BRANDYWINE PEACE COMMUNITY
P.O. Box 81, Swarthmore, PA, 19081
The following discipline has been developed for people participating in Brandywine Peace Community organized direct action and civil disobedience and is intended to assist in the nonviolence of these actions and the overall campaign. The discipline is designed to assist in the unity of the participant’s involvement and project the humanity, justice, and morality of our actions.
Nonviolent Commitment and Understanding…
* We will observe with co-actors, police, Lockheed Martin employees, and passers-by, the rules of human courtesy. We will exhibit no violence or hostility - physical or verbal - toward anyone.
* Throughout the entirety of the demonstration, direct action, or nonviolent civil disobedience, we will trust in the representation and facilitation of the designated coordinators.
*For those doing Nonviolent Civil Disobedience:
- when asked to leave by Lockheed Martin security or police, we will politely decline, affirming the steadfastness of our witness;
- when we are placed under arrest, we will go peacefully, for we understand the legal jeopardy of our actions. Those of us who choose non co-operation with arrest understand that non-cooperation does not mean resisting arrest - "going limp" means to assume a posture of stillness.
We will commit no acts that could endanger anyone. We will focus our minds, bodies, and spirits on the nonviolent action and purpose. We will resist Lockheed Martin, war, and the economy of war with nonviolence and love.
*Participants in Brandywine Peace Community sponsored nonviolent civil disobedience are expected to prepare for their participation with Nonviolence Training and will participate in civil disobedience specific preparation meetings.
*The Brandywine Peace Community has no funds available for bond and/or fines, nor can Brandywine be responsible for providing legal assistance and/or representation if desired in any court proceeding (s).
Checklist for Participants in Brandywine Peace Community sponsored Nonviolent Action (revised with thanks to Veterans for Peace)
1. We will not carry weapons of any kind nor anything that could be construed as a weapon.
2. We will not vandalize or destroy property.
3. We will not use or carry alcohol or illegal drugs.
4. We will not run or make threatening motions.
5. We will not insult, swear or attack others.
6. We will protect those who oppose or disagree with us from insult or attack.
7. We will not assault, verbally or physically, those who oppose or disagree with us, even if they assault us.
8. Our attitude, as conveyed through our words, symbols and actions, will be one of openness, and respect toward all people we encounter including police officers, Lockheed Martin personnel, members of the community at large and passersby.
9. As members of a nonviolent action, we will follow the directions of the designated coordinators.
10. If an individual has a serious disagreement with the organizers of the action, and the disagreement cannot be resolved, the individual will withdraw from the action.