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Here are ways in which we can work daily to end violence as suggested by the mission summit. These fell under categories of "insights," "challenges," and "experiments." I'm editing down to some of the best. I'll give you a link to the rest. See if you agree ...
- We are all victims of violence, but we are also practitioners in violence (in the language that we use, in meetings on hot topics, etc.)
- Justice is a precondition of preace as a way to overcome violence.
- Open our hearts to people; do not stereotype.
- Violence is not about "them;" we need to be able to look at ourselves and how it touches us.
- Many issues breed violence: mental illness, drugs, poverty, alienation (I'm sure we could all add many more)--there is great complexity. We need more awareness of the faces of violence (economic, cultural, environmental, systemic).
- We need to accept our complicity in violence and promote healthy conversations against it.
- We need to reject violence in all its forms, denouncing cultural violence and bullying.
- We need more respectful language with each other and about each other. What we say and hear repeatedly will eventually impact how we think ... and right now there is an awful lot of irresponsible bile out there.
- Addressing and rejecting violence in all its forms is essential.
- We must have far greater education about violence in all its forms and violence prevention.
- We need to be willing to speak out and stand out with others working for justice and against violence. We must be willing to stand up and risk much to provide a safer world for us all.
To explore a response to the excuse to do nothing "We don't have all the facts yet," see: http://jsbrookspresents.blogspot.com/2014/08/why-we-dont-have-all-facts-doesnt-work.html and Martin Luther King Jr.'s profound "Letter from a Birmingham Jail:" http://www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html