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Love Your Enemy: A Campaign to reclaim Human Dignity Through Nonviolence
You may have heard that The Metta Center for Nonviolence is launching an ambitious campaign to counteract the hostile attitudes that may be stirred up by the anniversary of 9/11 — and much more. It’s called
Love Your Enemy: A Campaign to reclaim Human Dignity Through Nonviolence.
This campaign will take advantage of the attention focused by the coming tenth anniversary of 9/11; but it begins much sooner — as soon as you get this letter — and continues until we or our descendants have put the search for security on a new basis and foreign policy on a new track. Our hope is to a) empower individuals to use nonviolence in their daily lives, b) empower both individuals and organizations to use nonviolence as a template for a new security policy, and c) to bring together a community of actors who can collectively build the universal yearning for peace into a vital force.
The campaign is unfolding in three phases:
1. From now until September 10th - 12th, 2011,
1. In order to put their peace work on a firm, personal foundation, we ask those who join us to experiment with five basic practices:
• undertake a progressive ‘media fast’ to reduce their exposure to commercial and violent messages,2.
• On September 10th observe a strict media fast and, if desired, a day of silence to share the grief all of us feel for the tragedy of 9/11.3. A network of participants emerges from the foregoing events whose intention is to carry this momentum forward by:
• reaching out to those who do not share our views,
As an individual, you can take up the five practices we’ve outlined and participate in our regular conference calls (you may also write blogs, etc. as seems appropriate).
As an organization, you can alert your constituency to LYE, and consider endorsing the campaign (your name will be listed on our website) and hosting an event during the Satyagraha.
Contact Stephanie Van Hook (Stephanie@mettacenter.org) for further information.
Yours for a nonviolent future,
Michael Nagler, President