Radical Joy Revealed
March 25, 2015

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Escalate Non-Violence  

Arrested while meditating: Pancho Ramos Stierle
Pancho Ramos Stierle meditating as he is arrested at Occupy Oakland, 2011. Photo courtesy of Occupy Online

When Occupy activists in Oakland, California learned that police were planning to raid their encampment on November 14, 2011, people immediately began to talk about what they would do to resist the invasion of their ad hoc community. Fear and anger mounted.

One man, Pancho Ramos Stierle, took a contrary approach. "If police are stepping up their violence," he said, "we need to step up our nonviolence."

At 6:30 in the morning on the designated day, the police arrived in riot gear, armed with pepper spray and rubber bullets. But instead of angry protestors, they encountered... meditators. Pancho and 32 other people were sitting quietly on the street and meditating.

The police carried out their orders to arrest people, but what the photos showed were smiling people at peace with what everything that was happening. Pancho, a former graduate student who had been studying astrophysics at U. Cal. Berkeley until a conversation with a janitor changed his life, said later: "It is time for the spiritual people to get active and the activist people to get spiritual so that we can have total revolution of the human spirit."



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Make Beauty
for a Place You Love

On June 20 people around the world will go to wounded places to share their stories of what the places mean to them, spend time getting to know the places as they are now, and make a simple act of beauty there: a bird created out of materials found on site. Join the world in making beauty for the Earth for the 6th annual Global Earth Exchange.

To see the photos of the 2014 Global Earth Exchange, visit our website. To read the stories click on the little "pins" on our world map.
Radical Joy for Hard Times is a global community dedicated to finding and making beauty in wounded places. Reconnecting with these places, sharing our stories of loss and despair, and making acts of beauty there, we transform the land, reconnect people and the places that nourish them, and empower ourselves to make a difference in the way we live on Earth.
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