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We follow the principles of Kingian nonviolence, as shared by the Washington organizers, which are defined as follows:
Principle 1: Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people. It is a positive force confronting the forces of injustice and utilizes the righteous indignation and spiritual, emotional, and intellectual capabilities of people as the vital force for change and reconciliation.
Principle 2: The Beloved Community is the framework for the future. The nonviolent concept is an overall effort to achieve a reconciled world by raising the level of relationships among people to a height where justice prevails and persons attain their full human potential.
Principle 3: Attack forces of evil, not persons doing evil. The nonviolent approach helps one analyze the fundamental conditions, policies and practices of the conflict rather than reacting to one’s opponents or their personalities.
Principle 4: Accept suffering without retaliation for the sake of the cause to achieve our goal. Self-chosen suffering is redemptive and helps the movement grow in a spiritual as well as a humanitarian dimension. The moral authority of voluntary suffering for a goal communicates the concern to one’s own friends and community as well as to the opponent.
Principle 5: Avoid internal violence of the spirit as well as external physical violence. The nonviolent attitude permeates all aspects of the campaign. It provides a mirror type reflection of the reality of the condition to one’s opponent and the community at large. Specific activities must be designed to maintain a high level of spirit and morale during a nonviolent campaign.
Principle 6: The Universe is on the side of justice. Truth is universal and human society and each human being is oriented to the just sense of order of the universe. The fundamental values in all of the world’s great religions include the concept that the moral arc of the universe is long but it bends towards justice. For the nonviolent practitioner, nonviolence introduces a new moral context in which nonviolence is both the means and the ends.

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"On Thursday June 1, 2017, the Five Cities Diversity Coalition, the local organization providing resources promoting and celebrating the inclusion and affirmation of diversity in our communities, will preside, in conjunction with Lucia Mar Unified School District officials, at the unveiling ceremony of a major public arts work, being installed at the entrance of Arroyo Grande High School.

The 11-foot tall sculpture entitled “ARBORING OUR ROOTS of DIVERSITY”, designed by three Arroyo Grande High School students, and constructed under the direction of Jim Trask, a well-known local sculptor and artist, will serve as a prominent public symbol of the need for an understanding and acceptance of the equality of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and all the physical and mental abilities, comprising our individual identities, as well as a constant reminder that this equality is an essential component of any proud, peaceful and prosperous community.

The sculpture is funded by the Coalition with the generous support of numerous local Donor organizations and individuals.

The Coalition was formed in 2011, in part as a response to a widely reported cross burning incident in Arroyo Grande. In the past five years, under the leadership of Dr. W. David Conn, it has concentrated on its conviction that the best time to reach people on such a critical issue is while they are still young, before their personal belief systems are fully formed. This resulted in such activities as co-sponsoring guest speakers at Lucia Mar middle schools, delivering a powerful “anti-bullying” message, and sponsoring the “I AM” exhibit, in which hundreds of adults and kids of all ages expressed on canvas the qualities they believe makes them unique as individuals.

Michael Boyer, the Coalition’s Board Chair, states “In the future, a major goal of the Coalition will be to expand its guest Speakership Program to also include elementary schools, providing resources and curriculum materials to teachers themselves, encouraging them to - address the subject as part of all students’ learning experience”.

Sadly, Dr. Conn did not live to see the installation of “ARBORING OUR ROOTS of DIVERSITY” as he passed away suddenly on March 15, 2017. The sculpture will be dedicated in his memory."
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Sculpture Unveiling - Five Cities Diversity Coalition

June 1, 2017, 12:30pm - June 1, 2017, 1:00pm

On Thursday June 1 , 2017, the Five Cities Diversity Coalition, the local organization providing resources promoting and celebrating the inclusion and affirmation of diversity in our communities, will...

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In this polarized world, what can we do to contribute to a culture of peace?

Join authors and creators of Revolutionary Conversations Mark Fowler, Noal McDonald, and Barbara Gaughen-Muller in this community-building, peace-focused workshop. You will learn specific methods for building bridges with those who have different perspectives and come to see that peace begins with each of us and starts with a conversation.

Unity of San Luis Obispo, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Luis Obispo, Mosque Of Nasreen and Women's March SLO invite you to this hands-on workshop that will take place on June 3rd from 9am-4pm in San Luis Obispo. For details and to get your tickets, click here:
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