All Voices Program

The All Voices program seeks to address the historic and current gaps that keep people who have been marginalized* from fully engaging in principles of nonviolence.

We know that the experiences of individuals, communities and organizations can be made more whole by recognizing, inviting, welcoming, and supporting perspectives often missing or overlooked because of the complex impacts of oppression and colonization.

All Voices Program 2019 Goals
While we know that the vision of the All Voices Program will continue to change and grow as we learn together what’s needed, our vision for 2019 is to use the All Voices Program to address participation in activities related to nonviolence by:

  • Providing people who have been marginalized* with support to participate (e.g. the costs of tuition, food, and lodging at events)
  • Provide social and emotional support to people who have been marginalized* before, at, and after events
  • Providing people who have been marginalized* with support to engage in NVC activities (e.g. provide empathy or coaching)
  • Develop programming that is specifically for, by, and/or aimed at the needs of people who have been marginalized*
  • Support people of color* to become certified NVC trainers or acquire Recognized Role status.
  • Support the creation of peer networks so that people who have been marginalized can have connection with like-experienced people who also engage principles and strategies of nonviolence.
  • Proactively build personal and professional relationships with people (including, where appropriate, our own staff and trainers) and groups who have traditionally been marginalized by dominant society, and who may also have been marginalized by the ways in which NVC has been practiced, in order to iteratively enact the program in line with its principles
  • Support NVC practitioners (and others) to incorporate an anti-oppression lens into their work.
  • Support individuals and groups outside of BayNVC who do work grounded in nonviolence.

At a few recent events we’ve seen the emergence of bottom-up led initiatives to gather and share community resources to those differently impacted by capitalism, racism, and colonialism. We look forward to continued collaborative leadership. If you have perspectives to share or skills to offer, please get in touch:

If you’d like to donate to the All Voices fund, please click the button below:

* We know that people have complex identities and that we are, together, navigating language across many different backgrounds and experiences. When we say “people who have been marginalized” here we are referring to:

  • People with disabilities or non-dominant communication styles
  • People who, though in the global majority, are under-represented in positions of institutional power because of racialized discrimination and its direct and indirect impacts
  • People who live and love outside the dominant norms of cis-gendered, binary, straight, monogamous relationships to sexuality and gender
  • People whose access to money and resources are restricted through intergenerational poverty and/or trauma
  • People without U.S. citizenship status, who are directly affected by U.S. foreign and domestic policy, including the many indigenous people of these lands