Past Seasons

2014-2015

During the 2014-2015 school year Gandhi Institute staff utilized exercises from the 64 Daily Practices workbook daily with 100+ 7-8 grade Social Justice students from the Rochester City School District, and 15+ students from our Nonviolence Clubs on a weekly basis.

Co-sponsored Race Dialogues in the Rochester Community at community libraries and with local student groups.

Hosted community film screenings of documentaries focusing on social justice:

  • The Black Power Mixtape
  • Muyurangambo
  • A Force More Powerful
  • The New Environmentalist
  • Living Downstream
  • The Band’s Visit
  • Iron Jawed Angel’s
Hosted Community Race-Dialogues

Co-sponsored hip-hip concert during February Break: Hip Hop Concert at MAG Promotes Peace, Democrat & Chronicle

“The M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, along with several Rochester community organizations, hosted a concert to showcase how hip hop can have a positive impact on the community. The event featured local artists, an open mike session and a headliner performance by Boston hip hop duo Foundation Movement.”  

beats and rhymes

Photo: Jeff Witherow from the Democrat and Chronicle

 

2013

Twenty sponsors. A second year of Ad Council support with $250,000 in media exposure.

Opening ceremony with Mayor Tom Richards, City Councilwoman Elaine Spaull, and 80 people yielded TV and newspaper coverage.

Seven weeks of training for 25 youth, including certificates for a two-day Kingian nonviolence training and workshops in anger management, aikido, and Nonviolent Communication. The program was supported by Rochester Central Library, Teen Empowerment, Pathways to Peace, Center for Dispute Settlement, and Rochester City School District.

Youth-community dialogue with Rochester Police Chief, County Legislator and other leaders with college and high school youth. More than 75 people attended.

Interfaith dialogue moderated by Mark Hare that included faith leaders and interactive sessions for participants. A follow up series is being planned.


(from L) Rev. Lawrence Hargrave, Bishop Prince Singh, Rabbi Amy Sapowith, and Naomi Ahsan

Youth Activist Movement

Our participation in the 2013 Youth Activist Movement which offered youth ages 13-21 the opportunity to receive 35 hours of professional training in nonviolence, conflict transformation, and leadership development.  Check out the Youth Activist Movement Kickoff

Supported 30 nonviolence-related events hosted by other organizations such as the Little Theater, the Monroe County Office of Mental Health, the Center for Dispute Settlement, and Rochester Area Mennonite Fellowship.

Organized 10 community-wide eventsincluding: the prestigious art exhibit Americans Who Tell the Truthdisplayed in the Central Library; a lecture given by West Point graduate, Iraq veteran, and author Captain Paul Chappell; a hip hop concert by the Boston-based Foundation Movement, artists who advocate social justice and nonviolence worldwide; a workshop on Gandhi’s philosophy that brought together community members, city youth, retirees, and low-income citizens.

Received community outreach campaign grant from the Ad Council, and with the help of Jay Advertising created a dynamic nonviolence campaign using TV, radio, print, social media, and billboards. Urban and suburban youth served as advisors to the creative team.

Established the Youth Activist Movement: a training program for youth to become leaders in social justice! It included 10 youth-focused events; nonviolence trainers from Boston, Maine, and California; optional enrichment events every week: a cooking class, art workshops, meditation sessions, and martial arts; complimentary T-shirts, books and other learning materials.

2011

Kathy Kelly - Distinguished Gandhi Lecturer

Kathy Kelly helped initiate Voices in the Wilderness, a campaign to end the UN/US sanctions against Iraq. For bringing medicine to Iraq in open violation of the UN/US sanctions, she and other campaign members were notified of a proposed $163,000 penalty for the organization, threatened with 12 years in prison, and eventually fined $20,000, a sum which they’ve refused to pay. Kelly has taught in Chicago area community colleges and high schools since 1974. From 1980 – 1986 she taught at St. Ignatius College Prep (Chicago, IL). She is active with the Catholic Worker movement and, as a pacifist and war tax refuser, has refused payment of all Federal income tax since 1980. She currently helps coordinate the Voices for Creative Nonviolence campaign.

Arthur Romano - Lecturer & Kingian Nonviolence Trainer

Presentations by Arthur Romano, certified nonviolence trainer and international educator, will honor the lives of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. and offer insights into the vision of these two great men. Romano is currently the Inamori Center for Ethics and National Peace Academy Teaching Fellow at Case Western Reserve University.

Nontombi Naomi Tutu - Closing Keynote Speaker

In this empowering keynote speech, Naomi Tutu combines Dr. King’s dream of the “Beloved Community” with the teachings of a South African proverb, speaking to the need to understand how our actions – or inactions – affect all with whom we come in contact and ourselves. Rather than focus on what separates us, Tutu encourages us to focus on our shared humanity in order to build a just world. Both the “Beloved Community” and the proverb share an underlying theme: the importance of not dehumanizing those with who we are in conflict, but rather concentrate on what we have the power to change.

2010

Dr. Dorothy Maver - 2010 Gandhi Distinguished Lecturer

Dr. Dorothy Maver is President of the National Peace Academy, bringing a focus on peacebuilding and peacelearning to the USA. Her background as an educator and peacebuilder includes teaching and coaching at the high school and university levels, developing and facilitating courses and workshops with a focus on the application of spiritual principles in life, creating a culture of peace, community organizing, and designing experiences for community members to plan and implement their ideas for change.

Rita Marie Johnson - 2010 Gandhi Distinguished Lecturer

After learning that Costa Rica did not have an army, Rita Marie Johnson moved from the United States to Costa Rica over 17 years ago to help strengthen its peace model. Now she serves as director of the Rasur Foundation in Costa Rica, which she founded in 1998, and also Rasur Foundation International (RFI) in the US, founded in 2009.

Bishop Prince Singh - 2010 SNV Opener and Gandhi Distinguished Lecturer

Bishop Singh was born in Chenaii, Tamil Nadu India. He graduated from Madras Christian College, Tambaram, and Union Biblical Seminary both in India. He was ordained a priest in the Church of South India (Anglican Communion) in 1990 and served congregations in rural South India.  He served in the Diocese of Newark as Associate Rector at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown, New Jersey from 1997-2000, and as Rector of St. Alban’s in Oakland, New Jersey from 2000 until his election as Bishop of the Diocese of Rochester in 2008.