Stephanie Van Hook


Should I go that Neo-Nazi rally to fight back?

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“When we hear that the Neo-Nazi movement is coming to our town, most of us naturally feel called—or pushed– to some kind of action…”

Stephanie Van Hook and Michael Nagler
Published in: The PeaceWorker, City Watch, Metta Center for Nonviolence, Echo Press, KPC News, Gilmer Free Press, Bainbridge Island Review, The Sunburg News
Date: August 17,22,September 5,2017
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The Time for Silence is Over: Grasping the Reality of Nonviolence

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“With a rainbow pin on his lapel, signifying–on that day at least–the most recent gun massacre in the United States, Congressman John Lewis made an impassioned cri de coeur before members of Congress and the people…”

Stephanie Van Hook
Published in: Grassroots Press, Waging Nonviolence, Counterpunch, Metta Center for Nonviolence, Chicago Activism, Newberry Observer, Dinamicas SUL-SUR
Date: June 26,27,28,2016
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Send in the White Helmets

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“We’ve all heard of the Blue Helmets — the United Nations armed peacekeeping wing. But have you heard about the White Helmets, the unarmed peacekeeping and first responders in Syria?
Seeing organized nonviolence in the midst of violent conflict is not expected and not often found, but it’s on the increase. There are Peace Brigades International, Nonviolent Peaceforce, Christian Peacemaker Teams, Muslim Peacemaker Teams, and the White Helmets in Syria.”

Author: Stephanie Van Hook
Published in: Metta Center for Nonviolence http://mettacenter.org/daily-metta/syrias-white-helmets-daily-metta/
The Peace Worker http://peaceworker.org/2015/10/send-in-the-white-helmets/
Fayette Free Zone http://fayettevillefreezone.com/send-in-the-white-helmets/
Gilmer Free Press http://www.gilmerfreepress.net/index.php/fpopin/send_in_the_white_helmets/
Truth Out http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/33333-send-in-the-white-helmets
Date: October 13,14,16,17,21,2015

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Gandhi and The Bomb

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“It’s an amazing contrast that the 20th century witnessed moments where nonviolence soared to giddying heights and violence brought us down to unfathomed lows.”

Author: Stephanie Van Hook
Published in: Pagosa Daily Post http://pagosadailypost.com/2015/08/06/essay-gandhi-and-the-bomb/
Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/08/07/gandhi-and-the-bomb/
Metta Center for Nonviolence http://mettacenter.org/daily-metta/gandhi-and-the-atom-bomb-daily-metta/
Valley Voice http://issuu.com/ourvalleyvoice/docs/vv_issue_51_combi/14
Gilmer Free Press http://www.gilmerfreepress.net/index.php/fpopin/gandhi_and_the_bomb/
Date: August 6,716,,2015

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Happy Swaraj (Independence) Day!

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““Real Swaraj will come, not by the acquisition of authority by a few, but by the capacity by all to resist authority when it is abused.”
–Gandhi (Young India, January 29, 1925)

When Gandhi met with the British viceroy Lord Irwin after his imprisonment following the 1930 Salt Satyagraha, they shared a pot of tea. Gandhi, mischieviously took out a package of contraband salt, opened it and sprinkled a bit into his cup. Looking at the astounded Lord Irwin he told him he did so in remembrance of the Boston Tea Party.
The decade leading up to the signing of the American Declaration of Independence was one of resistance and not necessarily violent resistance, either. According to an in-depth study by Walter Conser, Ronald McCarthy, David Toscano and Gene Sharp, entitled Resistance, Politics and the American Struggle for Independence 1765-1775, nonviolent resistance was more widely employed than violent resistance during that period of struggle with the British Crown. ”

Author: Stephanie Van Hook
Published in: Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2015/07/04/happy-swaraj-independence-day/
Metta Center for Nonviolence http://mettacenter.org/daily-metta/american-independence-reconsidered-daily-metta/
The Peace Worker http://peaceworker.org/2015/08/nonviolence-was-an-important-part-of-the-u-s-struggle-for-independence/
Date: July 4,August 2,2015

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What would it take to start a Peace Army?

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“The Freedom Rides of 1961 saw some of the most iconic moments of the United States’ Civil Rights movement. Courageous, idealistic young people boarded busses to the segregated South to stand up for their ideals of freedom, equality and justice. Like our most fearless armed servicemen/women, they knew that they were risking their lives for their beliefs. What made them different, however, was that they were unarmed and trained in nonviolence. Referring to his participation in the rides, Georgia Congressperson John Lewis said, “I was like a soldier in a nonviolent army.” Myriad images, questions and ideas capture our imagination: what would a nonviolent army do? How would it be organized? Would it ever be practical? What would it take to build one?”

Author: Stephanie Van Hook
Published in: Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2013/08/13/what-would-it-take-to-start-a-peace-army/, Truth Out http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/18182-what-would-it-take-to-start-a-peace-army, South Coast Today http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130813/OPINION/308130302, Popular Resistance http://www.popularresistance.org/waht-would-it-take-to-start-a-peace-army/
Date: August 10,13,14,2013

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