Kingian Nonviolence Centers
Description: Alive Community Outreach's mission is to cultivate a community of nonviolence through relationships and education. Alive's work focuses on supporting families affected by homicide and educating youth and youth-serving organizations in nonviolence and conflict transformation.
Current initiatives: In addition to our co-victim support services, we're currently offering and preparing for several Kingian Nonviolence trainings for this next quarter, focusing on church and activist communities. We're also planning a summer initiative where we will be training a group of high school students in nonviolence and mentoring them as they use the Kingian framework to develop and implement a nonviolent campaign of their choosing.
Description: The Connecticut Center for Nonviolence (CTCN) established in 2007 at the request of Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr., is dedicated to bringing people from diverse communities together in dialogue and creative expression to explore the root causes of violence and to learn constructive methods of developing and applying alternative solutions. CTCN works with students and teachers in grades K-12, with Law Enforcement and in urban and suburban communities affected by violence in all its forms.
Current initiatives: CTCN is currently conducting a certification training in partnership with the State CT Offfice of the Arts, for people who identify as BIPOC Teaching Artsits. We are partnered with CT MURALS, where MLK theme based, Murals will be painted in 39 towns across the state, and in each town CTCN is providing Kingian Nonviolence Training. We are conducting a year long certificaiton training for CT State Police. We are currently running Nonviolence Labs in two High Schools and facilaiting both students and teachers in their Kingian Nonviolence practice.
Description: East Point Peace Academy works with incarcerated communities, youth and commnunity leaders to create a just peace through training and practice in nonviolence.
Current initiatives: We have teams of nonviolence trainers in several different correctional institutions in California, though those programs are currently on hold due to the pandemic. We are also the lead organization in California in launching the Yet To Be Named Network, a national, decentralized constellation of direct action teams working at the intersection of climate justice and racial healing. This is a network with a deep commitment to integral nonviolence and "Fierce Vulnerability." We also conduct regular trainings on a variety of topics.
Description: Join Hands ESL provides through our youth programming, our Dream Path mentoring programs and our Ubuntu Center for Peace, a pathway out of poverty focused on education and the beauty, worth and potential of the young people we serve. Rooted in solidarity, the concept of ubuntu, and Kingian nonviolence, The Ubuntu Center for Peace is the foundation of our work. Seeking justice and the Beloved Community, we teach Kingian nonviolence and strive to utilize Kingian philosophy to make a more equitable and just world.
Current initiatives: Our teen Peace Warriors continue to teach other teens in the metropolitan area Kingian nonviolence, after school and during the summer. Our teen Peace Warriors are also utilizing Kingian nonviolence and the six steps of nonviolence to seek to increase black history in the required American history curriculum in the state of Illinois. Hopefully by January 2022, we hope to begin offering adult classes in Kingian nonviolence, and expand our resulting justice and equity work as capacity allows.
Description: Established in 1978, The IHRR, Inc. is an Ohio non-profit tax-exempt organization that promotes adult folk leadership education for nonviolent democratic social change programs and projects. It publishes nonviolence and democracy educational materials and conducts residential Folk and adult education programs and nonviolence conflict reconciliation projects.
Current initiatives: Most, but not all Level I Certification training is delegated to Level II trainers and/or their Centers. The IHRR mostly provides Level II Certification training and Senior or advanced Leadership Kingian Nonviolence Faculty. Updating the Leaders Manual through a new second edition and more contemporary illustrations has occupied much of the previous decade as well as selection of a succeeding Board of Trustees. Copies of the Leaders Manual or any part of the series continues to be available through the IHRR website. Contact IHRR for the order form.
Description: Nonviolent Schools RI has a mission to teach Kingian Nonviolence to every teacher in RI. The model continues as teachers will be equipped, after our training, to teach their students Kingian lessons based on the modules in the Leaders Manual (Jehnsen and LaFayette). Schools with a critical mass of trained educators and administrators can apply for our in-school mentoring services. Mentors help the school's Nonviolence Committee write an Action Plan for implementation of the Kingian philosophy and strategies, thus institutionalizing Kingian Nonviolence. In the 3 years of our existence, we have conducted training in 10 schools throughout RI, and have 2 more waiting for Fall, 2021 to begin theirs.
Current initiatives: In addition to Kingian training for those in the field of education, we also offer a virtual Antiracism Book Club series for educators and parents. Also, parent/guardian Kingian workshops, "Kingian Dialogue" (virtual conversations) and others as a way to keep those who have been trained connected to the work and philosophy. We approached one school district, South Kingstown, with the idea of breaking down the system and recreating an antiracist system. We have been hired to facilitate a BIPOC Advisory Board (BAB), which oversees all of the work that is occurring, such as rewriting policies and curriculum. We will also be training all 450 employees, administrators, and school board members in Kingian Nonviolence (a two year commitment by the district).
Description: On Earth Peace develops and walks with leaders and communities who work for justice and peace. Our work includes Learning Action Communities which seek to build community, capacity, and commitment around different justice issues; a vibrant paid internship program; Kingian Nonviolence online and in-person training and organizing support for groups around the US and around the world, and more.
Current initiatives: We are supporting 29 people who completed our fall 2020 Kingian Nonviolence Level One Certification program as they complete their practice teaching; integrating Kingian Nonviolence into our Learning Action Communities; expanding our children's read-aloud and youth mini-grant programs, and providing support for the emerging Kingian Nonviolence Network.