AT THE CENTER OF NONVIOLENCE
STANDS THE PRINCIPLE OF LOVE.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
WE'RE HERE TO FIGHT
VIOLENCE PEACEFULLY AND LOVINGLY
We believe that brutality and force are not solutions to this problem.
But neither are apathy and passiveness. So we’re here to fight violence peacefully and lovingly. That’s why we provide programs and services to help strengthen victims and their families, build up communities, and teach nonviolence throughout Chicago.
Everything we do is based on the practices and principles of Martin Luther King, Jr. We believe, as he said, that “unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”
So if you need support recovering from trauma, if you want to make a change in your life and actions, or if you’re interested in joining the fight against nonviolence—no matter your past or present, we’re here to walk alongside you in your future.
We believe that you can’t fight violence with more violence. Hate will not overcome hate. Only love can.
We believe nonviolence is a choice, an action, and a way of life. It is not passive. It demands courage.
We believe the best way to dismantle violence is to build the beloved community.
We believe it is possible to resist revenge, resist hate, and choose peace.
We believe only by embracing nonviolence can we outrun, outlast, and overcome hate.
We believe nonviolence can be learned, and as we put it into practice, things change. We've seen it happen.
We believe that conflicts can be resolved peacefully through a commitment to nonviolence.
We believe change happens locally, when we work on the ground, helping people deal with conflict on a human, personal level.
We believe in radical collaboration. We all learn from each other. No one person or organization can defuse and dismantle violence alone.