Thursday, April 29, 2010

Non-Violent Resistance

It seems as though this should go without saying, but sometimes the most obvious of things must be stated loudly and clearly.

With that, the Cincinnati 9/12 Project, in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,rejects violence of any kind and we ask all Americans to join us in affirming this seemingly obvious position.

The Cincinnati 9/12 Project never has, and never will tolerate violence at any of the events or demonstrations
we sponsor, participate in, or in any of the statements we make. While we have strong disagreements with some of our fellow Americans on the size and purpose of Government, we are committed always to the principles of nonviolence in our thoughts, speech, and actions.

We would like to ask all supporters of the Cincinnati 9/12 Project, and all Americans, to join us in this pledge of nonviolence, best exemplified in the pledge and principles posted here, inspired by the teachings of Dr. King and others like him, who have fought for Liberty, Equal Justice, the Rule of Law, and the Principles of the Constitution.

Please, forward this Pledge and Statement of Principles to everyone you know; Print them out and carry them with you as a constant reminder and proof of your dedication to nonviolence. Those organizing events and demonstrations, insist that all attendees read and agree to these principles.

Pledge of Nonviolence

1. As you prepare to march meditate on the life and teachings of Jesus

2. Remember the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation - not victory.

3. Walk and talk in the manner of love; for God is love.

4. Pray daily to be used by God that all men and women might be free.

5. Sacrifice personal wishes that all might be free.

6. Observe with friend and foes the ordinary rules of courtesy.

7. Perform regular service for others and the world.

8. Refrain from violence of fist, tongue and heart.

9. Strive to be in good spiritual and bodily health.

10. Follow the directions of the movement leaders and of the captains on demonstrations.


The Five Principles of Non-Violence

1. Non-violent resistance is not a method for cowards. It does resist. The nonviolent resister is just as strongly opposed to the evil against which he protests, as is the person who uses violence. His method is passive or
nonaggressive in the sense that he is not physically aggressive toward his opponent, but his mind and emotions are always active, constantly seeking to persuade the opponent that he is mistaken. This method is passive physically but strongly active spiritually; it is nonaggressive physically but dynamically aggressive spiritually.

2. Nonviolent resistance does not seek to defeat or humiliate the opponent, but to win his friendship and understanding. The nonviolent resister must often express his protest through noncooperation or boycotts, but he realizes that noncooperation and boycotts are not ends themselves; they are merely means to awaken a sense of moral shame in the opponent.

3. The attack is directed against forces of evil rather than against persons who are caught in those forces. It is a struggle between justice and injustice, between the forces of light and the forces of darkness.

4. Nonviolent resistance avoids not only external physical violence, but also internal violence of spirit. At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.

5. Nonviolence is based on the conviction that the universe is on the side of justice. It is the deep faith in the future that allows a nonviolent resister to accept suffering without retaliation. The nonviolent resister knows that in his struggle for justice, he has a cosmic companionship.

Please join us in signing the online petition affirming these principles at

Karen Best, on behalf of the Cincinnati 912 Project

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