Working for peace & justice through nonviolence since 1915.
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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.
In April 2014 a courageous Afro-Colombian community took a stand against the illegal armed groups that controlled their daily lives for over 15 years and transformed their neighborhood into a peace zone. The same year, the Movement for Black Lives ignited in the United States, vividly drawing national attention to an epidemic of state violence against Black communities.
This November, FOR Peace Presence and FOR-USA have organized a six-city tour to bring Black community leaders from Colombia and the U.S. together for critical discussions. While governments in both countries invest in war and militarization and prioritize economic development, Black communities are demanding respect for their lives, spaces, and rights. Bridging the Americas is bringing voices of activists together to explore these incredibly timely issues.
Willian Mina—Youth leader at the Puente Nayero Humanitarian Space, Colombia
Willian is a sociology student at the University of the Pacific, working with children, teenagers and youth on issues of peace building and the appropriation of territories through the cultural practices of dance, traditional music from the Colombian pacific coast and traditional games.
Anthony Grimes— Director of Campaigns and Strategies at FOR-USA.
Anthony is a writer, photographer/filmmaker, human rights activist, pastor and theologian. Anthony roots himself in the tradition of the black-led, prophetic, freedom movement, while building new democratic and artistic possibilities.
Nhora Isabel “Chava” Castillo Panameño—Leader at the Puente Nayero Humanitarian Space, Colombia
A mother of three and founding leader of the Puente Nayero Humanitarian Space, Chava graduated high school and is beginning her studies in sociology at the University of the Pacific in Buenaventura. She says, “my leadership comes from my family who’ve been involved in... My father has been a natural leader for over 40 years...”
Please stay tuned to the FOR Peace Presence website and keep an eye out for email invitations pertinent to your location with further details about engagements and events in each city. Also, stay tuned for details about a national conference call with the speakers for those of you unable to attend an event.
We so hope that you can join us to engage with these powerful leaders about connecting the Movement for Black Lives across the Americas.
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.