"When you are going through hell, keep on walking"
A wise friend of mine posted that quote recently, and I have been clinging to it, like a kind of psychological life raft.
In my 20s, I supported the armed revolutionary movement in Nicaragua. At that time, I would have said that nonviolence was 'naïve', that it worked for Gandhi against the British in India because the British were so 'civilized' (if my former belief that the British were "civilized" colonizers leads you to guess that I'm basically a mix of Scottish/English/Irish settler stock, you'd be correct). I fully believed that to truly bring about revolutionary change, you'd need armed struggle.
As the world faces the brazen attack on Ukraine, the learning community of Canadian Mennonite University aches for lives lost and torn apart by horrific violence. We walk alongside current CMU students from Ukraine, their families who are suffering greatly, and also our alumni living in Ukraine.
Katie Anderson signed up for the Canadian School of Peacebuilding (CSOP) because with the notoriously full schedule of a music student, she wanted to spread out her course load. But the class quickly became so much more than just getting another credit under her belt.
Dr. Kirit Patel of Menno Simons College (MSC) with Dr. Aruna Kumar Malik of Gujarat National Law University in India and Dr. Alan Diduck of the University of Winnipeg launched a new book, Advancing Environmental Justice for Marginalized Communities in India: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities, in September 2021. It features many contributions from MSC students, exploring environmental justice and social equity in India.