Fellowship of Reconciliation

Fellowship of Reconciliation

Working for peace & justice through nonviolence since 1915.

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What We Do Strengthen, build & demilitarize.

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.

Building Healthy Communities

Relationships established through strong communities are the glue of our work. We ground ourselves in relationships of accountability and a spirituality that spans faith traditions. We help build communities that reflect our vision of Beloved Community through our Chapters, Networks & Affiliates, Interreligious Engagement & Understanding, Intentional Communities and Retreats for Movement Leaders & Activists.

Demilitarized Tanks

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 11, 2016

Mother of Exiles: #lovetrumpshate

In 2016, President-elect Donald Trump threatened to put Muslim citizens on a registry, once elected. Let's continue building a nation that welcomes all people in 2017.

The New Colossus

by Emma Lazarus (1883)

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she

With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Emma Lazarus (1849–1887) wrote The New Colossus in 1883 to raise money for the construction of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. In 1903, the sonnet was engraved on a bronze plaque and mounted inside the pedestal's lower level. It has come to portray the statue as a welcoming mother, a symbol of hope to the outcasts and downtrodden of the world. It serves as a powerful emblem of the spirit of the United States of America. In this video, immigrants from West Africa, Russia, Iran, and Palestine, along with U.S.-born citizens whose parents or ancestors were immigrants, recite the poem as a reminder of the best and true spirit of our country.

  • Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Did Donald Trump say he would create a registry of Muslims, if elected president?

    During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump stated on multiple occasions he would support the development of databases to track Muslims in the United States. These comments began attracting attention in November 2015, following terrorist attacks in Paris, France, and San Bernandino, California. Although members of his transition team have denied that Mr. Trump ever advocated explicitly for a “Muslim registry,” his comments have been widely perceived as endorsing such a proposal (which has specifically been promoted by Trump advisors and political surrogates).
  • Isn’t there a registry already?

    Although there isn’t known to be a “Muslim registry” in the United States, there is widespread evidence that Americans who are Muslim are already forced to endure numerous forms of governmental surveillance. The federal government’s “No Fly List” launched in 2001 quickly began targeting people with Muslim-sounding names; it operates in total secret, unaccountable to public scrutiny. From 2002 to 2015, the New York City Police Department coordinated widespread surveillance of Muslim communities; in 2016 a landmark lawsuit received a court judgment demanding the NYPD eliminate all such investigations. Nevertheless, some national politicians argue the NYPD program should be used as a model for federal religious profiling initiatives. And data brokerage companies already have created databases that allegedly maintain information about Muslim adherents throughout the nation, which are already available to federal government agencies.
  • What will FOR do in 2017?

    In response to the incoming administration’s hateful potential for increasingly oppressive policies, the Fellowship of Reconciliation will expand efforts to promote a culture of nonviolent resistance to the “Triple Evils” of racism, militarism, and materialism. We will continue to support and strengthen grassroots efforts by providing education and training in nonviolent organizing and activism. We will raise a louder voice of hope and compassion through our ongoing nonviolent narrative, and to promote spiritually-grounded principles of nonviolence as a way of life.

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Video created by Two Sons: Jacob Brooks, videographer, and Brian Wertheim, videographer and sound; and FOR’s Director of Campaigns and Strategy Anthony Grimes, writer and executive producer.

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We focus on building movements and peace networks by acting as a resource hub for activists, organizers and communities. Through our network of chapters and affiliates we connect movements at the grassroots level.

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We provide workshops, educational resources, strategic consulting, and speaking engagements for diverse audiences. We run young adult leadership development programs and nonviolent direct action trainings for front line movements.

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For over 100 years FOR members have led the strategic application of nonviolence to political and social change movements worldwide. We honor and count among our number Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King, Thich Nhat Hanh, Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Muriel Lester, Sulak Sivaraksa, James Lawson, Jean and Hildegard Goss-Mayr, Andre and Magda Trocme and many more.

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FOR recognizes individuals and organizations who make exceptional contributions to peace, justice and reconciliation. We honor unsung grassroots activists with the Local Hero Award, US justice leaders with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award, and international peacemakers with the Pfeffer Peace Award.

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Since 1918 FOR has produced publications and a national journal to shape and reflect learning on the power of nonviolent social change. Since 1934 that award-winning journal has appeared under the title Fellowship, now issued twice yearly in summer and winter. FOR's national newsletter, Witness, is produced in spring and fall and provides highlights of campaigns and projects led by grassroots FOR chapters and affiliates.

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