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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.
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.
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.
The holiest month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan, has come. Muslims and others observers of Ramadan around the world are greeting each other with wishes for a Ramadan Kareem or a Generous Ramadan.
The spiritual practices that accompany Ramadan, fasting, praying and acts of service, invite us to lean into our best selves and rehearse the core tenets of our beliefs. A lantern or light is one of the cultural symbols we use to signify a posture of openness and welcome during Ramadan. The light shines both inwardly and out into the world. The inner light searches and scorches clean the deepest dungeons of our inner selves. The outer light illuminates our connectedness with and goodwill for the broader world. This outer glow is a beacon to all of our neighbors that we intentionally offer generous hospitality.
Lately though, much of the political rhetoric in the United States is consumed with hostility, not hospitality. (See below for information on our national call about the meeting we had with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan about Islamophobia.)
People, politicians and pundits compete with each other to push and hold diverse populations of neighbors to the fringes of society. We are awash in hostility and without resistance we can effortlessly consume it and be consumed by it. Our resistance to this over-consumption of hostility, is a posture of Generous Hospitality.
There is a whole host of ways to embody acts of Generous Hospitality this Ramadan.
Perhaps you will join in the spiritual practices to move more mindfully throughout the world. You may choose to feed the needs of others with your time, talents, and resources. You may use the power of social media to shine a light to expose injustices like #EndIslamophobia or to highlight works of justice like #GiveRefugeesRest. Whatever you do to resist hostility and embrace Generous Hospitality, it will send a beaming message of hope. Your simple acts of Generous Hospitality signify your commitment to helping all of us lean into our best selves.
Last week, FOR staff and Wisconsin Muslim leaders met with Rep. Ryan in his home district. We presented to him the concerns of Give Refugees Rest, and shared with him the many social media messages to #EndIslamophobia.
We learned just moments after what appeared to be a productive meeting that the media had announced Rep. Ryan's endorsement of Donald Trump during our meeting, despite having refused to endorse him just three weeks ago.
So as this Ramadan unfolds, let us embrace our neighbors and lean into each other and wish one another a Ramadan Kareem!
La Trina P. Jackson hails from Georgia and is a teacher, activist, PhD student, and a board member and community leader for her local mosque, Muslims for Progressive Values. In addition, she is an active member of Atlanta FOR and a member of FOR's National Council.
Images: Ibrahim ID (Creative Commons) and Mohamed Sayed (public domain).
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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.
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.
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.