The Season for Nonviolence - Carry the Vision 2011

The Season For Nonviolence is now underway! We invite you to get involved. You can take the Pledge, attend the various Season for Nonviolence events hosted by the Institute, and reflect about nonviolence in your own daily lives. As you explore this site, feel free to contact us if you have any questions, comments, or would like to get involved the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence.

The Season for Nonviolence has been covered in the Democrat and Chronicle. Please read more about it here:

Dear Friend,

As you may already be aware, violence has permeated every segment of our Rochester community. Violence includes but is not limited to incivility in public and private spaces, bullying in schools and the workplace, all manner of abuse in homes and neighborhoods, cruelty to animals, and lack of care and concern for the needs of others. It has taken a toll on Rochester’s children and families, employees, students, and on people everywhere in the community. It impacts our health and welfare, our local economy, the environment and more. Violence is a loud voice calling for help.

The M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence is responding to that call by inviting local organizations, schools, businesses, groups and individuals to join the growing list of supporters of A Season for Nonviolence. The Season, launched at the United Nations in 1998, marks the sixty-four (64) calendar days between the memorial anniversaries of the assassination of Mohandas K. Gandhi on January 30 and that of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4. It is a time to reflect upon the nonviolent practices of these two great leaders and to pay homage by actively demonstrating the effectiveness of nonviolence within our own Rochester community.

Please help promote nonviolence in the greater Rochester community by becoming a sponsor of A Season for Nonviolence. Enclosed is a sponsorship sheet outlining a variety of options and benefits. Support can also be demonstrated by organizing a project or an event for the Season such as a community service project, a concert or art exhibit, an educational program or film series, a creative workshop or even a peace vigil at the Liberty Pole. Perhaps you would be inspired to write a news article, provide a statement of support or be a media spokesperson. No matter how you choose to participate, the M.K. Gandhi Institute simply asks that you show up and share the purpose and vision of the Season with others.

Join us for A Season of Nonviolence and become part of a solution to a problem that affects our families, our employees, our students and community.

In Peace and Hope,

Kit Miller
Director, M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence