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Season for Nonviolence


Every year, AUSD partners with the Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth, and their Families (ACCYF) to participate in the Season for Nonviolence, a 64-day event that seeks to raise awareness of the philosophy and potential of attaining peace through nonviolent action. Celebrated by countries around the world, the event honors legendary pacifists such as Mahatma Gandhi, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., Cesar Chavez, Nelson Mandela, and the Dalai Lama and lasts from January 30 (the date of Ghandi's death) to April 4 (the date of King's death).


Here in AUSD, we acknowledge and celebrate the Season for Nonviolence with daily readings and quotes about peace in our classrooms, as well as readings at our bi-weekly Board of Education meetings. (The readings are also shared at biweekly City Council meetings.)


And every year, our community holds a speech contest for middle and high schoolers.  This year’s speech contest will be held on Saturday, March 16 in City Hall. The assigned theme is “Envisioning Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘beloved community’ in Alameda.” Speeches should be three to five minutes long and must include a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Cesar Chavez, Mahatma Gandhi, or a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.


The contest is sponsored by ACCYF, the Rotary Club of Alameda, and AUSD.


Of course, although the Season for Non-Violence technically only runs until April 4, here at AUSD we hope that we remember, use, and reflect on these powerful words and ideas throughout the year to provide safe, inclusive, and welcoming schools and help build a safe, inclusive, and peaceful community.

2019 Daily Readings

The Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth, and their Families, in partnership with the Alameda Unified School District, has played a coordinating role in the City of Alameda’s Season for Nonviolence campaign since 2001, instituting daily readings in our schools in 2005, and launching a city-wide student speech contest in 2007.


Daily Readiings (PDF) highlight a way of living nonviolently with a word, thought, and quote, which we hope will help inspire and guide our students and community into a safer, more peaceful world. Please ask your students if they have heard the daily readings and what they think of them!

Details on season for nonviolence student speech contest