Pictures from the 15th Annual WRNonviolence Day In The Park

On Saturday, 20 July 2019 WR Nonviolence held the 15th Annual Day In The Park. There were community group exhibitors, arts and crafts vendors, kids’ games, meditation and an area for reflection, a labyrinth, and performers all day long in the Gazebo. It was sunny and hot, and everyone had a good time!

You can see more pictures from the 15th Annual Day In The Park in our Photo Gallery.

WRNonviolence Day In The Park on CTV News

Stephanie Villella from CTV News in Kitchener came to the 15th Annual WR Nonviolence Day In The Park on Saturday, 20 July 2019, and interviewed Matthew Albrecht:

CTV News Kitchener – Raising awareness about the power of peace

From the CTV News Kitchener article: Nonviolence Day in the Park spreads message of peace

CTV Kitchener
Published Saturday, July 20, 2019 7:51PM EDT

Be peaceful and polite to your neighbours.

This was the message of those attending the 15th Nonviolence Day in the Park.

“Those little times when you feel like you’re objectified are not acceptable,” said Waterloo Region Nonviolence cofounder Matthew Albrecht. “An economic system that keeps people enslaved is not acceptable.

“Anywhere I look there’s an answer of nonviolence and a solution of how things can get better.”

Organizations and initiatives from across the region gathered in Victoria Park Saturday to share these ideas and educate people how to make a change without resorting to violence.

Meditation and religious groups were just two of the options participants learned about at the event.

Albrecht says growing up being bullied in school made him realize violence wasn’t the answer.

He adds that it all comes down to the golden rule: treat others the way you want to be treated.

“It’s that dividing line between good and bad,” said Albrecht. “We want to make that clear: don’t treat others like an object.”

You can see more pictures from the 15th Annual Day In The Park in our Photo Gallery.

At the @KWMulticultural Festival, 22-23 June 2019

On Saturday and Sunday, 22-23 June 2019, WR Nonviolence had an information table at the The 52nd annual Multicultural Festival | Victoria Park | #KWMF2019 | Saturday June 22 | Sunday June 23 | 11am - 8 pmKW Multicultural Festival. We handed out programs for the 15th Annual Nonviolence Day In The Park (which is on Saturday, 20 July 2019 from Noon to 5:00pm), gave out information about our regular Tuesday Night meetings, chatted about the philosophy and practice of Nonviolence, and invited everyone to come to the Day In The Park!

If you’re an organization that supports the principles of nonviolence please join us as an exhibitor! Register now, it will be will be open for only a few more weeks!

Five people standing in front of the WR Nonviolence information table at the KW Multicultural Festival

We had a great day chatting with folks at the Multicultural Festival. L-R: Peter Jantzi, Matthew Albrecht, Willem Jonkman, Bob Jonkman, Michael Chumakin. Also staffing the table was Diane Wilson, who was not available for the picture.

Many, many thanks to the Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region Chapter for loaning us their canopy, and saving us from the blazing sun!

Pictures from Viewpoints on Poverty

Viewpoints on Povert posterOn Tuesday, 14 May 2019 WR Nonviolence held its second Viewpoints forum at the Queen Street Commons Cafe, called Viewpoints on Poverty: Exploring Life In The Margins. Matthew Albrecht from WRN hosted, and the discussion panel was:

A podcast of the event will be published soon.

Pictures ©2019 by Paul Wilson, used by permission.

Pictures from Viewpoints: Exploring Life In The Margins

WR Nonviolence hosted the first Viewpoints forum Exploring Life In The Margins at the Queen Street Commons Cafe on Tuesday, 26 February 2019.

Pictures ©2019 by Paul Wilson, used by permission.

Pictures: 2018 International Day of Peace: Supplemental Discussion

On the United Nations International Day of Peace on Friday, 21 September 2018 members of WR Nonviolence and friends met to talk about peace. This was a Supplemental Discussion Night, to complement our regular project planning meetings held every Tuesday. The topic was supposed to be Finding Peace In Our Local Community, but discussion strayed to politics, and also on how to engage people in the community to participate in the projects put on by WR Nonviolence.

Participating were Peter, Michael, Allan, Barb and William, who were joined by David, Laurel and Bob. Unfortunately, Barb and William had to leave before Laurel had a chance to take pictures.

Five people trying to make a peace sign
Peace Signs or RoShamBo?
Five people trying to make Peace Signs
Which fingers?
Prestidigitators
Five people giving a peace sign
Peace Signs
Five people making bunny ears
Bunny Ears!
Five people laughing about Peace Bunnies
Silly Rabbits…
Five people laughing about Peace Bunnies
Peace Bunnies!

Pictures copyright © 2018 by Laurel L. Russwurm, used under a CC BYCreative Commons Attribution Only license.

Pictures from the 14th Day In The Park, Saturday 21 July 2018

Pictures from March For Our Lives, 24 Mar 2018

March For Our Lives On Saturday, 24 March 2018 a rally was held at Wilfrid Laurier University to show support for the victims of the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on 14 February 2018.


Bob Jonkman
Bob Jonkman
Bob Jonkman from WR Nonviolence spoke about the meaning of Nonviolence,
Rupinder Mangat
Rupinder Mangat
and there were spoken-word presentations from the students in the Crossing Borders Program. The event was organized by Rupinder Mangat.

Other media coverage:

CBC News: Waterloo Region shows support for March For Our Lives at community rally

The Record: Local voices join thousands worldwide in call to end gun violence

More pictures are available in the March For Our Lives Rally at WLU album on Flickr.

Pictures by Laurel L. Russwurm, used under a CC0 Public Domain DedicationCreative Commons CC0 Public Domain Dedication.