Fellowship of Reconciliation

Fellowship of Reconciliation

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Nonviolent direct action in Minneapolis organized by FOR Staff and National Council photo by Rebecca Lawrence

Strategic nonviolent movements are one of the most potent forces in the world. They oust dictators, change policy and realize the hopes of communities. For over 100 years FOR has strengthened the movements that reshape society through our work in Black Lives Matter, training in Nonviolent Civil Disobedience, training in Jail Support and Fiscal Sponsorship.

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We see nonviolence as a way of life, a moral commitment, and a social tool. As a branch of IFOR's international network we work with partners around the world to end militarism in all of its forms, working through the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, United Nations Advocacy, Demilitarizing Communities, Boycott Divestment and Sanctions, Anti-drone Initiatives and #GiveRefugeesRest.

Dec 06, 2016

Water Protectors Prevail!

By Kristin Stoneking, FOR Staff

Yesterday was a day that Standing Rock Sioux tribal elders had called for a national interfaith day of prayer.
 
Those prayers rolled into celebrations as news was received that the Army Corps of Engineers would deny an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross Lake Oahe while an environmental impact study is done.
 
“We wholeheartedly support the decision of the administration and commend with the utmost gratitude the courage it took on the part of President Obama, the Army Corps, the Department of Justice, and the Department of the Interior to take steps to correct the course of history and to do the right thing,” Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II said in a statement.

Thank you to all who acted as Water Protectors, both in body and spirit.

You traveled to North Dakota and other parts along the Missouri River, you organized solidarity marches and rallies, you spread the word and got news from the ground out across the country, you signed petitions, you lifted up prayers, and you gave of your resources.
 
The email that FOR sent out last week raised nearly $1500 in just 24 hours for supplies for Standing Rock. Thank you!
 
More than anything, we are grateful to the leadership from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal elders and other elders from across the nations who demonstrated to the world what spiritually-based nonviolent resistance looks like.
 
Creative and active nonviolence is an ongoing process.
 
We aren’t always able to see the fruits or impact of this way of living.
 
But today we celebrate this news, while remaining committed to the preservation of life and the healing of relationships and the earth.
 
We have heard from friends who are acting as chaplains that though the easement has not been granted, the intention of Energy Transfers Partners is to proceed with construction, choosing to pay fines rather than comply.
 

 May we remain vigilant, faithful and committed. Peace be with you.

 
Rev. Kristin Stoneking
Executive Director
Fellowship of Reconciliation
 
Top photo: Water protectors at Morton County, ND, jail yesterday (Flickr: Oceti Sakowin Camp). Remaining photos by FOR: 2. Union Square, NYC, march to Columbus Circle on Dec. 4, 3. Prayer circle in Central Park, NYC, early November, 4. A young water protector at a solidarity demonstration in Bear Mountain, NY, on Thanksgiving, 5. Additional demonstrators at Bear Mountain, NY, on Thanksgiving.

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