PEACE Iowa is offering training in nonviolent resistance

Workshop on Nonviolent Activism

Location TBD — Saturday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m.

Illustration by Jordan Sellergren

Update: This event was rescheduled from Feb. 9 to Feb. 24 due to illness. Location is to be determined; follow the event on Facebook for announcements.

PEACE Iowa will be offering training in nonviolent resistance on Saturday.

“Last summer, we awarded a scholarship to Karen Nichols, so she could attend a week-long training program at the Satyagraha Institute,” Carole Winkleblack, a volunteer with the Iowa City-based nonprofit, told Little Village. “And she’ll be leading the program on Saturday to impart what she learned.”

The institute, located in Brookings, South Dakota, promotes the teachings of Gandhi and the methods of nonviolent protest he pioneered. Gandhi named his approach “satyagraha,” a word that combines the Sanskrit terms for truth (satya) and firmness (agraha).

“We’re seeing a lot of resistance around the country these days, but we want to focus on nonviolent resistance and create an understanding of what that means,” Winkleblack said.

The four-hour event, which starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday, is free and open to the public.

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