Nonviolence Magazine: Summer/Fall 2016

For the Summer/Fall issue of Nonviolence, we look at democracy—unifying theory and action.

Inside: Q&As with Erica Chenoweth and David Ragland, pro-democracy activist Hua Ze writes about the  challenges that dissidents face in China, essays that explore the roles of history and education in democracy. Plus, nonviolence case studies, poetry and short fiction.

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Thanks to our Summer/Fall 2016 contributors:

Sally Armbrecht
As a copy editor, Sally has a hawk’s eye for sentence structure, style, and grammar. She lives and works in Finland, but she provides copy editing services for English-language clients everywhere via Singing House Productions.

Ira Batra Garde
Ira is a physician, poet, wife and mother. She lives with her family in California’s San Francisco Bay Area and is currently at work on a book.

Maja Bengtson
Maja is a Metta Center board member, creator of the Inner Leadership method for individuals and interpersonal transformation and founder of the collaborative for integral sustainability. She contributed a poem to the Summer issue. Sample her poetry.

Todd Diehl
A member of our Strategic Advisory Council, Todd is based in Texas, where he is an AVID educator. Todd contributes his talents to the Metta Center in various ways, from consulting to blogging. Lucky for us, we can turn to him for his fantastic proofreading skills too.

David Golding
David is a PhD student in the Education and Social Justice program at Lancaster University. He teaches Peace Studies, International Development, and Sociology for the University of Colombo and the University of London in Sri Lanka. For our Winter issue, David wrote an essay about mindfulness meditation.

Miki Kashtan
A co-founder of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication, Miki consults at the Center for Efficient Collaboration and blogs at The Fearless Heart. Her latest book is Reweaving Our Human Fabric: Working Together to Create a Nonviolent Future.

Travis Mellott
Based in Conway, Arkansas, Travis is a permaculturist and radical simplicity enthusiast. He is co-creating a gift-economy space for permaculture instruction/certification as well as conflict resolution and vulnerability training.

Okke Ornstein
Okke is a veteran media producer and journalist whose  reports have repeatedly been nominated for European broadcasting awards. His latest work for NTR has taken him to Syria, where he traveled with a Dutch aid organization in 2013, and Greece, where he met refugees and trekked with them through Europe. He contributed his own photos and served as the photo editor.

Robert Shetterly
In his portrait series Americans Who Tell the Truth, Robert paints images of courageous Americans, past and present, who stood up for greater freedom and democracy. For the Summer issue, Robert traded paint for pen to tell the story of Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman. Learn more about Robert and his work in our Q&A with him.

Patty Somlo
A former journalist, Patty is a fiction and creative nonfiction writer based in Sonoma County, CA. Her fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize four times, and her work has appeared in more than 100 print and online literary journals, including the Los Angeles Review and Guernica. Her book The First to Disappear was published this year by Spuyten Duyvil and was an award-winning finalist in the 2016 International Book Awards.

Hua Ze
Hua was a journalist during the Tiananmen Square uprising of 1989. She is a pro-democracy activist in China, and she bravely sent us her reflections of the challenges that dissidents are facing in her home country.