Last week the Mediation Center and S.O.S. staff participated in a two-day training from the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence located in Providence Rhode Island. The trainers are part of a program similar to S.O.S. that also utilizes street outreach workers to interrupt potential gun violence.
The most substantive piece of the training was learning about Dr. King’s six principles of nonviolence and the six steps of nonviolent conflict resolution.
The Six Principles:
1. Nonviolence is for courageous people. It is a way of life.
2. Build the Beloved Community everywhere you go.
3. Attack forces of evil, not persons doing evil.
4. Accept suffering without retaliation, for the sake of the just cause.
5. Avoid inner violence of the spirit as well as outward physical violence.
6. The universe is on the side of justice.
The Six Steps:
1. Gather information.
2. Educate others.
3. Personal Commitment.
5. Nonviolent direct action.
For more detailed explanations of these ideas, go to the S.O.S. blog and check out their “readings” tab or stop by the Mediation Center to talk with us or read our books. You can also look at the "how to help" tab on the S.O.S. blog for ways you can support S.O.S. in promoting nonviolence in Crown Heights.