Do No Violence to the Immigrant, Homeless, or Children: Organizing to Heal and Transform the Nation in the Year 2020
The events of 2020 are laying bare inequalities that have long plagued the United States and the global community. The intersections of the pandemic, ongoing racialized violence, and hate-filled political rhetoric, combined with the volatility of the upcoming U.S. presidential elections, are exposing the costs of the status quo and pushing each of us to examine our role in advocating for justice.
The Kroc Institute is partnering with Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana, to offer a series advocating for nonviolence as an effective strategy to resist violence and support movements for justice. Voices from different streams of nonviolence—including communal nonviolence, liberationist nonviolence, and strategic nonviolence—will speak as witnesses to the power of nonviolence in action.
Liz Theoharis is co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival with the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II. The campaign was responsible for organizing the largest and most expansive wave of nonviolent civil disobedience in U.S. history. She is the Director of the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary.
Session Topic: Liz Theoharis, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign, will discuss biblical and constitutional foundations for organizing for justice and movement building; strategies for unleashing the power of low-income people in the lead-up to the election; and the imperative of building a movement during the current moment when we're faced with multiple interlocking crises.
You can view the full AMBS Witness Colloquium series on their website.