Rev. John Dear

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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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"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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