In this alienating modern world, living and relating to others in a truly non-violent manner is extremely challenging.
We are conditioned to treat ourselves and others in a myriad of ways that perpetuate oppression and violence. And much of this happens subconsciously.
Practicing non-violence is even more challenging in tense and harsh environments, such as a prison.
Through a program called the Alternatives To Violence Project (AVP), prisoners and community members are working together to face this challenge. They are learning the skills and insights of non-violent approaches to conflict resolution and communication.
The Alternatives to Violence Project was started by the Quakers in the mid 1970’s in New York. Since then, it has expanded around the world. It takes place in prisons, but also in schools and other communities.
Stark Raven speaks with three people who are passionate advocates of restorative justice and non-violence. They all have been working with the Alternatives to Violence project in prisons in the Fraser Valley in BC.
If you want more info on the Alternatives to Violence Project in the Fraser Valley, you can email avp_fv (at) yahoo.ca.