Statement of Nonviolence

A fundamental basis of unity for the Democracy Spring campaign is a commitment to nonviolence in all of our actions. We recognize that any violation of, or departure from this unity in nonviolent discipline—no matter how small—may seriously damage our movement. Thus, we understand that upholding this commitment is of utmost importance to our common strategy. We define nonviolence for the purposes of all our actions as a campaign to include the following commitments:

  1. We will use no violence, verbal or physical, toward any person.

  2. We will maintain an attitude of openness and respect toward all we encounter in our actions.

  3. We will not destroy or damage any property.

  4. We will carry no weapons or any means of physical defense, including shields.

  5. We will not wear masks or otherwise conceal our faces or identities.

  6. We will exercise personal and collective responsibility to ensure all participants adhere to this agreement.