Rules of Engagement
Our nonviolence guidelines are just one example of our practice of active nonviolence. As participants in this action, we agree to abide by and reflect upon these commitments:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- We will not run or use threatening motions. We will not damage any property. We will not bring or use alcohol or illegal drugs.
How non-peacekeepers can support the Peacekeeper Team in achieving a peaceful event
Note: trained peacekeepers will be in orange vests with blue peacekeeper patches on the back.
- Have event representative join the Peacekeeper Huddle at 11:15am near the Red Wagon.
- Let the Peacekeeper Lead (Liz) know who the Police Liaison is.
- As folks gather watch perimeter. If you notice something/someone suspicious, notify a trained peacekeeper.
- Don’t engage with hecklers or disrupters. Encourage folks to focus on the event, not the disruption. If situation begins to escalate, find the nearest trained Peacekeeper and notify them of the situation.
- Inform Police Liaison of any situation beyond the role of the peacekeeper
- Help to keep participants on march route and direct them to lines for entry into Convention Center.
Helpful Traits and Behaviors
Be warm, friendly, helpful, creative, clear, gentle, firm, honest, calm, forgiving, trusting, cooperative, assertive, compassionate, grounded, alert, informed, trained, supportive, empathetic, visible, focused, relaxed, aware and observant.
Unhelpful Traits and Behaviors
- Don’t become “movement police,” authoritarian or too controlling.
- Don’t take on extra roles: leafletting, leading chants, holding signs, media, risking arrest, etc.
- Don’t answer hostility with aggression and escalate situations.
- Don’t let your buttons get pushed. Stay in control of your own behavior.