Nonviolence Guidelines

Golie Jansen asked that I post this email from a member of the Individible group:

I was able to attend a workshop last night hosted by the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane on the Role of the Peacekeeper at marches, rallies and other types of gatherings where community members are exercising their First Amendment Rights of Free Speech. We have several potentially large events that will be held in our community this weekend and early next week and the following from PJALS’ website should be helpful to all of us now and in the coming years as we continue to be part of the Resistance:__________________________

In the traditions of Mahatma Gandhi, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Dolores Huerta, Cesar Chavez, Dorothy Day, Utah Philips, and millions of people all over the world, our work for justice and peace is founded in principles and practice of active nonviolence.

Nonviolence Guidelines
Our nonviolence guidelines are just one example of our practice of active nonviolence.
As a participant in a PJALS action, I agree to abide by and reflect upon these commitments:

1. At all times, we will use our anger at injustice as a positive nonviolent force for change. Our attitude will be one of nonviolence, openness, friendliness, and respect toward all we encounter. We will convey this through words, symbols, and actions.

2. We will refuse to return the assaults—verbal or physical—of those who oppose or disagree with us. We will protect those who oppose us from insults and attack.

3. As participants in a nonviolent event, we will follow the directions of the designated coordinators. In the event of a serious disagreement, we will remove ourselves from the gathering.

4. We will refrain from insults and swearing. We will use no violence, verbal or physical, toward any person. We will not carry anything that could be construed as a weapon.

5. We will not run or use threatening motions. We will not damage any property. We will not bring or use alcohol or illegal drugs.

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