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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30K for 30 Years
We stand committed to nonviolence education, anti-racism and racial justice, sustainability through our community garden and local patronage, and restorative justice work in Rochester community and schools. Our hope is to raise $30,000 in our 30th year (2021 - 2022) to support our important work.

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.
Annual Student Conversations, In Person and Online
Community Training Attendees

Book Group: World as Lover, World as Self

Join Kit Miller and friends for an exploration of this wise, timely book by Joanna Macy, for those of us who are overwhelmed at times about the state of our …

Holiday Talking Circle

The holidays can be a joyous time for some and a grievous time for others. Some struggle with feeling excluded, others with concerns about consumption. Whatever is your mix of experience, …

Book Group: World as Lover, World as Self

Join Kit Miller and friends for an exploration of this wise, timely book by Joanna Macy, for those of us who are overwhelmed at times about the state of our …

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

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 …

Reflections on Acceptance

Hello all who are reading this! If you are familiar with the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence you know about the Season for Nonviolence, which occurs from January 30th to April …

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