Let us move from within to dispell conflict, wherever we are

And let us replace all remembered images of violence with those of peaceful interaction. As within, so without.

35 Images of Kindness Found Within Conflict

September 17, 2014

syndicated from kindnessblog.com, via dailygood.org

During times of conflict and political or religious civil unrest, the power of the human spirit’s capacity for non-violent protest and kindness still shines through.

This man, Alberto Casillas, instantly became a national celebrity in Spain when he protected a group of youths who were protesting against the government’s austerity measures. The police were beating and attacking protestors who then ran into Casillas’s cafe for protection. When the police demanded he let them enter, he stood against them, with absolutely no weapons or way to defend himself and said, ”On my Life, you will not enter! It will be a massacre.” When the police stood down, the protestors started hugging and thanking him. The best part of this story? Casillas actually supported the government the protesters were fighting against. But that didn’t matter to him. As he said, ”There were excessive police forces. I am for compliance with the law, but above the law, there is humanity. I did what I had to do, that’s all.”

Alberto Casillas, instantly became a national celebrity in Spain when he protected a group of youths who were protesting against the government’s austerity measures. The police were beating and attacking protestors who then ran into Casillas’s cafe for protection. When the police demanded he let them enter, he stood against them, with absolutely no weapons or way to defend himself and said, ”On my Life, you will not enter! It will be a massacre.”

“Ukrainian girl giving sandwiches to protesters”

Ukrainian girl giving sandwiches to protesters

This is the aftermath of a very sweet moment between a General and a protester in Brazil.

This is the aftermath of a very sweet moment between a General and a protester in Brazil. Upon seeing what looked to be an impending conflict, the general made a simple request. “Do not fight, please. Not on my birthday.” How did the protesters respond? By not fighting, for starters but they went a step further and made the man a cake.

Caring citizens offer tea to British riot police [London, England, 2011]

Caring citizens offer tea to British riot police [London, England, 2011]

A Ukrainian protester plays piano on a barricade in front of the riot police line, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014

A Ukrainian protester plays piano on a barricade in front of the riot police line, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014

October 2013, Pakistan 1 Muslims form Human chain to protect Christians during Lahore mass

October 2013, Pakistan – Muslims form Human chain to protect Christians during Lahore mass

Page by Andrew Boyd Bogota, Colombia A demonstrator embraces a riot police officer during a student protest against government plans to reform higher education.

Bogota, Colombia – A demonstrator embraces a riot police officer during a student protest against government plans to reform higher education.

an African American minister, Shun Abram, confronting a Klu Klux Klan protestor calmly, strongly, and with peace, are so important. There are so many ways to fight, that to have heroes like this man is so essential for all of us. What an image.” Source: Charidy.com

An African-American minister, Shun Abram, confronts a Klu Klux Klan protestor calmly, strongly, and peacefully.

The Vancouver Riot Kissing Couple

Riot police walk in the street as Coquitlam-raised Alexandra Thomas, 25, and her Australian boyfriend Scott Jones, 30 kiss on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada.

A group of Israeli women illegally brought some of their Palestinian female friends from the southern part of the West Bank into Israel for a day in the sun. The Palestinian women went in disguise, which meant removing clothes rather than covering up.

A group of Israeli women illegally brought some of their Palestinian female friends from the southern part of the West Bank into Israel for a day in the sun. The Palestinian women went in disguise, which meant removing clothes and not covering up.

February 2011, Egypt Christians join hands to protect Muslims as they pray during Cairo protests 1

February 2011, Egypt Christians join hands to protect Muslims as they pray during Cairo protests

June 22, 1996 – Then 18-year-old Keshia Thomas of Ann Arbor shields a man wearing a Confederate T-shirt from an angry crowd during a Ku Klux Klan rally outside Ann Arbor’s city hall.

June 22, 1996 – Then 18-year-old Keshia Thomas of Ann Arbor shields a man wearing a Confederate T-shirt from an angry crowd during a Ku Klux Klan rally outside Ann Arbor’s city hall.

Jan. 22, 2014 – An Orthodox priest tries to stop a clash between protesters and the police in the center of Kiev, Ukraine.

Jan. 22, 2014 – An Orthodox priest tries to stop a clash between protesters and the police in the center of Kiev, Ukraine.

Woman successfully defends a group of cornered riot officers from angry protesters [Bogotá, Colombia, 2013]

Woman successfully defends a group of cornered riot officers from angry protesters [Bogotá, Colombia, 2013]

1983 – Austin, Texas.This policeman protects KKK members during a rally as protestors were closing in on them.

1983 – Austin, Texas.This policeman protects KKK members during a rally as protestors were closing in on them.

Citizens band together to clean up the mess following London riots [London, England, 2011]

Citizens band together to clean up the mess following London riots [London, England, 2011]

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2 Responses to Let us move from within to dispell conflict, wherever we are

  1. laurabruno says:

    Reblogged this on Laura Bruno's Blog and commented:
    Beautiful and powerful images and context!

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