Who we are
New Way was birth out of a struggle against hate, racism and violence in Selma, Alabama my home town. While working to bring racial reconciliation with youth, college students and community leaders, also brought about a lot of tension from white radicals trying to, as they said; “protect our heritage”. We knew we could not fight this fight with the fire of hate that came at us. But we did not know how to go about doing it.
We were introduced to Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr, a civil rights icon who worked along side Dr. Martin Luther King Jr during the civil rights movement of the 60’s. He trained us. He equipped us. He prepared us. He warned us of the need to have the principles of nonviolence we stood on be authenticated. And we experienced the authentication process through hate, violence, threats and malice.
We knew the history of nonviolence and it’s major impact in the world with Nelson Mandela, Gandhi and Dr. King. We knew that the civil rights nonviolent movement of the sixties achieved the greatest political and social gains since Reconstruction. This method had been tested and proven. But now had to be first tested in us before we could teach it to others. It was and now we gladly teach it.
We are social justice and social conscious trainers, speakers and doers. We are fathers, mothers, lawyers, business owners, students, retirees and educators. We’ve been trained in an Old Powerful Way to walk in a New Way Revolution to fight and old enemy (racism, hate, violence).
What we’ve done so far
In 2013 we started New Way with one goal in mind: to train people to effectively and peacefully handle conflict. Since it started, New Way has grown from two trainers who trained our volunteers to a team of diverse peacemakers with over eighty years of combined experience. Our team includes lawyers, corporate executives, a former trainer from the Southern Poverty Law Center, life coaches and educators. In the last few years, we have led workshops across the country to train and organize:
- organizations in Montgomery, Selma, Nashville and other cities deal with racism
- supported and fundraiser for nonviolent organizations that support racial justice
- teams struggling to work through cultural boundaries
- students reconciling after instances of physical altercations
- youth seeking healthy alternatives to juvenile detention
- groups divided from a “romantic” relationship gone bad
- educators teaching in diverse schools and classrooms
- men and women released from prison transitioning back to life
- and everything in between
What we do now?
As we have considered the best ways to respond to our country’s current situation, we believe that love and reconciliation are the best answers. We also believe that, especially in the face of what is HUGE, systemic issues, we cannot turn a blind eye. Even though we can’t change everything, that doesn’t excuse us from doing something. We see a pressing need for New Way–the training branch of our organization–to expand and reach more people and places. We Plan, Organize, Strategize and Mobilize people to act on their moral responsibilities to actively participate in nonviolence. Throughout the years, we have seen New Way workshops transform communities, schools, teams, and countless lives. And we strongly believe New Way will play a role in helping our country heal and move forward.
What we do best is:
- Equip communities traumatized by violence with tools for healing and reconciliation
- Facilitate dialogue with people of opposing mindsets
- Train leaders who want to organize and educate others
- Plan, Organize, Strategize and Mobilize people into action
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What People Say
“The things I learned with you, Gwen, and the your team of New Way in Georgia two and three years ago have become even more highlighted now. I appreciate the love you teach, the patience you teach, and the acknowledgment of heartbreak you teach. And I appreciate the fact that you all stand by and act on what you teach even though the popular opinion isn’t aligned”Anna Larson/Eau Claire, WI
“The work that you do is needed”Speech/Arrested Development
“The work is vital to what the world needs today. Times have changed but the need for nonviolence training has not”Julie Leonhardt La Torre/ co-founder and chief executive officer at VUSE App.