Inspired by the plight of Ethiopians and my personal interactions with Rev. Dr. James Lawson, whom on the eve of his assassination, Martin Luther King called “the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world.”; Mr. Jacob Zuma, one of the leaders in the anti-Apartheid movement, President of the Republic of South Africa and President of the African National Congress; Rev. Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Chair of the Center for Nonviolence Studies at the University of Rhode Island and Rev. M. L. King’s executive staff; and Rev. Dr. Al Sampson, one of the three ministers ordained by Rev. M. L. King, we have established the Ethiopian Institute for Nonviolence Education and Peace Studies (EINEPS).
EINEPS work to build a mutual understanding among the Ethiopian people, in which nonviolent processes are used to resolve conflicts and build a true democratic society. We seek to study proven methods of nonviolent education and apply them to foster more harmonious relationships at every level in our society.
The Institute will accomplish its mission by providing educational and research opportunities, and leadership development using in-person-training and distance education. To help facilitate such programs throughout Ethiopia and in the diaspora, we will collaborate with other organizations involved in peace-building work locally, nationwide, and globally.
With a team of dedicated visionaries, legends of the Nonviolence struggle, and freedom loving people internationally, we will work diligently until justice, peace, equality, and true democracy is achieved in Ethiopia.
Elias Wondimu, Founder
Nonviolence is not inaction. It is not discussion. It is not for the timid or weak… Nonviolence is hard work. It is the willingness to sacrifice. It is the patience to win!
Cesar Chavez, American Activist and Labor Organizer