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Pocket Guide to the Practice of Relentless Nonviolent Resistance

By Mel White

INTRO

Intro

  • Cover and Dedication

Section I.  Becoming Aware of the Storm

1.  The Gathering Storm

  • Fundamentalist Christians, billionaire capitalists and Tea-party loyalists

2.  North Carolina

  • “…a grim recital of the current reactionary takeover of state government”

3.  Extremist’s Current Targets

 

II. PROTEST

4.  The Call To Protest

  • Remember there are rules or guidelines for effective nonviolent protest

5.  Gandhi’s Soul Force

  • Nonviolent resistance and Gandhi’s Satyagraha (The Force of Truth or Soul Force)

6.  Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi and Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount

7.  Coretta Scott King On Gandhi’s Influence On Her Husband

8.  Gandhi’s Principles of Relentless Nonviolent Resistance

  • A brief and easily remembered summary

9.  King’s ultimate goal of the civil rights movement

  • Reconciliation and the Beloved Community

10.  Martin Sheen on Why We Protest

  • Martin obeys the Creator’s call to do justice for his sake and the sake of others

11.  Every Faith Tradition Calls Us To Do Justice

  • Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism

12.  Start with Compassion in Action

  • Do something for those who suffer before trying to cut off that suffering at its source

 

III. RESIST

13.  Nonviolent Protest’s Core Principles

14.  One – See Yourself In A Whole  New Way

  • Credo:  What I believe that helps me see myself in a whole new way

15.  Two – See Your Adversary In A Whole New Way

  • Credo: What I believe that helps me see my adversary in a whole new way

16.  Three – Necessary Confrontation

  • Bring truth to your adversary and confront untruth wherever you find it

17.  Four – Bring Truth To Your Adversary Nonviolently

18.  Five – Bring Truth To Your Adversary Relentlessly

19.  Six – Be Willing To Suffer

  • Be willing to take on voluntary redemptive suffering (not involuntary suffering)

20 .  Seven – Reconcile With Your Adversary

  • Reconciling will help bring in the “Beloved Community”

 

IV. PREPARE

21 – Protest Organizer’s Checklist

  • A check list for organizing an effective protest

22 – Nonviolent Negotiations

  • Ten suggestions for Conducting Nonviolent Negotiations

23 – Conducting Nonviolent Direct Actions

  • Thirteen suggestions

24 – Conducting Effective Nonviolent Direct Actions and Negotiations

  • A few extra tips for conducting more effective nonviolent direct actions and negotiations

25 – Before the Action Begins – MAKE YOUR CASE

26 – Before the Action Begins – TAKE YOUR VOW

27 – Nonviolent Direct Actions to Consider

  • from Gene Sharp’s The Politics of Nonviolent Action

 

V. PLAN THE ACTION

28 – Visiting Action Site

  • Start with a destination: choosing and visiting site of your proposed nonviolent direct action
    Basic kinds of vigils to consider

29 – Initial Administrative Actions

  • Choosing headquarters
  • Contacting local officials
  • Recruiting participant
  • Developing a theme

30 – Promotion and Follow Through

  • Promoting event
  • Developing visuals
  • Communicating at vigil
  • Follow through after vigil

31 – Training Squad Leaders

  • Squad leader’s role
  • Squad formation
  • Squad leader’s checklist

 

VI. ACTION DAY

32 – Action Day- Checklist 1

  • Convene group
  • List of names and information cards
  • Check-in with everyone
  • Centering exercise
  • Make sure everyone understands
  • Remind everyone how quickly things can change

33 – Action Day – Checklist 2

  • Be attentive to each individual
  • Keep track each squad member throughout action
  • After the arrest
  • Above all, stay calm

34 – Utilize Media Wisely

  • Using the Media Wisely: The Media are using you to sell soap. Use them to sell truth

35 – Guidelines for a Nonviolent March

36 – Guidelines for Conducting a Nonviolent Vigil

37 – Check List for Those Who Vigil

VII. CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE

38 – Preparing for Possible Arrest

39 – To Risk or Not to Risk Getting Arrested
        Serious Issues to Consider before Making your Decision

40 – Guidelines for Responding to Sudden Unexpected Violence

41 – Avoiding Arrest

  • To Avoid Arrest – Follow all Procedures Very Carefully

 

VIII. WHEN ARRESTED

42 – Warning, Arrest and Holding Area

43 – Arrested- Transport, Processing, Booking

44 – Court Pleas– Guilty, Non Guilty, or No Contest

 

IX.  EXTREMISTS’ TARGETS

45 – Guidelines for a Nonviolent Civil Rights March

46 – Protest the Extremist’s War on the 99 Percent

47 – Protest the Extremist’s War on Immigration Reform

48 – Protest for African-American Men

49 – Protest the Extremist’s War on the Poor

50 – Protest the Extremist’s War on Women

51 – Protest the Extremist’s War on Voting Rights

52 – Protest the Extremist’s War on LGBTQ Rights

53 – Protest the Extremist’s War on Gun Reform

54 – Protest the Extremist’s War on the Environment

55 – Protest the Extremist’s War on Health Care Reform

 

X. TAKE THE VOW

56 – The Pax Christi Vow of Nonviolence

 

APPENDIX

 


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