Non-Violence Guidelines

 

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 
 
 

Rally Schedule

12:00 PM

  • Meet at the Clock Tower
  • Welcome
  • Review the Rules of Engagement above
  • Chants, Songs and Speakers

12:30 PM

  • Reminder: Review the Rules of Engagement above
  • Chants, Songs and Speakers

1:00 PM

  • The March begins
 

Chants

 
  • Spring is Here, we want NO Fear!
  • Kids not guns!
  • We call BS!
  • What do we want? Change! When do we want it? Now!
  • Ho ho, hey hey, no more N.R.A.
  • Ho ho NRA, how many kids have you killed today?
  • Show me what democracy looks like! This is what democracy looks like!
  • No more thoughts and prayers.  Take action!  Show you care!
  • What do we want? Gun control! When do we want it? Now!
  • What do we want? Kids NOT guns! When do we want it? Now!
  • Does this mean that much to you? Well what’s the NEXT thing you will do?
  • Come on people, hit the streets! We are tired of lying tweets!
  • We are Students, hear us roar! This is how we say No More!
  • What do we do when they attack? We say NO, then we ACT!
  • Love, not hate, makes America great!
  • Come on, people, make a choice! Stand up now and use your voice!
  • Together we can!  United we stand!
  • What do we need?  Respect! When do we need it? Now!