Nonviolent Principles

ARC38 began as an attempt to extend the work and vision of lifelong radical pacifist, Bill Henry. His main inspirations through his work in the 1950s and ’60s with the Center for Nonviolent Action were the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, JR and the Mahatma Gandhi. Enjoy below a distillation of their guiding principles.

Gandhian Principles of Non-Violence
Truth is my religion and non-violence (love) it’s only realization.” – M. K. Gandhi

1. Respect

I vow to respect others and the interconnectedness of all life.

2. Understanding

I vow to understand the “whys” (meaning behind behavior), for myself and others.

3. Acceptance

Out of respect and understanding, I vow to accept the differences of others.

4. Appreciating Differences

I seek to move beyond acceptance into appreciation and celebration of difference.

5. Truth and Truthfulness

I commit to be truthful and authentic and to confront untruth wherever I find it.

6. Absorbing Suffering

I take on without complaint any suffering that results from my confrontation with untruth. I also accept that all forms of violence cannot be totally eliminated.

7. Ahimsa (nonviolence) with my Adversary

I vow to help my adversary avoid all suffering, especially from our confrontation.

8. Trusteeship and Constructive Action

Beyond personal necessities, I see myself as God’s trustee over my possessions and talents. I promise to use them to empower others and make things fair for all.

Eight Social Blunders – M. Gandhi
Wealth Without Work
Pleasure Without Conscience
Knowledge Without Character 
Commerce Without Morality
Science Without Humanity 
Worship Without Sacrifice
Politics Without Principles 
Rights Without Responsibilities

Martin Luther King’s Principles of Nonviolence
The aftermath of violence is tragic bitterness, while the aftermath of nonviolence is the beloved community.~M.L. King Jr. 

1. Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people. 

2. Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding. 

3. Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice, not people. 

4. Nonviolence holds that suffering for a cause can educate and transform. 

5. Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate. 

6. Nonviolence holds that the universe is on the side of justice and that right will eventually prevail.

King’s Six Steps to Social Change

1. Information Gathering

2. Education

3. Personal Commitments

4. Negotiation

5. Direct Action

6. Reconciliation and Healing Process