Over the years, Carry the Vision has gathered hundreds of people from diverse sectors of the community, who are interested in the power of nonviolence to create positive change and a new way of living.
At each conference 30 to 50 nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, governmental leaders and faith communities come together to inspire and support our community in the work of nonviolence.
The conferences provide a direct connection with known leaders in the nonviolent movement such as Arun Gandhi, Dolores Huerta, Dr. Lawrence Carter, Yolanda King, Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette and Fr. John Dear.
At each conference we are inspired by the generous offering of the lunch meal from the San Jose Sikh Gurdwara and the Jain Center of Northern California.
Dr. Bernard Lafayette said "No one does anything like this, anywhere in the country. This conference should be replicated in other areas of the country."
These conferences are a unique way of bringing people together, highlighting the work of nonviolence in our community and offering inspiration and tools to realize the vision of a nonviolent world.
2012 Nonviolence Conference
We had a great day at the Carry the Vision Community Nonviolence Conference. 400 people came together with over 30 nonprofit, governmental, nongovermental, educational and faith communities to celebrate the power of nonviolence to overcome violence.
We shared a wonderful lunch that was offered by the Jain and Sikh communities and were inspired by Dr. Lawrence Carter, Sr. and Dolores Huerta as well as many speakers who are committed to a vision of nonviolence in our community.
Conferences from 2006 through 2012
2006~ Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and international speaker and activist for nonviolence.
2007~ Yolanda King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. and nonviolence activist. Azim Khamisa who carries the message of forgiveness after the murder of his son Tariq. He is the founder of the Tariq Khamisa Foundation and speaks widely with the grandfather of the young man who murdered Tariq, on nonviolence and forgiveness.
2008~ Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro, Director for the Population and Reproductive Health Program of the David and Lucille Packard Foundation and former General Secretary of the World YWCA. Rev. Dr. William Lesher, chair emeritus of the Parliament of the World's Religions.
2010~ Fr. John Dear, S.J., Jesuit priest, peace activist, organizer, lecturer, retreat leader and author of more than 25 books on peace and nonviolence. Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette, a Civil Rights Movement activist, minister, educator and authority on the strategy of nonviolent social change.
2012~ Dr. Lawrence Carter, Dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College where he is a tenured professor of religion. He is also the founder of the Gandhi King Ikeda Hassan Institute for Ethics and Reconciliation and has served on the board of trustees of the Parliament of the World's Religions. Dolores Huerta, 2012 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She is the co-founder of the United Farmworkers Union with Cesar Chavez and has worked tirelessly as a community organizer and activist for 50 years to advance the cause of marginalized communities.