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NonViolence Alliance of Greater Cincinnati (NVA)

NVA emerged following IJPC’s 2017 “Pursuing Peace” Annual Gathering. During the event, keynote speaker Fr. John Dear inspired local community members and organizations to imagine a nonviolent Greater Cincinnati area and encouraged us to take up the challenge to transform ourselves into that vision. 

Cincinnati is home to an impressive collection of community organizations and involved residents. We are also rich in leadership, talent and resources. But, our city is also plagued with a consistently high rating of poverty and pervasive multi-level violence. Too many of our community members live in desperate situations that stand in stark contrast to the life of security and general comfort many others enjoy.

Inspired by Campaign Nonviolence and their Nonviolent Cities Project, the NonViolence Alliance aims to build a broad coalition of peace partners from a wide range of backgrounds and skills to build a more nonviolent Cincinnati. NVA is grounded in Gandhian and Kingian principles of nonviolence, and it strives to create peace in our community by: 

  • Broadly sharing our common vision of  a nonviolent and peaceful community.
  • Creating a radically inclusive and diverse alliance of individuals and organizations committed to creating a more just and nonviolent community.
  • Educating ourselves and the public about active nonviolence and providing opportunities to learn the skills necessary for living a nonviolent life and dismantling violent structures.

Organizational Members

In addition to many individual members, below are the organizational members that make up NVA.

From  the first Coalition meeting with John Dear

21st Century Peace Literacy Foundation

Bellarmine Chapel

CAIR – Cincinnati (Council on American Islamic Relations)

Center for Interfaith Community Engagement, Xavier University

Church of the Living God

Cincinnati Works Phoenix Program

Citizens for Global Solutions: Greater Cincinnati Chapter

Community Matters

Congregation of Divine Providence

Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph

Dominican Sisters of Hope

The Dorothy Day Center for Peace and Justice at Xavier University

Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue

Glenmary Home Missioners

Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (convener)

Kim Belew Music

Moms Demand Action

Peaslee Neighborhood Center

The Poor People’s Campaign

Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Office of Peace, Justice and Care of Creation

Students Helping Students, Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO)

Wise Hearts Willing Spirits

The Yunker Group

YWCA Greater Cincinnati