FOUNDED IN KINGIAN NONVIOLENCE
How can communities go from violence to nonviolence?
By following Dr.King's life-changing principles and steps.
Everything we do at Nonviolence Chicago is born out of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s teachings on nonviolence. Dr. King’s philosophy was built around his belief that violence, though perpetrated by just a small number of people, can damage an entire community. Violence is learned, cyclical, and systemic.
But, as Dr. King taught, it can also be unlearned. Cycles of violence can be broken through courageous and disruptive acts of nonviolence. And whole cities can be transformed, if we work together to change the unjust systems that lead to violence.
Practicing Kingian Nonviolence isn’t theoretical to us. It’s something all of us here at the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago have staked our lives on, because we have seen the life-changing effects it can have.
EDUCATE, SUSTAIN, CONSOLE AND CELEBRATE
Nonviolence Chicago’s philosophy is formed by the four components of the Beloved Community: Educate, Sustain, Console and Celebrate. We apply these components to ourselves, our relationships, and our community. All are welcome in the Beloved Community. It is a community of justice, equity and peace. Conflicts in the Beloved Community are resolved through a mutual commitment to peaceful reconciliation.