Tue, November 6th, 12:15 PM
Promoting Compassion and Nonviolence for Designing Safer and Compassionate Cities
There will be a screening of a 40min documentary film followed by a panel discussion on how to promote compassion and nonviolence in our cities and neighborhoods across the world. 'From India with Love' is a documentary film about victims of violence from across America who embark on an epic journey to India, inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who had also visited India to study nonviolence. The common denominator that binds them in this story is their unique exposure to violence and their desire to reinvigorate the conversation about nonviolence in America. The group included: a single mother whose son was brutally murdered in a tragic school shooting (Sandy Hook, Connecticut) and her best friend, a former gang member (Los Angeles, California), an educator (Newark, New Jersey), a social entrepreneur and a music scholar (both Black Lives Matter activists from Oakland, California). The film showcases how the culture of India empowers them with tools, wisdom and inspiration to find healing, solace and to become ambassadors of nonviolence in their communities. After the film, the attendants will be engaged in a participatory style workshop/discussion on how to promote compassion and nonviolence in our cities and neighborhoods.