Rev. John Dear

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Monday, August 06, 2018
Breaking Through the Normalcy of Los Alamos on Hiroshima Day
Driving up the two-lane mountain road along the red and orange wall of rocks on one side and the shocking sheer cliff down to the sagebrush valley far below on the other into the surreal town of Los Alamos, New Mexico, one would think—life is good, all is well, the world is beautiful, this is the...
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"Everywhere I go, I hear how people are mobilizing, trying to speak out, taking new steps." (Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images) Views
Monday, March 26, 2018
For a Global Nonviolent Revolution, We Need to Connect the Dots
“Welcome to the revolution!” That’s what one of the Parkland students said Saturday morning to the massive crowd of one million people in Washington, D.C. who marched along with millions of others in over 830 events around the world to end gun violence. Bring it on, I say. Bring on that great, long...
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Nonviolent Direct Action at Livermore Lab Views
Saturday, February 24, 2018
The Year of Living Nonviolently
Once, late at night, shortly before he died, Cesar Chavez tired to explain nonviolence to me. “Active nonviolence requires taking to the streets,” he said adamantly. “That’s where it happens. That’s how it’s practiced.” “Tell everyone from now on, if they want to practice nonviolence, they have to...
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“Never could I advocate nonviolence in this country and not advocate nonviolence for the whole world. That’s my philosophy. I don’t believe in death and killing on any side, no matter who’s heading it up—whether it be America or any other country." (Photo: AP/Jack Thornell) Views
Tuesday, January 02, 2018
The Year of “Nonviolence or Non-Existence”
It was early 1968. Since the previous spring Martin Luther King, Jr. had been pursuing a course that for many was unthinkable. He had deliberately connected the dots between the movement for civil rights and the struggle to end the war in Vietnam, and had paid the price. He was roundly criticized...
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
In Court for Protesting—The New Normal
It’s Friday morning and I’m standing before the Federal Judge in D.C. Superior Court in Washington, D.C., another hearing for my recent protest and arrest during inauguration week. Another protest, another day in court. This, in the age of Trump, is the new normal. "With so much at stake, our work...
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Monday, November 07, 2016
Taking a Stand at Standing Rock
Like millions of other concerned people, I’ve followed the standoff at the Standing Rock Sioux Nation in North Dakota for months. The good people of Standing Rock—including the Dakota, the Lakota and the Sioux—have stood their ground since April to block the evil 1,170 mile, $3.7 billion Dakota...
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Saturday, September 10, 2016
The Politics of Nonviolence
What a summer! Like everyone else, I’m trying to make some sense of it, and figure out a thoughtful response. We’ve suffered through the mainstream media’s non-stop broadcast of the dirty politics of hatred, scape-goating, and war-mongering, particularly by Mr. Trump. We’ve undergone shootings by...
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Monday, May 02, 2016
The Life and Death of Daniel Berrigan
Rev. Daniel Berrigan, the renown anti-war activist, award-winning poet, author and Jesuit priest, who inspired religious opposition to the Vietnam war and later the U.S. nuclear weapons industry, died at age 94, just a week shy of his 95 th birthday. He died of natural causes at the Jesuit...
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Monday, March 14, 2016
Building New 'Nonviolent Cities'
Last year, I was invited to give a talk on peace in Carbondale, Illinois. I was surprised to discover that in recent years, activists from across Carbondale had come together with a broad vision of what their community could one day become—a nonviolent city. They wanted a new holistic approach to...
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Friday, December 25, 2015
War is Over! - If You Want It: Christmas Celebrates Nonviolence
“And so this is Christmas, and what have you done?” That’s the question which John Lennon puts to us in his famous Christmas song. In the chorus, he gets right to the point, to the heart of Christmas: “War is over, if you want it.” For some, that might seem like a leap of faith, but I think John...
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