Nonviolent civil resistance &
opposing repressive or unacceptable policy
successfully & peacefully.
If you really want to successfully change this world and shift it towards peace, sustainability, justice and unity, you will need to know what works and what doesn’t.
Luckily the best tactics align with the end goal. There is no need to deviate into behavior that one thinks is wrong in an attempt to rid the world of what one thinks is wrong.
Many ways to address injustice, oppression, a country falling into totalitarianism or many other unacceptable things without resorting to physical force.
Please watch the video, read the article, read the 2 things by Martin Luther King, check out the groups, links, downloadable pages, wallet cards and more and check back for more to be added or contact me with what needs be a part of this for people to learn from and use in our efforts to achieve a better world.
VIDEO: The success of nonviolent civil resistance: Erica Chenoweth at TEDxBoulder
ARTICLE: How to Topple a Dictator
An interview with Erica Chenoweth, a leading scholar of authoritarian regimes.
The following 2 sections can be found at http://www.thekingcenter.org/king-philosophy and are shared here to make sure you see them, please visit that site for more.
SIX PRINCIPLES OF NONVIOLENCE
Fundamental tenets of Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolence described in his first book, Stride Toward Freedom. The six principles include:
PRINCIPLE ONE: Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.
It is active nonviolent resistance to evil.
It is aggressive spiritually, mentally and emotionally.
PRINCIPLE TWO: Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding.
The end result of nonviolence is redemption and reconciliation.
The purpose of nonviolence is the creation of the Beloved Community.
PRINCIPLE THREE: Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice not people.
Nonviolence recognizes that evildoers are also victims and are not evil people.
The nonviolent resister seeks to defeat evil not people.
PRINCIPLE FOUR: Nonviolence holds that suffering can educate and transform.
Nonviolence accepts suffering without retaliation.
Unearned suffering is redemptive and has tremendous educational and transforming possibilities.
PRINCIPLE FIVE: Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate.
Nonviolence resists violence of the spirit as well as the body.
Nonviolent love is spontaneous, unmotivated, unselfish and creative.
PRINCIPLE SIX: Nonviolence believes that the universe is on the side of justice.
The nonviolent resister has deep faith that justice will eventually win.
Nonviolence believes that God is a God of justice.
SIX STEPS OF NONVIOLENT SOCIAL CHANGE
The Six Steps for Nonviolent Social Change are based on Dr. King’s nonviolent campaigns and teachings that emphasize love in action. Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolence, as reviewed in the Six Principles of Nonviolence, guide these steps for social and interpersonal change.
INFORMATION GATHERING: To understand and articulate an issue, problem or injustice facing a person, community, or institution you must do research. You must investigate and gather all vital information from all sides of the argument or issue so as to increase your understanding of the problem. You must become an expert on your opponent’s position.
EDUCATION: It is essential to inform others, including your opposition, about your issue. This minimizes misunderstandings and gains you support and sympathy.
PERSONAL COMMITMENT: Daily check and affirm your faith in the philosophy and methods of nonviolence. Eliminate hidden motives and prepare yourself to accept suffering, if necessary, in your work for justice.
DISCUSSION/NEGOTIATION: Using grace, humor and intelligence, confront the other party with a list of injustices and a plan for addressing and resolving these injustices. Look for what is positive in every action and statement the opposition makes. Do not seek to humiliate the opponent but to call forth the good in the opponent.
DIRECT ACTION: These are actions taken when the opponent is unwilling to enter into, or remain in, discussion/negotiation. These actions impose a “creative tension” into the conflict, supplying moral pressure on your opponent to work with you in resolving the injustice.
RECONCILIATION: Nonviolence seeks friendship and understanding with the opponent. Nonviolence does not seek to defeat the opponent. Nonviolence is directed against evil systems, forces, oppressive policies, unjust acts, but not against persons. Through reasoned compromise, both sides resolve the injustice with a plan of action. Each act of reconciliation is one step close to the ‘Beloved Community.’
Based on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” in Why We Can’t Wait, Penguin Books, 1963.
We often view the Six Steps as a phases or cycles of a campaign rather than steps because each of them embodies a cluster or series of activities related to each of the other five elements.
The previous 2 sections can be found at http://www.thekingcenter.org/king-philosophy and are shared here to make sure you see them, please visit that site for more.
Groups, posts, info…
Here is a site/group that has a lot of focus on dealing with organizing against Trump’s policies but it can be on any important issue and incorporated into your concerns/issues to whatever degree you choose.
and a few posts with info and links on many things you can do to support positive change and getting us on a cleaner, safer path because remember, just opposing something isn’t enough, you have to have an alternative and set that into motion and support it at the same time you’re trying to keep the bad from happening, so check out
Why the Moral Argument for Nonviolence Matters
If you decide to protest or carry out Peaceful civil disobedience it is wise to be prepared in case you are arrested. Know your rights. be smart.
Here are a few things to help with that.
Printable pages, wallet cards, etc…
The Rights of Protesters – ACLU of Washington
Know Your Rights ACLU several printable pages and cards
Know Your Rights Guide ACLU: Protests
Know Your Rights ACLU: Speech in Public Places</strong
Free Speech, ACLU, several articles and downloads
Wallet Card: Know Your Rights When Stopped by Police
There is also this list that I saw posted somewhere, figured it’d be of interest from a purely academic view…
Protests, staying safe, smart and effective…
+ To my friends and relatives considering direct action events, this advice applies whether you intend to be law abiding or engage in civil disobedience:
1. Water makes pepper spray worse. Use milk or liquid antacid and water. Liquid antacid can scratch corneas. It’s ok in a pinch, but milk is better. Don’t wear contacts.
Johnson and Johnson baby shampoo is what PD trainees use when going through tear gas training, FYI.
2. If you get tear gassed, when you get home, put the contaminated clothes in a plastic bag for later decontamination and shower with cold water to avoid opening your pores.
Wash hair, face, and other parts of your body that received direct spray of teargas or mace in a sink or flipped over in a tub.
Try to get as much of that off before washing your entire self otherwise it’ll wash down from your head onto your naughty bits and it’ll burn like hell.
3. Come with friends and don’t get separated. Avoid leaving the crowd and watch out for police snatch squads.
4. Beware under-covers.
5. Those who would prefer to see you quiet, docile, and at home are very good at combing through pictures and doxxing people. Mask up, alter your appearance.
6. Document, document, document.
7. Write any necessary phone numbers you may need directly on your skin in sharpie.
8. Have an offsite plan for emergencies if you have not been heard from by X time coordinated with someone offsite.
9. Make sure all mobile devices are charged!!
10. If you plan on going to jail, plan it: bail, lawyer, time off from work, witnesses i.e.: a cadre. Don’t just go to jail without training.
11. Beware folks inciting violence. Most of them are police/feds. Watch out for hook ups for the same reason. Get to know the crowd. They will set you up.
12. Be aware that people have been kept in humiliating and uncomfortable circumstances while in police custody. Some were kept in zipties or without clothing for up to 24 hours. Personal belongings (including shoes) have not been returned to people upon release from custody, so carry only what you need. A phone card is recommended.
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