In the traditions of Mahatma Gandhi, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Dolores Huerta, Cesar Chavez, Dorothy Day, Utah Philips, and millions of people all over the world, our work for justice and peace is founded in principles and practice of active nonviolence.
Our nonviolence guidelines are one way we practice effective and active nonviolence.
As a participant in a PJALS action, I 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.
As a way to practice our commitment to effective nonviolent action for peace and justice, PJALS holds Peacekeeper Trainings where participants learn nonviolent de-escalation techniques to help make for successful demonstrations. After completing the training, volunteers are eligible to join our Peacekeeper Team for specific events.
Peacekeepers are trained demonstrators who accept responsibility for the flow and tone of a demonstration. A Peacekeeper Team will:
You can see more information about The Role of Peacekeepers in this handout..
If you are interested in requesting a training on nonviolent de-escalation for successful demonstrations, please contact PJALS Organizer Shar Lichty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in a PJALS Peacekeeper Team for a demonstration you are planning, please know it usually takes at least a three-week turnaround to schedule and organize a training for new Peacekeepers and at least two weeks lead time to organize a group of volunteers as a Peacekeeper Team. Here is the PJALS Peacekeeper Agreement we’ve begun to use, which spells out more about roles and responsibilities.