The History, Philosophy, and Practice of Active Nonviolence

The often-overlooked history and power of nonviolent action is the focus of a presentation by longtime activist Randy Kehler on Tuesday, March 23, 7pm at Artrage Gallery (505 Hawley Ave.). Randy's extensive background in nonviolent resistance and organizing includes organizing to stop the Viet Nam War (and imprisonment for refusing to serve in that war), decades of war tax resistance, cofounding the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign and involvement in work to achieve far-reaching campaign finance reform..

Attesting to the effectiveness of Randy's direct action, Daniel Ellsberg cites Randy Kehler as one of those who inspired him to release The Pentagon Papers, an important step in exposing the lies fueling the Viet Nam War and leading to the US withdrawal.

"Randy is an inspiring activist with tremendous experience to share," notes Peace Council staffperson Andy Mager. "His speaking tour in Central New York offers a great opportunity for learning."

This program is part of the Syracuse Peace Council's monthly educational series. It is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Randy will also be speaking at OCC (Monday, March 22 at 11:10 am), Syracuse University (Tuesday, March 23 at 4 pm), SUNY Cortland (Wed., March 24 at 12:30 pm), SUNY Oswego (Wed., March 24 at 7:30 pm) and Colgate University (Thurs., March 25 at 4 pm and 7 pm).

The Syracuse Peace Council is a grassroots organization committed to creating a world of peace and justice through education, agitation and organizing. For more information, contact the Peace Council at 472-5478, e-mail: spc@peacecouncil.net.

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