The Beatitudes Are a Call to Nonviolent Action!

Jesus’ Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount call us to work for justice, make peace, offer mercy, speak out prophetically, resist evil nonviolently, and love everyone universally. To become Beatitude people, Sermon on the Mount people, we need to read Matthew 5-7 regularly as Gandhi did, and then take concrete steps to put these teachings into practice in our daily lives.

Here are some organizations that work to promote justice, peace and environmental sustainability, and to abolish war, poverty, racism, executions, corporate greed, fascism, nuclear weapons, and environmental destruction. Individually and together, we want to practice and promote social, economic, and racial justice, creative nonviolence, Gospel peacemaking, and protection of creation.
“Merchants of Death” is a new projection of activists across the U.S. that charges weapons manufacturers with crimes against international law and humanity. Beginning November 12, 2023, Merchants of Death will begin holding “war crimes tribunals.”

“The Merchants of Death War Crimes Tribunal will hold accountable — through testimony of witnesses — U.S. weapons manufacturers who knowingly produce and sell products which attack and kill not only combatants but non-combatants as well. These manufacturers may have committed Crimes Against Humanity as well as violated U.S. Federal criminal laws. The Tribunal will hear the evidence and render a verdict.”
This new project of “Back from the Brink” is mobilizing people across the U.S. to write to their congressional representatives to support HR Res. 77, the first and most comprehensive bill ever calling for nuclear disarmament in all its facets in the U.S. This is one of the best, new U.S. grassroots movements promoting the abolition of nuclear weapons.
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons is a global effort to support the United Nations ban on nuclear weapons. They won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 and continue to be the largest global grassroots movement for nuclear disarmament.
As Part of Campaign Nonviolence mobilizes public actions each year for a week around International Peace Day, where people in communities across the country march and speak out in a spirit of creative nonviolence for an end to racism, war, poverty, injustice, nuclear weapons, environmental destruction and the entire culture of violence.

Nonviolent Cities
This project tries to bring people together in cities around the U.S. to help people find common ground in a new vision of their city as a nonviolent city, and to plan actions, strategies and steps to help make that vision come true. See:
Publishes the latest news and features about creative nonviolent resistance in the US and the world
Promotes nonviolence around the world
An international nongovernmental organization that employs unarmed civilian protection.
The Metta Center for Nonviolence teaches and promotes creative nonviolence.
Works to stop executions and abolish the death penalty.
Organizes protests to stop the use of fossil fuels to prevent ever-worsening catastrophic climate change
Works to promote diplomacy and negotiation for a ceasefire and peace in Ukraine, rather than further warfare, weapons sales, and nuclear threats.
Third Act is a new environmental organization started by Bill McKibben to help people over 60 get involved in grassroots work to end fossil fuels and protect creation.
Veterans for Peace is a national organization of U.S. veterans who speak out, vigil and organize against war and for the abolition of war itself.

Catholic Nonviolence Initiative,
Works to promote grassroots nonviolence initiatives among Catholic communities around the world
The War Resisters League works to speak out and organize against war and to promote nonviolent alternatives to war.
The Nuclear Resister chronicles and promotes efforts to confront the nuclear weapons industry and to abolish nuclear weapons

Alternatives to Violence Project
organizes workshops and trainings to explore and teach creative alternatives to violence
Peace Action is a national organization which works to prevent the U.S. of nuclear weapons and weapons sales and to promote a new U.S. foreign policy based on common security and peaceful resolution to international conflicts.
The national Catholic peace movement
The American Friends Service Committee, a national Quaker organization, promotes peace and justice across the U.S and the world
The Fellowship of Reconciliation includes peace fellowships from many different religions and Christian denominations and seeks to promote nonviolence.
Christian Peacemaker Teams support unarmed peace teams in conflict zones around the world.
Codepink is a women’s peace group that focuses on an end to the war in Ukraine; the abolition of nuclear weapons; the arms trade; drone strikes; the Guantanamo Bay detention camp; and an end to the Israeli occupation in Palestine.
The Center for Racial Justice in Education offers anti-racism trainings

For educators on dismantling racism and injustice in schools and communities.
Everything you need to know about the Catholic worker movement begun by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin, including the list of Houses of Hospitality around the U.S.