Martin Luther King has provided one of the most well-known examples of how non-violent resistance in the face of big police brutality really can work to bring about change. We need to be inspired by such examples, and believe that they can happen again, that healing always is possible. Even in the most infected places. Picture from wikipedia
Avaaz is probably the biggest and most influential of all online organizations right now. They have already helped to bring significant change to quite a few issues, and they are quite generally bringing hope to the world, and the restoration of sanity in our global politics. Now they are at last taking on some concrete on-the-ground action regarding the Isreal-Palestine conflict, which is the perhaps most infected and long-lasting wound in the world right now; at least regarding its public attention. This is of course highly interesting, and if you want to read more - and contribute to this global effort - use the following link, which also contains the following extracts.
"For years, the media has focused on Palestinian militants, and to this day, extremists on both sides are pushing peace further out of reach. But what’s lost in all that vitriol are the loving families like Fadel’s that just want a normal life. Now, those families are stepping forward, leading peaceful marches, organizing sit-ins, and working with Israeli activists to seek justice and freedom."
"This occupation has gone on for too long and for too long the resolution of this conflict has been controlled by extremists on both sides."
"The best hope for ending this injustice and finally reaching peace is this peaceful resistance movement. Here are a few of the ways we can support them:
* Support life-saving legal aid to help nonviolent leaders defend themselves from trumped up charges and kangaroo military courts;
* Bring in civil disobedience experts from other movements to share strategies and tactics with communities across the West Bank;
* Provide media equipment and trainings to leaders so they can both document abuses and get the word out to the world about this hopeful, inspiring movement;
* Hire top-notch campaigners on the ground to provide ongoing support to this movement, scale actions across the West Bank, and engage our global community to take this movement from local to global;
* Livestream their nonviolent actions on our site and organise a global day of action across the world.
In our history we have seen how nonviolent movements have freed peoples across the world -- Gandhi’s movement in India, Dr. King's movement in the US, and Mandela’s movement in South Africa. We know that it can work, and indeed in this case it’s our only hope. Let’s give this inspiring movement the global solidarity it needs to succeed"
Picture from Wikipedia.