• 00:06

    Why I Am Committed to Nonviolence

    in Books

    There are so many, many incidents of violence happening all around us, every day, all the time.  Terrible, terrible things.  Mindless violence.  

    Every time someone is stabbed or shot, every time violence is inflicted on someone, it affects all of us.  It affects each and every one of us.  

    We must protect ourselves and our children.  We must end the violence.  

    I wrote about Nonviolent Communication, NVC, in Success Strategies for Black People and in my new ebook, Affirmations for Parents.  

    Click here for more information about the International Week for Nonviolence, 16th-23rd August 2014.  

    Click here for details of the Blogging Carnival for Nonviolence and how you can submit your blog.  

    We can end the violence, we can save lives.  It's up to you, it's up to me.  It's up to us.  

  • 00:45

    The Minister and The Mother Show - A Season for Nonviolence

    in Culture

    Join Kelly and Rima as they explore the international Season for Nonviolence which kicks off this week. Learn about how you can participate in practices that help you be a nonviolent and non-anxious presence in the world. Hear about the amazing synergy created by the event which is now in more than 150 countires around the world. How will you help to co-create a culture of peace and non-violence in your part of the world?

  • 02:00

    What Are We Really Fighting For Today? Civil Rights or Black Power?

    in Women

    At the end of his life, Dr. King's philosophy had transcended voting rights in the segregated South. His vision was about a transformed humanity, and his philosophy was that nonviolence was the key to such a transformation. Those who were impatient with the nonviolent movement believed that the whites who held the reigns of power would not be pursuaded to let them go by peaceful demonstrations. For the last 50 years, major cities have secured political representation and yet poverty and injustice is still a plague for many African American communities. Some say integration is the cultprit for the economic disempowerment. Did the Civil Right Movement go astray by luring Black consumers into White owned stores, disintegrating the economic power base of African American communities? Why didn't Civil Rights lead to economic empowerment? Did Dr. King's followers misinterpret the vision for the Movement? Was the Dream greater than the right to integrate? How do we manifest justice, equality and empowerment today? Is the answer to African American empowerment in the hands of the lawmakers, or in the hands of the voters or in the hands of consumers? What should we learn from the lives and deaths of Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Medgar Evers and the many others who paved the way for empowerment of this present generation?

  • 01:09

    SATURDAY WAKE UP CALL - Waging Peace With Nonviolent Direct Action

    in Spirituality

    The POWER of Nonviolence is understood by far too few people.  Mahatma Gandhi said, "Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of [hu]mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man."  Violence erupts from the lowest aspect of who we are as human beings. To achieve Peace through nonviolence requires a shift upward and into the Highest Expression of our Being. 

    The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us. — Black Elk (1863-1950)

    “The first principal of non-violent action is that of non-cooperation with everything humiliating.” ? Mahatma Gandhi, On Non-Violence

  • 01:00

    SATURDAY WAKE UP CALL -Hidden Secret of NonViolence

    in Spirituality

    SATURDAY WAKE UP CALL ......Hidden Secret of NonViolence

    A Season for Nonviolence is observed on January 30, 2014. Season for Nonviolence was established by Arun Gandhi, Mohandas Gandhi's grandson, as a yearly event celebrating the philosophies and lives of Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. The "season" begins with the anniversary of Mohandas Gandhi's assassination on January 30 and ends with the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination on April 4.

    So what is the Hidden Secret of Non-Violent Direct Action - Satyagrapha?


  • 01:00

    SATURDAY MORNING WAKE UP - Civil Rights 50 Years Later

    in Spirituality


    Topic for the Day:  Civil Rights 50 Years Later

    Today, in Washington DC, a nationwide coalition of civil rights groups is marching on the United States Capitol to call for legislation against discrimination by police and torture in the wake of the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s post-9/11 torture program. 

    Fifty years ago -- in 1964 --  Dr. Martin Luther King was in n Oslo on December 10 for presentation of the Nobel Peace Award by Norway's King Olav. Dr. King accepted the Award not for himself, but as the representative of the Freedom Movement as a whole, saying in his Acceptance Speech: "I come as a trustee, for in the depths of my heart I am aware that this prize is much more than an honor to me personally... [It is]...not for myself alone but for those devotees of nonviolence who have moved so courageously against the ramparts of racial injustice and who in the process have acquired a new estimate of their own human worth. Many of them are young and cultured. Others are middle aged and middle class. The majority are poor and untutored. But they are all united in the quiet conviction that it is better to suffer in dignity than to accept segregation in humiliation. These are the real heroes of the freedom struggle: they are the noble people for whom I accept the Nobel Peace Prize."

  • 01:08

    A Conversation: Bethlehem Coffee Company, it's more than just coffee

    in Lifestyle

    Regardless of where, in the world, you may find yourself you quickly come to recognize the common desire of all humanity for community, for conversation . . . our foundational desire to be understood and to understand . . . to know and to be known by the Other.

    Join us for a fascinating conversation with Tim Gilman of the Bethlehem Coffee Company. It's more than just coffee. Wait till you hear what they are up to.

    Their proceeds support education, advocacy and visual communications regarding justice and peacemaking through nonviolence, healing and transformation in the Middle East and around the world.

    From the website:

    Whether in the café, the coffeehouse or in the comfort of home . . . relationships are established and cemented around a great cup of coffee.  Bethlehem Coffee Company selects only the finest coffee beans, hand-crafted and roasted in small batches to the highest standards. All to insure that you, our customer, experience a rich, robust cup of brewed coffee with great taste, maximum freshness while providing personal enjoyment and satisfaction.

    For more info, click here.

  • 01:58

    Should Schools Actively Teach The Philosophy Of Non-Violence?

    in Women

    It's one thing to punish students for fighting in school. It's another thing to actively teach a philosophy of "love your neighbor as yourself." We send children mixed messages - spanking them when they do something we don't like, entertaining them with violent TV shows, letting them listen to rap music that glorifies killing, then we punish them by suspending them from school when they fight. What if schools actively sought to TEACH nonviolence as  way of life? Music artist Mitchbal has provided a tool that is intended to stear the hearts and minds of youth toward love and peace. What should adults do to help make a nonviolent society possible

  • 01:16

    Empathy: There's an App for That! Mica Stumpf and Peijman Kouretchian

    in Culture

    Empathy is a fundamental human need. If people truly had empathy for one another, violence would be impossible.

    Recent scientific studies show that a lack of empathy is actually worse for your health than obesity, smoking, and drinking alcohol.

    Guests, Peijman Kouretchian and Mica Stumpf met at a nonviolence training for trainers in January of 2013; since that first meeting they have been working to create more empathy in the world and live their passion for building a nonviolent future. 

    Mica is a UC Berkeley Graduate in Peace and Conflict Studies and both she and Peijman have been involved in Peace Work for many years. Both are certified Nonviolence Trainers and have taught everywhere from Haiti to the county jails in San Francisco. In 2013 Peijman played drums for 24 hours straight to raise empathy awareness about tortured prisoners on hunger strike protesting inhumane conditions. That same year, Mica spent six weeks living with a Peace Team in South Korea, fighting the construction of a US Navy Base. Peijman and Mica also started their own nonprofit (emergencypeaceteams.org) that teaches nonviolent conflict intervention skills and works to create a community-based nonviolent alternative to the police. 

    The Empathy App is aimed at the root of all the major issues in the world: having empathy and understanding of another's situation is what this app and movement is all about.


  • 00:29

    The Philosophy of Us

    in Spirituality

    We are closing this series of shows with a hopeful theme.  Americans have an opportunity to rewrite our cultural story and spiritually it is even more important that we get on board to eliminate the plagues of our century: racism, inequality between men and women, violence against women who have been treated as property, and the growing alarm many of us feel that government we are approaching a police state, instead of a free state guaranteed us in our National Constitution and Bill of Rights.  One of the first things we can do is to stop the trend toward a developing "theocracy" in its tracks.  Then we can build an environment where the color of our skin does not trigger a fearful response in another.  The rest is built upon mutual respect.  There is an approach that is working in the metaphysical community, which may well help others to see the interconnectedness between us all, and I hope this last show in this series inspires you to contemplate the message.

    Namaste, Rev. Cassandra

  • 00:47

    Interview: Herb Montgomery

    in Religion

    In this episode, Keith Giles interviews Herb Montgomery, founder of Renewed Heart Ministries. Herb is an author, and internationally recognized speaker who speaks about the Gospel of the Kingdom, Christian Nonviolence and following Jesus. 

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