Last week the S.O.S. and Crown Heights Community Mediation Center staff participated in a two-day training from the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence located in Providence Rhode Island. The trainers are part of a program similar to S.O.S. that also utilizes street outreach workers to interrupt potential gun violence.
The Mediation Center staff was inspired and invigorated by this two-day training. S.O.S Violence Interrupter Marlon Peterson explains that he realized MLK Jr. wasn’t acting passively, but rather out of disciplined love, and that it’s “this disciplined love for our community of people [that] allows us to do what we can to Save Our Streets. If enough of us can pass this concept forward, then success as King saw it, is possible.”
The most substantive piece of the training was learning about Dr. King’s six principles of nonviolence and the six steps of nonviolent conflict resolution (click here to read more).
1. Nonviolence is for courageous people. It is a way of life.
2. Build the Beloved Community everywhere you go.
3. Attack forces of evil, not persons doing evil.
4. Accept suffering without retaliation, for the sake of the just cause.
5. Avoid inner violence of the spirit as well as outward physical violence.
6. The universe is on the side of justice.
1. Gather information.
2. Educate others.
3. Personal Commitment.
5. Nonviolent direct action.
For more detailed explanations of these ideas, check out our “readings” tab, stop by the Mediation Center to talk with us or read our books, and see the “how to help” tab for ways you can support S.O.S. in promoting nonviolence in Crown Heights.