Gandhi and Nonviolence

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Dear Educators,

Today on Gandhi's birthday, we are stopping to say thank you for the important work you are doing right now under such difficult circumstances.

Given all of the unrest and uncertainty taking place, we are writing to share some resources for your work with students, in relation to strategies for peaceful resistance, nonviolence, and conflict transformation.

This link will take you to the Resources tab of our website:

There, you will see links to the following topics/experiences:

- Nonviolence and Current Events: Nonviolence News collects current stories of nonviolence in action. Sign up to receive the weekly e-newsletter, and use it as a source of positive media for discussions on current events. Just 15 months old, this weekly online resource now has over 90,000 subscribers!

- 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action: For use with groups of 2-200, we created this activity to use during a March for Peace, so participants could learn about methods and examples of nonviolent action and teach one another.

- Gandhi Movie Activity: Have students fill in the blanks of this interactive worksheet as they watch the 1982 movie, "Gandhi."

- Nonviolence Tool Kit: Study the three dimensions of nonviolence with this informative guide, including strategies for practicing nonviolence.

- Gandhi and Nonviolence Discovery Cards and Curriculum: Our Gandhi & Nonviolence Cards have been used in classrooms all over the world to introduce students to Gandhi and the principles of strategic nonviolence. Thanks to Rochester educator Elizabeth McGary, we now have four lesson plans that teachers can use in conjunction with the cards. Decks can be purchased, and we are also offering a free deck for Rochester area teachers! Finally, we have recently created a virtual set of these cards, so even more people can access them.

- Conflict Transformation Strategies: We’ve collected our top 10 tips for how to transform conflict and have more open, authentic, and meaningful conversations. Download a list strategies and check out our video series.

- Gandhi Family Photo Album: Enjoy this intimate look at the life of Mohandas Gandhi. In this video, Arun Gandhi narrates photos from his grandfather’s life and shares stories from his childhood years living with his grandparents in India.

Below the Resources tab in our website menu (linked above), you’ll also see a link to this:

- Season for Nonviolence: January 30th - April 4th. The Season, launched at the United Nations in 1998, marks the annual 64 calendar days between the memorial anniversary of the assassination of Mohandas K. Gandhi on January 30 and that of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4. The Season teaches that every person can move the world forward in the direction of peace through daily nonviolent choices and actions. A Nonviolence pledge, daily practices toolkit, and other nonviolent resources are included here.

I would be happy to answer any questions you or anyone else might have, as well as coordinating getting Gandhi decks to Rochester area teachers who want to pick up their free Gandhi deck.

Thanks for taking time to read this and peruse our links, and also for sharing these resources as widely as you can!

Spero Michailidis (585) 732-0201

Kit Miller

MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence

929 S Plymouth Ave, Rochester NY 14608