Dec 7, 2016

The Compassionate Activist Toolkit: the Ultimate Guide to Love-Centered Activism

By Tim Hjersted /
The Compassionate Activist Toolkit: the Ultimate Guide to Love-Centered Activism
A quote from the Dalai Lama.

Compassionate activism is activism that is rooted in an underlying compassion for all beings. It is an activism that resists the strong urge we all face to dehumanize our opponents, as they often do to us, and we often do to them. This collection of articles and videos highlight perspectives and voices of people who are striving to stay off the warpath - to not reproduce in our own activism the oppressive mentalities that we seek to change and transform in the wider world.

Compassionate activism contends that this philosophy is the most powerful way to create transformational change - beyond traditional left/right paradigms, beyond the traditional language and logic of war, which has historically influenced both left and right activism. We call this tendency of activists to use "the master's tools" ideological oppression - whereby people living in a culture predicated on the logic of domination ultimately strive to create change using methods, thought-patterns, and strategies that were learned and used against us growing up.

Shame, judgment, fear, insult, attack, punishment, othering, violent language and sometimes physical violence are all tools that have been used against us, or we have seen used on others, by virtue of living in this culture, and so we learn to use these tools on each other.

The left attacks the right, the right attacks the left, the left and right attack themselves, and many other labels for groups of humans have attacked each other and themselves in similar ways. We have been waging war against each other for a long time.

Compassionate activism is an activism that is ready for the war to end.

We're looking forward to the day we can put down all weapons, both physical and verbal, and embrace each other as the family that we truly are.

We're not perfect in our own practice of this ideal - we know we can do better - but that's the goal.

Our personal mission is to practice and promote not just physical non-violence, but also embody that in our communication, our thoughts and in our hearts - even when we may strongly disagree - to remember in a secret place in our hearts that we are still family and that beneath our disagreements we all share the same basic universal human needs. It's from that seed of compassion that we strive to speak and act.

If we fall short of this ideal, we ask you to help us remember, and (we hope! )... show us how to do better, through your own practice and example. May we strive for this ideal together!

May we all strive for the day when we can put down all weapons of war, and our children can play together without fear, where we can all embrace each other in the middle of the circle, and celebrate the beauty of 10,000 peaceful ways of life. - Films For Action


What Is My Activism Really About? to Love, Serve and Remember
Tim Hjersted · I have made a promise to this world that I will carry with me to my last days. It is my vow to lessen the suffering of the world while I am here - it is to ensure that every toxic legacy that I inherited from our culture ends with me ...
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Frances Lee · We are alienating each other with unrestrained callouts and unchecked self-righteousness. Here’s how that can stop.
The Art of Communicating: Thich Nhat Hanh
198 min · Buddhist Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most respected and celebrated teachers in the world.
True Justice Should Have Compassion in It
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Liberation Theory: a Working Framework
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Nonviolent Communication Basics
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Rivera Sun · “There is a place between passivity and violence. I’ll meet you there.” – Rivera Sun Nonviolent struggle is on the rise globally. Neither passive, nor inaction, this powerful way of working for change is proving Gandhi’s audacious...
Thich Nhat Hanh - Being Love: Teachings to Cultivate Awareness and Intimacy
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The Problem with Wokeness | Ayishat Akanbi
5 min · Has wokeness replaced compassion with moral superiority?
Standing Rock Wisdom: How Sacred, Nonviolent Activism Has the Power to Succeed
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Kazu Haga · “Bernard? Oh yeah, he’s great. He was always the principles guy.”
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Tim Hjersted · When every cultural force beckons us to hate, to harden our hearts and vilify the other, we must have the courage to look, deeply, with an intention to understand.
Compassion, the Antidote
Martin Doblmeier · Thich Nhat Hanh has published nearly 100 books and is one of the best-known teachers of Zen Buddhism in the world today.
Thich Nhat Hanh: Understanding is the Key To Creating a World Without Enemies
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Above With Love: Do Not Sink to the Level of People's Brokenness
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Radical Kindness Is Liberating
Tim Hjersted · A few years ago, Maria Popova wrote an article on how to criticize with kindness, based on the work of philosopher Daniel Dennett. 
Why We Should Love Our Enemies
Martin Luther King, Jr. · So I want to turn your attention to this subject: “Loving Your Enemies.” It’s so basic to me because it is a part of my basic philosophical and theological orientation: the whole idea of love, the whole philosophy of love. In the fifth...
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To See the World With Eyes Unclouded by Hate
Tim Hjersted · With every new terrorist attack we hear about in the news, whether it be by ISIS, a white supremacist or military general of a powerful nation, I think back on this piece. The thoughts I wrote here continue to stay with me every time a...
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3 min · This is the incredible story of Daryl Davis. 
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Maria Popova · “Just how charitable are you supposed to be when criticizing the views of an opponent?”
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Miki Kashtan · “I want to kiss you all over your smile.”
Five Ways of Being That Can Change the World
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Shaming Someone Doesn't Change Their Mind
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Family Philosophy: a Form of Privilege or Good Fortune That We Never Talk About
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A Deep-Roots Strategy to Combat Hateful Ideologies: Offer Them More of What They Truly Want
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Eric Bowers · Two of the most supportive things parents can do for their children are healing their own attachment trauma (thereby further developing their own neural pathways for emotional regulation and secure attachment) and reclaiming disowned parts.
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Ricky Sherover-Marcuse · Since, under present world conditions, everyone either is now, or has been, or will be at some time a target of social oppression, and since everyone is now, or has been, or will be in a non-target group in relation to some other...
Privilege Discourse Has Noble Intentions but Perhaps It's Time to Consider Its Unintended Impacts
Tim Hjersted · Privilege discourse has noble intentions but it seems that it is used far too often in practice to guilt and shame others for things they don't have control over. If education and empathy (and not shame) is the goal, it might be better...
Hey Progressives, Can We Stop Using the Tools of Social Justice to Tear One Another Down?
Vu Le · Hi everyone. This might be another one of those serious posts, so please take a few deep breaths and eat some dark chocolate. While perusing an online group, I witnessed a conversation between several colleagues, and it was...
The Polarization Trap
Charles Eisenstein · Over the past decade I’ve watched with alarm the widening polarization of the body politic across Western societies (and to some extent globally). As commonly recognized, the public is split into irreconcilable political factions who...
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Hardy Merriman · Three attributes can make the difference between success and failure for nonviolent movements around the world: unity, planning, and nonviolent discipline.

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