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What is the opposite of Nonviolence?
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October Events & Updates

The Beginning of a Nonviolent Heart


As I read the news, I am reminded of a conversation I had with a friend a few weeks ago.  We were talking about the impact of nonviolence on our society.  He asked me what would happen if we didn't have nonviolence.  More violence in our streets?  I disagreed.  The opposite of nonviolence is not more violence; rather it is apathy, inaction, and utter indifference.  

Nonviolence is an active resistance to injustice and requires great courage to oppose systems of oppression without running away or fighting back with weapons.  Imagine the courage of the young Freedom Riders, on buses they knew were destined to meet their attackers.  Nonviolent resistance cannot be possible until one is able to live nonviolently.  Living with the spiritual, emotional and mental awareness of daily resisting oppression requires courage, discipline, and a great deal of love.  

The opposite of nonviolence is complete apathy, or inaction.  Apathy requires no courage, no engagement, no action.  In fact, apathy and indifference is another form of violence because it tolerates the existence of violence and the possibility of extermination of other people.  Most of all, apathy is the lack of love and the sign of a deserted heart.  

 Violence will likely happen if we provide no resistance.  Violence will absolutely happen if we add to the chaos with our indifference and keep our voices silent.  
 
"Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon, that ennobles the man who wields it.  
It is a sword that heals." --Dr. King

Friends, let us resist.  Nonviolence in our lives is the key. 
 
Peace, 

Rev. Doris K. Dalton 
Executive Director, MLK Institute for Nonviolence

AMWA to honor MLK Institute on Nov. 1

You are Invited to Celebrate this Honor with Us! 


Save the Date! On Sunday, November 1, the American Muslim Women's Association will honor the MLK Institute for Nonviolence with the 2015 Community Service Award! 

The AMWA Annual Awards Dinner will be Sunday, November 1 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains.  For all RSVP and ticket information, see below. 

If you want to sit at the MLK Institute table, please contact us at mlkwestchester@gmail.com to let us know.  
We hope to see you there!

Special WCPR meeting Oct. 8, 6:30pm

"Know Your Rights" Train the Trainer at meeting; Get equipped to Pass It on!


The next Westchester Coalition for Police Reform meeting will be Thursday, October 8 from 6:30-8:00pm at Memorial UMC (250 Bryant Ave., White Plains 10605).  One of our coalition priorities is a Know Your Rights campaign to make sure citizens know their civil rights.  This is an opportunity for you to be trained to lead Know Your Rights training.  Many organizations throughout Westchester county make up this Coalition to work collectively for reform in law enforcement throughout Westchester County.  If you want to be active in working for better relationships between law enforcement and the community, this is the place to be.  

We also have a WCPR Lunch Discussion Group that meets once a month to talk about the criminal justice system and its impact on our community.  Next meet-up will be Wednesday, October 14 from Noon to 1:30 p.m. at  Panera Bread on 1 N. Broadway in White Plains (next to Burlington Coat Factory).  Join us!

NEW!! MLK Institute Book Club 

Online Book Club to Read and Plan Revolution 

Ever feel like you wanna get together with interesting folks to talk about good books and fascinating topics ... but Don't Have the TIME?

Introducing the MLKI Book Club--a Facebook group for folks who want to read and discuss books on anti-racism, nonviolence and economic justice. We read a designated book and join in a FB group discussion at a set time. The beautiful thing is you can join in the book discussion whenever you have time.

Our first book up is Ta-Nehesi Coates's new offering, "Between the World and Me". Our book discussion will be October 19-21.  MLK Institute will post questions about the book, and you can comment, respond, or read the conversation threads.  To join the online MLK Book Club, click here:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/MLKIbookclub/.  

If you or someone you know wants to join the Book Club but doesn't do internet/Facebook, no worries: a one-time and in-person MLK Book Club meet-up will be on October 26.  More details TBA soon. 

 

#Read for the #Movement, my friends.  

MLKI Book Club: Read for the Movement, not just for the Moment. 

Coming Soon!  New Logo and Website


We are currently updating our mission and vision, and our programming.  We will roll out a new logo and website soon.  Our website will still be www.mlkwestchester.org, but with a new look.  Stay tuned! 

Needed: Vendors for Fair Trade Festival & Crafts Fair


MLK Institute and other local social justice organizations are preparing for the 18th Annual Margaret Eberle Fair Trade Festival and Crafts Fair.  We are soliciting vendors for this event.  The Festival is Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The location is the same as last year, the Memorial United Methodist Church, 250 Bryant Ave., White Plains, NY 10605. The fee for a table remains at $75. We will provide a 6-foot table and two chairs.
 
While there is no one definition of Fair Trade, there are some accepted principles that most proponents of fair trade expect. These include fair price and fair labor conditions for those who created the products, elimination of unnecessary middlemen, community development, and environmental sustainability. We consider local artists who create their products, crafts, and art at home to be a component of fair trade ethics and we welcome their participation. Our commitment to these ideals is a foundation of the event and we strive to offer fair trade products with the principles listed.
 
The Margaret Eberle Fair Trade Festival and Crafts Fair offers many communities a place to reap the benefits of having their products sold. From helping pay for medicines, fund schools, and sustain artist communities, we are an important piece in establishing fair economics in a real way. The fair also provides a venue for vendors like yourself to educate people about fair trade and fair economics.


If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a vendor at this Festival, please contact mlkwestchester@gmail.com for a vendor application. 
 
Meet Shirley Joseph, a new member of the MLK Institute Board of Directors! She works at Business for your Business in White Plains, and is also part of the Haitian Resource Center.  We are happy and proud to have her join our organization!

Upcoming MLK Institute Sightings


Here is where you can find us in the coming month: 

Oct. 6:  Kenneth Chamberlain, Jr. will be speaking on a panel for the 10th Annual John Howard Lecture on Law and Justice, Tuesday Oct. 6 at 7p.m. in the Natural Sciences Lecture Hall at SUNY Purchase.  The Lecture title is "Understanding the Black Lives Matter Movement", and will include a screening of a film "In Search of Justice" which includes details of the Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr. case.  The event is free. 

Oct 8: WCPR monthly meeting at Memorial UMC (250 Bryant Ave., White Plains) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  We will have a Know Your Rights Train the Trainer event, and prep for an action and media campaign.  
 
Oct. 17:  Greenburgh City Council is hosting a Human Rights Training on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (FREE) at the Greenburgh Town Hall.  This training will teach the concept of a "Human Rights Town".  SAY MORE ABOUT THIS, look at Sandy's email. 
 
Oct. 14: WCPR Lunch Discussion at Panera Bread (1 N. Broadway  Street, White Plains).  We talk about current trends in criminal justice and how it impacts our community.  Noon to 1:30 p.m. Join us for a great discussion!

Oct 19-21: MLKI online Book Club launches discussion of "Between the World and Me".  Go here for details: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MLKIbookclub/. 

Oct. 26: MLKI in-person Book Club meet up.  Details TBA. 

In Memoriam
 

Winston A. Ross, an acclaimed civil rights activist throughout Westchester County, passed away in early September.  To read his obituary, click HEREAmong the many organizations he served throughout Westchester, he was also a former member of the MLK Institute Board of Directors.  

Winston, thank you for your contribution.
Your love has left a legacy for us. 
 
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