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Active Nonviolence

“The greatest challenge of the day is how to bring about a revolution of the heart.”
Dorothy Day

“Nonviolence is not primarily a tactic. It is a way of living and being and expressing the truth of your soul in the world.”
Daniel Berrigan

“…help us love those who hate us so we can change the world.”
Ceasar Chavez

From the beginnings in 1933 the Catholic Worker paper expressed a commitment to nonviolence; opposing all war, violence and social injustice. The Catholic Social teachings on the dignity of all life and the interconnectedness of the human family, inspire Catholic Workers to express in word and nonviolent action their opposition to policies that cause suffering and violate the sanctity of life. Nonviolent public witness has been less understood as a “work of mercy” but it is clear to Catholic Workers that war, injustice and institutional violence perpetuate the cycle of poverty.

It is not enough to feed the poor without challenging the structures that keep people impoverished.

Protest to end the sanctions against Iraq,
post Gulf War I

Catholic Workers join with Nevada Desert Experience for a service at the Test Site during Lent.

Weekly Thursday Vigils for Peace have been held in front of the Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse since February 2003 when the U.S. invaded Iraq.

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