Nonviolent Caucus

The Nonviolent Caucus is a network of individuals and affinity groups (including study groups, work groups, committees, and organizations) who self identify as being part of the Occupy/Decolonize movement, and who seek to engage with others in nonviolent education, training, support, and direct actions. Whether choosing nonviolence due to a philosophical or spiritual commitment to nonviolent principles, or due to the recognition of the practical and strategic necessity of nonviolence for building a movement with a broad base of support, we welcome all who wish to participate.

Nonviolent Caucus Guiding Principles

The agreed upon purpose of Occupy Oakland Nonviolent Caucus (OONV)  is as follows: Consensus decision 2/2/12—1st general meeting It is NOT the purpose of the group to pass NV resolution for all of #OO, but determine what tactics we will engage in to be strategic about a specific goal, and plan actions from there. Also agree not to turn in others to police or try to be “peace police” or to try to enforce NV in others. This covenant was the basis for founding of OONV.  Without this agreement, many … Continued


Singing to Freedom- Bassel Shahade

This video directed by Bassel Shahade starts with a dedication to Shahade, who recently was killed in Homs, Syria while he worked on a documentary and trained media activists: “A tribute and gratitude to Bassel Shahade Who has since been killed doing what he loved, promoting nonviolence and training activists how on media activism. “The free spirit that found its “Home” through freeing itself from the mortal “body” that constrained its presence to one place, whilst it was all the time searching for a way to belong to all places … Continued


Kingian Nonviolence Training – Berkeley – April 21st and 22nd, 2012 – 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Please join us for a 2-day Training in Kingian Nonviolence on April 21st & 22nd, 10 AM – 6 PM, in Berkeley. The fee is self-determined. To register, please email us at: The History of Kingian Nonviolence On April 3, 1968, Dr. King was in Memphis, Tennessee, where he gave the renowned “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech to a packed audience. After returning to his room at the Lorraine Motel, he was talking with several of his closest advisers when he had a revelation. He said that the next step … Continued


Nonviolent Caucus meeting on March 29 has been changed, due to Erica Chenoweth event

The next Nonviolent Caucus meeting will be brief and take place at Berkeley Fellowship Hall, Thursday, March 29th, at 5:30 pm. This will precede the Strategic Dimensions of Resistance conference with Erica Chenoweth, Ph.D. that is being sponsored by the Nonviolent Caucus, and being held  on Thursday, March 29th  7:30 PM   5:30 pm Nonviolent Caucus Meeting 7:30 pm Erica Chenoweth Berkeley Fellowship Hall 1924 Cedar Street  (at Bonita) Berkeley, CA         25444


Strategic Dimensions of Resistance: Presentation by Erica Chenoweth, PhD – Berkeley Fellowship Hall – Thursday, March 29, 2012 – 7:30 PM

Thursday, March 29th, 7:30 PM Berkeley Fellowship Hall • 1924 Cedar Street (at Bonita Avenue), Berkeley What are the strategic costs and consequences of civil resistance methods? What have other campaigns found effective in past struggles? Are nonviolent resistance methods or violent resistance methods more effective in achieving strategic goals? Under what conditions do certain tactics work and why? How have the tactical evolutions of nonviolent and violent insurgencies affected their strategic outcomes? How do non-state actors best combat police violence? Dr. Erica Chenoweth will discuss her recent research on … Continued


Violence and Crime Rates during Occupy Oakland encampment. Spin and fact.

For anyone who believed or questioned the media spin, promoted by the City of Oakland and the Chamber of Commerce, that Occupy Oakland increased crime during the encampment, here are the facts.  Please read and share with others who are buying or need facts to help refute the narrative that the encampment was removed due to increased crime or violence. 22021


March 1st meeting of the Nonviolent Caucus cancelled

In order to allow participation in the kickoff for Occupy Education and also the Grand Lake Theater benefit, all happening on March 1st, the Nonviolent Caucus has cancelled the March 1st meeting. The next meeting of the Nonviolent Caucus is scheduled for March 8 from 4-7 pm at the Rising Loafer. A focused discussion will take place from 4:30-5:30, follow by a 10 minute break.  The regular business meeting will take place from 5:40-7:00. 21777


Who’s really violent? Tips for controlling the narrative.

A recent article by George Lakey discusses how the narrative about violence is used to discredit insurrection movements and includes many examples.  What should we do about this attempt by the government and the media to maintain the status quo? This is essential reading for anyone who is offended and exhausted by the debate about “violence” within Occupy, and who had a reaction to the recent Chris Hedges article about the Black Bloc and Occupy. 21545


Fantastic Day on F20 at San Quentin

At the request of Occupy4Prisoners Day of Solidarity for Prisoners at San Quentin, the Nonviolent Caucus held a training for participants to support the organizers intentions of creating a day safe for all. Occupy4Prisoners called for participants in the San Quentin rally to express their solidarity with those who were currently or previously incarcerated.   The action request was that the event be peaceful and safe, understanding the risk that arrest posed to these individuals. The Occupy4Prisoners planning group requested involvement of the Nonviolent Caucus and the Connection Action Project, to … Continued


Solidarity with Prisoners at San Quentin on Feb 20. Training at 8 am. Buses leave at 10 am.

Occupy4Prisoners has put a call-out to the Occupy Oakland Nonviolent Caucus to organize a NV training for participants and volunteers for the Feb. 20 action at San Quentin. The organizers of the Day of Solidarity at San Quentin wish to keep this event safe for all, in solidarity with currently or formerly incarcerated people.  To learn more about the reasons for this request from the organizers of Occupy4Prisoners, see the following statement. The Training is scheduled the morning of the event, on Feb 20th at the Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant Plaza at … Continued