Quakers have a long history of commitment to the principles of nonviolence, and many have been involved in various acts of nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience.
In the United States, for over 75 years Friends have tried to bring a moral voice to the legislative process by means of the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). But there are times when legal remedies have been exhausted.
The new Republican administration has made it clear that it will continue to pursue oppressive policies that hurt our communities.
“A truly moral agenda must be anti-racist, anti-poverty, pro-justice, pro-labor, transformative and deeply rooted and built within a fusion coalition. It would ask of all policy, is the policy Constitutionally consistent, morally defensible and economically sane. We call this moral analysis and moral articulation which leads to moral activism.” —Rev. Dr. William, J. Barber, II
Rev William Barber continues his faith based activism, using nonviolent civil disobedience as a tool for change:
“People of faith and moral conscience around the nation are preparing for direct actions to protest the laws and policies of this administration. We pledge to support nonviolent civil disobedience as a form of #MoralResistance. We will learn about the moral framework for civil disobedience and choose a role for ourselves, whether as protesters, medics, legal observers, witnesses, or care providers. We will train in civil disobedience as practiced and perfected by thousands before us. And we will show up in the time, place, and manner we are needed.
Nonviolent civil disobedience is grounded in the ethic of love – for others, opponents, and ourselves. When people use civil disobedience to protest not just a single policy but widespread injustice, then this act of love becomes revolutionary. It can change a community, a culture, even a country. #RevolutionaryLove is the call of our times. We pledge to answer the call together.”
Here is our modern day Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)–if you weren’t around in the 1960’s, SNCC was the group, at one time led by Representative John Lewis, that trained people for the civil disobedience actions during the civil rights movement.
We need your help now for the same thing today.