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Covenant of Nonviolence for Convergence

Posted by Ryan Hall

Campaign Nonviolence National Convergence
Covenant of Nonviolence
for Sept. 21-22, 2018, Washington, D.C.

This covenant of nonviolence is based on the guidelines of nonviolence which Dr. King used in the Birmingham, AL Campaign, in the Spring of 1963. We encourage everyone to reflect on these guidelines and to deepen their nonviolence during our time together and the days ahead. As we gather at the Dr. King statue, walk to the White House, and call for a new culture of peace, justice and nonviolence, we agree to these basic principles of nonviolence and pledge to be nonviolent people who spend our lives working for a new culture of nonviolence:

  • The attitude of every participant will be one of openness, friendliness, and respect towards all people encountered.
  • Participants will use no violence, verbal or physical, toward any person, including in reaction to violence.
  • Participants will carry no weapons.
  • Participants will not destroy or damage property.
  • Participants will not bring or use alcohol or drugs (except for medical purposes).
  • Participants will not seek to avoid the consequences of their nonviolent actions.
  • Participants will strive to practice a prayerful spirit of peace, mindfulness, compassion and universal love.
  • Participants will follow the directions of the designated coordinators and leaders.
  • Participants will try to be as nonviolent as possible to ourselves and one another today, and for the rest of our lives, and do what we can to work for a new culture of peace and nonviolence.

Please feel free to use these guidelines for other actions and your own local events in the future.

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