September 2016
A Word from our Executive Director

Dear Peacemakers,

It's time we face the facts about the epidemic of a lifetime: gun violence. I'm not going to say anything poetic or charged, just present the facts as of September 6, 2016. All incidents are verified as of September 19, 2016.

The following stats are from . Gun Violence Archive (GVA) is a not for profit corporation formed in 2013 to provide free online public access to accurate information about gun-related violence in the United States. GVA will collect and check for accuracy, comprehensive information about gun-related violence in the U.S. and then post and disseminate it online. [READ MORE]

In This Issue
Why is Nonviolence Important in Schools

With the school year just beginning, we sat down with Sal Monteiro, Director of Training at the Institute to talk about why nonviolence is important in schools. 

"Imagine each and everyday, 5 days a week, 180 days a year, our students are being taught, given examples and participating in nonviolence philosophy, solutions and lifestyle.  Now imagine that same student after 12 years of being in a nonviolent environment?" Monteiro said. [READ MORE]

Photo: Teachers from DelSesto Middle School try the "cross the river" exercise during a 3-day Nonviolence Conflict Resolution Workshop. Want to set up a workshop? Contact Sal Monteiro at

Victim Services Supports Giovanni Romero 

The Victim Services team helped support the family of little Giovanni Romero- an infant, murdered before even reaching his first birthday.  Working with Giovani's mother and other family members, Victim Services staff participated in a Walk to End Child Abuse on August 27, 2016 from Roger Williams Park to Cranston City Hall. Victim Services Living Victim Advocate, Jose Rodriguez spoke at City Hall. Rodriguez, a father of 3, was also featured prominently on an NBC10 news feature on the tragic story. 

Yoga for Peace 2

When: Friday, September 23rd
Where: The Chapel at the Institute (265 Oxford Street)
When: 6:00 to 7:15 pm
Cost: $15 suggested donation (100% of proceeds go to support our programs!)

It's back again! Instructor Dan Horton is leading a 75 minute Candlelight Vinyasa Yoga and Meditation class.

Mats, blocks, bands, and water will be provided, or feel free to bring your own. All levels are welcomed and encouraged.

5th Annual Steven K. Latimer 5k

When: Saturday, September 24th
Where: Temple of Music at Roger Williams Park (get directions)
When: Registration begins at 8:30 am, race begins at 10:00 am
Cost: $24 if you pre-register, $30 day of. Register Now!

Join us for the 5th Annual Steven K. Latimer- Families Against Violence 5k Walk/Run! Proceeds from this race create scholarships for children who have lost a parent(s) to violence. For the 5th year, #TeamChoosePeace will be participating in the race, so come show your support (or join our team!). Registering is easy, simply click "join a team" and choose The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence from the drop-down menu. See you there!