“It’s so important to me that the next generation understands the concept of forgiveness, and why non-violence is important. To be able to forgive people who slap you and hit you and spit on you and hit you with billy clubs has a disarming impact. The ability to forgive this person changes his idea about who you are."
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The Peter Johnson Institute for Non-Violence was established to continue the ideals, principles and legacy of Civil and Human Rights legend Rev. Peter Johnson. The institutes specific purposes are to educate, train, transfer and share knowledge, information, strategies and best practices to individuals, community organizations, and institutions so that they can create a better future for those they serve. The institute will also assist individuals, community organizations, and institutions with identifying resources, networks and human connections that can have a positive impact on their work with underserved individuals and communities; and to promote health, nonviolence and social justice through informed practice, research, professional development, and advocacy for policy change.
We will use the Kingian Practices of Non-Violence, as identified, developed, and practiced by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and further developed and used by the nonprofit's founder, Rev. Peter Johnson, which includes the following:
Absolute commitment to moral integrity and ethical action.
Unwavering commitment to disciplined nonviolence as a philosophy, strategy, practice and way of life.
Recognition of the fundamental interconnection of all humanity.
Promotion and protection of human rights for all persons.
Dedication to the struggle for racial justice, equality, and integration, and opposition to racism, anti-semitism and white supremacy in all of its forms.
Affirmation of the transformative, redemptive power of love.