Inspiring Nonviolence zine

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A zine made made by Wur Bradford artists Uzma Kazi and Jean McEwan in response to ‘Inspiring Nonviolence’, an online course run by Turning The Tide, a nonviolence social change programme funded by Quakers in Britain, in collaboration with Woodbrooke, who provide Quaker learning including courses about peace and justice.
The course took place from February to April 2020, and comprised of a group of community activists, thinkers, speakers, listeners, artists, campaigners and researchers from around the world, who came together online to explore hopes, ideas and collective power to undertake imaginative, nonviolent action for positive social change.

The zine captures and some of the ideas, thoughts, hopes and stories from the course, from Uzma and Jean, artists with grassroots project Wur Bradford, who work to explore change through creativity in their work with people and communities in Bradford, UK
To find out more about Turning The Tide visit  https://turningtide.org.uk
To find out more about Woodbrooke, visit https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/
To find out more about Wur Bradford visit https://twitter.com/wurbradford

A zine about dreaming of a more

peaceful and just world


Welcome to our Inspiring Nonviolence zine

Turning the Tide (TTT) originated in the UK in 1994 as a

programme centrally managed by Britain Yearly Meeting. Its

aim, inspired by the Quaker peace testimony, is to support

nonviolent social change at the grassroots. They teamed up

with Woodbrooke, who provide online Quaker learning

including courses about peace and justice.

From February to April 2020, a group of human beings as

community activists, thinkers, speakers, listeners, artists’,

campaigners and researchers from around the World were

invited to join this second run of the Inspiring Nonviolence

course, allowing us all to explore hopes, ideas and collective

power to undertake imaginative, nonviolent action for

positive social change. There was an emphasis on reflective

learning and participation in themed weeks and

encouragement of conversation building and seed sowing on

online forums, to make it a truly person centred, yet

community orientated experience.

The aims of the Inspiring Nonviolence course are to inspire

ideas about creating positive change through nonviolent

campaigns, actions and movements. The course considered

approaches to think through the complexity of conflict and

offered a platform to explore how to harbour nonviolent

means to create sustainable change in our communities.

There has been much room to reflect on personal

transformation, as well as to review the broader picture,

locally and globally.

Themes explored on the course were: definitions of

nonviolence and civil resistance; the principles and qualities

of nonviolence; inspiring stories of imaginative nonviolent

campaigns from across the world; a glimpse at some of the

research into nonviolence; what sort of hope we might need

to sustain ourselves and some of the ingredients needed to

build strategic and effective campaigns.


This zine gives an insight of some inspiring moments from the

course, which we hope will also inspire others who are

interested in learning about non-violence and peacebuilding,

too. There has been a vast amount of material shared and

we would like to thank all of the organisers, speakers and

participants for their spirit of generosity and sharing of life

experiences, which has been incredibly insightful for us, as

learners and artists, processing the knowledge we have

gained with creativity.

Through the period of this course, the World has been forced

to close its doors due to the Covid19 pandemic. It has

brought the global family and Mother Earth to pause ‘until

further notice’. This is a critical time and anxiety is

streaming high. At the same time many more are connected

in ways that we were not/could not before. Systemic power

and failings of the state are becoming more apparent. Still,

we are told to wait and #StayAtHome to #SaveLives. The

vital work around peacebuilding and non-violence continues.

David Gee and George Lakey offer some hopeful reflections

to see the opportunities of the virus as it offers space to

take stock and go on an inner-journey with this rare gift of

time we sit in, as nature continues to do its thing.

For more information about Turning The Tide, please visit

https://turningtide.org.uk. For more information about

Woodbrooke, visit http://woodbrooke.org.uk

With love, active hope and some gentleness at this time.

Jean McEwan and Uzma Kazi (Artists and participants of

Inspiring Nonviolence 2020)







Seeking transformation, not retribution in East Africa

‘One of the first things I noticed about the work of our

East African colleagues was the lack of an obvious

distinction between the activities of peacebuilding and

nonviolent action. These are commonly seen as two

separate disciplines – an academic distinction that is not

reflected in reality, at least in my experience. In East

Africa this division was virtually non-existent, and I heard

about example after example where they have been

integrated with incredible results.

I also noticed a real sophistication in our colleagues'

understanding of the complexities of violence. This was

in evidence when we met young people who had formed

peace clubs in schools and communities. They have

been inspired by TTT Rwanda to create courageous

youth-led campaigns that challenge violence towards

young people in schools and communities using diverse

methods that range from theatre performances to public

speaking.

I left Rwanda with a replenished hope for humanity and a

reinvigorated belief in the power of nonviolence. The

activists I met are actively demonstrating that these kinds

of approaches can make a difference, even in really

tricky contexts. They are seeking transformation, not

retribution, and staying committed to the belief that the

'opponent' is capable of change.’

Turning The Tide UK programme manager Lisa Cumming

on visiting members of TTT East Africa in Rwanda,

excerpted from the following blog post on Quakers in

Britain website, posted on March 2019

https://www.quaker.org.uk/blog/seeking-transformationnot-retribution-in-east-africa




Abdul Ghaffār

Khān( 1890 - 1988)

was also known as

Badshah Khan and the

Frontier Gandhi.

A political and spiritual

leader known for his

nonviolent opposition,

a lifelong pacifist and

devout Muslim.

Abdul Ghaffār Khān

founded the Khudai

Khidmatgar ("Servants

of God") movement in

1929, the world’s first

nonviolent army of

100,000 Pathans.

“Today’s world is traveling in some strange direction.

You see that the world is going toward destruction

and violence. And the specialty of violence is to

create hatred among people and fear. I am a believer

in nonviolence and I say that no peace or tranquility

will descend upon the people of the world until

nonviolence is practiced, because nonviolence is

love and it stirs courage in people.”

To find out more, visit :

Abdul Ghaffār Khān: Faith love and nonviolence in

Islamhttp://www.nidemocracy.org/en/publications/abdulghaffar-khan-faith-love-and-nonviolence-in-islam/




















Excerpted from blogpost “Finding

The Courage to Hope” - read the full

blog here https://www.quaker.org.uk/

blog/finding-the-courage-to-hope















Words by June Jordan: from ‘Poem for South

African Women’ (shared by Susan Clarkson)




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