Pledge of Nonviolence

ALL PARTICIPANTS – both those who plan to risk arrest and those who do not plan to risk arrest must agree to this pledge of nonviolence.

The pledge below is based on the one used by Dr. King and others in the Civil Rights Movement, which became known as the “10 Commandments” of the movement.

This pledge is a way of affirming the values at the heart of the movement and protecting the environment in the streets on the day of action. It is a useful tool to ground us, keep us safe, and sustain our witness as we stand in solidarity against all violence, both legal and illegal.

I hereby pledge myself – my person and my body – to nonviolence, peace, and justice for all people everywhere.

Therefore I will make the following commitments: 

I will contemplate and practice the teachings of the great champions of nonviolence.

I will remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation – not victory.

I will walk and talk in the manner of love.

I will seek daily for all people to be free of violence and hatred.

I will sacrifice personal wishes in order that all people might be free.

I will observe with both friend and foe the ordinary rules of courtesy.

I will seek to perform regular service for others and for the world.

I will refrain from violence of fist, tongue, or heart.

I will strive to be in good spiritual and bodily health.

I will listen with respect to those who love and teach me, and those who disagree with me.

I will submit to the organizers of the event, and trust their leadership.  If at any point I am asked by the organizers to withdraw from the action, I will comply.