In the spring of 2019, Waging Nonviolence created a Community membership program. This idea grew out of our desire to unite the world’s leading peace and justice organizations to share news and stories of their work, as well as to support movement journalism more generally. With all of our voices on a shared media platform, the sum of our parts is producing a more powerful message than any individual effort.
We currently have seven Community members: four organizations (the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the Metta Center for Nonviolence, Pace e Bene, and the War Resisters League) and three university programs (Rutgers-Newark’s International Institute for Peace, UMass Amherst’s Resistance Studies Initiative and Juniata College’s Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies). Each member is a leader in our field — be it through organizing, culture shifting or research — and we’re proud to be working with them.
As dues-paying members of the Waging Nonviolence Community, these organizations are entitled to a number of services, including their own dedicated page, the ability to publish their own content and receive some editorial support. That being said, the views they express are their own. This is what makes Waging Nonviolence a platform for movement media: it hosts a multitude of voices and perspectives, united by their interest in issues of peace and justice.
Since starting Waging Nonviolence in 2009, we have observed a notable decline in movement media, particularly within the sphere of nonviolence. All of the once-leading historic nonviolence publications have either been forced to shut down or scale back due to lack of resources. This difficult decision is often made to preserve funding for other programmatic work. Waging Nonviolence, on the other hand, is solely focused on media and we have built a sizable and dedicated core audience.
Recognizing this strength, we saw an opportunity to use it to help others in our field revive or grow their media programs — and also make movement media stronger at a time when it is greatly needed. The annual fees associated with the Waging Nonviolence Community membership help cover the cost of the service and contribute to the overall sustainability of the platform. At the same time, the dues for member organizations represent just a fraction of the cost of building and operating a traditional communications department or a print magazine.
If you’re affiliated with an organization or university program that might be interested in becoming a member, please reach out. We’d be happy to answer any questions and explain the details of the membership in full.