Peace Activist Soon to Embark on Trip of a Lifetime

By: Brad Broders
By: Brad Broders

"I want to bring back to Rockford what I can learn from this," Harlan Johnson said.
Harlan Johnson, who has spent the last 20 years teaching non-violence, is leaving this week for India on the mission of a lifetime.

"There's a lot of inequity in India. It's made all the more concrete because of the system of castes in Hinduism," Johnson said.

Johnson will tour the land of Ghandhi as part of "An Experiment on Social Change." He admits there are similarities between the divided nation, and the divided community in which he resides.

"Rockford is polarized east, west, black, white and Hispanic. There are still people who don't like going from the east side to the west side," Johnson said.
The India trip will give Johnson fresh material for his local project "Come Together." Johnson wants to get different races in small groups to meet up, and tear down different prejudices.

"When people say things that are upsetting or offensive, we'll teach people how to reframe it, that allow people to connect to each other. That's non-violence communication," Johnson said.

A peace activist opening up new lines of communication, both here at home and halfway around the world.


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