Last year, we organized 238 actions in late September. This year’s week of events, with well over 300 actions, are listed and documented at CampaignNonviolence.org and also here. The Campaign Nonviolence week of action coincides with Pope Francis’ visit and International Peace Day, September 21st.
The array of events is breath-taking. In Wilmington, Delaware, hundreds will march through town on Sunday against poverty, racism, war and environmental destruction. Near Las Vegas, Nevada, people will gather outside Creech Air Force Base, headquarters of the U.S. drone war program, to vigil against our drone attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In Oklahoma City, hundreds will gather on Monday night to hear a leading African American minister engage the city’s police chief about racism and police brutality in Oklahoma.
In Tucson, people will gather to vigil outside the Raytheon Missile Systems headquarters, the leading for-profit weapons manufacturer which builds drones, cluster bombs, cruise missiles, Star Wars “kill vehicles” and Mavericks. In San Francisco, people will gather at the Montgomery Street Bart Station to sing songs of peace while distributing leaflets and offering materials on issues of violence. Bangor, Maine, will host a rally to end violence. In Washington, D.C., people will gather outside the White House on Tuesday to vigil against all these forms of violence and call for a new culture of nonviolence.