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One way I try to be nonviolent is ...

By supporting political candidates who advocate nonviolence.

Name withheld

Broomall, Pa.

By praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and reminding myself how merciful and compassionate God has been to me.

Tom Cloutier

Manchester, N.H.

By searching for the motives behind opponents' actions and trying to understand their side.

Mary P. Sanady

West Hartford, Conn.

By serving on a social justice committee.

Margaret Van Valkenburgh

Brooklyn, Ohio

By reading Thomas Merton's work. I am inspired by the nonviolent stand he took and am trying to imitate him.

Name withheld

Goldsboro, N.C.

By strategizing possible confrontations and planning my reaction.

Pat Keleher

Amherst, N.Y.

By solving small problems before they become big problems.

Kevin Wilkinson

Durham, N.C.

By trying to be a calming influence on the people around me.

Name withheld

Mount Laurel, N.J.

By walking away if things get too heated and letting go of my need to be right.

Name withheld

Bumpass, Va.

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