Dear friend, December 2014
In a world that often seems filled with violence and oppression, it is easy to understand why many people have lost grounds for hope in a different future. At the Albert Einstein Institution we see powerful daily examples of why the conditions of war, oppression, and the rule of violence are not inevitable. Around the world, people are refusing to accept that bleak future by using careful thinking, wise planning, and courageous action to conduct powerful struggles for freedom.
For more than thirty years, the Albert Einstein Institution has been promoting knowledge and understanding of nonviolent struggle as a powerful alternative to violent conflict through research, publications, translations, workshops, and consultations. With your past support for our work, you have helped people facing difficult situations access the knowledge that has brought greater effectiveness to their struggles against dictatorships and other oppressive systems. As described in the 2014 edition of the Nonviolent Struggle newsletter, Hong Kong’s recent struggle for universal suffrage has revealed yet again the importance of advance preparation and access to knowledge in planning a struggle and how this planning can help to prepare people to act effectively in times of crisis.
In spite of its massive potential however, promoting the use of nonviolent struggle without providing the skills and knowledge required for success is dangerous for those who might use it against powerful opponents. We must remember that as people conducting nonviolent struggles innovate and learn, so also do their opponents. That is why it is critical that we continue to help develop and share tools for nonviolent struggle for social and political change to the people who need them.
To do this, we need your help. Please join us in meeting this challenge and helping us to advance our unique mission.
Your contribution, whether it is $10, $25, $100, or $1000, is critical to the continued operation and expansion of the Albert Einstein Institution. Please give as generously as you can to help us promote greater freedom through nonviolent means. Your contribution can be made through the Network For Good.