Nonviolence in Action​
The M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence is a nonprofit located in Rochester, NY that embodies the vision of its historic namesake.
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Nonviolence is shaped by principles that guide our actions as we work for change.​

  • Love

From small acts of kindness to mass movements for change, nonviolence moves our care for other people into action.

  • Community

Nonviolence helps us organize our community to refuse to cooperate with injustice. It gives us ways to engage our community in solutions and alternatives.

  • Justice

Nonviolence offers practical and effective tools to achieve justice in a way that breaks the cycle of violence.

  • Courage

It takes courage to stand up for peace and justice. Nonviolence unleashes that courage within us.

Our Mission is to help individuals and communities develop the inner resources and practical skills needed to achieve a nonviolent, sustainable, and just world.

Our Four Pillars

Restorative Practices

We practice and preach culturally informed restorative practices that are a hallmark of Gandhian and Kingian nonviolence as well as many Indigenous cultures worldwide. These restorative practices save money, reduce trauma, and are often more effective than our current justice system.


We enact the connection that Gandhi saw between nonviolence and sustainability by growing our community garden for and with neighbors, by making conscientious purchasing and financial policies, and by keeping vegetarian at the Gandhi House.

Racial Justice

We work to recognize, interrupt, and undo racism – a systemic form of dehumanization embedded in U.S. economic and social systems – in order to stop violence at its root. We enact anti-racist practice in our staff and board as well as in our work and community engagements.

Nonviolence Education

We teach the critical skills of nonviolence by serving youth ages 12-24 through school programs and adults through workshops, presentations, and book groups. We also spread nonviolence through our “Gandhi and Nonviolence” cards and our Nonviolence Now media project, in partnership with Nonviolence News.
Student conversations this past year, in person and online
Community training attendees

Talking circles: Season for Nonviolence

TUESDAYS, FEBRUARY 1ST – APRIL 5TH / 12:00PM – 1:00PM Carry the vision and join us to share stories and your perspective on the 64 daily practices to embody nonviolence. …


TUESDAYS,  FEBRUARY 1ST – MARCH 8TH / 5:00PM – 7:00PM The Gandhi Institute is in search of people who identify as Black, Latinx, Indigenous, People of Color to join us …

Our Gandhi & Nonviolence Cards are traveling the world, bringing Gandhi’s philosophy to life in meaningful, fun ways.

An Interview with Desmond Tutu

    “We can be free only together, safe only together, prosperous only together, and human only together.” View Gwen’s illustrated conversation with anti-apartheid and human rights activist, the late …

Reflections on Indigenous Peoples’ Day

It was perfect that my last event at the Institute this past June as the Gandhi Institute’s director was the closing celebration for the fourth round of our Youth Healing …

We acknowledge the land on which we gather is the treaty territory of the Haudenosaunee Peoples.