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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.
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.
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.
FOR Peace Presence, The Fellowship of Reconciliation's organization in Colombia has shared with us some good news that we are excited to pass on! On August 24th, the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) announced a peace agreement.
FORPP released the following statement after the agreement was announced:
"Peace has no future, only the present. We do not build it tomorrow, but TODAY, in the way that it is TODAY that we build COMMUNITY." ~Eduar Lanchero, deceased member of the Peace Community of San Jose de Apartado
Yesterday, the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) announced that, after four years of negotiations, they have reached a final agreement to officially end over 50 years of armed conflict. Last night, crowds gathered to listen to a live broadcast of the announcement and to celebrate the agreement, which will officially be signed on September 23rd.
At FORPP, we believe that signing an agreement to end Colombia's armed conflict presents an unprecedented opportunity to put an end to the devastation of decades of war. We also congratulate civil society and human rights defenders for their daily, ongoing efforts throughout the armed conflict to construct a sustainable and lasting peace across the country.
With big goals come big challenges. Much work remains to truly end violence and create a more just society post-accord, including addressing the continued presence of armed groups and implementing an accord that addresses many complex and historic issues in the Colombian conflict.
Through our Longing for Peace campaign, our partners have expressed a mix of emotions, longings, concerns, opinions and reflections about what peace means for them day in and day out. We will continue to provide physical safety and political visibility to them, as they continue to do the everyday work that makes real peace possible.
The FOR Peace Presence Team
"Peace in our country is something that everyone has longed for, because we're children of war." ~Community leader of Nilo, Cundinamarca, Colombia.
We focus on building movements and peace networks by acting as a resource hub for activists, organizers and communities. Through our network of chapters and affiliates we connect movements at the grassroots level.
We provide workshops, educational resources, strategic consulting, and speaking engagements for diverse audiences. We run young adult leadership development programs and nonviolent direct action trainings for front line movements.
We're part of a global Fellowship growing a vibrant, creative, international and intergenerational peace and justice movement. More than 70,000 consituents in the US participate in our base-building work. Join us!
For over 100 years FOR members have led the strategic application of nonviolence to political and social change movements worldwide. We honor and count among our number Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King, Thich Nhat Hanh, Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Muriel Lester, Sulak Sivaraksa, James Lawson, Jean and Hildegard Goss-Mayr, Andre and Magda Trocme and many more.
FOR recognizes individuals and organizations who make exceptional contributions to peace, justice and reconciliation. We honor unsung grassroots activists with the Local Hero Award, US justice leaders with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award, and international peacemakers with the Pfeffer Peace Award.
Since 1918 FOR has produced publications and a national journal to shape and reflect learning on the power of nonviolent social change. Since 1934 that award-winning journal has appeared under the title Fellowship, now issued twice yearly in summer and winter. FOR's national newsletter, Witness, is produced in spring and fall and provides highlights of campaigns and projects led by grassroots FOR chapters and affiliates.