Nonviolence is a power that draws its strength from the truth that we are all interconnected and that love is the greatest force we can harness for positive change. This is what Carry the Vision is about—rousing that giant power through education and the inspiration of how it is already at work around us. In the light of nonviolence, love reveals itself.
-Ellen Grace O’Brian
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. Carry the Vision was inspired by the vision of Ellen Grace O’Brian and Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese to bring diverse sectors of our community together for the purpose of nonviolence education, inspiration, and action to meet the pressing needs of our time.
Since 2002, Carry the Vision has offered nine community wide conferences. The conferences have gathered thousands 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. CTV’s conferences have brought international leaders in the nonviolence movement such as Arun Gandhi, Dolores Huerta, Dr. Bernard Lafayette, and Yolanda King as a direct connection and inspiration to our local community.
Our Restore! Life Skills Program was created by CTV’s Founder, Ellen Grace O’Brian in 2014 as a way to work directly with individuals and groups in schools, reentry programs, jails, and the workplace. Restore! training provides nonviolence education that is for everyone regardless of stage of life, age, place, time, or circumstance.