Rev. John Dear

Rev. John Dear

Rev. John Dear is a longtime activist, and author of 35 books on peace and nonviolence, including his most recent book, "They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and Nonviolence in a Time of Climate Change" (2018). He works with www.campaignnonviolence.org. His other books include: "Thomas Merton, Peacemaker" (2015); "Living Peace: A Spirituality of Contemplation and Action" (2004);  "Jesus the Rebel: Bearer of God's Peace and Justice" (2000); "Transfiguration: A Meditation on Transforming Ourselves and Our World" (2007), and his autobiography, "A Persistent Peace: One Man's Struggle for a Nonviolent World" (2008). See more of his work on his website: www.johndear.org

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A photo from John Dear’s meeting with Rep. John Lewis in 1995. (Photo: WNV/John Dear) Views
Wednesday, March 03, 2021
My Long-Lost Conversation With John Lewis on His Vision of Nonviolence
Last summer, after Congressman John Lewis died, I posted a photo on social media of me and John from a memorable afternoon we spent together in his congressional office. It was 26 years ago. We had talked for a while, and then filmed a formal conversation on nonviolence. Needless to say, it was one...
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Activists call for Australia to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, as they celebrate its entry into force on Jan. 22. (Photo: Twitter/ICAN Australia) Views
Friday, January 22, 2021
'I Never Thought I'd Live to See This Day': The Beginning of the End for Nuclear Weapons
Today is the day the United Nation’s Treaty on Nuclear Weapons goes into effect. It’s the long planned but seemingly impossible day millions — if not billions — of people have waited for since Hiroshima Day, August 6, 1945. Today, the U.N. treaty declares that the manufacture, possession, use or...
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"Our message over the years has been simple and urgent: Nuclear weapons have totally failed us. They don’t make us safer; they don’t provide jobs; they don’t make us more secure—these are age-old lies. Instead they bankrupt us, economically and spiritually." (Photo: Courtesy of Rev. John Dear) Views
Thursday, August 06, 2020
Life Under the Bomb Means a Life of Resistance
For the last seventeen years, my friends and I have organized a peaceful vigil for nuclear disarmament on Hiroshima Day, August 6th, in Los Alamos at Ashley Pond Park, the spot where the actual Hiroshima bomb was built. There, sometimes with as many as 400 others, we’ve been calling for the...
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The only thing missing in Trump’s photo was his white hood. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Friday, June 05, 2020
Keep the Good Book Closed, Trump Says. We Say, Open It and Resist!
Like everyone else, I’ve been in lockdown in my little California home for months keeping watch as the emperor fiddles and the empire collapses. But that’s not it at all; it’s much, much worse. On top of the pandemic and this new global depression, we head deeper into catastrophic climate change...
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Jane Fonda was fabulous. She took the makeshift stage in her red coat and hat and launched into a brilliant, clear speech calling upon California, and the rest of the nation and the world, to stop all new oil wells. (Photo: Rev. John Dear) Views
Monday, February 10, 2020
Fire Drill Fridays Take L.A.
On Friday, the temperature in Antartica reached 65 degrees. That’s never happened before. Yes, the sick, corrupt president was impeached and acquitted by sick, corrupt Republican senators, but Antartica reached 65 degrees. This is yet another unimaginable wake up call. We’re also hearing reports...
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Actress and activist Jane Fonda (R) marches during the "Fire Drill Fridays" climate change protest and rally on Capital Hill on December 20, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Paul Morigi/Getty Images) Views
Monday, December 23, 2019
A Christmas Arrest for Climate Justice on #FireDrillFriday
Each Christmas, we celebrate the birthday of Jesus, whom Gandhi called the greatest person of nonviolence in history. Alas, he lamented, the only people who don’t seem to realize that Jesus was totally nonviolent are Christians. According to the story, the nonviolent Jesus was born into poverty, a...
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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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