Campaign Nonviolence National Conference - Building Campaign Nonviolence Strategizing Organizing and Mainstreaming Nonviolence for the Times Were In

Summer of Peace 2015 > Community Peacebuilding > Nonviolence
Broadcast on August 08, 2015
With Ken Butigan & Argrow “Kit” Evans-Ford

Pace e Bene/Campaign Nonviolence Director Ken Butigan and Pace e Bene Associate Kit Ford tap into the collective wisdom of the participants as they engage the listeners in a discussion and sharing of the seemingly limitless possibilities for Campaign Nonviolence. Participants describe nearly a dozen nonviolent actions to end war, poverty, the climate crisis, and the epidemic of violence that are being planned in their communities for the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions September 20-27th, 2015. Ken Butigan lays out seven next steps including mainstreaming nonviolence, creating Nonviolent Cities, 1000 Nonviolence Trainings, strategy sessions for a collaborative Movement of Movements, and more! An exciting and engaging talk that reveals the creativity of everyone involved in Campaign Nonviolence.

Ken Butigan

Ken Butigan is Pace e Bene’s Executive Director. A peace and justice worker, workshop facilitator, and writer for two decades, Ken also teaches at DePaul University in Chicago.

Since the early 1980s, Ken has worked with numerous social movements, including movements for a nuclear-free future, an end to homelessness, and freedom for East Timor. He was the national coordinator of the Pledge of Resistance and a national organizer for the Declaration of Peace. Ken joined the Pace e Bene staff in 1990. He developed and for several years directed Pace e Bene’s From Violence To Wholeness program, and was actively involved in creating Pace e Bene’s Engage: Exploring Nonviolent Living program.

Ken earned his Ph.D. in the Historical and Cultural Studies of Religions at the Graduate Theological Union in 2000. He has been a lecturer in the spirituality and practice of nonviolence at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, and directed the Spiritual Life Institute at Saint Martin’s College in Washington State for three years.

Ken has published five books, including Pilgrimage through a Burning World: Spiritual Practice and Nonviolent Protest at the Nevada Test Site.

Ken lives in Chicago with his spouse Cynthia Okayama Dopke and their daughter.


Argrow “Kit” Evans-Ford

Argrow “Kit” Evans-Ford was born in the small town of Mebane, North Carolina. Her passion for nonviolence and peace stems from her work experience with the National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere since the age of 14. She is a 2004 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds a B.A. in Communications Studies and African and Afro-American Studies.

Ms. Evans-Ford also holds a M.A. in Teaching: Special Education and a M.A. in Social Justice and Community Development. Kit is a 2004 Teach for America Washington, DC alumni as well as a 2008 Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Saint Kitts and Nevis. Her studies and work experience have been centered around gender equality, nonviolence and peace, special education, domestic sex tracking, HIV and AIDS, healing, spirituality, and the performing arts.

Ms. Evans-Ford earned a Master of Divinity degree at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. While attending seminary she completed a summer fellowship with Pace e Bene. Her work included giving voice to the hurt, healing, and power that comes from survivors of violence and other peacemakers. She has since led and co-led many Pace e Bene workshops.

Kit is also the founder of Testimonies of Hope an Intercultural Christian Devotional. She lives in Rock Island, IL with her husband Dwight Ford.