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In Remembrance of a different anniversary

September 11, 2008

Today someone in our network reminded me of a very important thing. They reminded me that 9/11 is the anniversary of the beginning of Gandhi’s nonviolent resistance movement called Satyagraha. Gandhi started the movement to protest racist policies in South Africa. Gandhi later used this philosophy to win India’s independence from the British. What a powerful movement! King’s methods in the Civil Rights Movement were also based off of Gandhi’s Satyagraha.

So while today is a sad day to remember the people killed on Sept. 11th, 2001, it is also a day to remember with joy the power of the nonviolent movement that started on Sept. 11th, 1906. Maybe the U.S. would have been much more successful in responding to the attacks of Sept. 11th, 2001 if would have responded with more nonviolent means like Gandhi?

Here’s an article about the anniversary.

-Stephen Donahoe (The new Campaigns Intern)


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