MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Every September, for one week, Campaign Nonviolence hosts thousands of events across the country to address issues of violence, racism, and poverty.
In Memphis, a proclamation was signed by Mayors Jim Strickland and Lee Harris that deemed Sept. 15-22 as a ‘Week of Nonviolence.’ During that time, the local chapter of Campaign Nonviolence, will host daily events to promote peace in the community.
“We’re trying to connect the dots between poverty and violence and environmental destruction,” Nonviolence Memphis organizer Paul Crum said.
Among the events, Nonviolence Memphis is working with Shelby County Schools, largely to focus on ending violence among youth and teaching conflict resolution.
“I think youth, starting with youth, is the key because, you know, it’ll take a generation before we affect, really, in any real change, but I think it’s entirely possible,” Crum said.
A workshop will be held Friday with educators on that topic. They’ll also advocate for restorative practices, less suspensions and adding conflict resolution training into schools.
“We’re hoping that we can present some alternatives to the traditional discipline of suspending them or expelling them and put them on a path of restorative justice rather than punitive justice,” Crum said.
The week’s events began on Sunday with a concert but continue through the week. A full of list events are as follows:
- Monday, Sept. 16th • 6:30 – 8pm
- Ukulele Flash Mob of Memphis Sing-Along for Peace
- Crosstown Concourse Theatre Steps (2nd floor)
- Tuesday, Sept. 17th • 7 – 9pm
- Drone Warfare & Resistance with Frank Cordaro
- Memphis Theological Seminary, Founders Hall 201
- 168 E. Parkway South • Memphis 38104
- Thursday, Sept. 19th • 5pm
- Planting of the Peace Pole by Veterans for Peace
- First Congregational Church
- 1000 Cooper Street • Memphis 38104
- Friday, Sept. 20th • 1-4 pm
- Reach, Teach & Restore
- Workshop for Educators, Parents and All Interested Parties
- Harding University • W.B. West Auditorium
- Saturday, Sept. 21st • 9am – 3 pm
- Gandhi-King Forum
- National Civil Rights Museum
- Sunday, Sept. 22nd • 2:30 – 5pm
- I Am Us Memphis Festival for Unity and Peace
- Pink Palace Museum Mansion Theater