Deborah Ramirez (Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence via AP)
Q: After living with your grandfather for 18 months, what were the most important lessons you learned?Arun Gandhi: I think the first most important lesson is understanding anger and using that energy constructively and intelligently.
Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, will be visiting Lane s main campus for a talk on nonviolence sharing the lessons he has learned from his grandfather and throughout his own life as an activist. Gandhi and Nonviolence: Relevance in the 21st Century, will be held Thursday, Feb. 16 from 7 9 p.m. in the Center for Meeting amp; Learning.This event, free to all, is a part of the ongoing Peace Through Compassion series, co sponsored by the Lane Peace Center and the Palmo Peace Center.
On behalf of the Oromo Studies Association, the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and the membership of our scholarly organization, we are sending this urgent request that the U.S. Department of State, under your able leadership, use its significant influence with the government of Ethiopia to save the lives of Bekele Gerba, Deputy Chairman of Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), other senior members of that organization and their fellow prisoners at Qilinto prison near Addis Ababa. These are entering the tenth day of a hunger strike joined to bring to light the deplorable conditions at the prison and the excruciating injustice inflicted upon the prisoners. Several of them including Bekele Gerba collapsed into unconsciousness on July 26, 2016. Today it is reported that those political prisoners, who were already in a very fragile condition are dangerously weak and deteriorating. We ask that you use the good offices of the US State Department to gain access to Bekele and the others directly or through the Red Cross, to investigate the prisoners condition, interview them and to witness the conditions that have driven them to take this compelling coordinated action.Bekele Gerba himself is highly respected and greatly loved among the Oromo and Ethiopian peoples as a humble man of courage and devotion to the plight of the oppressed. He is deeply committed to nonviolence and has translated the speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. into the Oromo language. As keynote speaker at the last OSA conference, held at Howard University, August 1 2, 2015, Bekele Gerba left a lasting impression on our members with an inspiring and memorable message. A focus of the conference were the ongoing forms of resistance emerging in direct response to the ruling party s policy of removing millions of Oromo farmers from their ancestral lands without their participation, agreement or compensation. Bekele Gerba urged the Oromo people to follow a course of nonviolence in response to the injustices they experience at the hands of the Ethiopian authorities. This address was the highlight of that event.
WASHINGTON Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Congress Wednesday that his nation and the U.S. have overcome ;the hesitations of history; and called for ever stronger economic and defense ties between the two countries. "Let us work together to convert shared ideals into practical cooperation, " Modi said in a speech that lauded both nations ' common democratic principles and hailed two heroes of nonviolence, India 's Mahatma Gandhi and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
Embattled opposition leader Kem Sokha appealed for a peaceful solution to Cambodia s political crises as he made his first public appearance since holing up in the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) headquarters for fear of arrest by Prime Minister Hun Sen s government.Speaking at party headquarters in Phnom Penh on Tuesday, Kem Sokha urged supporters to adhere to the principles of nonviolence to resolve the political crises that appear to have no end in sight.