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Active Non-Violence

In MUSAA, we act and educate based on Active Non-Violence (NoVA), also known as nonviolent resistance or nonviolent direct action. It is a strategy of struggle and social change that seeks to promote transformations and resolve conflicts without resorting to physical violence or causing harm to others emotionally. It is an approach based on the belief that peaceful resistance and active love can be powerful tools for achieving significant changes in society.

Some characteristics and principles of Active Non-Violence include:

  • Nonviolent resistance: Refusal to use physical or verbal violence as a means to achieve social and political objectives.

  • Direct action: Active participation in peaceful actions and protests to highlight and confront injustices and inequalities.

  • Love and empathy: Promotion of active love and empathy towards all human beings, even those with whom one disagrees.

  • Respect for life: Valuing and protecting life in all its forms and respecting the dignity and rights of all individuals and other animals.

  • Creativity and strategy: Use of creative tactics and strategies to create impact and raise awareness in society about the causes being defended.

  • Non-cooperation: Refusal to cooperate with systems of oppression and unjust practices, such as civil disobedience and boycotts.

  • Dialogue and negotiation: Seeking peaceful and dialogued solutions to resolve conflicts and disputes.

  • Resistance to oppression: Using nonviolent resistance as a way to fight against oppression and promote social justice.

Active Non-Violence has been employed in many social movements and struggles for civil rights, such as those led by Mahatma Gandhi in India's independence and the fight against apartheid in South Africa, among others. Through nonviolent resistance, these movements have achieved significant changes and have inspired many others to follow this approach in their struggle for social justice and peace.

It is important to highlight that NoVA is not synonymous with passivity or inaction; rather, it is a strategy of direct action that seeks to challenge unjust structures and promote transformative changes through the power of love, solidarity, and justice.

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