AVP offers the tools to transform violent conflict. If we seek deep and lasting change, we must seek transformation not only of the conflict at hand, but of ourselves. We must continually ask how we are contributing to it. What of our own distorted thinking is fueling or informing the conflict? How are we connected to the violence in the situation? How are we supporting the culture of violence, or failing to stand in opposition to it? In what ways are weparticipating in larger systems that oppress others? How might we even rely on violence - perhaps the violence of others - to sustain our own well being? Ghandi said, "Be the change you wish to see in the world." As we seek to transform violent conflicts deeply, how must we, ourselves, transform? Come, share, and journey courageously together - towards change.
On Memorial Day weekend: May 26-May 29, 2017:Celebrate the 42nd year of AVP bringing Transforming Power and nonviolence into the lives of people in the U.S. and around the world, in prisons, in schools, in refugee camps, in veterans programs, in gang interventions, and in conflict zones across 60 countries. Deepen your understanding of AVP. Reunite with old friends. Gain new ones. Put faces to the names. Kindle new ideas. Share of yourself. Be challenged and inspired. Nourish your passion for the work. Transform. And just as you do in our AVP workshops, have fun doing all of it.
Welcome to Boston - cradle of our colonial history and hub of American innovation. From the landmarks of the American revolution on Boston's Freedom Trail, to the cobblestones of Beacon Hill, to the iconic campuses of Harvard and MIT, to Boston's storied sports teams, the NFL Champion Patriots, the Celtics, the Buins and the Red Sox, Boston engages the mind and captures the imagination.
Make a little extra time to see the city and everything it has to offer.
Thursday, May 25, 9:00am - 4:00pm, EXPLORING DIVERSITY - a one day, pre-conference workshop brought by the Education Committee. Participants will experience learning activities and exercises in the morning, and small groups will discuss how to
Thursday, May 25, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, PRISON DAY at MCI Norfolk - A day with incarcerated men, seasoned inside facilitators, and administration, at a facility that is striving to lead. Norfolk offers innovative programming, including: Restorative Justice, Emotional Awareness (based on the nationally recognized Houses of Healing program), formal debates featuring teams of inmates going against local college debate teams, and, AVP. Join us for a day of supporting, learning, and celebrating the work going on at this institution.
Friday, May 26, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, IS AVP A SOCIAL JUSTICE / PEACE ORGANIZATION? - an open retreat of the Board. Alternaives to Violence Project grew out of activist roots, focusing on "finding effective ways to communicate and practice nonviolence" (Liveoak: Hoover interview). Ghandi called politics the "art of right action." AVP's politics is not about taking sides, but seeking to do the right thing. What is more political than actively working toward self change of "transformation" of power structures within communities, institutions or systems?
Please join a day long planning retreat as we explore: who we are idealistically as an organization and how we act upon our shared beliefs, and as we identify implications as we move forward organizationally.
Monday, May 29, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, MOVING FORWARD AS AN ORGANIZATION - The AVPUSA post conference planning session. In this session, we will break into small thematic groups to process things learned at the conference. Each group identifies specific action steps for C of C Board and committee followup in the year ahead.
We invite presentation proposals and still-forming ideas. Do you have a presentation to offer, an experience to share or a discussion to lead? Would you be a partner or a resource for other presenters? Do you know someone else with expertise we ough to consult? Please send your ideas, big and small, as soon as possible. The program is taking shape. Send to Program@avpusa.org, or to P.O. Box 3036, Acton, MA 01720.
is a small liberal arts school with an intimate campus in the green suburb of Newton, Massachusetts, twelve minutes outside of Boston proper.
Registration begins February 17, 2017.
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS MARCH 31, 2017.