthened the movements that reshape society through our work in Black Lives Matter, training in Nonviolent Civil Disobedience, training in Jail Support and Fiscal Sponsorship.

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Relationships established through strong communities are the glue of our work. We ground ourselves in relationships of accountability and a spirituality that spans faith traditions. We help build communities that reflect our vision of Beloved Community through our Chapters, Networks & Affiliates, Interreligious Engagement & Understanding, Intentional Communities and Retreats for Movement Leaders & Activists.

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We see nonviolence as a way of life, a moral commitment, and a social tool. As a branch of IFOR's international network we work with partners around the world to end militarism in all of its forms, working through the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, United Nations Advocacy, Demilitarizing Communities, Boycott Divestment and Sanctions, Anti-drone Initiatives and #GiveRefugeesRest.

Dec 29, 2016

Thank you for standing strong in 2016

by Rev. Kristin Stoneking

Last week, thinking about writing this year-end message to you, I asked our FOR staff, “Have there been any high points in 2016?” It wasn’t a rhetorical question--the truth is, the last six weeks have felt like any gains we’d made toward securing a violence-free, war-free world in 2016 had been erased by the real fear and threat engendered by the new administration.

But it is also true that to suggest there were no gains toward peace in 2016 is to diminish the countless hours you and I put into showing up—at rallies and actions, writing letters, and organizing meetings.

And to the faithfulness you showed in persevering in nonviolence by refusing to buy into us vs. them language, being willing to move away from comfort or certainty to accompany our most vulnerable siblings, and by holding and acting on a vision of the beloved community.

This is the “truth force” of Gandhi’s satyagraha: we cannot change reality if we do not tell the truth about reality as it is—even in all of its dismalness--and we cannot change that reality without the force of our moral convictions.

The truth contained in our moral convictions will lead us to an ultimate reality of peace, and out of the conventional reality mired in violence.

There have been multiple moments in 2016 when FOR showed up grounded in truth force. With your support and fueled by the power of our convictions, we continued to organize on behalf of and with you, working with people of faith and conscience across the nation and world, to stand for a world free of domination and oppression. 

Thank you for being with FOR this year. There have been highpoints and there have been gains. 

A few highlights that stand out for me:

  • The deluge of #giverefugeesrest pillowcases you and other FOR friends sent to the 31 inhospitable governors who pledged to deny Syrian refugees resettlement in their states, with a reversal of position by the governor of Tennessee.
  • I felt the legacy of years of faithful FOR support for peace in the Middle East through two FOR-led or co-sponsored Interfaith Peacebuilders delegations to Israel-Palestine, including the Indigenous and people of color delegation, representing faith-based nonviolence in the holy land and education and advocacy for Palestinian rights at home in the U.S.
  • The hope represented in the four amazing young adult
    interns
    living and working at FOR headquarters this last summer and 30 young adult activists at the Seabeck summer conference celebrating FOR’s centennial, leading us into our second century. 

Gandhi believed that for satyagraha to be valid, it had to be tested. There is no doubt in my mind that the coming years will provide that test. 

Will you make sure that FOR can continue to provide spiritually grounded leadership toward a just and compassionate world through the transformative power of nonviolence by making a gift today?

There have been other dark times, and FOR has stood the test of time. Time and time again we are reminded that violence only begets more violence. Conversely, we know that courage and compassion lead to more courage and compassion.

We need to raise nearly $150,000 and inspire 50 new donors between now and December 31 to insure FOR has the support to do the work we foresee in 2017.

I thank you for your past support and your ongoing faithfulness; and I hope we can count on your gift as we end this year.  

Thank you for standing strong for truth and justice in 2016. We’re ready for 2017.

 

Photo credits: top photo FOR national headquarters - Sally Savage, DC delegation - FOR, Community of Living Traditions, IFPB delegation - Jay-Marie Hill, summer interns selfie - Abigail Gibson, and Standing Rock. 

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