And let us replace all remembered images of violence with those of peaceful interaction. As within, so without.
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.
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
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]
A Ukrainian protester plays piano on a barricade in front of the riot police line, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014
October 2013, Pakistan – Muslims form Human chain to protect Christians during Lahore mass
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, confronts a Klu Klux Klan protestor calmly, strongly, and peacefully.
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 and not covering up.
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.
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]
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]