Rev. John Dear

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Over 3300 Actions This Week with Campaign Nonviolence
Lately, I’ve been studying Gandhi again, to prepare to mark the 150 th anniversary of his birth on October 2, 2019. He’s certainly the greatest person of the past few hundred years, yet why do we so thoroughly reject his teachings of active nonviolence? We keep plunging into greater chaos,...
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The sickness of our widespread gun violence epidemic is connected to the sickness of the nuclear weapons industry, and the numbness and despair among us allow these lethal epidemics to threaten us all. (Photo: John Dear) Views
Tuesday, August 06, 2019
The Ongoing Call for Nuclear Abolition at Los Alamos
This week, we drove back up the remote New Mexico mountains to the "atomic city" for our annual peace vigil, sit in and rally. This was our 16 th year in a row. Every time I go to Los Alamos, I’m shocked all over again by its beauty, its normalcy—and its frightening, zombie-like culture of death...
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"In this difficult moment, we can let Dr. King rise in us, if we dare, by daring to rise to the occasion, and becoming the people of active nonviolence he hoped for." (Photo: AP/Charles Kelly, File) Views
Monday, January 21, 2019
The Resurrection of Dr. King
Over the last fifty years, there have been thousands of nonviolent movements for peace and justice that have made huge strides, and at the heart of every one of those movements stands the life, death and teachings of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the global apostle of active nonviolence...
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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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