Some scholars argue that violence, strategically applied, has helped advance rights for workers, women, racial minorities and other groups. Yes, and violence helped create United States of America, end slavery here, overcome the Nazis, and so on. I get that. Violence can be just, and even necessary, for example, if it seeks to overcome greater violence. But this reasoning has perpetuated war and other forms of large-scale, institutional, sanctioned violence, including the military-style policing now plaguing the U.S. That’s why I want my fellow progressives to renounce all forms of violence, small-scale and large-scale. That’s our best hope for creating a truly just, free peaceful world.
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Research shows that women and girls’ fear of crime is more often about the threat of public violence than violence by men they know well.
Women are taught from a young age that it is “stranger danger” that must be feared. Therefore, while learning early to ensure their own protection from unknown males, women and girls are increasingly at risk from men they know.
Soaring food and fuel prices are adding to pre-existing grievances.
Any person can be affected by crime and violence either by experiencing it directly or indirectly, such as witnessing violence or property crimes in their community or hearing about crime and violence from other residents.
I have concluded that peaceful and violent riots do work a good part of the time, and are a way to effectuate change. They are not the only way but are needed. I totally dislike the violent outbreaks, but if things have to change for moral or political reasons or to protect citizens' rights, then marches and protests riots are necessary.
Protests are a symbol of American democracy in action.
You might think PSAs are cheesy — but they appear to work!
The backlash to unrest in the ’60s gave the country Richard Nixon, one study found. But we don’t know if that will apply today.
I would say that nonviolent protests can be very effective if they are able to get media attention, and that there is a very strong relationship between media coverage and public concern about whatever issues those protesters are raising.
Mass violence and domestic terrorism comprise a major public health crisis in America.
The recent rise in crime is extraordinarily complex. Policymakers and the public should not jump to conclusions or expect easy answers.
Even if you believe voting to be the most effective way to produce change, there is still plenty of proof that protests alter voting behaviors, shift the attitudes of marginal voters, and mobilize many previously disengaged voters.
Public health uses a prevention approach to address issues related to violence, whereas the criminal justice field traditionally relies on a more reactive approach to address violence.
Increased attention has been focused on violence in public places. It is now nearly commonplace to hear and read of devastating school violence. We are becoming accustomed to reports of people heavily armed storming into public places ranging from daycare centers to places of worship, firing off a storm of bullets. Reports of hate-related violence are appearing all too frequently.
We are living in an age of global mass protests that are historically unprecedented in frequency, scope, and size.
The research literature on violence gives very different accounts of the
etiology of such behaviour. Some accounts place a stress upon the broader
structural origins of violence, regarding it as the outcome of some general
feature of our society and culture, such as inequalities of power or material
well being (for example, Braithwaite 1979).
Violence is now clearly recognized as a public health problem, but just 30 years ago the
words “violence” and “health” were rarely used in the same sentence. Several important
trends contributed to a growing recognition and acceptance that violence could be addressed
from a public health perspective.
If throwing money at police and prisons made us safer, we would probably already be the safest country in the history of the world. We are not, because insufficient punishment is not the root cause of violence. And if people are talking about how tough they are and how scared you should be, they care more about keeping you scared than keeping you safe.
Empirical studies have shown that nonviolent movements are more successful than violent ones at bringing about positive social changes
Futures Without Violence is a health and social justice nonprofit with a simple mission: to heal those among us who are traumatized by violence today – and to create healthy families and communities free of violence tomorrow.
Building healthy relationships, families and communities free from sexual, domestic and interpersonal violence.
The Center for Public Violence was founded to address this issue that haunts so many in our communities and scars the fabric of their souls. Restorative solutions to community trauma caused by public violence must begin at the grassroots level with leadership from local religious and human services organizations in collaboration with law enforcement and other first responders.