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The Carry the Vision Community Nonviolence Conference began as our local event to highlight the Season for Nonviolence, an international grassroots educational campaign launched by the United Nations on January 30th, 1998. A Season for Nonviolence was co-founded by Arun and Sunanda Gandhi of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence.

Over the years, Carry the Vision conference in Santa Clara County, has gathered hundreds of people from diverse sectors of the community who share a common goal: to carry on the vision of Mahatma Gandhi, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Cesar Chavez to overcome violence by the power of nonviolence and to realize the potential of our human family to build a world that supports the well - being of all.

 These community nonviolence conferences convene over 500 people and provide:

  • A context for nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, government leaders, faith communities, & individuals to inspire one another in the work of nonviolence
  • A direct connection with known leaders in the nonviolence movement such as Yolanda King, Arun Gandhi, Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Fr. John Dear and Dolores Huerta.

The conference and the nonprofit organization, Carry the Vision, were inspired by the vision of Ellen Grace O’Brian and Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese to bring the diverse sectors of our community together for the purpose of nonviolence education, inspiration, and action to meet the pressing needs of our time.