NONVIOLENCE GUIDELINES (adopted 9/19/04)
Our goal is to
expose and close the School of the Americas/ WHINSEC and to resist the oppressive
policies and systems that it represents. We act in solidarity with our Latin American sisters and
brothers and all those around the world whose lives are impacted by these policies, as one part
of an international struggle for human rights and global justice.
As SOA Watch we
gather in the diverse traditions of nonviolence, with respect for the right
to self-determination of oppressed peoples and communities. Together we
envision a day in which a culture of peace with justice and respect for Earth
will prevail, where all people will live together free from oppression.
This weekend, in
our tradition of nonviolence:
gather together in a manner that reflects the world we choose to create.
We will promote
an alternative to domination systems by acting with love, respect,
mutuality, compassion, and acceptance
for the interdependence of all life.
We will struggle
for a world free from violence and we will use actions, words and symbols
consistent with this struggle.
We will not use
or instigate violence against any person.
We will act with
respect for the people and property of the local community.
We will promote
the safety of ourselves and others through our actions and interactions.
We commit to recognize and to work to
dismantle all forms of oppression in our personal relationships, local
neighborhoods, globally and with Earth itself. We will return to our
communities with renewed energy to close the SOA/WHINSEC.