Nonkilling Lessons from the Connecticut Killings
POETRY FORMAT, 17 Dec 2012
The world cries again; innocent lives in Connecticut were sacrificed
and current legislation for gun control and use once more unsufficed
New, effective laws need to be drafted and carefully implemented
for violence perpetrated in urban school settings to be prevented
but more than legislation is needed for such killings not to take place
For Programs in Nonkilling Education in schools there should be a space
Along with the Right to Peace and to Nonviolence, the Right not to be killed should be globally known
and in all languages and ,cultures, principles and applications of the Nonkilling Approach be sown
From the Connecticut killings other lessons may be taught
but now, life-protecting-supporting actions should be sought
To know about Nonkilling, the Center for Global Nonkilling site please access
and ways to overcome violence and killing you will creatively be able to profess
Francisco Gomes de Matos is a peace linguist and human rights educator from Recife-Brazil, author, among others, of the book Nurturing Nonkilling: A Poetic Plantation (2010, Center for Global Nonkilling, Honolulu-Hawai’i). Downloadable at www.nonkilling.org. Co-founder: The World Dignity University Initiative.
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