On May 17, 2015, the 61st anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, I will publish "My Trip to the Land of Gandhi: A Mexican-American's Journey to the Legacy of Nonviolent Resistance."  To achieve true social change, we must move from protests to strategic, planned nonviolent movements.  Thankfully, people are more willing to protest today compared to a decade ago.  However, if this energy is not channelled into a positive, constructive path with a clear strategy and commitment to nonviolence it will almost certainly lead to violence and destruction and soon thereafter a legitimatization for a repressive backlash.   What do you think?
 

    Erik Olson Fernández

    LIVES: San Diego, CA

    EDUCATION: B.A. in Urban and Regional Planning, Miami University; J.D., Northeastern University School of Law

    BACKGROUND: Erik Olson Fernández has many years of experience organizing for nonviolent social change as a community organizer and in the labor movement as with public education and health care unions. Motivated by the experiences of growing up with a single mother from Mexico, he has a long commitment to economic and social justice.  Like Gandhi, Erik holds a law degree but has instead focused and devoted his life to organizing workers and community residents for justice. He is currently working on a project to create Nuevo SNCC, the modern equivalent of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), an organization that seeks to revive SNCC's legacy of nonviolent resistance to challenge today's human rights violations around the right to education.

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